- Ben Myers, On Catechesis and Catastrophe. (This one is very well-written and thoughtful. It should be on your must-read list today.)
In our eagerness to make sure everybody is included, to reassure inquirers that the Christian faith is indeed an easygoing undemanding thing, we are looking only at the dimples and batted eyelashes. We are forgetting the longer view, the screech of tyres and the shriek of twisted steel and the long split-second when a windscreen becomes a million tiny diamonds in the sky. We blame the new converts if after some time they make a wreck of their faith.
- New York Times, The Masters as the New Bachelors
Call it credential inflation. Once derided as the consolation prize for failing to finish a Ph.D. or just a way to kill time waiting out economic downturns, the master’s is now the fastest-growing degree.
- Wired, In Praise of Vagueness
Vagueness is hard to defend. To be vague is to be imprecise, unclear, ambiguous. In an age that worships precise information, vagueness feels like willfull laziness.
And yet, as William James pointed out, vagueness is not without virtues. Sometimes, precision is dangerous, a closed door keeping us from imagining new possibilities. Vagueness is that door flung wide open, a reminder that we don’t yet know the answer, that we might still get better, that we have yet to fail
- Tim Gombis, The Paul We Think We Know
Evangelicals feel a special connection with the apostle Paul. We shape our theology according to his thought, imitate his mission to evangelize, and pursue discipleship after his devotional practices. But our vision of him is loaded with misconceptions. Have we become more Pauline than Paul himself?
- Joel Willits comments on two works about Karl Barth and Israel
- According to Boston.com, literally is the most over-used word.
- Business Week takes a look at Goolge+’s Circle Logic.
- A woman paid $10,000 for art that doesn’t exist, at least not in any visible form.
- And, here’s a list of 15 Kids Books You Need to Read.