Monthly Archives: June 2008

Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High – Philosophies for Juvenile and/or Delinquent Behavior

(UPDATE: The Plot Thickens, by Time, and a short clip of a statement from the Mayor by CNN.) (DISCLAIMER NOTE: While this uncertainty is floating around regarding the validity of the pregnancy pact mentioned in the Time article, I believe

Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High – Philosophies for Juvenile and/or Delinquent Behavior

(UPDATE: The Plot Thickens, by Time, and a short clip of a statement from the Mayor by CNN.) (DISCLAIMER NOTE: While this uncertainty is floating around regarding the validity of the pregnancy pact mentioned in the Time article, I believe

N.T. Wright On The Colbert Report – Why Sound Bytes of Sound Theology Is Just A Cacophony

There’s lots of buzz about N.T. Wright’s appearance on The Colbert Report. I’ll look forward to reading the responses. Thus far, there’s very little content in the blogosphere (as of June 20, 2008). I was disappointed, and I’d like to

N.T. Wright On The Colbert Report – Why Sound Bytes of Sound Theology Is Just A Cacophony

There’s lots of buzz about N.T. Wright’s appearance on The Colbert Report. I’ll look forward to reading the responses. Thus far, there’s very little content in the blogosphere (as of June 20, 2008). I was disappointed, and I’d like to

Evangelical Politics

Krista Tippet from American Public Media mediated a fascinating multi-generation discussion between Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne on the subject, “Evangelical Politics” at the National Pastors Conference in San Diego, April 2008. You can see the transcript here,

Evangelical Politics

Krista Tippet from American Public Media mediated a fascinating multi-generation discussion between Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne on the subject, “Evangelical Politics” at the National Pastors Conference in San Diego, April 2008. You can see the transcript here,

Welcome To Holland – Raising a Child With a Disability

The following is a fairly well-known story/parable about raising a child with a disability. It is touching, inspiring, and comforting. And while it was written for a specific kind of unexpected living, I find it just as powerful for describing

Welcome To Holland – Raising a Child With a Disability

The following is a fairly well-known story/parable about raising a child with a disability. It is touching, inspiring, and comforting. And while it was written for a specific kind of unexpected living, I find it just as powerful for describing

What “Surfwise” Really Tells Us About Wisdom

My friends and I watched one of the most fascinating movies of recent. Surfwise is a documentary about the Paskowitz family (see their famous surf camp here), a renegade and maverick Stanford educated father, a 24 foot camper trailer, surfing,

What “Surfwise” Really Tells Us About Wisdom

My friends and I watched one of the most fascinating movies of recent. Surfwise is a documentary about the Paskowitz family (see their famous surf camp here), a renegade and maverick Stanford educated father, a 24 foot camper trailer, surfing,

Hamas & Al Fatah

This is just a point of education for me on this post. While I’ve heard much about the Palestinian political parties, I actually know very little about them. These “Times Topic” explanations were helpful. HAMAS Hamas, one of the two

Hamas & Al Fatah

This is just a point of education for me on this post. While I’ve heard much about the Palestinian political parties, I actually know very little about them. These “Times Topic” explanations were helpful. HAMAS Hamas, one of the two

Israel’s Messianic Jews Under Attack – The Cost Of Discipleship

This article was posted in Time recently about a bomb that was sent to a Messianic Family on Purim. My friend sent me the news videos that made its way to YouTube. Part One here. Part Two here. The text

Israel’s Messianic Jews Under Attack – The Cost Of Discipleship

This article was posted in Time recently about a bomb that was sent to a Messianic Family on Purim. My friend sent me the news videos that made its way to YouTube. Part One here. Part Two here. The text

The Experience Economy – Why Bears Don’t Talk And Kids Can’t Make Them

Joseph Pine and James Gilmore have written intelligently on the various forces of economics and consumerism. This book is one I use in the class I teach at a local Christian college to discuss experience as a human phenomena. My

The Experience Economy – Why Bears Don’t Talk And Kids Can’t Make Them

Joseph Pine and James Gilmore have written intelligently on the various forces of economics and consumerism. This book is one I use in the class I teach at a local Christian college to discuss experience as a human phenomena. My

Why Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) Does So Little With So Much – A Critique of Corporate Philanthropy

People love this show. There’s a reason why it is popular. It’s touching, moving, inspiring, and does good for those who seem to be doing bad. However, while channel surfing with some friends of ours, we happened upon an episode,

Why Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) Does So Little With So Much – A Critique of Corporate Philanthropy

People love this show. There’s a reason why it is popular. It’s touching, moving, inspiring, and does good for those who seem to be doing bad. However, while channel surfing with some friends of ours, we happened upon an episode,

Thomas Friedman’s Obama On The Nile – Letting The Future Bury The Past

What makes New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s op-ed posts interesting, to me, is that his global (flat) perspective allows us to glimpse a little bit of a bigger picture that many others simply cannot provide. Why is this important?

Thomas Friedman’s Obama On The Nile – Letting The Future Bury The Past

What makes New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s op-ed posts interesting, to me, is that his global (flat) perspective allows us to glimpse a little bit of a bigger picture that many others simply cannot provide. Why is this important?

The Templeton Foundation

Discussions between science and faith continue to flourish in public discourse. Just this weekend, another volunteer of mine mentioned her need of resources for addressing the evolution debate. Though we talked very little about it, I’m assuming there is rhetoric

The Templeton Foundation

Discussions between science and faith continue to flourish in public discourse. Just this weekend, another volunteer of mine mentioned her need of resources for addressing the evolution debate. Though we talked very little about it, I’m assuming there is rhetoric

MOST the Movie – Responses From The Children

On April 30, 2008, I posted this on the movie MOST. A volunteer in my ministry asked a few of her students (elementary age), and here are their responses that are somewhat fascinating. 1. What did you think about the

MOST the Movie – Responses From The Children

On April 30, 2008, I posted this on the movie MOST. A volunteer in my ministry asked a few of her students (elementary age), and here are their responses that are somewhat fascinating. 1. What did you think about the

The LORD Bless You and Keep You – Reflections from Jonathan Sacks

Because I just needed to hear this myself, so I wanted to share. The Chief Rabbi’s “Covenant and Conversation” reflection this week was on the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6. A few of the poignant snippets are below and worth

The LORD Bless You and Keep You – Reflections from Jonathan Sacks

Because I just needed to hear this myself, so I wanted to share. The Chief Rabbi’s “Covenant and Conversation” reflection this week was on the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6. A few of the poignant snippets are below and worth

Criminal Justice – The Corrective System’s Oxymoron

My wife recently made a pastor’s visit to the son of a parishioner who is in jail for drug use. She called me on her return home with some musings (and lamentations) about how awful the conditions are, and what

Criminal Justice – The Corrective System’s Oxymoron

My wife recently made a pastor’s visit to the son of a parishioner who is in jail for drug use. She called me on her return home with some musings (and lamentations) about how awful the conditions are, and what