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Monthly Archives: July 2010
Alissa Wilkinson  |  July 26, 2010  |  Education, Religion

I read Desiring the Kingdom earlier this year, and have been thinking a lot about how the ideas of thick and thin practices and the true purpose of Christian education apply to me, a lowly first-year instructor at Christian college full of ambitious students who tend more toward workaholism than slacker-ness. One thing I’ve realized is that it’s probably unwise for me to assign deadlines … MORE »

David Greusel  |  July 23, 2010  |  Arts, Cities

Archeologists rooting around in the remains of 20th-century North American civilization are likely to be stumped by this question: Why, in the world’s richest society, was the design of churches so uniformly bad? I considered this question recently while attending a worship service in a pre-engineered metal building with a retractable basketball goal hanging over the apse (or what would have been the apse), and … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  July 19, 2010  |  Justice, Politics

I spent last week with the good people at Civitas, talking about graceful politics. It’s an ironic theme. Politics is many things, but it is almost never graceful. Sharp, witty, bombastic, sure. Graceful? Not really. Grace is for figure skaters and pianists, not politicians. No one can be graceful after that much scotch. It was, after all, the grace of the thing that touched me. … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  July 8, 2010  |  Arts, Cities

  I unexpectedly found myself (and my ten-month-old daughter) in the Nevada desert for the fourth of July. I thought I’d share a few worthy reasons to visit the inimitable city of Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil. Seven worlds, one city. (Mystere, Ka and O are your best picks.) The Bellagio fountains. Every fifteen minutes, with the toll of the clock, spectacular dancing waters come … MORE »