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UberBubble with BubbleMeister!
Conversion as process and Crazy Heart with Alyce McKenzie.
Speaking of conversion, J.K.A. Smith, instead of reviewing Francis Beckwith’s memoir, decides to unleash … well, there’s got to be something more going on here.
Please sing with extra gusto this year with Nancy Faust.
Dan gets it about education in the church.
Jodi gets it about the health care and insurance reform discussions. And she’s an American living in Sweden.
CrossDon.jpgBrian McLaren interview; worth reading.
One of the very few attempts to connect Adam, Paul and new perspective: Pete Enns.
On patternism, what I call “read and retrieve.”
A form of Immanuel apologetics: Derek Leman and the Yeshua Story.
On making … well… by John Stackhouse: One and two.
Ten things your blog doesn’t need.
Meanderings in the News
Obamacare.jpg1. Yikes. Savings or cost? Mark Steyn groans (and forgets how to spell fait accompli). Yuval Levin too. Andy McCarthy calls it hijinks (and what he says is right). William Saletan asks another set of questions.
3. Gotta admit it, I’m glad to see this and plan on attending.
4. On photojournalism. My parents subscribed to Life magazine and the pictures were stunning.
5. From CSM, on the Catholic scandals in Ireland: “Freda Donoghue, who said she was abused by Smyth in County Cavan as a girl, finally went to the Irish police in 1993. Her testimony, together with that of her sister and her two first cousins, all of whom were abused by Smyth, led to hi
s conviction on twenty charges of child abuse. He was sentenced to twelve years and died a month into his sentence. “I’m not a Catholic anymore.” says Donoghue. “Obviously I was baptized as one, but as far as I’m concerned I’m not one. The church obviously needs to be completely overhauled. I heard someone say that this is like the reformation and it is; it’s the second reformation. And I really do feel sorry for priests who are trying to do something from within, because they really do believe and I wouldn’t say anything against anybody’s faith. You remember that rhyme, when we were kids? Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and here are the people. You’d use your hands, and your fingers were the people. That’s what the church has forgotten,” says Donoghue. “It has done everything it can to protect the institution. Now it needs to start protecting the people.”
7. David Leonhardt: “For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.”
8. Here comes the Battle with Tony Blankley: “What House Minority Leader John A. Boehner has called the Battle of Capitol Hill is over. I expect that the Battle of the Electorate is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of a nonsocialist America. Upon it depends our own American way of life and the long continuity of our institutions and our history. The whole fury and might of the media and the Democratic party must very soon be trained on the electorate.”
9. From Slate, by Christopher Beam: “Fourteen months have passed since President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package, and economists still can’t agree to what extent it helped the economy recover. Same with the Wall Street bailout, signed by President Bush 17 months ago. Even the New Deal, passed more than 70 years ago, is still being debated.  Health care reform won’t be any different. Yes, there are some direct ways to measure how well reform is achieving its goals five, 10, 20 years from now. But anyone who expects a satisfying answer may be disappointed.”
10. Obama and Netanyahu: “The two leaders did not wave from the White House portico, make any post-visit statements to the press, or provide even a minimal handshake photo – portending a difficult road ahead for US efforts to get Israeli-Palestinian peace talks moving again.”
Meanderings in Sports
 This leads to this.
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