Weekly Meanderings, April 6, 2013

Gotta read of the week: Scott Holland.

Rachel’s question: “But what about men like my husband, or my pastor, or Scot, whose masculinity is simply not threatened by the intelligent, thoughtful contributions of women in leadership?  What about men who enjoy and appreciate partnerships with women and whose sense of calling and security is not dependent upon my subjugation? Why enforce these roles onto them? “

Our colleague at Northern, Greg Henson, asks three “What if?” questions about seminary education.

Margaret Feinberg, on reading the Bible in 40 Days: “I can’t believe The 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge is over. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out. You can grab a FREE reading plan, here. We began around February 14 —a day of love and we concluded on the eve of Easter—another day of love. Some days the reading was easy and delightful. Other days it felt brutally hard. Some days the Word came alive, anew, afresh. Other days, it felt stale, dry, and distant. Some days the discipline boiled down to checking a box. Other days I didn’t want to stop reading. Along the way, I learned a few things about myself…”

Kevin DeYoung goes baseball on us: “I know the many knocks on baseball: The games are too slow. The season is too long. The contracts are too big. I know about steroids and strike-shortened seasons. I know the players chew and spit and adjust themselves too much. I know every pitcher except for Mark Buerhle takes too much time in between pitches. I know that purists hate the DH rule and almost everyone hates the Yankees. I understand if baseball is not your thing. You don’t have to like our national pastime. But you should.”

Lauren Brooks on Edith Schaeffer: “Her encouragement to live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively aided my transition from the working world to being a stay-at-home mother. I left a rewarding career to be at home with an infant, and I probably would’ve ended up frustrated without Edith Schaeffer’s wise words. She showed me how to redirect my creativity and passions toward reflecting Christ. Simple ideas like plating food to look like a still-life painting, reading aloud to my family, and putting a few flowers in the center of the table have enriched my life and helped my children grow up in an atmosphere where they feel treasured and see that beauty is an important part of daily life. The Hidden Art became my textbook, and I have reread it yearly by myself and with other women since.”

Melissa Steffan: “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may have thought it had the upper hand when it filed suit against a North Carolina county for opening its board meetings with explicitly Christian prayers. After all, the federal Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with citizens’ religious exercise. But a new bill introduced in the North Carolina state legislature would protect the county’s right to prayer in an unconventional way: bynullifying any federal regulations or court rulings regarding religion. Eleven House lawmakers already have signed on to the bill, which “would [allow North Carolina to] refuse to acknowledge the force of any judicial ruling on prayer in North Carolina—or indeed on any Constitutional topic,” according to WRAL, a local news source. The bill asserts that each state has the right to determine how to apply the Constitution and “does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.”

Were Jesus and Paul philosophers? Rich Davis says Hasker hasn’t proven his conclusion. What say you?

Meanderings in the News

This Anglican church has become a fancy home: “Imagine an Anglican Church (built in 1892) transformed into a contemporary home, with gorgeous décor elements, an open space living room and a large terrace guarded by a crystal clear swimming pool. Now repeat after us: this used to be a church! Hard to believe, isn’t it?! Hudson St (Melbourne, Australia) is an exquisite home with an impressive structure, imposing and very luminous. The floor-to-ceiling sliding windows allow the natural light to sneak in and create a bright and vivid ambience.”

10 rules for healthy eating.

College athletes and professionalism, with Warren Zola: “For decades, the NCAA has artificially restricted compensation to a labor force generating billions of dollars in revenue—justifying itself by citing the self-imposed definition of “amateurism”—while redirecting profits to athletic departments and sending the free market compensation system underground. Unfortunately, NCAA amateurism is an illusion, and quite likely an antitrust violation. Former NCAA Executive Director Walter Byars declared, “Amateurism is not a moral issue; it is an economic camouflage for monopoly practice.” Now is the time to radically change intercollegiate athletics rather than passively wait for the courts or Congress to address the existing collusive wage fixing. I propose the following…”

Is Greenland melting: “A couple of particularly cloudy days and unseasonably warm temperatures likely caused the “astonishing” Greenland ice melt of 2012, in which 97 percent of the island’s ice sheet melted over the course of four days, atmospheric scientists said Wednesday.”

Will Amazon take over Dropbox? I’m a big Dropbox fan. How about you?

Connecticut and gun laws: “Connecticut lawmakers on Monday said they had reached an agreement on compromise gun control legislation that they said would be one of the toughest in the nation, 3½ months after 20 children and six other people were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school. The bill includes a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines like those Adam Lanza used to fire 154 shots in four 4 minutes Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, a new registry for existing high-capacity magazines and background checks for private gun sales, NBC Connecticut reported.

What students think of online courses.

Tax rates… starting with Denmark and moving down in percentage:

 

 

Meanderings in Sports:

Gino on Britney Griner in the NBA: “Then there was UConn coach Geno Auriemma who said Cuban shouldn’t waste his draft pick on June 27. “I think it would be a sham,” Auriemma said Wednesday. “The fact that a woman could actually play right now in the NBA and compete successfully against the level of play that they have is absolutely ludicrous.” “If Brittney Griner tries to make it to an NBA team, I think it would be a public relations thing,” Auriemma said on a Final Four teleconference with reporters. Cuban is a financial genius, Auriemma said, but “his genius would take a huge hit if he drafted Brittney Griner.”

This idea is chat-chat; she’s not athletically even remotely close to the 6-8 NBA players in speed, strength or skills. Not.even.close.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • gloria

    Thanks, Scott Holland, for a great baseball story.

  • Craig Beard

    I wanted to look at the 40-day Bible reading plan, but I get a 404 error from clicking the link. In fact, the same thing happened when I went to Feinberg’s website and found a link to the plan there.

  • scotmcknight

    Craig, sorry… I’ve written to Margaret and we’ll get back here when I hear from her.

  • Craig Beard

    Thanks!

  • Pepy

    Go Britney Griner!! Of course all of the NBA is marketing. Geno, me thinks thou dost protest too much!!

  • Kate

    For the bible reading plan, delete “/goo.gl/PLWY5″ from the end of the link and it works.


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