That Was The Week That Was


• My four-year old son should get a co-writing credit for Monday’s Lenten devotion, on wonder.

• Peace be to the memory of Bob Sandin, the Bethel alum and Evangelical Covenant philosopher who served as dean, provost, or president at a variety of colleges, including North Park and Mercer.

• Is Pietism fundamentally eclectic? Playful, perhaps?

• If you’re a Chautaqua or Rodeheaver buff (do those two groups overlap much?), then you probably want to check out Jared’s new gig.

• Not surprised that more students are starting out college thinking they’ll major in engineering or biology; but that fewer are studying business or education…

…There and Everywhere

Jacobs, The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography• H-Pietism featured a slightly more positive review of Douglas Shantz’s Introduction to German Pietism than mine, from a Brethren scholar who studies gender roles in Pietism.

• Roger Olson wasn’t all that interested in theological novelty, but is attentive to “new solutions to the old problems theology has faced.”

• A couple of good ones from Alan Jacobs… First, if you missed his “biography” of the Book of Common Prayer when it came out last year, this Christianity Today interview on the topic will have you reaching for Amazon. Second, Jacobs observed a strange divergence in American Christianity: “…in the last twenty years I’ve seen theologically-serious Protestants become more and more respectful of and interested in Catholicism — but I have simultaneously seen many serious Catholics withdraw completely into a purely Catholic world, with little interest in other Christian traditions except to critique them….”

• Jacobs is an evangelical Anglican. So, we learned at Jesus Creed, is Scot McKnight, who will be ordained as a deacon later this month.

• In this country the Beatles (said one) were once bigger than Jesus. According to China’s version of Twitter, Jesus is now bigger than Mao.

• The Tsar (Nicholas I)-like Vladimir Putin, according to historian Robert Service.

The Bodleian Library in Oxford
The Bodleian Library, Oxford – Creative Commons (Remi Mathis)

• The great historian-educator Sam Wineburg spoke on doing history in the digital age: “Our worry is that as we continue to produce… journal articles we are not [missing] the profound changes in how information is disseminated in modern society… The university — particularly professional schools that are supposed to be producing knowledge for practitioners — is being left behind. We are becoming less and less relevant to the people who most need our knowledge.”

• If you’re a prospective college student, or the parent of one, make sure to read John Warner’s advice.

• One more piece of advice: if you want your child to get into Oxford, name her Eleanor (or him Peter) and do not name her Shannon (or him Shane).

• One of my favorite documentaries is Errol Morris’ The Fog of War. I agree with Peter Osnos that that film offered Robert McNamara some level of redemption; I suspect that Osnos is also right that Morris’ new film, The Unknown Known, will simply confirm that Donald Rumsfeld is an incredibly smug man whose “self-regard is offensive.”

Captain America, the “witch-hunting, anti-communist crusader in the tradition of Joseph McCarthy.”

• Then here’s Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. On Portlandia. Three words: “coal oil fire.” (H/T Patrick Connelly)


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