Weekly Meanderings, 1 November 2014

Fantastic piece by Mark Taylor: Fast-forward 100 years. During the latter half of the 20th century, information, communications, and networking technologies expanded rapidly, and transmission speed increased exponentially. But more than data and information were moving faster. Moore’s Law, according to which the speed of computer chips doubles every two years, now seems to apply [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 October 2014

The dogs of the Canadian slain soldier paying tribute. A Texas-sized spider in Guyana: (NEWSER) – Strolling through a Guyana rainforest one night, a scientist heard some rustling and thought he’d encountered a furry mammal. Well, he was right about the furry part. The creature was actually a Goliath birdeater spider,LiveScience reports — the world’s biggest [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 October 2014

A church of many colors? The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that Sunday at 11 a.m. was the most segregated hour in America. Today, pastors like Mr. Beard are working to change that, with some success. The proportion of churches in the U.S. with mixed-race congregations—where no single group tops 80%— has grown [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 4 October 2014

Gotta love the (Bohemian?) Waxwing grabbing some breakfast. Wine as a source of good bacteria and probiotics by Agata Blaszczak Boxe (Source): There are bacteria in wine that may be beneficial for people’s health, new research finds. In the study, researchers in Spain isolated 11 strains of bacteria from wine, including strains of Lactobacillus, which are [Read More...]

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...]