That Was The Week That Was


  • I still think I might want to visit a Charles Dickens amusement park, chemical smell-pots and the Pizza Hut notwithstanding.
  • I put the cart before the horse slightly and speculated from where a “Pietist vision” would come — without actually describing said “Pietist vision.”
  • The last part in my series on World War I and European museums: the Invalides in Paris and Sanctuary Wood Museum outside Ypres, Belgium.
  • My odd version of an Oscar prediction post, featuring at least a couple of non-nominees and several films I’ve not yet seen. All I’m saying is, look elsewhere for Oscar pool guidance.
  • Tebowmania, make way for Linsanity!


  • Jeremy Lin
    Jeremy Lin - Voice of America

    Lots of other people stole my completely original idea and wrote about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. Several focused on his Christian faith: check this round-up at God’s Politics. Most recently and visibly, David Brooks wondered if Lin could possibly resolve a tension of which he seems well aware: that between the competitiveness and pride that go with a “sporting ethos” and the humility and “self-abnegation” that are part of a “religious ethos.” (It’s a theme I touched on back in the days of Tebowmania, when I posted on the history of “muscular Christianity” and included excerpts from an article about a tennis-playing seminarian struggling with whether Christians can be competitive.)

  • Looking back at my brief post on Lin, I think the aspect of the story that’s most interesting is the one highlighted by David Heim: “[Lin’s] other impact could be in making more Americans recognize the presence of Asian-American evangelicals, who–as Rebecca Kim reports in her book God’s New Whiz Kids?—have come to dominate Christian groups at top schools like Harvard, Yale and UCLA.”
  • Scot McKnight asked his blog readers what they thought of yet another study claiming that the lecture is an ineffective teaching technique. I didn’t add to the comments over at Jesus Creed, which are well worth reading (the conversation — not surprisingly, for a blog frequented by so many pastors — quickly turned to sermons); I feel like I’ve already discharged my mind on the subject in the second half of my post on the Yale Report on 1828. Suffice it to say that I’m with Scot in being skeptical of sweeping assertions from “edu-crats.”
  • After spending so much time here myself writing about World War I commemoration, I was fascinated by these images of little-known World War II memorials built in the 1960s and 1970s in what then was Yugoslavia.
  • The globalization of interest in the history of the Holocaust, with the New York Times meeting visitors from Taiwan to Morocco at the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem.
  • Roger Olson’s response to Stanley Hauerwas‘ thesis that “war remains for Americans our most determinative moral reality.” Concluding with a question about flags in churches…
  • Confucius
    Confucius (551-479 BC) - Wikimedia

    Peter Berger asked if Confucianism is a religion. (H/T First Thoughts)

  • Melissa Rogers with a nice analysis of the Supreme Court’s Hosanna-Tabor ruling, a bit lost in the kerfuffle about birth control and Catholic hospitals.
  • My parents helped found two Covenant churches in the Twin Cities (now the two campuses of this megachurch) that spent parts of their first years meeting in public schools. Here’s the latest on the legal battle between such churches in New York and that city’s board of education.
  • There’s really no reason to post this link about Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak, except that the headline makes me smile.
  • As I did with the Super Bowl one week earlier, I changed channels from the Grammys in order to watch Downton Abbey. An easier choice this time, and thanks to Christian Piatt’s summary of music’s big night… I feel like I didn’t miss a thing.

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