Evolution, Waltke, and the Pandora Problem…

I love Pandora.  Not the goddess; the software.  I love creating ultra-personalized radio stations based entirely on my tastes. I love knowing that because my artists, and somethings like them, are all that will be played, I'll never be disappointed again while listening to music, and if I am, I can punish Pandora with a "thumbs down" rating on a song and rest assured that my tastes have been even further refined.As a result, though, I've become way less tolerant of normal radio, which forces m … [Read more...]

Does Paul think like Paul? (Ron, Apostle)

There's an interesting NY Times article from this past weekend that declares Europeans can't afford their cradle to grave safety net.  Declining birth rates, longer lifespan, and the migration of manufacturing to the developing world are all contributors to the problem. Change is needed, and it will be a hard pill to swallow.  I hope we learn from this as a nation.  Conservatives and Liberals both need to find some political will to make the kind of hard choices, and I hope we can all agree on th … [Read more...]

Finding Meaning in Work…

Having spent last week in at a conference in San Diego, I was struck by how cool it was to come to my room each afternoon and find that someone had made my bed.  This someone (I met her) was hard working, knew more languages than me, and was terribly polite - possibly even more polite than some of the conference speakers and attendees.  I appreciated her acts of service, and wondered if she could live on what she was getting paid.This morning I woke up and remembered that I'd need to make my o … [Read more...]

Unearthing our inner Judas…

As we move into the thick of Holy Week, my morning reading today included this from Judas:  "what will you give me if I hand him over to you...?" There are two intrigues evident in this small but profound passage:1. Why did the authorities want Jesus? - We're living at a time in history when lots of people, most people probably, respect Jesus - but not institutional Christianity.  This is why we have bumper stickers like, "Lord deliver me...from your followers."  This begs the question:  if Je … [Read more...]

Unearthing our inner Judas…

As we move into the thick of Holy Week, my morning reading today included this from Judas:  "what will you give me if I hand him over to you...?" There are two intrigues evident in this small but profound passage:1. Why did the authorities want Jesus? - We're living at a time in history when lots of people, most people probably, respect Jesus - but not institutional Christianity.  This is why we have bumper stickers like, "Lord deliver me...from your followers."  This begs the question:  if Je … [Read more...]

Bend it Like Beck – Glenn gets the conversation going…

Glenn Beck, the celebrated conservative commentator had some things to say over the past week or so about "social justice" and "economic justice".  It's easier to find commentaries on what he said, than it is to find what he actually said, but here's part of the exact words he spoke:"I beg you, look for the words "social justice" or "economic justice" on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising … [Read more...]

Bend it Like Beck – Glenn gets the conversation going…

Glenn Beck, the celebrated conservative commentator had some things to say over the past week or so about "social justice" and "economic justice".  It's easier to find commentaries on what he said, than it is to find what he actually said, but here's part of the exact words he spoke:"I beg you, look for the words "social justice" or "economic justice" on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising … [Read more...]

Male Call –

David Brooks wrote a NY Times column last month in which he posited that the current economic crisis has been much harder on men then women, pointing out that nearly a fifth of all men between the ages of 24 and 54 were unemployed as of this past November.  He notes that for every 100 men graduating from college, there are 185 women doing so, and ponders the loss of masculine identity.I applaud Brooks for bringing a subject to light that few people want to address:  the crisis of the American m … [Read more...]


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