I didn’t even get to some of my regular blogs this week, and then I looked at all the stuff below and thought “that’s enough.” So, Jesus Creed Meanderers, here goes …
What matters now in Children’s Ministry? Check this.
Speaking of youth ministry: what are the top questions? (Whyismarko)
Yes, ivy on a wall preserves the wall. (HT: JT)
JT has a good post on science and belief in God.
Introspective and wise thoughts about joblessness and then too much work by CAS.
Bob Smietana sketches the story of Ergun Caner with admirable judiciousness.
Andy Rowell has a nice piece on Bonhoeffer stuff.
Karen Spears Zacharias weighs in, with punch and clarity, on the Blumenthal “misspeak.”
Renee Johnson weighs in on the “authenticity” trend.
50 most unusual church architectural designs. [scroll down through them] (HT: SPB)
The resurrection: more than parable by Bruce Epperly.
Meanderings in the News
1. European economic crisis: 5 reasons.
2. European religious crisis: “Responding to a wave of resentment unfurling across European societies, several governments have begun to legislate restrictions on the most readily visible of Islamic ways, the full-face veil. Outside the gilded halls of parliaments and ministries, meanwhile, anti-Islamic sentiments have risen to the surface in a surge of Internet insults and physical attacks against Muslim symbols.”
3. No college plan? “A small but influential group of economists and educators is pushing another pathway: for some students, no college at all. It’s time, they say, to develop credible alternatives for students unlikely to be successful pursuing a higher degree, or who may not be ready to do so.” I’ve said this before: Bring back HS shop classes.
4. Commencement protests. Why? No financial experts, the students say: “What’s the problem with Dimon and Pandit? Well, it seems that JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup are banks, and we all know banks are Bad Things. As Syracuse senior Ashley Owen, one of 900 students and alumni who signed a Facebook petition asking her university to rescind the invitation, told the Wall Street Journal: “He’s a figurehead of an industry that has failed the American people in a lot of ways.” The anti-Pandit master’s-degree students at SIPA also turned to Facebook, creating a page titled “We don’t want a bank executive to speak at our commencement.” One student wrote, “I certainly did not spend two years of my life at this school to sit for hours at my owngraduation ceremony applauding a multi-millionaire bank executive while he lectures myself and my peers about a future to which he and the industry he represents caused grave damage.”
6. The end of Iraqi Christianity? “Relentless waves of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, extortions and rapes have triggered a mass exodus of Christians from Iraq over the past seven years. Since 2003, over half of the estimated 1.5 million Iraqi Chaldean Catholics, Assyrian, Syriac Orthodox, and Armenian Christians, as well as some Protestants have fled to Syria, Jordan and farther flung places. While only 3 or 4 percent of Iraq’s pre-2003 population, they account for 40 percent of its refugees, the UN reported.”
7. Simon Critchley on what a philosopher is: “The freedom of the philosopher consists in either moving freely from topic to topic or simply spending years returning to the same topic out of perplexity, fascination and curiosity.”
8. iPad and Apps: Will Apps fade? “The first problem with the publishers’ fantasy, which I only realized when I spent some serious time with my new 3G iPad this past week, is that you don’t need those cute little apps to read newspapers and magazines. On the iPhone, apps bring real advantages–it’s no fun navigating a complex Web page through that 3.5-inch window. The iPad, by contrast, has a 9.7-inch display that is big, bright, and beautiful. The Safari browser is a great way to read any publication on the device, so long as you have a good WiFi connection.”
9. Here’s a fascinating graph that compares how much money we spend eating out and how much we spend on groceries.
10. Is modesty just for women? “Thinking back to the scenario with my friend, I’m a bit perturbed. I cannot blame his lack of dress on the church writ large. For all I know, he was half-asleep. But I can connect his seeming naivete about his appearance to the (here comes the loaded phrase) double standard in how many Christian communities talk about modesty. While parents, youth pastors, and college staff spend much energy monitoring young women’s clothing choices, young men are given few resources to think about how they present themselves, and how they might let a sister stumble. I have yet to hear any Christian teaching on modesty as more than “covered up in all the right places.” Before young women face undue pressure to monitor their male peers’ sexual purity, Christian communities ought to provide a biblical context for why we pursue modesty in the first place — and make sure both men and women get the message.”
11. Post partum depression in men, too.
Meanderings in Sports
Wayne Lyons, our kind of student-athlete.