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Revitalizing Downtown?

Sad to see this article (thanks to Messiah College colleague, and fellow class of ’96 alum for the heads up) about the revitalization process in downtown Harrisburg. Apparently, what started as an appeal to the working crowd, couples, and families, has now become a late night draw for drinking and excess. Often those partying are […]

A Needed Voice Silenced

In the wake of this post yesterday about those that need to learn to be quiet (Pat Roberston, et.al.), I felt the need to balance the score by pointing out this wonderful piece by Nicholas Kristof about the humble John Stott. (Who I mentioned in the post on Robertson.) Stott died recently after 90 years of […]

Are Musicians Anti-environment?

Saw this weird story about Gibson Guitars thanks to Messiah College film studies professor Reid Perkins-Buzo. I actually heard that something was going on from a friend who works at one of their factories. Here is a snippet from the Wall Street Journal for background: Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories […]

Some People Need to Be Quiet

Thanks to Dr. John Fea, chair of the Department of History at Messiah College, for pointing out something that was pretty much inevitable. Ever since the earthquake hit this past week, I was sure that some loud-mouthed, self-appointed Christian “leader” would surely blame the earthquake on the wrath of God about something or someone. Leave […]

What Does the Data Say?

Intrigued to see this article from George Mason professor Jon Entine about the reporting on “fracking”, the process that is in vogue for harvesting the vast natural gas reserves in shale buried deep under large areas of Pennsylvania and other states. The accusations are basically that the media would rather publish non-peer reviewed work against […]

Is America’s Databook About to Die?

Saddened to come across this piece by Robert J. Samuelson (HT: Messiah librarian and friend Beth Transue) about the impending death of the “Statistical Abstract of the United States”. The abstract (available, and searchable, online here) makes publicly available all sorts of data from the Census Bureau. Unfortunately, it looks like the Abstract will be […]

Contemplating Sabbath … Part 11

What better way to revive my blog, than revisiting my long-running series discussing Mark Buchanan’s book The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. If you missed the previous parts, here is a link to Part 10, or you can start at the beginning with Part 1. I now turn my attention to Chapter 8 which is […]

On Teachers and Pay

As students and teachers head back to school this fall, (classes start Tuesday here at Messiah College, though many area high schools have started or plan to start Monday) I thought it appropriate to point interested readers to an article from the New York Times this spring. I fear that it may be behind the […]

xkcd on Radiation Risks

In light of the recent earthquake near a couple of nuclear power plants, I was reminded of this chart from the webcomic xkcd. (Click the chart if it displays too small to read.) See the sources for this data here.

Contemplating Sabbath … Part 10

What better way to revive my blog, than revisiting my long-running series discussing Mark Buchanan’s book The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. If you missed the previous parts, here is a link to Part 9, or you can start at the beginning with Part 1. We left off (long ago) with Chapter 6. Chapter 7 […]