Monthly Archives: November 2012

John 21: Jesus Encourages (Not Rebukes) Peter

Last night was the last meeting of my church’s Bible study group, for the time being.  We finished A Fragile Stone, Peter: Jesus’ Friend, with Michael Card. I have two thoughts: 1.  In John 21, Jesus asks Peter three times … Continue reading

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Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance 6

For my write-up today on Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, I’ll start with something that Gore says on page 179: “…men and women who care must be politically empowered to demand and help effect … Continue reading

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Did Jonathan Edwards Have Asperger’s?

In my latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, I wondered if Jonathan Edwards had Asperger’s Syndrome.  Marsden does not speculate about this issue, but, as a person with Asperger’s who has read some about the condition, I … Continue reading

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Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance 5: Trade-Offs

For my write-up today on Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, my main theme will be trade-offs. On pages 137-138, Gore discusses the Third World.  Gore says that there are impoverished Third World countries that … Continue reading

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Edwards: Heaven as a Place of Growth

For my write-up today on George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, I’ll use as my starting point something that Marsden says on page 109: “In one notable entry, [Jonathan Edwards] again placed his longing for Sarah in its larger spiritual … Continue reading

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What It Is Like to Go to War

I watched a good episode of Bill Moyers’ program last Sunday, after I came home from church.  In it, Bill Moyers talks with Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes, who is the author of the book What It Is Like to Go … Continue reading

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Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance 4: Clouds

A few posts ago, in writing about Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, I mentioned Al Gore’s reference to an argument that the greenhouse effect could actually lead to cooling, since it would result in … Continue reading

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If People Can’t Help What They Believe…

My latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life covered a variety of topics: the growing influence of Anglicanism in early eighteenth New England, which concerned a number of Puritans; Jonathan Edwards’ prophetic speculation, as he calculated that Christ … Continue reading

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Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance 3

In my latest reading of Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, Al Gore talks about the dramatic effects of shifts in climate throughout history, as they led to such things as famines, migrations, plagues, and competition for … Continue reading

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Edwards, Locke, and the Relationship of God to Nature

The inside flaps of the cover to George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life states: “Marsden reveals Edwards as a complex thinker and human being who struggled to reconcile his Puritan heritage with the secular, modern world emerging out of the … Continue reading

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