Pubs, Coffeehouses, and Democracy

In the Center for Public Justice’s Capitol Commentary, Matthew Kaemingk looks at the importance of pubs and coffeehouses for democracy and community: Democratic theorists lament that too many Americans now exclusively receive their political news and analysis through ideologically narrow sources. As Americans continue to construct tighter and tighter ideological echo chambers for themselves, many wonder how [Read More...]

Facebook: Rediscovering 14th Century Community Values

Last week at The High Calling, Marcus Goodyear wrote about going to his wife’s high school reunion and making a surprising discovery: Apparently high school reunions are on the wane because of Facebook. Barely 10% of my wife’s class came out to see each other in person. Honestly, this surprised me. I expected that Facebook [Read More...]

Today’s Online Education: The Massive and the Intimate

Sanders Theater at Harvard University, filled to the brim with students for Michael Sandel's "Justice" course. In some years, this course included more than 1,000 students. I was a teaching fellow for this course when it began in the early 1980s. I led a couple of sections for discussion and graded my students' work.

The New York Times has christened 2012 as “The Year of the MOOC.” No, “MOOC” has nothing to do with the presidential election or with Hurricane Sandy. “MOOC” means “Massive Open Online Course.” It is the name for a new mode of online education. MOOCs are exploding in popularity. According to Laura Pappano, writing for [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent as a Community of the Good News, Part 2

Part 15 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church In my last post, I began talking about how we are sent as a community of the good news to join in the mission of God in the world. I said that our corporate sending is important because: first, we get our training [Read More...]


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