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...]

God is not registered to vote in New Hampshire

Taegan Goddard points us to this Bloomberg story, noting that no less than four of the contenders for the Republican nomination are on record as saying they were called by God to run for president. The Almighty has reportedly called Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and businessman [Read More...]

With or Without You

A while back, a discussion/flamewar of theism/atheism in comments here led me to re-read Glenn Tinder’s famous/infamous essay “Can We Be Good Without God,” which was published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1989. Tinder’s was an odd, almost Burkean, argument in which he warned, among other things, against “the universal disaster of revolution.” In 1989 [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...]

Leftover Links

Spent way too much time last week piling up rocks and too little time posting about all the stuff I’d bookmarked. There are three words in the name of Grace Fellowship Church, but it seems that the pastor and deacons of the Tennessee congregation don’t understand what any of those words mean: “Assault Complaints Filed [Read More...]