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January 2007 Archives

Headline Pastor Haggard news

posted by J-Walking

…that never hit the headlines. Mike Jones, the male prostitute who revealed the “secret” side of Pastor Ted Haggard’s life, visited Pastor Haggard’s former church on Sunday. According to the few media accounts available, Jones said that several people came […]

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Hockey and basketball, the US and the USSR

posted by J-Walking

The “Miracle on Ice” is Beliefnet’s greatest sports miracle. There, in Lake Placid, a bunch of college kids and an unknown hockey coach beat the Soviet Union and the rest of the world and won gold in the Olympics. In […]

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A Republican reaction

posted by J-Walking

I just talked to a senior staffer with one of the Republicans on the committee. I asked why they thought their boss didn’t go or any Republicans didn’t go. They said, “Uh, I don’t know, we didn’t pay any attention […]

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an email from a reader in New Orleans

posted by J-Walking

“I guess I hoped, in the face of this much pain and suffering of Americans, the veil of partisan bickering would be sheared and we would see if there were true public servants in Washington. I found out the answer […]

More on the non-Rs and Katrina

posted by J-Walking

Comments and emails about my last post about the lack of Republican representation on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee raise concerns about my fairness: Without more info I suspect you may be a little unfair on this […]

Katrina – with no Rs

posted by J-Walking

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee toured New Orleans yesterday to survey the damage, examine progress, and try and make things better for the still suffering people of that city. Sen. Barack Obama was highly critical of the […]

Why is Tony Perkins surprised?

posted by J-Walking

Last week, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council responsed to President Bush’s State of the Union. Message: He wasn’t happy. He was surprised that there wasn’t any mention of the “faith, family, and freedom” issues – stem cells, […]

like a child…

posted by J-Walking

…when was the last time you made a paper airplane? For me it had been years. Then, today, a thought – my littlest daughter, who is currently airplane obsessed, might like one. We live fairly near an airport and whenever […]

more of the Dinesh D’Souza interview

posted by J-Walking

Kuo: Do you think that conservatives have reached the point where we’ve forgotten that there are limits to government; where they believe that government and politics can offer salvation, when of course they can’t? D’Souza: I do think there may […]

How far President Bush has fallen

posted by J-Walking

How bad has it gotten? Pat Robertson’s news site – cbn.com – has discussion boards up for people to talk about various topics. I looked at it suspecting to find one group who supported the war and the president in […]

note on Cory…

posted by J-Walking

…in my post about Cory I wanted to make one thing clear. He wasn’t being given the answers to a standarized test – he (and the rest of his class) were given the answers to an ordinary academic midterm (actually […]

On comments…

posted by J-Walking

…I have received a number of emails requesting that I either shut down the comments part of this blog or block some comments because they distract from the broader discussion. I’ve thought about it a lot and for now have […]

Cory…

posted by J-Walking

…it isn’t his real name…and some of the details are changed to protect his identity – his choice of football and basketball teams for instance. Everything else is spot on. I need to write about him. He is a kid […]

Sports miracles

posted by J-Walking

Ok, a simple question…my friend Patton and I are creating a list of the top 10 sports “miracles” of all time. As you might imagine there has been much debate. So, two things. First, what do you think the top […]

Grace…less

posted by J-Walking

Here are some more thoughts on that paragraph on love I quoted from Andrew Sullivan’s “blogalogue” with Sam Harris. A decade ago noted evangelical author Phillip Yancey wrote a book called What’s So Amazing About Grace. As the title suggests, […]

Getting God…

posted by J-Walking

Elsewhere on the Beliefnet site Andrew Sullivan and Sam Harris are having a ‘blogalogue’. Honestly, I find Sam Harris’ blog entries pretty long and tired – the typical screed against faith…oh, it is irrational; oh, it doesn’t mesh with science; […]

Sen. Clinton

posted by J-Walking

Today she made it official – Sen. Hillary Clinton has announced that she is forming a presidential exploratory committee and that “I’m in. And I’m in to win.” It is among the least surprising political events in recent memory. It […]

To live like this…

posted by J-Walking

…would be to truly live. From a reader: When my youngest child was almost 5, she was diagnosed with one of those nasty pediatric cancers. It took her childhood. She relapsed at 8 and somehow – against every odd that […]

Patton’s iPhone problem (the continuing discussion with Patton Dodd)

posted by J-Walking

I think I know why Patton was pushing me so hard to explore the greater significance of my initial glee over Apple’s new iPhone. He’s addicted to his own Blackberry/Treo/handheld thing. Patton, thank you for discussing the problem with us […]

A jarring quote

posted by J-Walking

I was interviewing someone yesterday for an article I am doing for a different publication. The person is prominent and highly regarded and deep and thoughtful and all such things…. I may never forget this quote from them: “We have […]

John McCain hearts James Dobson

posted by J-Walking

In case you missed the back and forth between Dr. Dobson and Sen. McCain it went something like this – Dr. Dobson said on a radio show that he wouldn’t ever support Sen. McCain for president. More details on what […]

Owning an iPhone, Walking with Jesus (Patton responds, pt 2)

posted by J-Walking

Dear David, Consumer products like the iPhone carry loads of promises, both stated and unstated. They promise that: – you’ll be thrilled by using them- you’ll be cool by using them- you’ll have the one device you need to meet […]

PIctures from the hospital – tough ones

posted by David Kuo

My sabbath ended late this afternoon and we (my friend and I) returned to the cancer ward… something I never really guessed I’d do again. But we went and I handed out some water and some lollipops and every person […]

The death penalty…

posted by J-Walking

I’ve received several emails and read several comments about the death penalty – the gist is that I am wrong by opposing the death penalty. Two points: First, that may well be correct. I may be wrong. Perhaps the death […]

Another great comment

posted by J-Walking

From a reader… My favorite little French saint – St. Therese of Lisieux – said, “If I am willing to serenely bear the burden of being displeasing to myself, I will be a pleasant place of shelter for Jesus.” Triumphalism […]

An American monopoly on righteousness?

posted by J-Walking

A reader’s comment: David, are there any people like the one you describe walking the halls of the White House, in Islamic countries? Does Iran’s leader or Syria’s head of state, care about the consequences of their violent actions? Don’t […]

President Bush and 60 Minutes

posted by J-Walking

I watched 60 Minutes this evening and saw President Bush’s interview. A few thoughts: – I watched him squirm during the discussion of Saddam Hussein’s hanging video and how he didn’t want to watch the actual hanging. If we can’t […]

Dear Patton (pt. 2)

posted by J-Walking

Thanks for your most challenging post. As I jokingly IM’d you later it made me want to hit you. Why? Because it so boldly confronted me with the the challenges of this blog and with life in general. One of […]

Bush stands up and says no happy endings

posted by J-Walking

I tuned in a couple of minutes late to watch my president talk about Iraq. I saw him standing and wondered if I was watching an old news clip of an old speech. I wondered why he wasn’t seated behind […]

David wants some of this

posted by J-Walking

(Patton here.) Thanks for the kind words, David. Ok, fair reader, look at the top of this blog. It says, and has long said: “David Kuo,” then “J-Walking.” Such a title might lead one to believe that this blog, so […]

Walking with Patton too

posted by J-Walking

My editor here is a guy named Patton Dodd. I’m blessed by that (though I hate throwing around cliched words like ‘blessed’). He’s a wonderful writer. His book, My Faith So Far: A story of conversion and confusion is a […]

Apple goosebumps

posted by J-Walking

I love Apple. I love the iPod and iMac and iBook and macbook and macbook pro and all that stuff. I really, really love Apple. It started when I was a teenager and the man who was my unofficial grandfather […]

Bush on Iraq – “the nightmare scenario”?

posted by J-Walking

The Washington Post and papers everywhere are atwitter about President Bush’s Iraq speech tonight and that expected call for a “surge” of 20,000 new troops. According to the Post, it is the first time that the President is going against […]

I love your emails and I am sorry I am slow in responding…

posted by J-Walking

…but I will. Please keep them coming!

Kuo eating crow (search for new music con’t)

posted by J-Walking

I’ve started my search new music and it is sure fun. I can’t remember the last time I really set out to find and listen to new music. But thanks to all of your suggestions I have started. And I […]

Absolute Surrender

posted by J-Walking

Last night Kim was searching for a new book and came across an old one she’d read called Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray some quotes: “…learn to know and trust your God now, Say: ‘My God, I am willing that […]

Sorry bout that posting drought

posted by J-Walking

Well, I posted about all those newspapers I was reading yesterday morning and set about to read and write and then the day blew up for a variety of reasons…there is always tomorrow’s news!

the more I blog…

posted by J-Walking

…and figure out what that means I come to certain conclusions. Here is mine for today – I think I am one of the few (only?) bloggers whose subscriptions to actual, stain-your-hands, paper newspapers and magazines is increasing. I like […]

Ok, I’m a bit behind on reading my Christmas cards

posted by J-Walking

…but I read this card from a friend yesterday and was struck that it is as true now as some weeks ago. (It is just that some weeks ago thinking about these things was part of the “Christmas spirit,” and […]

Jesus would have used pandora.com

posted by J-Walking

Holy cow (except I don’t think cows are holy), I just checked out pandora.com and it is incredible. Of course I started with “Where the streets have no name” – clearly one of the great songs ever recorded – and […]

My search for new music…continued

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Finally, some great new music for me to enjoy…

The execution

posted by J-Walking

I finally watched Saddam Hussein’s execution. I didn’t want to. I wanted it to go away and to not think about the “Butcher of Baghdad” ever again. After all, this was a man who put people into shredding machines and […]

Back and forth on Mitt

posted by J-Walking

Excerpts from the following comments perfectly highlight Mitt Romney’s problems. On one side the spiritual concern: Jesus is not related to Satan by celestial family-hood. God does not live on a planet near a star called Kolob. The Church did […]

Here’s a challenge…

posted by J-Walking

someone posted: What do you consider to be the ten best blog entries of 2006? I must admit I am still a blogging newbie (as opposed to a blogging newfie) and only started digging into the blog world the second […]

Ok, ok, I’m buying Dylan..and I admit…

posted by J-Walking

Ok, in posts and emails I’ve received more than a few suggestions to buy: “Dylan—buy ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ Even if you don’t love it at first—and you prob won’t—give it 10 or 12 listens. It’s a masterpiece. “Shelter from […]

More on “He said what!?!?! part one”

posted by J-Walking

Here is a bit of what N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham, New Testament scholar (named by Christianity Today as one of the top five theologians in the world) has to say about the passage in Luke I wrote about yesterday. […]

Mitt

posted by J-Walking

Gov. Mitt Romney has filed papers to explore a White House run. I don’t think he will get there. And yes, it is because he is a Mormon. There is a simple reality at play here. Most evangelical Christians believe […]

I need new music in my life

posted by J-Walking

I think I’m in a musical rut. Nothing against listening to U2 over and over – I could always start a cover band. But I need some new stuff even if it is old stuff. I don’t think I can […]

Defending Dr. Robertson…sort of

posted by J-Walking

I’m going to defend Pat Robertson – sort of. Mocking him is such an easy thing to do. The basics – he is predicting a mass terrorist attack later this year. More specifically, he is saying that God told him […]

He said What?!?! Part one

posted by J-Walking

In this new year I am trying to listen to Jesus’ words all over again. I’m trying to hear what he said as opposed to what it might be easy to believe. Context, of course, is hugely important. And so […]

My dad was a sperm cell

posted by J-Walking

Last month The Washington Post published a remarkable essay by a young woman entitled, “My Father Was an Anonymous Sperm Donor”. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. These paragraphs are particularly striking: I was angry at the idea that […]

The Cowher watch

posted by J-Walking

This isn’t about Jesus, isn’t about politics, isn’t even about bass fishing…but at points in my life this was probably just as important as any of them…sort of. The Pittsburgh Steelers. Ahhhh. Yes, we missed the playoffs. But really, who […]

Questions for the new year

posted by J-Walking

Last New Year’s eve (2005), Kim and I took out some index cards and wrote questions at the top of them. They were questions about the last year and about the year to come. Every so often this last year […]

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