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Solar Freakin’ Roadways

May 28, 2014

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Since two independent teams of scientists independently concluded that ice sheets in West Antarctica are past the tipping point — behaving independently from ostrich-in-the-sand dreams — maybe it’s time we get independent in our thinking. A possible path toward such independence (play the video) …

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Video of the month: Alister McGrath and the confessions of a lapsed atheist

May 6, 2014

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Pick up a book by Alister McGrath and read it at some time. You’ll discover that the theologian and Oxford University professor violates one of academia’s unwritten but cardinal rules: Not only does he think well, he writes well.

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Saint Patrick would be proud

March 16, 2014

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Many will celebrate the great Saint Patrick on March 17, which is tomorrow as of this writing. My heritage primarily lies with the Anglo Saxons, who oppressed the Irish for centuries, but I plead my Americanism: We sympathize with the Irish despite our ancestors. In that spirit, here are two videos — one of Ireland’s president in 2008. She greets all Irish the world over. The second is presents a nun saying the Lord’s Prayer in Irish Gaelic.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

November 8, 2013

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There’s is a huge swirl of garbage in the Pacific Ocean composed mostly of plastic, which never dissolves. Some of its is swept onto Midway, scene of the great World War 2 naval battle.

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President Obama pledges to address climate change

June 23, 2013

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At 1:35 on Tuesday June 25th President Obama will speak at Georgetown University on the growing threat of climate change. He will lay out his vision of where we need to go, to do what we can to address and prepare for the serious implications of a changing climate. We can see the speech by tuning in to whitehouse.gov/live.

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What is an evangelical?

October 22, 2011

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Lisa Sharon Harper discusses the historic meaning of “evangelical.” Some of this will sound familiar — conversion to Christ within the context of a Bible-centered faith — but some will not. Social action was key to such teachers as Charles Finney. Given her description, one must ask: Are some so-called “evangelical leaders” truly evangelical?

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Seven big economic lies …

October 19, 2011

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I suddenly remembered something while watching this short video by Robert Reich, President Clinton’s Secretary of Labor: History’s biggest economic boom thundered during the 1950’s and ’60’s and was undergirded by the theories of John Maynard Keynes. But Keynes fell out of fashion — something about how his thinking was all washed up despite the boom of all booms … What happened? Did Keynes belch at the wrong place? Was it his breath? Was there something between his teeth that offended aristocratic party-goers ..?

Hello? Anyone out there? Inquiring minds want to know!

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October video of the month: Steve Jobs and hearing the spirit’s call

October 6, 2011

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Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address has gone viral in the wake of his death.  It’s a good virus, one that spreads health.  I can’t help but wonder: What would happen if the Church encouraged the culture of disciplined creativity, entrepreneurship, and curiosity of Apple Computer?  I’m sure there are caveats and cautions — such as making […]

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Video of the month: The president reads Psalm 46

September 18, 2011

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President Obama read this psalm in New York on the 9-11 tenth anniversary. Hear the words and then replay them. They’re good words. We might even want to take them seriously.

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Denying the deniers

August 20, 2011

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Deniers of climate change, including many Republican Presidential candidates, often cite statistics promoted in The Great Global Warming Swindle, which premiered in Britain in 2007. I’ve encountered them myself in several e-mails. Peter Sinclair’s video illuminates the pseudo-documentary’s distortions. It turns out that sun activity is not spiking current temperatures; the Earth is now hotter than the balmy Middle Ages; and volcanoes do not belch more CO2 than factories and cars.

It’s intriguing: Sean Hannity branded people like me “communist.” Not that facts matter, but I’m an evangelical Christian and a Baptist pastor. I would be among the first bound for the nascent American gulag after the Revolution. But even more relevant, I’m advocating the same concern for climate change as did George H.W. Bush. Was the World War 2 hero a closet communist? And what is “communist” about environmental concern? I don’t want collectivization. I just want green environmental stewardship, which Republicans of previous eras had always championed.

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