As Chicago’s summer ends, a man plays the sax to express his thoughts.
Ed Dobson blogs! (HT: TG)
Stephen Holmes, a professor of theology, on Mark Driscoll.
Tullian Tchividjian survives (69-31%) a vote to oust him from Coral Ridge — a sad story, in my view.

Brett’s weekly wisdom. (When I worry about the church not living up to its own standards, I’m reminded of Bonhoeffer’s point: it’s about forgiven sinners, not about saints.)
Neo-fundamentalism at work among the Nazarenes.

1. Concerns about education in South Africa.

2. Women, choice, happiness … and a downtrend.
3. Obama and Afghanistan: “One observer, characterizing the president’s dilemma at its most extreme, said: “He can send more troops and it will be a disaster and he will destroy the Democratic Party. Or he can send no more troops and it will be a disaster and the Republicans will say he lost the war.”
4. Obama and Afghanistan: right wing speaks.
6. Eric Cantor on the health care public debate: “Stop the revival stuff and let’s talk.”
7. David Brooks on Kristol: “Kristol was easily the most influential contemporary writer in my life, and while going over my worn collections, I’ve wondered where this attitude of detached attachment came from. My first guess is ethnic. Kristol grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and seems to have absorbed the elemental Jewish commandment: Don’t be a schmuck. Don’t fall for fantastical notions that have nothing to do with the way people really are.”
Amanpour needs to work on her speech making and interviewing. 

President Obama supports Chicago’s bid for the Olympics.
The sad but true revelation of the character of Michael Jordan.
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