Post of the week — no question.
Maybe this is the post of the week too: Br. Maynard.
Nope, this might be the post of the week: T. Freeman.
Brevard Childs has died. As a young professor I reviewed a book of his, sent him the review, he sent me a very kind note, and then the magazine (TSF Bulletin) published his letter. I will never forget his generosity in response to my review. When we began the Zarley Lectures, Childs was earmarked early as a lecturer so we wrote him; he declined for health reasons. The next SBL he looked me up and apologized. This was the kind of man Childs was. RIP.

John Frye’s post and question about The Old Man and the Sea. I think Hemingway romanticizes suffering and uses the Christ-image for it.
Every now and then I link to some of my steady reads, and sometimes I repeat myself because the turnover of readers here is so high — but Brad Boydston’s daily post is a collection of news and fun. And of course Jim Martin is up to his usual wise stuff here. Now steady readers of Jesus Creed know that these are two of my favorites, but these two steady bloggers drip wisdom.
Barna’s new report on how Christians perceive and respond to the poverty issues in the USA.
Good for John Kass and Quinn McCloskey. The leader of baseball should call Bonds’ run to the record to a halt before it happens.
Cool site of the week: I don’t think I noticed the look of Brian Moore’s blog until now. How cool is it! And he links on that page to Theopedia, which might make for a good link for many of us. I’ve added it to my (already way too long and in need of pruning) blogroll.
1. Obamafaith.
2. Anyone have an Apple iPhone yet? Some of you know that I’m a Neanderthal when it comes to cell phones. Other than Kris’ daily call during her commute home, I get about 2 calls a week — but last week, when playing golf, I got two calls (Kris to say the brakes were going and Laura to say the Cubs traded Barrett). Here’s a more complete iPhone article. Looks really cool. Now they say there is an iFrenzy.
4. Weaning a city from the bottle.
5. Matt Lindahl, a former student and fantastic golfer who pushed me all over the course this week — and it was huge fun watching his drives disappear into the horizon, has a new business: caddiestogo. I hope some of youi can find a way to support him.
6. If we can make laws that permit us to keep telemarketers from calling us, can we not also make laws that keep spammers from loading up our e-mailboxes? Anyone know of anything being done? I’d like to support the cause. I get about 1200 spams a week caught by my blog spam-detector and about 1000 e-mails a week trapped by North Park’s spam-detector.
7. Amen, brother Steve Johnson!
8. Hit it straight; keep it in the fairway.
9. Ah, what I like: some suggestions for my dinner preparations.
10. Conversations. What I like here is that JR is a pastor.
11. On reading widely … nice thoughts.
Cubs surrender six runs in the top’o’da’9th, go down one run, and then make a crazy comeback. Wrigley goes wild. I sat there and laughed as the Wrigley went delirious. But this doesn’t happen in LA because all the fans leave early.
Pathetic and not even lovable: the Phillies.
“Eighty percent of the marriages in the NFL fail, and 90 percent if you’re an All Pro,” he said. “When you’re in the public eye, there are so many elements added to it.” — Dave Duerson. It ain’t worth it.
Santeria among baseball players.
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