1. Is Obama the new Nixon? This article from the Daily Beast talks about how Obama does the opposite of what Nixon did in the 60s by rallying a counterculture against him. Is the right the new left in different clothes?
2. No church planting in the NT? (HT: Jonathon) This post from nextreformation deals with the lack of modernistic “church planting” in the NT church and how we might deal with it in a modernistic culture.
3. Some rules of creativity. I like this site a lot. It is good especially if you are an educator.
4. If you like My Morning Jacket, Bright Eyes (or Conor Oberst or Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), or M. Ward, you ought to check out Monsters of Folk. Made up of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes), M. Ward, and Jim James (HT: Steve).
5. One person asks how much homework should we be giving kids in high school? What is the best way to prepare kids for the future? I have my opinion, but perhaps this would be a good time to consider major reforms in the educational system? There are some basic structural problems that, in my opinion, need to change before we can really ask questions about homework.
6. Michael Kruse writes about economics over at Jesus Creed. I particularly like this part:
I think some of the misunderstanding between the theologically-minded and economists comes from evaluating issues through different legitimate lenses. For instance, the theologian proposes a course of action. In response, the ìtwo-armedî economist goes into her mode of articulating trade-offs, bypassing discussion of the merits of the theologianís constructs. The theologian experiences this as dismissive — an elevation of economics over theology. Meanwhile, the theologian persists in making truth claims that are unsupportable from economic analysis. The economist experiences this as idealistic or ideological close-mindedness. If a person has convinced himself of a belief that is economic equivalent to believing we can walk of cliffs without falling, why bother? The conversation ends.
Kruse’s comments are reminiscent of something I also read recently in my History Teacher periodical. One of articles from the latest edition talks about the fights that take place between “master” historians (phd Historians) and laymen (like film makers, etc.), and the debates that take place between the two of them. They often “talk past” each other and make the other irrelevant.
May we not talk past each other today.