Weekly Meanderings, 11 April 2015

Folks,  I think this week marked 10 years of blogging at Jesus Creed! Woop, woop. Here was the first post, used without permission from the only one who can deny permission! In the last three or so years I have been struck, through my reading of the most influential writers on Christian spiritual formation, by [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 4 April 2015

The Arab Spring — not what we hoped, by Greg Bothelo: (CNN)It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. The Arab Spring was supposed to bring peace, democracy and stability to not only the nations where it took root, but also others around it in the Middle East and North Africa. It was supposed to [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 28 March 2015

Has the sun set on Sunday School? Many a prayer has been said over the fate of the vaunted American institution, whose struggles cut across denominational lines. Between 1997 and 2004, churches lost tens of thousands of Sunday school programs, according to data from the Barna Group, and more recent studies show that enrollment has fallen [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 March 2015

We’ve seen a few bald eagles down here in Florida and this picture is from a hometown family friend-photographer Terry Herbig: Want to know what Dallas Willard’s formational teachings were all about? Read this. The newest buzz term that has potential is… Hugh Halter‘s take on missional: We all agree: *That the best way to start [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 March 2015

The most beautiful libraries in the world: Libraries are generally underrated as places to take some rare time out, sit for a while, read a book and admire the often stunning architecture. But French photographer Franck Bohbot has taken it upon himself to travel the world in search of some of the most beautiful book havens out [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 March 2015

Nice place for a sabbatical morning walk. Let’s kick it off with this: Should NCAA basketball be reduced to a one-semester sport? So says Jamie Zaninovich: We’re at a point in college basketball where the trend lines aren’t positive. Attendance is down. So is scoring. The regular season is facing a relevancy issue. The quality [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 28 February 2015

I’m in Portland today speaking at the ReGeneration conference with my good friend Dan Kimball. Murray Watson’s helpful perspective on how major religions read their own “texts of terror”: In a column for Salon earlier this month, “Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges,” [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 February 2015

Hani Abdel Messihah: (by Sophia Jones) Hani loved his four children — three girls and a boy, the youngest — more than anything in the world, his family says. He was gentle and kind, always making a joke whenever he could. His wife Magda Aziz, 29, will forever remember his laugh. “I felt like he [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 February 2015

Fear and memory, by Leslie Evans Ogden: The experience inspired McKinnon, now a clinical psychologist, to study what trauma does to the brain – how it changes what we remember and why some people experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In recent years, she and a number of other researchers have been trying to understand [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 February 2015

It is cold in many parts of the world today, but none as cold as the coldest town on earth, Oymyakon, and Amos Chapple’s photo piece tells the story. (Chapple’s a Kiwi, by the way.) Meet Malcolm Butler. Meet James Robertson, 21 mile per day commuter by foot: But as he steps out into the [Read More...]