Archive for March, 2011

Demography and History

March 31, 2011

Walter Russell Mead notes that trends in African-American migration within the United States are predominately from Blue to Red states. Whether you accept his explanation or not, there is something pretty amazing going on. His judgment is harsh:

The failure of blue social policy to create an environment which works for Blacks is the most devastating possible indictment of the 20th century liberal enterprise in the United States.  Helping Blacks achieve the kind of equality and opportunity long denied them was more than one of many justifications for blue social policy: it was the defining moral task that has challenged and shaped American liberalism for the last fifty years.

The Non-wisdom of Crowds

March 31, 2011

While the wisdom of crowds is often touted, and properly so, there are occasional reminders that it is not always so.

The Future of Religion

March 31, 2011

is pretty bleak, at least in 9 countries. Granted, these kind of projections are almost always wrong in some important way. Nevertheless, I find them disturbing. It may also suggest the need for some creative missionary activity.

Disconnect

March 31, 2011

How often do employers fail to see what is really going on with their employees? Quite often, apparently.

Real Men?

March 31, 2011

Here’s an interesting take on the role of men today. It is interesting that the author, David French, parallels the impact of feminism and of contemporary evangelical piety in undermining masculinity. Based in part on the recent book Manning Up, he suggests that rather than the immature and often passive man-child, there is another way:

There’s an alternative, of course, and the alternative is biblical. No, not the soft-spoken, ultra-sensitive version of “biblical” that dominates the evangelical small-group, but the robust, aggressive, and honorable example of the actual men of the Bible. There, men go to war at God’s command. There, men face death, far from home, for the sake of Truth. There, men confront the powerful and call out injustice. There, men actually lead.

But there’s more. It’s not all aggression and confrontation. The picture is complex, with gentle moments amongst the harsh, with great tenderness and, yes, deep emotion mixed with necessary stoicism and steely determination. You lay down your very life for your family, even as you lead it—and you lead it with the same authority that Christ leads His church.

 

Flipping Education

March 27, 2011

From a recent TED lecture, suggestions to rethink how we do education by focusing in class time on homework rather than content. From someone who has created a lot of content videos, Salman Khan. An interesting challenge to think about how we do higher education along similar lines.

Rob Bell Observations

March 24, 2011

Here are some good general rules on how we should be responding to books like Love Wins. The failure to follow such basic rules of courtesy and scholarship suggests we have a lot of problems in the evangelical world. A few responses have been better than most, but overall it’s not been a great showing.

E-publishing

March 24, 2011

More on e-publishing. An interesting number of issues are considered.

Another Perspective on the Rob Bell debate

March 23, 2011

The author of this post makes a good point regarding an inconsistency in the treatment of Bell compared to C.S. Lewis. I’m not sure his explanation of the difference is right, but it certainly ought to give us pause.

Do We Have Free Will

March 23, 2011

Not a theological exploration, but an interesting article nonetheless.