Sunday favorites

Micah 3 And I said: Listen, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Should you not know justice?— you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin off my people, and the flesh off their bones; who eat the flesh of my people, flay their skin off [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Micah 6:6-8 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Deuteronomy 24:17-21 You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field [Read More...]

‘Yes, they have very legitimate gripes’

Henry Blodget says “Here’s What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About …” The problem in a nutshell is this: Inequality in this country has hit a level that has been seen only once in the nation’s history, and unemployment has reached a level that has been seen only once since the Great Depression. [Read More...]

College is not a financial investment


James K.A. Smith casts a skeptical eye toward the latest figures allegedly showing the economic value of a college education. Smith, we should note, teaches philosophy at Calvin College, and this he has a personal stake in countering this idea of college as an “investment” in higher future income. It that’s what higher education is [Read More...]

Let's go out to the lake, Earl

Last night, Republicans used a procedural maneuver to block a vote in the United States Senate on that American Jobs Act. That bill would, among other things, provide $85 billion in aid to cash-strapped state and local governments. It’s not entirely coincidental, then, that it was also last night that the City of Harrisburg, Pa., [Read More...]

Debate fact-checking

Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not “Every man for himself.” And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up. I’m not a fan of designated “fact-checking” reports following speeches and political debates. Either every report from that paper, station or site [Read More...]

You just call out my name

“You just call out my name,” James Taylor sings, “and you know where ever I am / I’ll come running …” You’ve likely said something similar to someone at some point. “If you ever need me, I’ll be there for you.” That, as Taylor says, is the mark of a friend. But is it really? [Read More...]