Online Reading (Nov 25, 2008)

Law: The American NAtional Park Police seem to believe a man handing out poppies (what we Canadians know as a symbol of war veterans) is a panhandler.

Evil?: GetReligion comments on the story of a young man who killed himself by overdose while many watched over webcam feed.

Reading: Tim Challies posts a series of tips on how to read better.

And just a simple quote:

Every age has its own outlook. It is especially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds… by reading old books.

— C.S. Lewis from the ‘Introduction’, St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Online Reading (October 21, 2008)

Aid Work: The Taliban shoots to death a Christian woman working with the handicapped in Kabul. (Can’t have Christians doing nice stuff for the disabled, after all). The BBC does a special report on the dangers facing aid workers

U.S. Politics: I wonder how a libertarian squares a vote with the apparently socialist leanings of this candidate for president.

More U.S. Politics: William Kristol in the New York Times writes on the question of intellectualism and populism in politics.

Canadian Law: Ezra Levant (who gets many complaints against him in human rights tribunals) points out the troubling fact that the federal commission is apparently censoring the accused’s defense.

Online Reading (October 15, 2008)

*phew* lots to read today

Exegesis: A new site gives a tutorial on Biblical Arcing (a method of understanding texts by grapically representing the flow of the argument). If you prefer the method in a regular text, try “Interpreting the Pauline Epistles” by Tom Schreiner.

Study Bible: Speaking of which, today marks the launch of the ESV Study Bible, of which Tom Schreiner is one of the contributors. There is also a preview of the online version for the book of Matthew.

Culture: France’s political establishment warns that soccer matches in France may be called off if fans (often immigrants cheering the country of their birth)  jeer at the French National Anthem.

Pluralism: The Buddhists in South Korea are angry, believing that the Presbyterian president of the country is discriminating against them.

Law: an expression of the pain caused by legal “fishing expedition” medical malpractice filings (and the detriment to culture as a whole).

History: as an unmarried, balding, unemployed wannabe pastor with crooked legs, I am somewhat encouraged by the Historical Paul.

More History: An article debunking the idea that the majority of educated ancients believed that the world was flat (apologies to Washington Irving).

Online Reading (August 13, 2008)

Weirdness: the Telegraph reports thatAl-Queda in Iraq claims that women buying “suggestive vegetables” like cucumbers is un-Islamic.

Anglicanism: John Stackhouse speaks of the collapse of the world’s largest small group, the Anglican Church

Cultural Weirdness: A gust of wind caused an inflatable dog turd to wreak havoc in Switzerland.

Compassion?: The Unabomber claims that a museum made up of his cabin and materials has relevance for the privacy of his victim’s families. It might have helped their privacy had he not sent their loved ones bombs.

Online Reading (July 18, 2008)

Law: Courts in Pakistan say that two kidnapped Christian girls “converted” to Islam and so cannot be returned to their families.

Environment: A theological thinking about ecology when we believe the world is going to end.

Morality: Albert Mohler comments on Rational Choice Theory as a basis of morality.

Campus Ministry: John Stackhouse provides some reflection on engaging the university.

Online Reading (July 15, 2008)

Culture: A comedian (Guy Earle) is having a benefit in Toronto to pay for his legal costs since the BC Human Rights Tribunal decided it had jurisdiction to censor his stand up show.

Politics: George Bush promises to keep pressuring China on religious freedom…. but he’s still going to the Olympics.

Theology: A New Book is coming on the question of inerrancy in evangelical circles. (This poor unemployed pastor-type guy would accept gifts)

Study Bible: The Introduction to the Psalms is now available for the ESV Study Bible.