Weekly Meanderings, 28 June 2014

Image credit Reviving baseball in African American communities — now  I like basketball, but baseball’s a great game! The number of major league baseball players on opening day rosters who identified themselves as African-Americans dropped to 8.3 percent this year. The highest percentage of African-Americans was 19 in 1986, according to Mark Armour of the [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 June 2014

What to have for breakfast? Cleveland Clinic: You’re driving for hours on an uphill road. You’ve got the air conditioner cranked, the windshield wipers on and the gas pedal to the floor. After six hours, your car starts to sputter. You pull over to get some gas. Now imagine the car is your body. It [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 June 2014

These are some very cool summer drinks. I’m glad Jack and Priscilla were at SPU in the aftermath of the shooting: Is it callous to say I found consolation in desolation on that grassy quad with students I admire and cherish? These students were so reflective, comfortable in the silence, mature in their prayers for [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 June 2014

It’s Graduation Day at Northern Seminary! Congratulations to our many graduates and our prayers for your ministries to flourish at the hand of God. Michelle Van Loon’s nice post on regret (launching from President Obama’s deepest regret that he didn’t spend more time with his mother). Molly Worthen’s insightful commentary on the decline of baptism [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 31 May 2014

Fantastic idea by Boz Tchividjian: GRACE recently convened a team of Christian theologians, pastors, counselors, educators, and child protection professionals who have each demonstrated a commitment to protecting children and serving survivors. This historic committee has embraced the task of developing the first substantive seminary curriculum designed to educate and train Christian leaders on effective [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 24 May 2014

Kris and I were gone two weeks in New Zealand and it seems this week was taken up with enough chores that I was not able to do the Weekly Meanderings as I sometimes am able to do… but here are a few links: A conservative says the Republicans need to expand their sense of [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings 10 May 2014

But did they really discover Herod’s tomb? After Herod died in 4 B.C., he was buried at Herodium—but where? A few years ago, it seemed that the question was solved. Eminent Herodium archaeologist Ehud Netzer declared that he had found Herod’s impressive mausoleum. (Netzer passed away in 2010, and all of his BAR articles—including his posthumously published [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 3 May 2014

Tolkien gives Hitler’s administration an earful when they asked him if he was Aryan when seeking to publish his book in Germany: 25 July 1938 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford Dear Sirs, Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 26 April 2014

A beautiful story about Lacey Holsworth: The purpose of the universe, by George Dvorsky: It’s tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there’s much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 April 2014

Best story of the week: Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms. Svidensky, a photographer and travel [Read More...]