Weekly Meanderings, 27 September 2014

Kirsten Powers — we broke Iraq — read these sobering words: Colin Powell famously told President George W. Bush before the Iraq invasion, “If you break it, you own it.” Well, it’s safe to say we broke Iraq. That’s the story I heard last week from two people who live there. I met with the Rev. [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 September 2014

I’ve been teaching a DMin cohort this week at Northern and I couldn’t have done these meanderings without Kris sending most of them my way … so again, thanks to Kris for your morning’s reading. Cyberbullying, a young woman has become proactive: “You are so ugly!” “Go get a life, loser!” Fourteen-year-old Trisha Prabhu of [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 13 September 2014

Once again, as I look over our Meanderings, a big thanks to Kris who scouts out more from the internet than do I. A bright Saturday morning image to get us going. Gotta love that memory of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta kicking it up. One of my favorite cult classics. A splendid post [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 6 September 2014

Hello from Lake Tahoe! Emily Badger’s wonderful sketch of research that confirms that where you are in 1st grade largely determines your success: Over time, their lives were constrained — or cushioned — by the circumstances they were born into, by the employment and education prospects of their parents, by the addictions or job contacts [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 30 August 2014

Occasionally I need to remind readers of this blog that I include topics, angles, points of view that are not my own, without comment, and often with a question — designed to create civil conversation. At times, far less often, I opine but one cannot infer from the presence of a topic what I necessarily [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 August 2014

I am so proud of my former student, Sam Lamerson, who has been named President of Knox Theological Seminary in Ft Lauderdale. Good for Samaritan’s Purse: Smart Money magazine has named Samaritan’s Purse the most efficient religious charity numerous times, and the group maintains a reputation of being among the first to combat the worst public health [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 16 August 2014

Is there a better looking, more comfortable bus stop? Go Jackie Robinson West! Vicki Beeching, finding peace after coming out: Also at CT. Coming out can be incredibly hard for gay people to do – the fear of how family and friends will react often delays announcement for years, or even decades. But for Vicky [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 2 August 2014

The 50 most affordable Christian colleges, including my alma mater (Cornerstone University) and my former place of teaching (North Park University). College affordability is an idea that is more helpful to quantify than simply considering the tuition of the institution of your choice.  Many universities and colleges have developed very aggressive financial aid packages and have other [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 26 July 2014

A tree with forty different fruits! And it’s a gorgeous tree, to boot. (Could be a hoax, but I can’t see that it is. But it definitely rivals the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Eden.) A wonderful new blog begins about kids in faith and parenting. Are we nurturing kindness and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 July 2014

Our week in Oxford included a number of connections to CS Lewis, including a fine talk by Alister McGrath who quoted (as he is wont to do) Lewis a number of times. But the highlight was a stroll Kris and I took on the grounds of Magdalen College on Addison’s trail, where Tolkien and Dyson [Read More...]