Monthly Archives: January 2014

Their feelings would not be repressed, and as readers, we eagerly read on as their love overcame them and finally culminated in a moment of passion and truth. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 200 years since the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In honor of this anniversary, allow us to share how ardently we admire and love these literary lovers who remind us of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. — Zola Books

  * * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zola-books-/8-couples-who-remind-us-o_b_4675535.html?utm_hp_ref=books * In vain they struggled, but it wouldn’t do. Their feelings would not be repressed, and as readers, we eagerly read on as their love overcame them and finally culminated in a moment of passion … Continue reading

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The centurion at the foot of the crucified Christ looked up at Christ and said, “Surely this one was innocent.” I felt then and I feel now that this is my ministry. — Jim McCloskey

* http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+centurion+at+the+cross&qpvt=images+centurion+at+the+cross&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=CC8552880E838FE61063D05445FA7F29B8BE6D15&selectedIndex=9 * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-meisel/profiles-in-ministry-jim-_b_4688012.html?utm_hp_ref=religion * Did your family support you? When I announced to my parents that I was going to become a minister, they almost had a heart attack. That’s number one. Mom said to me, “I don’t … Continue reading

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“Myth” is an ambiguous word in American culture. We tend to think of myth as a lie or as an outdated explanation for a mystery long since cleared up by science. But as Joseph Campbell and a host of other mythologists, writers and storytellers have observed, myth is actually a framework of meaning, a set of collective fantasies that story our relationship to each other, the world and the cosmos. To tell a myth is to tell a culture’s dream about its inner workings and truths. — Craig Chalquist

* a myth eternally is true (via belief), though it might not be factual * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-chalquist-phd/earthrise-a-mythic-image_b_4661247.html?utm_hp_ref=science * “So you suggest that from this,” Bill Moyers asked his guest, “begins the new myth of our time?” He was referring to … Continue reading

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Six famous misused quotes

* Fabrice LEROUGE via Getty Images in HuffPost Books * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/misinterpret-quotes_n_4654836.html?utm_hp_ref=books * Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.” This is true: powerful quotes provide neatly packed moxie, and can often … Continue reading

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I reflected anew on one of the most formative books of the twentieth century, Martin Buber’s classic I and Thou. This remarkable book shaped the thinking of generations of theologians, philosophers, cultural students and political thinkers, its terminology entering the mainstream of our speech. Buber challenges us to move beyond making “objects” of other people, projecting onto them our assumptions and stereotypes or simply using them to promote our own agendas, to see and hear and understand other persons as living subjects, as “thou” in relation to “I.” By so doing, we reflect the fundamental “I and Thou” relationship between God and each of us. — Michael Jinkins

  * Stamp celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Martin Buber, 1978 * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-jinkins/overcoming-tribalism_b_4682391.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books * There seems to be an act of intellectual empathy that precedes and makes possible the emotional empathy needed to transcend a tribal … Continue reading

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Author James Bamford, who has written three books about the National Security Agency (NSA), talked about President Obama’s remarks on surveillance policy — C-Span

  * * * http://www.c-span.org/video/?317221-3/Bamford * * * * * A true whistleblower doesn’t behave like Edward Snowden * * Greenwald says Snowden “was determined to expose the extremity of NSA spying revealed by the documents, so as to enable … Continue reading

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Calvinism, we keep being reminded, was the faith of the Puritans who settled most early American colonies, and its teachings are reflected in founding documents. Since the U.S. Constitution is so preoccupied with checks and balances, some old-timers found that the “don’t-trust-anyone” motifs in the Constitution made it seem like a Presbyterian (Calvinist) document. — Martin Marty

* unfairly maligned John Calvin 1509-1564   — * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-marty/calvinism-and-conflict_b_4677124.html?utm_hp_ref=religion * Mark Oppenheimer, the author of the Times report, quotes Brad Vermurlen, who is writing a dissertation on “neo-Calvinism” at the non-Calvinist University of Notre Dame. Vermurlen sees the current … Continue reading

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