Bankrolled by Students

Jeffrey J. Selingo: What happens when this becomes a choice for student contribution? Yet other universities continue to follow in their footsteps. They all have child-like dreams that they’ll be the one to break through the mediocrity of mid-tier Division I. And their false ambitions are largely bankrolled by one group with little say in [Read More...]

Nothing More to be Prized (RJS)

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. Sometime c. 1267 Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote a short piece De regno ad regem Cypri or On Kingship To The King of Cyprus. The [Read More...]

NT Wright, History, and the Historical Jesus

What does it mean to do history when it comes to Jesus? What is the historian doing? We might say there is a spectrum with at one end a radical reconstruction of what Jesus was really like and at the other end a kind of history that amounts to showing that the Gospels and the [Read More...]

Let’s Go Cubs!

Kris Bryant, Joe Maddon and now Jake Arrieta: In a close vote, Cubs‘ ace Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young award Wednesday night. Arrieta finished with 169 points and 17 first-place votes, while Dodgers starter Zack Greinke had 147 points and 10 first-place votes. Last year’s MVP and Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, finished third with 101 points, earning three first-place votes. The Cubs [Read More...]

Christian Response to Refugees

Daniel Burke, at CNN: (at the link you can read the whole piece) The political response here has been far too much grandstanding rather that careful consideration on the basis of actual evidence nor has the grandstanding considered the already solid process of vetting. Two of the country’s largest and most influential religious groups, the [Read More...]


Are you a phubber? Kyle Jaeger: So you are finally seated at the table, ordered your food, and suddenly your phone buzzes. You got an email or someone mentioned you on Twitter, and you scroll through your phone, blissfully unaware of the world around you, including the person sitting across the table. You’ve just phubbed [Read More...]

America, Listen Up!

This post is by Jonathan Storment in his series on the seven deadly sins, this one on gluttony. “Their god is their stomach.” –St. Paul When I was in college, I interned at a large church in Texas, and on one day I happened to be the only “minister” in the building.  A man had [Read More...]

Inclusive Language in Your Bible

Revising language is inherent to revising our approach to the issues. So says John Stackhouse in Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism. This will entail inclusive language when appropriate in the Bible’s translations into English. Language matters, and it matters immensely. It expresses and then shapes the world into which we speak. John begins [Read More...]

“The Devil Possess Them” and Other Responses (RJS)

The next chapter of Kyle Greenwood’s new book Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science looks at Christian responses to the Copernican revolution.  Most of us today see no theological problem with the idea that the earth both orbits the sun and spins on its axis. Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, [Read More...]

Rachel Miller, Doug Wilson

From Daughter of the Reformation — by Rachel Miller: Last week, Doug Wilson wrote a provocative post, A Theology of Slut Walks, where he attempts to Newspeak (Dougspeak?) his way through defending a rapist while claiming not he’s not actually defending a rapist. Without getting into the twisted logic of his post, I thought there were [Read More...]