This is the way it works. I don’t actually have internet access at home, so when I leave the library for dinner, I open tabs for all the interesting looking links from my google reader, and read them off-line after dinner. Here are some of my picks from yesterday. (With a few links from today.)
- The motorcade
- new biblical studies list
- Disconnected seminarians
- Emerging strengths
- What Bach looked like
- so much for global warming the new Ice Age
Links here only – no commentary below
- Ben Witherington begins a theology of work
- Real photos from Mozambique (I’m into real life.)
- Stuff white people like (still making me laugh at myself; guilty as charged)
The day after the peace agreement in Kenya was signed, I sat down with two of my Kenyan friends over tea to discuss how this would actually work out. One of my friends said that the first order of business would be to figure out how big Raila’s motorcade should be. Sure enough front-page article in the Standard yesterday: Raila assigned state security, motorcade. Raila gets taste of power.
[More details, quotes and comments below]
At least four limousines have been identified to be assigned to the Lang’ata MP, even as the concerned officers sourced for more vehicles, a source told The Standard.
For the most part, I feel pretty optimistic that this can work. All public signs seem pretty good. Smile it’s the new Kenya. Ironically, this agreement has simply cemented the memorandum of understanding these same two men had agreed upon before the 2002 elections. I thought this Raila quote from the NYTime’s article
“Better half a loaf than no bread,” Mr. Odinga said of a power-sharing agreement
The Biblicalist, a biblical studies list of academic emphasis open to all who wish to approach the Bible in its wider context, past and present. All viewpoints and perspectives which draw on the work of scholars in biblical studies and cognate disciplines are welcome.
Topics of discussion include the interpretation of particular texts of the Bible and related literature, the background of ancient Near Eastern and Classical cultures, theological and philosophical reflections on relevant issues, and the Bible in art and literature, including the reception of the Bible from ancient times to the present.
Moderators are: Stephen Carlson, Kevin Edgecomb, Chris Heard, John Hobbins, Iyov, Suzanne McCarthy, Jerry Shepherd, Rikk Watts, Chris Weimer, and Tyler Williams
“How would your introductory course in your field help prepare students for ministry?” Or “What do you think ministers really need to know about your subject in order to lead people in lives of faith and action?”
One dean said that ‘at least two-thirds of applicants’ for positions in his school ‘give not evidence of understanding what it takes to prepare people for ministry.’ . . . Too many candidates in the so-called classical disciplines – like biblical studies and church history – demonstrate neither the desire nor the ability to connect their scholarship to the work of ministry and the lived religion of existing communities.
– Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore and Ted A. Smith in The Christian Century (Feb. 26, 2008) where they introduced a survey, which has done by a Vanderbilt study group in 2003 on how academic deans and presidents are disappointed by the candidates coming out of top graduate programs. [Full OT Story Post]
1. epistemological humility – a willingness to reconsider ‘how do you know?’ after the collapse of foundationalism;
2. ecclesiological adaptability – a vision of the postmodern west as a culture (or rather fragmented collection of tribal sub-cultures) in which the church is increasingly ineffective;
3. eschatological immediacy – faithful living in the inaugurated kingdom subverts the status quo, and addresses the ethical, economic and ecological crises of our time and place.
Not sure if this does justice to the depth and breadth of the movement, but these are the central issues I see being addressed.
What ‘non-emergents’ should know:
1. there’s no need to be threatened, and not everyone needs to become emergent.
2. emergent is essentially a renewal movement. It doesn’t pretend to be the church, but certainly offers considerable resources to the church.
DOING: A huge emphasis on walking the walk as well as talking the talk, helping others, reaching out into the community, meeting people where they are.
ENERGY (this goes back to Cam’s comment about renewal.)
JESUS PASSION: A focus on Jesus rather than theology. Getting to the heart of the faith rather than caught up in details. Loving Jesus with a passion that makes it possible to push aside conventions
SELF-AWARENESS:I personally have not seen a movement so concerned taking care not to be alienating or overbearing towards outsiders. Compassionate relationship seen as expressing Jesus’ truth more fully than cold facts.
ADAPTABILITY: not being straight-jacketed by “how we’ve always done things.” A willingness to learn.
HUMILITY: A willingness to acknowledge the errors of the Christian Church.
Comment 30 has good stuff too.
(Thanks to Jim West for this link)
A Scottish forensic anthropologist has created a new and surprising image of the renowned German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.
I find myself often in the position Karl Barth described a propos his Romans commentary: trying to find the way for myself, suddenly a lot of other people seem to be wanting to know as well. He used the image of when, as a boy, he was climbing up the dark staircase in the church tower in the dark and, thinking he’d found a hand-rail, leant his weight on it only to discover it was the bell-rope.
– NT Wright
Hat tip to Michael Kruse for this one
John Hobbins adds his two cents here (independent research included.)
Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.
The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.”
China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century.
. . . And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.
The ice is back.
. . . we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.
The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased.
It’s way too early to claim the same is about to happen again, but then it’s way too early for the hysteria of the global warmers, too.