Archives for February 2013

College-Educated: Women vs. Men (wow)

See this piece from Jordan Weissmann? Where should the single woman not live? Are you a young, college-educated woman? Are you looking to settle down one day with a young, college-educated man? A word of advice: Stay away from Sarasota, Florida. No offense intended to Sarasota’s bachelors — I’m sure they’re lovely. But for every ten guys under [Read More…]

The Island of Grace

In her beautiful memoir, Surviving the Island of Grace: A Memoir of Alaska, Leslie Leyland Fields maps the terrain of an isolated place — one small island (Bear Island) off the coast of a larger island (Kodiak) and then another small island (Harvester). The life Leslie lives on Harvester beckons time and time again themes of [Read More…]

Back to the Bible with Justin Lee

In his now influential book, Torn, Justin Lee goes “back to the Bible” in his own experience and in this book to determine what the Bible says, and his claim is that whatever it teaches he’s willing to follow. I don’t think it would be unfair to Justin Lee to add “what it teaches clearly …”. He offers [Read More…]

Is an iPad Enough?

This blogger has been using an iPad alone for his computer. Have you tried the iPad alone? What do you think? Well, I made it to Friday – an entire week of using my new iPad as my sole computing device.   I set out at the beginning of the week to see if it [Read More…]

Secular Students Alliance

Katherine Don, from Religion Dispatches, about the rise of secular student alliances on college campuses: This month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a select group of students will show their humanitarian spirit by participating in the Bleedin’ Heathens Blood Drive. On February 12, they will eat cake to celebrate Darwin Day, and earlier [Read More…]

I Believe in Genesis (RJS)

As most who read this blog know by now I am a Professor of Chemistry and thus (take a deep breath) a scientist… We all know, or have heard repeated over and over … Science has Disproved Christianity… the elite and intelligent know it … it is only a matter of time before average Americans [Read More…]

Messianic Judaism: An Introduction

If you want to know what Messianic Judaism was (in the New Testament era) and what it is today, here’s the book: David Rudolph and Joel Willitts, Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations. The book is afloat with excellent studies about all the crucial topics — both today and in the 1st [Read More…]

Federal Budget Cuts

What might happen if the budget cuts go through? From military training to educational grants to border patrols to hurricane relief, federal agencies face $85 billion in automatic, government-wide spending cuts this year. It was part of a $1.2 trillion deal struck by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in 2011 to extend U.S. [Read More…]

Gospels and Contradictions, Mike Licona

There is a bit of a dustup among the Baptists in the south (not sure how to name this set of connections) over Mike Licona’s discussion of the “contradictions” of the Gospels, in which he makes a thoroughly helpful comparison of the Gospels to Plutarch’s own five accounts of the death of Caesar. His conclusions [Read More…]

What is a Progressive Anyway?

This post is by Bo Sanders,  a self-confessed progressive who will sketch how he distinguishes progressive from liberal. Questions: Who are the progressives? Who are the liberals? Do liberals see themselves as progressives? Roger Olson caused some ripples last week when he posted “Why I am not a Liberal Christian”.  Then Scot McKnight went and took [Read More…]