IOW, even though we don't necessarily appreciate the competition, in the competitive environment, those who choose a certain faith do so with more conviction.
~ Wal-Mart --
~ Marketing big-name MBA programs to liberal-arts undergrad students -- deferred admission and job placement. I'd like to see an MFA program geared toward business undergrads. That would be a little more out of the box.
~ Merced County baby-boom
~ I took the online eschatology quiz and came out as a solid amillenialist. No surprise there -- although there are days when I'd probably come out as premil (but not pre-trib) -- the line between the two can at times be fuzzy. No, the quiz didn't have a pan-mil category. And I don't want to hear another person tell me that they're pan-mil -- that "it will all pan out in the end." That's too quick of a way out of the discussion. Everyone with any sense about them is pan-mil -- realizing that we hold all eschatological systems lightly because we know that by definition, as fallen humans in the story, we're not going to get all the details right -- especially when dealing with something as wild as apocalyptic language. So hopefully you're pan-mil in addition to being amil or premil or postmil or...
~ Helping visitors feel comfortable in your congregation
~ Newsweek: "Tattoos and Knitting: Both are discernible microtrends in America, says pollster Mark Penn. And they contain powerful clues to what’s happening in society."
Ah -- that we've suddenly got this thing about needles?
~ Kent Anderson wants to know why the president of the Covenant needs to be a clergyperson. See my response in the comments of his post.
~ For the reading list, Ben Witherington's new book Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord's Supper: In this study I argue that the Lord's Supper was originally part of a large meal, not a separate ritual or ceremony, and as such brought into play all the ancient understandings about hospitality, the welcoming of people to the table, and the like. I am also arguing that the early church did not see the Lord's Supper as merely a symbolic memorial ceremony. They actually saw some sort of spiritual transaction happening in the partaking of the Lord's Supper...