What if What Happened in Boston Was a Weekly Occurance?

While we sympathize with the Israelis, perhaps we ought to recall that we are largely responsible for the exact same thing happening in Afghanistan and Iraq on an even more horrific scale. Or in Pakistan where, and this is not disputed, our drones kill near as many innocents as terrorists. Or indeed, we might think of what the Israelis do to the Palestinians, who indubitably house some terrorists but who also have a good many women and children. Just to say, lets not forget that there are other people suffering every day, or that we are in a large part responsible for it.

I can heartily agree with the last paragraph though. Lets not let isolated events of terrorism change our lives. So maybe Boston should call off the drones it is considering for the next marathon.

Thinking Out Loud

Noah Beck writes at The Christian Post:

I genuinely empathize with the victims of the Boston bombing. They were killed, maimed, injured, and/or forever traumatized only because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As they gathered to compete in or watch the marathon underway, they were – like all terrorism victims – the epitome of innocent.

But imagine if this happened again next week, at a pizzeria, killing 15 diners. And again, a week later, on a bus, killing 19 passengers. Then, at a discotheque, killing 21 teens. Then, at a church, killing 11 worshipers. And so on, with a new bombing terrorizing us almost every week.

Israelis don’t have to imagine. They just have to remember. Between 1995 and 2005, each year saw an average of 14 suicide bombings, murdering 66 victims. 2002 was the worst year, with 47 bombings that slaughtered 238…

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OK Glass, RIP Privacy: The Democratization Of Surveillance

An interesting thought on surveillance: if you can’t beat um, join um.
It is really pragmatic-if not ideal. The truth is that we have for surrendered our privacy for a thousand digital conveniences. The way things work, is inherently against privacy. It ought not be, there is no reason we cannot change it. But in the interim, and at the least, lets at least let the people shine the same light on the state that it would shine on us. If it wishes to hold the maxim that so long as we’ve nothing to hide we’ve nothing to fear; perhaps we can begin by examining it. In doing so, I am certain, we would quickly reclaim our privacy because we would finally understand how little of it we have. If the Boston Bombing reveals anything, and I think it reveals a whole lot, it shows just how much the government already knows about you and how easily it can watch you. It is a travesty that we cannot with any similar acuteness observe the goings on of our own and purportedly representative government.

Who Are You Sleeping With? Tim Keller at Gospel Coalition

Certainly don’t think that every doubt finds it root in sin–don’t think that was the point though. At any rate I’m forced to say, Yeeep.

Thinking Out Loud

On the one hand, I no longer give a lot of space here to what the New Calvinists are up to.  My feeling is that when they finally reach consensus on the question, “What is the Gospel?” they can send up smoke signals like they do in The Vatican.

But there’s no denying the wisdom and influence of Redeemer Presbyterian (New York, NY) pastor and author Timothy Keller.  So there was a lot of excitement over the weekend over a post by Derek Rishmawy who has a Patheos blog Christ and Pop Culture, and wrote ‘Who Are You Sleeping With?’ My Conversation with Timothy Keller.  

First, here’s the context:

…Drawing on his experience in urban, culture-shaping Manhattan, Keller responded that one of the biggest obstacles to repentance for revival in the Church is the basic fact that almost all singles outside the Church and a majority inside the…

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Blessed Are They

Blessed are they who are meek and humble,
They will inherit the earth.
Bless us, O Lord, make us meek and humble;
Bless us, O Lord, our God.

We Are the Light of the World

What a peculiar request and how entirely different from anything we really ask for. Often enough I suppose, we do ask to be humble. But who asks to be meek? I honestly can’t say I ever have. In fact, I can’t say that I often pray to have any of the characteristics listed in the beatitudes. They mostly sound uncomfortable, even if the the sorrowful will be comforted. It is certainly fantastic to consider the beatitudes of more than a statement of reassurance for the less fortunate as perhaps a statement of where we ought to be.

Family First

The moral theologian Johannes Messner wrote in 1958 that “the family is prior to the state. It holds natural rights which the state is bound to recognize.” In fact, Messner says that the “prominent task of the state” is “to make it possible for families to fulfill their natural function


I’m a fan of families and I like this angle on a familial right to immigrate. Like that German homeschool family in Virginia. Like the pilgrims. And like plenty of “illegal” (technically true) immigrants today.