Thursday, June 9


THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE has a great obituary for Willie Jemison, the patriarch of African-American pastors in the Covenant. Herb Hedstrom is more concise but incredibly on target with his eulogy. "Willie Jemison was quite simply one of the most remarkable human beings I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Without him the ECC would be a very different entity. Because of him we more nearly reflect the wonderful diversity of the Kingdom. He did not need us nearly as much as we needed him..."

  • Americans are pulling their children out of private schools. 
  • American public school enrollment is at an all-time high. 
  • In places like California and Arizona we're slashing public education budgets. ~ The Daily
"GOSHEN COLLEGE, a Mennonite school in Indiana, has become a target of public outrage over its decision to ban the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events because it conflicts with the school's core values... Historically, playing the national anthem has not been among Goshen College’s practices because of our Christ-centered core value of compassionate peacemaking seeming to be in conflict with the anthem’s militaristic language.” ~ link

MAKE CUPCAKES -- not war! ~ The Telegraph (via)

THE QUESTION on every fire-fighters mind -- will Hurricane Adrian shoot some moisture up to Arizona? It will be awhile before we find out. ~ link

CHICAGO: 99° yesterday, 61° today. That's a sharp dive. In Phoenix we'll be back up into triple digits for at least the next six days. 105° tomorrow.

AVA ROSE SAIZ was born yesterday -- the first baby born into our new church. Talk about cute!!! ~ link

I'M A FAN of the headline writers -- "Party of Two Is Seated at the Periodic Table" ~ WSJ

IF I GET BACK from my morning meetings in time I'm hoping to catch Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen on the Fuller Seminary Ustream this afternoon. ~ link

MOST INVASIVE species are actually benign ~ link

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