Monthly Archives: April 2006

Thoughts on Oil

I’m going to join the crowd and comment on the rising price of oil and gasoline. Here are some random thoughts in no particular order: I’d rather pay low prices than high. I hear lots of complaints about the high … Continue reading

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Where Are You From?

“Where are you from?” That’s a standard question we ask each other when we meet new people. My two most common answers are, “Around,” and “A small town in southern Illinois, though I’ve never lived there.” Both are the consequences … Continue reading

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Job Recruiting From Hell?

When we hear about Job Fairs we think about bringing employers and job seekers together for mutual benefit. The former need workers, the latter need to make a living. A group in Tehran is now sponsoring a different kind of … Continue reading

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Forming Christian College Students

Guy Williams writes today about United Methodist campus ministry. He says, Many churches send students to the college and university campus assuming that they will be stepping away from the church and the Christian life for a brief time. The … Continue reading

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The New York Times had a story today about the “Gospel of Judas.” As you can see from the story below, it is being sensationalized. I’ve interspersed the text with some of my own comments. Note: This is not my … Continue reading

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Sterile Traditions and Higher Education

Terry Eastland recently wrote about the transformation of Davidson College. In the past couple of years the trustees have led the school from association with the Presbyterian Church (USA) to merely being an expression of the Reformed Tradition. While they … Continue reading

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The Relevance of Feeling

The opening sentence of the piece really captures it all: Jurors are being asked to relive the raw emotion of Sept. 11, 2001, as prosecutors argue that Zacarias Moussaoui should be put to death for conspiring with the hijackers. I … Continue reading

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Immigration and the (Christian?) Nation State

In his The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History, Philip Bobbitt writes about (among other things) the transition from the Nation State to the Market State. During the Nation State era – roughly from the mid-nineteenth … Continue reading

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Truth in the News?

The former Soviet Union had two main newspapers – Pravda (Truth) and Izvestiya (News). I’ve heard that it used to be said, “There’s no truth in the News, and no news in the Truth.” Reports of another study (there have … Continue reading

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Scientific Advancement?

A while back I questioned the US investment in Afghanistan. After billions of dollars and many lives, they put one of their own on trial for becoming a Christian. It may not be billions, but we – the citizens of … Continue reading

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