The DC Hoops Scene: Power, Points, and Presidents

The Outside the Lines side of the ESPN online network has a fun story up about the current DC hoops scene.  President Obama, a diehard pickup basketball player, has apparently ignited interest in the game.  Here’s an excerpt from the story, “The Power Game”, by Wright Thompson: Obama loves all things hoops. By executive fiat, the [Read More...]

The Link 10.2.09: Lausanne, Glenn Beck, and Falling Abortion Support Rates

1. Have you heard of the Lausanne movement? They’re gearing up for the 2010 conference in Cape Town, South Africa.  John Stott, Billy Graham, and Francis Schaeffer were heavily involved in the 1974 gathering.  Sounds pretty cool. 2. Weekly Standard writer Noemie Emery spells out the recent troubles of our nation’s president.  Here’s a key [Read More...]

The Link 7.17.09: Fetuses Have Memories, Redemption Groups, and Obama on Responsibility

1. This just in: fetuses have memories.  If enough time passes, the personhood of fetuses will be a fact, one demonstrated by science.  What will that mean for the pro-choice movement? (Picture: Gray’s Anatomy) 2. Mars Hill Church of Seattle has a cool program going: Redemption Groups.  Love the attention they give to reaching lost [Read More...]

The Link 7.10.09: Calvin, Yoga, and Mars Hill

1. Happy birthday, Jean Calvin.  Kevin DeYoung has some good words on this incredible man. 2. Charles Krauthammer suggests that President Obama’s latest foreign junket did not go as well as some might think. 3. The NYT covers efforts to create a list of registered yoga teachers.  This one can be filed under ironically hilarious. [Read More...]

Overheated Prose Award: Wolffe on Obama in the NYT

Every once in a while, you come across some prose so overheated, you can’t resist calling attention to it.  This particular fare comes from a New York Times review of Michael Wolffe’s new book on Barack Obama.  Don’t eat it yet–it’s too hot: “Mr. Wolffe’s portrait is familiar in its essentials, depicting a candidate who [Read More...]

Families Leaving Cities: Urban Trends in Chicago and Elsewhere

A friend of mine hipped me to an insightful article on how families are migrating out of cities–including Chicago–at unusually high rates: “Since the 1990s virtually all the gains made in the New York economy have accrued to the highest income earners. Overall, New York has the smallest share of middle-income families in the nation, [Read More...]

The Danger of Identifying with Ambient Culture

From a provocative piece on President Obama called “Showered with Praise” from The Weekly Standard: “Obama is the candidate for those who believe that the New York Times Book Review defines civilization, and Obama will be their revenge. He is Metro, not Retro. He is not from Texas, and doesn’t talk southern. He does not [Read More...]

Carl Trueman on Christian Celebrity Culture and the Church’s Future

Westminster Seminary historical theologian Carl Trueman just posted a Reformation 21 piece on political messiahism called “Messiahs Pointing to the Door” that includes the following salvo on Christian culture: “[A]s in politics, so in religion.   The American political process, as I argued above, is simply the most dramatic example of the `great man theory of [Read More...]

$9 Hot Chocolate–Or, How the Rich Live

Much media in today’s world tempts us with the lifestyle of the rich and famous.  Once in a while, though, you come across an article that has the opposite effect.  This one, entitled “Trying to Live on $500k in New York,” did so for me.  It actually made me glad–I kid you not–that I am [Read More...]

Anyabwile on Hip Hop; Catholics on Life

Check out some great videos on interesting topics: 1. Desiring God talks with pastor Thabiti Anyabwile on Christian rap.  Great little interview that’s only a couple of minutes long but offers good perspective.  If you’re not familiar with Thabiti, you should be–he is an exceptional preacher and Christian leader. 2. The Catholic pro-life league has [Read More...]


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