Warp and Woof (3.8.2013)

Prison Reform – As a board member of a prison ministry, I have seen first hand the good, bad, and ugly of America’s prison system. Several articles worth reading – Prison and the Poverty Trap; Incarceration in Fragile Families; Collateral Costs of Incarceration; The Sentencing Project; and Incarceration and Cutting Crime.


Scholars and the Church – Krista Dalton writes a personal account of the tension often encountered by scholars in the church. Really enjoyed it especially since it was on my mind this week also.


Seminary as a Cemetery – Amanda says maybe it should be.


Congrats to Marc Cortez and Nijay Gupta for new jobs. I hope they both keep blogging!


Warp and Woof (2.1.2013)

Can’t believe it is already February. The month seem to be a blur with some vacation early in the month and sickness taking up the last half month. Yet, through it all I give you this week’s reads:

Academics and Blogging – This has been relatively steady topic in my feed for sometime. It can be struggle, especially for those still in school or early in their career, to decide for or against blogging. Mainly Macro and Brian Leport offer advice for those struggling with “to be or not to be” a blogger.

Visualizing – This is not a post but a link to the site. It is, “A community of creative people making sense of complex issues through data and design.” Be careful, you may get sucked in and spend way to much time looking around.

Ecclesia and Ethics – An online, real-time conference. It has a great line-up of speakers, including N.T. Wright, Michael Gorman, and Stanley Hauerwas, and will be interesting to see how it works. Change is always scary!

JSPL – Nijay Gupta announces the release of 2.2 of JSPL (nicknamed Galaterfest). As a PhD student working in Galatians…I am both excited and terrified. Anyone else share the fear that your whole dissertation is going to become irrelevant before you can get it finished?

Revelation and Discipleship – Kait Dugan gives a reflection on Bonhoeffer, Ziegler, and discipleship. She writes, “The Christian life is essentially revolutionized to be about discipleship of the Crucified Lord into the depths of this world.”

Finally, Tim Gombis turns his attention to spiritual gifts. While I think Disney has become an easy target, I am constantly amazed by the thoughtfulness and frequency of his posts.

I hope to post one more by Bryan E. Lewis but I have not been able to get his site open in a few days. Will see what happens.