Archive for December, 2012

The Christian Jazzman

December 29, 2012

Dave Brubeck has a side I hadn’t known about. Gene Veith discusses a bit.

For an unrelated Brubeck moment, see this link.

Helicopter Parents

December 29, 2012

Here’s the trend to the extreme.

More Ed Bubble

December 29, 2012

Some more discussion of trends in higher education, among other things.


December 27, 2012

Here’s a criticism of the metro-evangelical movement. While there might be something to the criticism, I do think there is a real sense in which much of evangelicalism abandoned the city (at least that has been my experience). Sometimes the pro-city arguments aren’t quite right (Jerusalem is not primarily a symbol for the city, for example), but still…

Justification and IVF

December 27, 2012

A recent controversy over justification and Catholics at GWU IVF. Interesting debate and a division I think was probably unnecessary and helpful. Here’s the CT article.

And a response from Alec Hill at IVF.

And here’s a bit more of N.T. Wright’s discussion on the issue.

All worth a read.

Political Foundations

December 27, 2012

For a provocative take on the philosophical foundations of political thought, this essay is worth a read. The suggestion that there is a pretty thin philosophical basis for liberalism that is non-totalitarian certainly made me think a bit.

Life of Pi

December 26, 2012

An interesting take on The Life of Pi. Despite the problems mentioned within the post, I liked the book and the film for some of the great insights.

The Future of the Web

December 26, 2012

It’s always interesting to see transitions from visionary to skeptic. Here’s a discussion of Jaron Lanier and his turn against the web. Useful as we think of the impact of the web on culture.

The Culture

December 24, 2012

Rod Dreher reminds me of why I like Ken Myers and the Mars Hill Journal. Here’s the excerpt he supplies:

CP: Practically speaking, how has the church been too influenced by the broader culture?

Myers: Here’s a small list:

  • The way in which the dominant role of technology in our lives promotes the deep assumption that we can fix anything;

  • The way in which proliferating mechanisms of convenience erodes the virtues of patience and longsuffering;

  • The way in which the elimination of standards of public propriety and manners undermines assumptions about the legitimacy of authority and deference to the communal needs; and

  • The way in which the high prestige accorded to entertainers creates the conviction that every valuable experience should be entertaining.

On Bishops

December 24, 2012

This issue has come up from time to time in the surrounding area and I think these remarks on the Bishop debate make a lot of sense.