Debt, Ethics and a Seminary Education
“Churches are now filled with, and led by, people who are often drowning in debt and struggling to think about much else.  Even closer to home, debt has reached crisis proportions for those of us who venture to study at America’s expensive seminaries on our own dime. Maybe this is just wrong.”

Dispatches from Blighty: The Don and Driscoll
A Brit on Britain. Probably worth a listen! I totally agree with Jeremy’s cynicism about some of the rather optimistic stats that have been quoted about British church-going in various places.

Government and its rivals
Ross Douthat critiques the President’s new healthcare regulations and the impact on religious groups: “Sectarian self-segregation is O.K., but good Samaritanism is not.”

How abuse changes a child’s brain
The brains of children raised in violent families resemble the brains of soldiers exposed to combat.

How sitting all day is damaging your body and what you can do to counteract it
The stats will make you jump out of your chair: “Do you sit in an office chair or on your couch for more than six hours a day? Then here are some disturbing facts: Your risk of heart disease has increased by up to 64 percent. You’re shaving off seven years of quality life. You’re also more at risk for certain types of cancer. Simply put, sitting is killing you. That’s the bad news. The good news: It’s easy to counteract no matter how lazy you are.”

Here’s a video to get you started!

  • Editor,

    There is no “maybe” about it. Debt is wrong, and up until the 20th century Christians of most denominations were united on the subject. But who can remember ever hearing a modern minister ever mention staying out of debt as being any part of Christian life? It wasn’t so in past generations. You can read what others from days long gone have said about it in these two posts from last August.

  • Gordon Woods

    How sitting all day…
    I visualized elvating my workspace to standing height; dual monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, file cabinet whose top drawer functions as additional space. Then I looked at the floor. What do I do about that workspace. I considered all the negative consequences listed and also that I’m well past my allotted 70+2 years, so I decided to leave my workspace as is. But, I won’t sit as much; there’ll be more frequent trips to the kitchen looking for goodies. In the final analysis though, the determining factor not to change to stand-up workspace was the boss. No way would my wife tolerate such a move. Final note: If you wait long enough there will be research showing what you listed as negative for sitting will show it negative for standing and that sitting is bbetter.

    • David Murray

      Yes, the boss….! Probably by the time you reach 72 there’s not much more damage you can do to yourself!