Weekly Meanderings

Weekly Meanderings February 28, 2009

Cauldron.jpgHere is Chicago’s famous cauldron on a hazy sky night.

There was an interesting series of responses at “On Faith” for the Washington Post about whether or not we should read the Bible, a concern of mine in The Blue Parakeet. Two of the more suggestive ones are by Jim Wallis and Susan Thistlethwaite. Milwaukee’s archbishop Timothy Dolan moves to NY to be archbishop there. G-Rated movies doing well. Tamara‘s surprise.

My opinion: the only people I pay attention to who criticize internet sites (blogs, Facebook, etc) are folks who have actually participated in it seriously.

Here’s some fun. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then CT’s new picture blog is worth a thousand blogs.

You’ve got to read this piece about Deborah, one of my former students.

Speaking of blue parakeets, I’ve been had by :mic. I laughed on this one for a long time. Dan Reid is no “maestro” Bible reader: good metaphors for theology. And you’ve got to read his advice to readers about kinds of writing. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen on Lent. But read this, too. Lent is the time for confession and brother Don does. It takes so long to fill little bottles to remind us of what we can be grateful.

Here’s a view of Facebook’s uselessness.

The Ellington quarter is fantastic; we need an ML King Jr 1 dollar bill in constant circulation.

Have you seen the Semi-Pelagian Narrower Catechism? Wow, is this thing funny. (HT: MV)

Tim Keel’s reflections on rest . Barna’s newest study is on the “technology gap.” Anne Jackson has fired up the conversation about online “community.”

John Stackhouse’s new book — worth your reading.

Jim Martin has a good question and some good discussion: the neglected curriculum.

James Dobson has stepped down as board chair of the ministry at Focus on the Family. Dobson led the Christian resurgence of discipline, worked out a Christian theory of self-esteeem, and has been a leader for millions of conservatives on marriage and family concerns.

1. Pay as you go phone plans.
2. The impact of texting on the next generation.
3. I’ve seen some progress on racism in my lifetime, and perhaps Holder’s way is the way forward; but Goldberg’s not convinced. Michael Eric Dyson is.
4. Maybe we’ll have time to visit this area of Cape Town this summer.

I wonder what the Pope said when his little cap blew off?

PopeDecapped.jpg5. Nordlinger has the audacity of hope, too.
6. FAFSA form.
7. The costs of the death penalty.
8. My favorite period in class as a grade schooler? Yes, stats prove it helps.
9. Very serious, but helpful, research on abuse and its toll on life and health.
10. And Brooks is always serious: “I fear that in trying to do everything at once, they will do nothing

well. I fear that we have a group of people who haven’t even learned to
use their new phone system trying to redesign half the U.S. economy. I
fear they are going to try to undertake the biggest administrative
challenge in American history while refusing to hire the people who can
help the most: agency veterans who are registered lobbyists.”
11. A wildfire in our neighborhood.


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  • RJS

    Dan Reid’s post on Mike Bird’s book with the pithy title is also worth a look (and Mike’s comment): Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission, and His Message.

  • Scot, thanks for posting about the virtual party. It seems to me we could all be inspired by the genius of Shinabarger in pairing pleasure and community with doing good.

  • On the Broder piece, as I’ve watched the first month of this new administration, that great line from Apollo 13 keeps coming to mind: “Let’s work the problem people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.”
    I feel like I’m on a distressed airplane. The crew is punching all the buttons on the panel hoping something works. I’m all but convinced their actions are making things worse and they are taking us down to disaster. But as a passenger, I’m praying I’m wrong. 🙂

  • #3 Me
    I meant Brooks, not Broder.

  • ChrisB

    We could make the death penalty cheaper if we cut out all the appeals — which is a tongue in cheek way of pointing out that it’s expensive because we take such care to make sure we don’t execute the innocent.
    Someone pointed out the other day that right not capital punishment appeals get a priority in the courts and, if we take away the death penalty, the innocent are actually more likely to spend the rest of their days in prison.
    Not an argument; just food for thought.

  • Dana Ames

    Re toll of abuse:
    If love constitutes life, the un-love will take life apart- on all levels.
    In my work as a transcriptionist for a cancer specialist, I see a very high correlation of younger women (under age 50) with breast or uterine cancer with social situations including physical abuse, divorce, common-law relationships, therapeutic abortions, and substance abuse. I asked my doctor client about this. He agreed with me, and said that studies are not likely to be done with current patients (the one referenced in this post was done after the people had already committed suicide) because the whole thing is so subjective and therefore unquantifiable.

  • Nice that you’re noticing a lot of Facebook/Twitter online commenting stuff now. I’m obviously really stuck on this. I think I’m just surprised by the consistent maledictions toward social media… when it seems so obvious to me that media theory predicts that the way we use this stuff today is hardly the way it’ll be used in the coming years…
    All that to say… that Death of Facebook article by Brett McCracken is another example that makes me wonder why I feel like the one Christian marching to a different drummer on this…

  • I, too, feel frustrated about the way the facebook articles have been handled lately. I thought it was especially strange that the Relevant article was written by someone who had never liked or used facebook. It seems like good journalism would supply an author who had experience and objectivity for such an article.
    I wrote this in response to relevant article, as I felt his article was a contention for humanity yet dehumanizing in the process.
    Why does Relevant feel so sarcastic these days?
    My article (that I’m sure you never have time to chase down):
    no big deal. but i felt like it should be no.big.deal.
    (P.S. Stay at home moms have a totally different facebook experience. Especially those in deep winter climates. that’s an article in itself.)