What to Learn from the Zakaria & Lehrer Plagiarism Scandals

If you follow journalism as I do, you’re aware that it’s a big deal when a big-time journalist is busted for plagiarism.  Stephen Glass.  Jayson Blair.  It’s not every day that a major-media figure gets in hot water for passing off someone else’s work as their own, though I haven’t heard much evangelical talk about [Read More...]

The Death of Junior Seau & Head Injuries: 10 Essential Resources

Junior Seau, football hall-of-famer and former New England Patriot, is dead.  It appears that he committed suicide.  Seau was 43 and had an ex-wife and three children. This is the latest in a growing line of NFL suicides, and Seau is the sixth member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers team to die from suicide, [Read More...]

Lonely Love: Seeking Marriage Through the Internet

Is it right for Christians to find a spouse through the Internet? A recent story in the New Yorker leads to questions like this for committed evangelicals. “Looking for Someone” by Nick Paumgarten paces through the recent explosion of online dating, a phenomenon that has led to real-life marriage for many couples. One selection from [Read More...]

Third-Country Nationals and the US Military: A Harrowing Report

A recent story in the New Yorker entitled “The Invisible Army” chronicled problems with a phenomenon most of us have not heard about: third-country nationals who serve our armed forces overseas.  According to Sarah Stillman, workers from economically weak countries are recruited to serve in high-paying jobs in global cities like Dubai.  They enthusiastically sign up, [Read More...]

The Cornerback Who Was Killed, the SI Writer Who Is a Gordon Grad

Do you read long-form journalism?  You should.  There’s pressure today to make journalism short, to squeeze all such writing into bullet points and text boxes.  Surely there’s a place for that.  But there’s a massive place for journalists who take on a big story and tell it at length with great skill. Thomas Lake is [Read More...]

Dockery’s Summer Reading List, New Yorker on Mike Huckabee, and Weekly Standard on Tea Parties

A Union University grad kindly sent me David Dockery’s summer 2010 reading list.  It’s listed below (in original order) and will be of help to those of us who enjoy little more than a beach towel and a good read. Let me throw in a couple of quick  comments: the Metaxas book on Bonhoeffer is [Read More...]

The New Yorker on Jesus Christ: Messiah as “Dharma Bum” and Crucified Apocalyptist

Adam Gopnik, writer of renown at The New Yorker, has just penned one of the more engrossing cultural pieces on the person and mystery of Jesus Christ that I personally have seen in a good long while.  Entitled “What Did Jesus Do?”, it is rich, rewarding, frustrating, deeply erroneous and a must-read for those who [Read More...]

Boys and Their Games: How Far Some Men Go to Play Pickup Soccer

For those of you who have the unfortunate fate in life to be linked to a man who loves playing pickup sports (I’m thinking wives here, primarily), this selection might provide some solace.  There is strength in numbers, after all. It comes at the beginning of a NYT Magazine piece entitled “Vigor Quest” by Tom [Read More...]

The Link 8.1.09: Horrible Athlete Rappers, Good Christian Rappers, and Kindles

1. From ESPN Page 2′s DJ Gallo, a hilarious rundown of some of the worst rap lyrics written by athletes.  Said one Shaquille O’Neal: “Forget Tony Danza, I’m the boss/When it comes to money, I’m like Dick Butkus”.  Huh?  2. Meanwhile, at the Legacy conference being held at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute, there’s some legit rapping going [Read More...]

Cinnabons, “Conditioned Hypereating”, and Christian Faith

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert has just published “Why Are Americans Fat?“, a fun and somewhat morbid review essay of a number of recent books that tackle the national and international obesity epidemic.  Here are some selections from the essay, followed by a few comments from me. (Picture: New Yorker) The state of the matter: [Read More...]


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