Why We Oughta Be a Bit More Humble About What We “Know”

Occasionally I go to a feedyard and measure dust concentrations, wind speed/direction, solar radiation, humidity, and a couple other things, all of which gives me a chance to estimate the rate at which the feedyard is emitting dust. I bring all those data back to the office, load ‘em into my computer, and run themContinue reading “Why We Oughta Be a Bit More Humble About What We “Know””

What is it With These Anglicans, Anyway?

It occurred to me that the gentle reader may not detect the winsome tone of the last paragraph below.  So in order to clarify that a bit without insulting the gentle reader’s intelligence, qb would like to give a bit of a hint.  Some years ago, my eldest sister gave my mom a birthday orContinue reading “What is it With These Anglicans, Anyway?”

The “Honorable” James Carter, Spin Doctor Emeritus

Then (9/15/09): I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man.  I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude towardContinue reading “The “Honorable” James Carter, Spin Doctor Emeritus”

Pullin’ a Classic Off the Shelf

If you are underage, or if your underage children are watching over your shoulder, cover the ears. —– A couple of years ago, for reasons having more to do with unseasoned PhD candidates within my academic reach than with anything remotely political, qb ordered a tiny volume by a great Princeton sage, Harry Frankfurt.  ItsContinue reading “Pullin’ a Classic Off the Shelf”


“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act.  The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, 9/21/09 “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educateContinue reading “Breathtaking”

The Precious Ability to Shut Up

Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut. – Paul Miller (attributed) Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain (attributed) —– Here’s a thought experiment, a little game, for [both of] qb’s readers. Try think of a singleContinue reading “The Precious Ability to Shut Up”

From Wormwood, With Love

Dear Readers, I thought you might benefit from this. See below for some great information about marketing your churches during the upcoming fall campaign.    Sincerely, Wormwood ——————— MINDSTORM Fall 2008    We’d love to partner with you this Fall in reaching the heart of your community. This back-to-school season is a pivotal time for families and individuals as they look for stability and aContinue reading “From Wormwood, With Love”

What Must I Do to be Saved?

A young man interviewing for a youth-ministry position recently wrote to Dr. Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog and described an uncomfortable situation that occurred during his interview. One of the elders apparently asked this young man how he would respond if a 15-year-old asked him how to get to heaven. You need to know thatContinue reading “What Must I Do to be Saved?”

“All Jesus, All the Time”

Well, the otherwise subterranean War Between the Prophets has moved to prime time.  We have the Rev. Jeremiah Wright going off on America the Evil on Obama’s side, and now we have The “Honorable” James David Manning going off on Obama, the “Emissary of the Devil” (WARNING:  EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE CONTENT) on the other.  These gentlemen do not represent African AmericanContinue reading ““All Jesus, All the Time””

How We Approach the Bible

If you pay much attention to the dialogue in Christian circles around the so-called “emergent” movement, you’ve heard of Scot McKnight, theology professor and author of The Jesus Creed and several other books.  He has assembled an interesting quiz to help us grapple with the diverse ways we approach the Scriptures. The fancy word for this lineContinue reading “How We Approach the Bible”