I was asked to write my reflections on the election and inauguration of President Obama for the Integral Life website. You can check out my entry along with some others right here.
Who looks more ready to kick ass? That’s what I thought.
I just got my iPhone and I’m really bummed. I wish I would have waited to pick up this amazing device. I can’t wait for it to be released.
I’ve been fascinated by a new network that is developing between some very well respected Christian pastors/authors/bloggers. It’s called the Origins Project and from where I sit, it seems like an attempt from those involved to differentiate themselves from the “emerging/emergent” category in order to carve out, for lack of a better term, a more traditional territory. I think this is a positive development and I’m curious what come of it all. I don’t begrudge them from wanting to more specifically define their group. However, in checking out their website and listening to some of the conversation surrounding this effort, their often repeated statement that they share a “high view of scripture” is problematic. Here’s an example found on their website:
– Leaders, entrepreneurs, pastors, misfits, and artists who share a high view of Scripture and a radical commitment to evangelism while being faithfully committed to what is expressed in the Lausanne Covenant.
Whether they want to admit it or not, it is a dig at the more liberal elements of Christianity they are setting out to distance themselves from. If they share a “high view of scripture,” I’d like to know who they believe shares a low view. I’m curious if there has ever been a group of Christians that have professed to have a less than high view of scripture.
Maybe Dan Kimball or anyone else in the group can honestly clarify for me the purpose of this distinction. I’m all ears.
If you watch the video below of Obama greeting the White House press corps, you’ll notice my counsin-in-law Savannah Guthrie. She’s the distinguished reporter who offers the President a look around the press area.
From today’s NYT:
President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said.
The orders, which are the first steps in undoing detention policies of former President George W. Bush, rewrite American rules for the detention of terrorism suspects. They require an immediate review of the 245 detainees still held at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to determine if they should be transferred, released or prosecuted.
And the orders bring to an end a Central Intelligence Agency program that kept terrorism suspects in secret custody for months or years, a practice that has brought fierce criticism from foreign governments and human rights activists. They will also prohibit the C.I.A. from using coercive interrogation methods, requiring the agency to follow the same rules used by the military in interrogating terrorism suspects, government officials said.
(HT: Daily Dish)
What a game. I was lucky enough to be one of the fans to get through to ticketmaster is the six minutes it took for the game to sell out. Unbelievable……that’s all I can say. It was, without a doubt, the best experience as a sports fan in my entire life. In a way, if the Cards win the Super Bowl, it won’t beat what happened yesterday. I know that sounds weird, but I for those who were fortunate enough to be at that game, they’d probably agree. Wow.
You can see a collection of the stunning images from yesterdays game right here.