Here are some mighty fine stuff out there in the blogosphere:
Neil at 4Simpson’s posts Why Sex is Like Duct Tape. This one goes hand in hand with my letter to Valentine in the Morning that I posted today. I’ve actually used the duct tape illustration with my students before (sex comes up a lot. I reason that since I’m one of the only fellas out there that will give any semblance of sense to them, I let them go there from time to time. Yeah, risky…but worth it.)
David Porter at A Boomer in the Pew posts God-From Homeboy to Sovereign King. This here’s a mighty fine post…mighty fine. I hope to make Jesus more than a homeboy too. It’s a shame that God these days is commonly seen as a guy in “a robe, with flip flops on, kickin’ it in heaven, with a pick in his afro.” (that gem comes from Ludacris, by the way, in a recent interview.). It’s expected for the world to think like that, but those in the church? C’mon. I admit, though, that far too often I take the same view of God.
Ray Ortlund writes on the growing trend of stunning biblical illiteracy in the pew, and what we as the Church can do about it. It’s our problem, afterall..it’s happening on our watch. (Thanks again, Challies!)
Gosh I love Mark Steyn! In this post, he has some choice words for many in mainstream Europe (much of the press) and the United States for following Hamas’ lead in spouting the “oldest hatred.” (ht: Hugh Hewitt)
Heather MacDonald writes on the rising rate of minority and inner city crime, and she puts forth a great solution. Unfortunately, its one that many in the press and policy makers aren’t considering. (ht: Lashawn Barber)
Here is the article MacDonald critiques. What the LA Times doesn’t understand is that the problem in the inner cities is a moral one, not a primarily economic one. It’s not a problem of the justice system either. As MacDonald notes, the kid has got to commit a crime in the first place to end up in the system (and who do you think the crime was committed against? An old white male? No…most often, its against another minority.)
Hard economic times does exacerbate the problem, but it is only a symptom pointing to a deeper problem. As long as kids in black and latino neighborhoods come from broken and dysfunctional homes (of course, broken homes are prevalent in largely white neighborhoods as well, but as MacDonald demonstrates, the prevalence is much, much higher in these minority communities.), the cycle will continue.
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