Air Pollution Ranking — by City

CNN: Several California cities ranked high on the ALA’s air pollution offenders list, with Los Angeles coming in at No. 1 for ozone pollution. Bakersfield ranked at the top for particle pollution, which can increase risk of cardiovascular and lung issues. Here are the top 10 cities with the worst ozone or particle pollution: 1. [Read More…]

When do you become an Adult?

Julie Beck: And his path was not atypical of the 19th century, at least for a white man in the United States. Young people often went through periods of independence interspersed with periods of dependence. If that seems surprising, it’s only because of the “myth that the transition to adulthood was more seamless and smoother [Read More…]

Preach — but Pastorally, Please

By John Frye Last time I mentioned that good biblical communicators cannot be mass-produced just as Michelin Star chefs cannot be run off an assembly line. The art of pastoral preaching, in particular, is like a fingerprint in that no two pastors (must) preach the same. Why is that? The art of pastoral preaching is [Read More…]

You Need that Sleep

Sarah Kaplan: Scientists are still sorting out exactly why animals need sleep, but it’s readily apparent that we do. In the 1980s, a famous study deprived rats of sleep for 30 days — and every single one of them died. In people, short-term sleeplessness can cause blood pressure to increase and body temperature to drop; it weakens [Read More…]

Manhood Fail (by Carolyn Custis James)

Carolyn Custis James (Go to the link to read the full article.) There is no togetherness for the gospel when the victim stands alone.” —James Kessler The recent 2016 Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference in Louisville, Kentucky put on public display one of the biggest complementarian manhood failures in recent history. Not only did [Read More…]

Must We Play the Game? (RJS)

The next chapter of Matthew Nelson Hills new book  Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism, and the Quest for Weslyan Perfection explores a topic at the cutting edge of science – the existence or not of human freedom … the free will question. This is a question I’ve posted on a number of times over the [Read More…]

Jewish Christianity

James D.G. Dunn prefaces Part Twelve of Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Contested Identity with these informed, if not depressing, words: There is something of an oddity about the title ‘Jewish Christianity’. For in a very important sense, that is what Christianity is — at least in its beginnings, and integrally in its character. In an [Read More…]

Hiking and the Brain

Alanna Ketler: While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better!… A study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that creative problem solving can [Read More…]

Mall Christians

Mall Christians, by Jonathan Storment Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging through Jamie Smith’s new book “You Are What You Love” and his insightful observations that the majority of us don’t know what we love, and that we are being formed and de-formed by cultural institutions in ways that we are largely [Read More…]

Joshua Jipp: A Review

Joshua W. Jipp, Christ is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015. By Drew J. Strait, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m adding a new book on Paul to my Amazon wish list every other month. I’m not sure if even Usain Bolt could keep up with the [Read More…]