Archives for February 2013

Saturday Mail Will End

What do you think? Will you miss it?  The Postal Service said it would cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages. Thanks in part to Internet commerce and communications and its own costs, the department lost almost $16 billion last year. It hopes to save $2 billion annually with the Saturday cutback. “Things [Read More…]

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

From WSJ: ROME—Pope Benedict XVI intends to resign at the end of this month as he feels he lacks the energy to continue in the job, his spokesman said Monday. The pontiff announced his plans in the Vatican in Latin at a consistory meeting on Monday, the spokesman said. The resignation, which will be effective [Read More…]

Threshold Evangelism

Below is the outline I used, or most of the outline, in my opening session at the Mars Hill Youth Workers Collaborative, hosted at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids and facilitated professionally by Steve Argue. This session develops ideas into a new area that are found in my King Jesus Gospel. Where are you seeing “threshold” [Read More…]

What is a Liberal anyway?

Roger Olson speaks: Roger lists paradigmatic theological liberals as Schleiermacher and Marcus Borg, I’d add Harvey Cox as another example. One observation: over the years I’ve seen lots of evangelicals “drift” into liberalism. Quite often they refuse to admit they are liberals. What happens is that they absorb evangelicalism’s denunciation of liberals as non-Christians while [Read More…]

R.A. Dickey’s Story

Great story about R.A. Dickey, major league pitcher fighting sex trafficking: This is Kamathipura, the red light district of Mumbai, among the most notorious sex-trafficking locations in the world. I am here as a guest of Bombay Teen Challenge (BTC), a charity that has been fighting human trafficking for more than 20 years, one I [Read More…]

Vin Baker’s Story

From Mitch Abramson:  Vin Baker is resting an elbow on a wooden pulpit, his 6-11 body wrapped in a snappy, plaid suit that seems to stretch on forever. He takes a deep breath and exhales, his long face looking down for a moment. The audience waits patiently, kids sitting up straight. Then, Baker, a four-time NBA [Read More…]

Snow Shot

Wow, this is quite the pic. “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Snow!” For the moment we share the zaniness and fun of snow storms, which we get in Chicagoland at times, while we continue to sympathize with the many who suffering or who have experienced much stress. [Read more…]

Personal Relationship

A post from Lee Wyatt: What Does it Mean to Have a “Personal Relationship” with God through Christ? We hear the phrase all the time:  a “personal relationship” with God and/or Jesus.  Some valorize it, others critique and mock it.  But few can explain what it means. The phrase itself, though not biblical, points to [Read More…]

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More…]

Boys, Girls, Science, USA

From NYTimes … click through to see the graphs. For years — and especially since 2005, when Lawrence H. Summers, then president of Harvard, made his notorious comments about women’s aptitude — researchers have been searching for ways to explain why there are so many more men than women in the top ranks of science. [Read More…]