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Kris and I are in Katy, Texas, just outside Houston, this weekend. I’m speaking at First Methodist in Katy, and we’re looking forward to spending time with Marlin Fenn and the good folks at Katy. (Two weekends in a row on the road has limited my computer time, so I apologize for not having as many links today.)
My favorite Olympic winner: the Flying Tomato.
One of our readers (Ted) reviews another (Allan) about a book Allan wrote. Great.
ErnieBanks.jpgA new blog worth reading: Slant33. (I’ll be one of the writers at this blog.)
Ernie Banks doesn’t care if it’s snowing down on him, let’s play ball!
A Lenten reflection by Michael Thompson.
Graphic image, but one used by writers all the time.
A Lenten suggestion — who’ll take up LaVonne’s challenge?
Another good Lenten reflection by Brett.
David Fitch has a great conversation going about autocratic, democratic and incarnational approaches to church debates.
Derek Leman has a nice post comparing Bernard of Clairvaux with the rabbinic midrash on Song of Songs.
Richard Mouw on interreligious dialogue.
A good source for families who want to follow the Church calendar.
Good post about older folks and technology.
On denominations … thoughtful.
On denominationalism … thoughtful.
Did you see this review of Hannam’s history of faith and science? Well-written review.
Meanderings in the News
1. It’s all in your head! (That is, your politics is in your hard-wiring.)
2. On climate change politics: “Climate researchers say the errors do not disprove the U.N. panel’s central conclusion: Climate change is happening, and humans are causing it. Some researchers said the U.N. panel’s attitude — appearing to promise that its results were infallible, and reacting slowly to evidence that they were not — could undermine the rest of its work. What’s happened here is that there’s an industry of climate-change denialists who are trying to make it seem as though you can’t trust anything that is between the covers” of the panel’s report, said Jeffrey Kargel, a professor at the University of Arizona who studies glaciers. “It’s really heartbreaking to see this happen, and to see that the IPCC left themselves open” to being attacked.”
3. Textbooks for Texas public schools are a debatable issue — big time.
4. Does the internet hurt?There is, in fact, a host of research that directly tackles these issues. To date, studies suggest there is no consistent evidence that the Internet causes mental problems. If anything, the data show that people who use social networking sites actually tend to have better offline social lives, while those who play computer games are better than nongamers at absorbing and reacting to information with no loss of accuracy or increased impulsiveness. In contrast, the accumulation of many years of evidence suggests that heavy television viewing does appear to have a negative effect on our health and our ability to concentrate. We almost never hear about these sorts of studies anymore because television is old hat, technology scares need to be novel, and evidence that something is safe just doesn’t make the grade in the shock-horror media agenda.” Speaking of which: teenagers text on average 10x/hour!
5. Changes in Iran toward a military dictatorship?
6. The winter to remember — random chaos.
7. Guelzo on Lincoln on justice.
8. The Vatican weighs in on tops of the pops.
9. Recently I’ve tired of the many who spend so much time wondering what nonChristians think of the Church and church services and whether or not we are “friendly” (as defined by survey questions) … so I found Mark Galli’s piece a breath of fresh, wise air.
10. Anyone seeing this at their local level?
Meanderings in Sports


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Ted M. Gossard

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:35 am

Thanks, Scot. Until you get the link fixed, and you may not get to it as soon, being in Texas, here it is: my review of Allan’s book.

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posted February 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

I don’t think that’s a review of Hannam’s book, but instead a post where Hannam is summarizing his own book.
Still, the message that a lot of the alleged “warfare” between science and faith in the past is myth is worth hearing (and has been pointed out by many others), because many today on both extremes still operate under warfare assumptions.

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posted February 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

Funny. My uncle, Edward Fudge, whose book review I just sent you, lives in Katy, Texas, where you’re preaching on Sunday. They worship at a local Church of Christ in the area.

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Gregory Laughery

posted February 21, 2010 at 2:41 am

Fantastic photo. And Simon does it Twice again. Incredibly Suisse!

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derek leman

posted February 21, 2010 at 8:44 am

Ah, yes, RickRoll’d again!

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Edward Fudge

posted February 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

Scot, I discovered too late that you were in Katy. Spoke to Pastor Marlin Fenn on Sunday evening to see if you had a p.m. meeting but you had already returned to Chicago. Sorry to miss meeting you in person but maybe another time! – Cordially, Edward

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Ted M. Gossard

posted February 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

Mark Galli’s piece I appreciate as well. But not contra it, it must be remembered that all must be done in love. What that love looks like is according to God’s will in Jesus. We’re so easily prone to leave that love behind, so that to me is a danger in that article. We should be known for love, but also we should be seen as different, including our love which has an air about it which can’t be pinned down by witnesses.

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