Archives for January 2013

Challenges for Public Schools

From Elena Ferrarin: That we are driven to this is depressing. What do you think? A “lockdown” drill Wednesday at Cary-Grove High School that included simulated gun shots — an element that had drawn criticism from some parents — went smoothly, district officials said. The drill took place at about 9 a.m. and lasted no [Read More…]

Challenges for Multi-Racial Churches

From Brad Wright, a sketch of the challenges when churches are multi-racial: When churches do seek racial integration, it can bear substantial costs. Among the possible costs that scholars have identified: Churches feel like they are losing their identity Churches have less feeling of group solidarity Worship services are reworked Decision making processes are changed [Read More…]

When Work Goes Wrong (RJS)

I posted a few weeks ago on the first part of Tim Keller’s new book Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. I am not an uncritical fan of everything Keller has written. Perhaps I shouldn’t have added the last – but I am not recommending the book simply because it was written [Read More…]

Understanding Conversion

Do you think folks convert at a single moment or do you think it happens (for some) over time? Do you think it happens different for different people — some all at once and others over time? Let me give a big sociological sketch first. Studies reveal that folks, in a general sense, “convert” to [Read More…]

When it Works in Rome

When these driverless cars work in Rome, I’m game. Until then, not. Will autonomous computer-piloted automobiles change the world? Some say yes others say no. I’ve been known to have my doubts that they’ll clear regulatory hurdles, and Megan McArdle observes that the structure of personal injury litigation in the United States could be a major challenge. But she [Read More…]

Do You Want to Live Longer?

One of the marvels of modern science is the prolongation of life. Based on the EncBritannica, Upper Paleolithic life expectancy was 33 but in classical greece it was only at 28. Medieval Britain was only 30. The early 2oth Century was only 31. One hundred years ago the avg was well under half of what [Read More…]

From the Inside

A sermon by Jason Micheli, pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist in Alexandria, VA. Jason’s sermons are at the top of the list for me. At the beginning of my ministry, I worked for a couple of years as a chaplain at the maximum security prison in Trenton, New Jersey. I enjoyed it. In a lot of [Read More…]

Barometer Trees

From Lindsay Abrams: The blight was first detected in June 2002, when the trees in Canton, Michigan, got sick. The culprit, the emerald ash borer, had arrived from overseas, and it rapidly spread — a literal bug — across state and national lines to Ohio, Minnesota, Ontario. It popped up in more distant, seemingly random [Read More…]

“Pastor in Chief”?

Andy Stanley preached in DC to the President and a select audience before the Inauguration. CT’s Mark Galli interviewed Andy about the event: In the sermon, you referred to the President as “Pastor in Chief.” That phrase has caused a great deal of anxiety among people. First, I understand the anxiety. If I had read [Read More…]

How Could a Good God Allow Suffering? (RJS)

Chapter 2 of Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God broaches the problem of pain. Given the pain and suffering in the world – either God is not good or God does not exist. This argument has many variations but there is an underlying thread of continuity. Certainly there is a great deal of pain [Read More…]