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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Love trumps the laws of physics

Now making the rounds on the Internet is an arresting article in The New York Times about a high school physics teacher with a profoundly disabled son. The story is compelling on any level, but there is an obliquely phrased Christian subtext. There are a few lines in the article--they are quotations from a lecture that the teacher gives every year--that should find their way into many sermons.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas blessing from the New York Times

Read this and find yourself humbled, blessed, grateful, and awestruck.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Superb commentary on Newtown and the problem of evil

Three different people have sent me a link to the Ross Douthat column written just after the Newtown massacre. This brilliant "conservative" (wrong word, as usual) writer has more theology in his little finger than most of the "liberal" (also the wrong word) graduates of mainline seminaries have in their whole bodies. And from within that well-grounded point of view, he has a subtle and unflinching view of the problem of evil that rivals that of David B. Hart, author of The Doors of the Sea, the widely praised little book on that subject. Indeed, if I were to recommend just two books right now, it would be Hart's as well as Douthat's Bad Religion.

(The only thing in Douthat's article that I would take exception to is his mention of "free will." That's a little disappointing in a man who appears to have read Augustine and Barth.)

Here's the link: 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Shooting little children

I went immediately this morning to the Wikipedia entry for the Dunblane, Scotland massacre (1996) -- eighteen five- and six-year-olds and their teacher, dead by gunshot. The gunman shot himself when he had finished.

The United Kingdom took action against guns after this event. Here is a link to a news release this morning from England's Daily Mail:

Be sure to scroll down to the photo of the children of Dunblane. That tells the story.

How long, O Lord, will it be until the United States comes to its senses? The gun lobby suggested, after the movie-house massacre in Aurora, Colorado, that if there had been people packing handguns in the theater, the killer might have been stopped. Yeah, sure. Let's arm all our elementary school teachers and give them police training and send them out to the shooting range every weekend for target practice.

Unfortunately, Newtown will not be a good case study because Connecticut has strict gun laws, and the guns used by Adam Lanza were legally owned by his mother and were registered.

P.S. Andy Murray, the tennis player, was a pupil in the Dunblane school on that terrible day and remembers hiding under a desk. Maybe he will come to help the surviving children in Newtown.