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Weekly Meanderings


This picture of two star clusters is awesome.
Kris and I will be in Ireland this June, and here’s a brochure for our event in Dublin. We are really looking forward to this opportunity to speak in Ireland.
Anyone know about the move to ban the burqa in Belgium?
At Patheos: an interview with an embedded journalist.
I’m all for this: 20/30somethings for the church!
Who does God say God is?
What does the Bible say about hell?
Good reminder from Allan: what it takes to get crucified.
Good reminder from :mic: the need for time alone.
Good reminder from John Stackhouse: benediction vs. prayer.
This happened in Illinois, not Arizona.
Mark Roberts: Welcome to Beliefnet! And thanks for such a great blog — and this is one good example of Mark’s blogging.
David B. Hart is after the New Atheists again: a long and winding and agile article.
Meanderings in the News
1. Chicago’s next mayor: Will it be Rahm Emanuel?
2. Does our faith deal adequately with sex? So the WaPo asks.
MarkTwain.jpg3. Good grasp of the histrionics of said Mr. Mark Twain.
4. How many Presidents has Billy Graham met with?
5. Thanks Roland Martin: “He’s tired of having meetings with members of Congress. Tired of trying to talk with the Obama administration and the president himself. Tired of hearing people say that they sympathize with his effort to fight widespread and longtime discrimination by the federal government against the nation’s black farmers.”
6. Jeff Anderson is the lawyer who has garnered attention in the priest sexual abuse cases.
7. E.J. Dionne at WaPo: “The genius of American conservatives over the past 30 years has been their understanding that the most effective way to change the country is to change the terms of our political debate. On issue after issue, they have done just that.” And the main point: “Above all, it should become clear that the danger of judicial activism now comes from the right, not the left. It is conservatives, not liberals, who are using the courts to overturn the decisions made by democratically elected bodies in areas such as pay discrimination, school integration, antitrust laws and worker safety regulation.”
8. American expats who are renouncing American citizenship: “I was born in San Francisco in 1939, served my country as an army officer from 1961 to 1963, have been paying U.S. income taxes for 57 years, since 1952, have continually maintained federal voting residence, and hold a valid American passport.” Mr. Flynn had held an account with a U.S. bank for 44 years. Still, he wrote, “they said that the new anti-terrorism rules required them to close our account because of our address outside the U.S.”

9. An anti-incumbent mood?

10. Bidenisms.
Meanderings in Sports
Mayor Daley, when asked what the problem is with the Cubs….
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posted May 1, 2010 at 1:59 am

This could easily be President Obama when asked for his input to the illegal immigration issues in the border states.

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posted May 1, 2010 at 6:21 am
Scot, that was a good article by Dan Kimball about hell. Thanks for the link.

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posted May 1, 2010 at 8:20 am

there is nothing new about the ban of the burqa in belgium. Police regulations of seperate cities have been against it earlier, it’s only a national law now… The burqa has been forbidden in the public area (along with any clothing that does hide ones face in a way the identity isn’t visible anymore) here in Antwerp (and I think more cities) for years. A lot of muslims live in Antwerp, and the last time I heard the number of women who were estimated to wear a burqa here was 1…
so the ban on the burqa was here for a much longer time, as part of a safety regulation which had nothing to do with Islam, If I’d walk around like a movie gangster with dark nylons on my head so my face would be invisible I would break the same law…

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posted May 1, 2010 at 8:22 am

For more information on Belgian burqua, check out Juan Cole on Informed comment…

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Michael W. Kruse

posted May 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

I find the use of the phrase “judicial activism” by Dionne and other critics of conservatives interesting. The way they are using it suggests that what conservatives have been protesting is that the courts overturn decisions. Not so. Conservatives have said have been troubled (by what they perceive) the courts overturning laws that were constitutional but didn’t fit the agenda of the court judges. So as activists, they found “creative” ways to “interpret” the Constitution. In cases where this has happened, court rulings and legislative actions would need to be reversed in order to bring things back into compliance with the constitution.
If a slew of unconstitutional laws are passed the court is going to be “active” in striking them down. “Judicial activism” has nothing to do with the frequency with which the court strikes down laws. And frankly, I think these critics know that. It strikes me as a particularly cynical distortion of words.

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John W Frye

posted May 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

Dan Kimball’s sensitive article about the “hot” topic of hell in contemporary culture is so needed. I hope it gets a lot of traction in this time when all things uncomfortable about the Christian faith are being erased in the name of compassion and relevance.

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Tim Gombis

posted May 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

I think that was Daley’s response when told of Aramis Ramirez’s batting average.

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posted May 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Going far beyond the case at hand in order to grant corporations the same rights as citizens is a textbook example of conservative judicial activism.

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Ted M. Gossard

posted May 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I agree with John Frye on appreciation of Dan Kimball’s post on hell. A fine post, and that’s the kind of humble, forthright approach we need.
Interesting and good links as always.

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Ted M. Gossard

posted May 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I want to add good points from Allan as well. While the “love wins” stickers have truth in them, love is reduced to something less in its present day usage, as Eugene Peterson in his most recent book masterfully and challengingly points out. Jesus wins, and only in the Jesus way.

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