Politics and the Olympic Games

The news of protest and calls for boycotts (of various flavors) of the 2008 Olympic games raises the perennial question of whether or not politics should have any bearing upon sport. It’s really not a new issue at all. Think of the 1936 Nazi Olympics where Jesse Owens embarrassingly upset what was supposed to be … Read more

Parade of the also-rans: Cynthia McKinney

In a violent world, America needs a president who is ready to take on the enemy with their bare hands. Could Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney be the answer? The former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia certainly has toughness in her background. Two years ago, she roughed up a Captiol police officer who accosted her for … Read more

Battle of the dead Russian writers

Fred Sanders examines the opposing worldviews of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy: In fact, I have long thought that there are basically two kinds of people in the world: Tolstoy people and Dostoevsky people. Sanders quotes literary scholar George Steiner on the differences between the two authors: “Dostoevsky, advancing into the labyrinth of the unnatural, … Read more

Why is drive-thru technology still in beta?

As I made my way through the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru today, it dawned on me that even though the technological advancements of our country have given us such wonders as i-Phones, artificial hearts, and Tang, we still haven’t developed a drive-thru intercom system that outputs ungarbled speech. No matter which fast-food bastion I choose to … Read more

How to name a church

Let’s pretend that you’re planting a new church. If you’re a typical evangelical church plant in the United States, you’ve probably gathered together a few families and individuals in a community, and are meeting in homes, rented office buildings, or more commonly, a school building. Hopefully, you’ve decided (and founded your church upon) sound doctrinal … Read more

Parade of the also-rans: Jonathan “The Impaler” Sharkey

Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey: Your Next President It has often been said that character is a necessary qualification in a candidate for president. With that, let it never be said that Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey isn’t a character. Sharkey is more than just an independent 2008 presidential candidate. In his own words: To some, The … Read more

Parade of the also-rans: the “who else” in who’s running for president

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain. No doubt you’ve heard these three names more often than you’d like, and from now until November there will be no shortage of frontrunner coverage. If you’re as dissatisfied with the current crop of candidates as am I, you might be wondering: isn’t there anybody else running? As it … Read more

Three things before we get started…

Before regular posting here resumes tomorrow (really–no foolin’!), there are two items I highly recommend reading: Colby Willen’s 2-part (of a promised 3) series on the “Call to Ministry.” It’s a seldom seen perspective within the church on a phenomenon that’s too often abused. Part one, and part two. Read them now. Eaten Alive: An … Read more