Rudy -- The Be Good Tanyas

The Be Good Tanyas: A Winter's Night: A Nettwerk Christmas Album (November, 2003)

onehouse: The Gospel according to Tutu.

I don't preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn't say, "Now is that political or social?" He said, "I feed you." Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.

I really like the spirit expressed in this quote from Bishop Desmond Tutu. In saying there's not a "social gospel" separable from the gospel itself, this African bishop sounds positively Celtic.

beliefnet: Interview with Richard Dawkins

This is, to me, a fascinating interview with Dawkins. Reminds me of the Penn Jillette essay for "This I believe"/NPR in which he states that he believes there is no God. Part of Dawkins' persona seems to be to put controversy in the strongest possible terms, but in the interview he seems relatively calm, reasonable, dispassionate.

Reed Charles Hirby

My day on Sunday started at 4:15 a.m. in Charlotte, NC. My flight arrangements called for travel from Charlotte through Chicago to Green Bay. Pat made the sensible suggestion that we should try to get to Madison to see the new baby.


I was sitting in the Alvarez Union at Davidson College about 9:15 this morning -- the keynote speaker had been introduced and was just getting into the meat of his topic: the heart of IT. My cellphone rang but I silenced it; it was Ben. A few seconds later it rang again and I silenced it again: it was Pat. It didn't take me long to figure out what was on their minds, so I slipped out of the meeting, listened to the message, and called Ben.

The Final Frontiersman

Heard a great book talk today at the Appleton Public Library. Speaker was James Campbell, author of The Final Frontiersman. It's the story of Heimo Korth, a native of Appleton who in 1975 at age 20, leaves Appleton for the Alaskan interior to subsist on fur trapping, hunting, and fishing. He's still there. Campbell lives in Wisconsin and lived for a time in Appleton; he is Korth's first cousin. In the audience were some who had known Heimo's family and some of his teachers at Appleton West.

Rethinking “mainline liberal”

James Wall, editor of The Christian Century, offers (link above) a promising analysis and suggestion for a change in the terminology we "progressive" Christians use to refer to ourselves.

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