Re-reading Woolman after 20 years

The Journal of John Woolman is online. I guess that makes sense. It’s in the public domain now. But reading Woolman’s Journal online seems strange to me, since it’s one of those books I turn to now and then when I’m looking for respite from online buzz and bother. His gentle, unpolished reflections — it’s [Read More...]

Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger (1925-2011)

Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger has died. Kroeger, a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, helped to change the world for the better by founding two valuable and necessary organizations, Christians for Biblical Equality and PASCH (Peace and Safety in Christian Homes). Here is her Boston Globe obituary, and a memorial post from Christians for Biblical Equality. [Read More...]

"Design matters" (Fred is an idiot, Part XVI)

If you ever want to know about the creation, nurture and health of online communities, ask Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. They’ve been doing this and thinking about how it works since before the Web, and you can see the results in the community of commenters at their blog, Making Light, where I often lurk [Read More...]

Could we start again, please?

OK, let’s try that again. Reboot. Reset. Restart. Reinstall. Seek to be born again, as it were. Big news. Really big news. Very exciting news, I think, but also not terribly disruptive news if we do this right. Well, safe to say I’m 0-for-1 so far. Let me first address what the move won’t mean. [Read More...]

Weekend link dump

In response to some concerns about hospitality toward atheists and the nonreligious here at the new site I started to write about why that saddened me and why its terribly important to me, personally, that my own faith and the various faiths of my new friends here not in any way be perceived to be [Read More...]

ISO comments on comments

I’m still learning to drive the new car here in WordPress/disqus land, and there’s more flexibility to it than I’ve yet learned to navigate. So consider this an open thread on comments and the comment system here. What’s good/better with the comment system and structure? What’s bad/not working? I don’t want to lose any voices [Read More...]

Wendell Berry, Friday music game

Couple new items up on the new site: "Honoring the Mad Farmer" and "The Gate to the Genius Next Door" [Read more...]

Honoring the Mad Farmer

That picture there (by AP photographer Charles Dharapak) shows President Barack Obama presenting Wendell Berry with a 2010 National Humanities Medal on Wednesday at the White House. Wendell Berry scares me. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, farmer, husband, conservationist, radical and gentleman. He writes with an unrivaled clarity of language, clarity of thought and [Read More...]