Monday, July 28, 2014

What's Happening in Iraq?

Here's an FAQ on what's happening to Christians in Iraq.

Let's pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

HT: Joe Carter

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five Things About Economic Inequality

An interesting article from the New York Times:

Unfortunately, equal opportunity is now a mirage. Indeed, researchers find that there is less economic mobility in America than in class-conscious Europe.

We know some of the tools, including job incentives and better schools, that can reduce this opportunity gap. But the United States is one of the few advanced countries that spends less educating the average poor child than the average rich one. As an escalator of mobility, the American education system is broken.

HT: Nicholas Kristof

Monday, July 21, 2014

Update: Christian College Will Keep Accreditation

Earlier, I posted an article that talked about how Gordon College, a Christian college in suburban Boston, was facing accreditation scrutiny due to its president's signing of this letter.

I was quickly informed by some colleagues who are studied from and employed by Gordon College that Gordon College is not, in fact, in danger of losing its accreditation.

It looks like President Obama is not going to acquiesce to the aforementioned letter's request, and there may be some negative circumstances stemming from that. However, contrary to earlier news reports, Gordon College's accreditation is not in any danger.

News reports will not likely make strong efforts to announce this update (since it's not as grabby), so I thought you should know.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fun: Badly Arranged Church Sign

You might want to find a way to separate the pastor's name from this particular sermon title. Or put the words "This week's sermon" before the title in quotes. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Learning from TV Presidents

I haven't watched Scandal or House of Cards, but my wife and I did jump on the West Wing bandwagon . . . in 2013 (yeah, we were a bit late). In any case, there are some interesting points about how Presidents and politics have changed in their portrayals on television, and what that says about us.

For the record, I thought this article's author paints West Wing's President Bartlet as a bit too flawless, but the rest of the comparisons between the shows are insightful and fair. You can read the article here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Another Christian College's Accreditation Questioned

Last week, I posted about how a UPenn literature prof questioned the accreditation of general religious schools, using my alma mater as the prime example, citing religion's anti-intellectualism that he assumes is inherent.

Now, another longstanding and locally reputable Christian school is going to have its accreditation investigated, but for another reason.

Here's the basic news, and here's a law prof's take.