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Panic

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Why do I suspect that if George W. Bush were president that the media would be telling us to panic over Ebola?

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The Enduring Power of Story

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Jonah Goldberg

There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, “narratives.”

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Why?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

O’Hare, one of the world’s busiest airports, is a destination for travelers from the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa, so Chicago media are beginning to give us stories of passengers vomiting, of endless protocols and hazmat suits, of task forces, of health professionals screening and isolating travelers, etc. Sooner or later, we will be hearing of people coming in with Ebola, of the spread of this deadly infection among Americans.

The question is, Why? Why are we allowing this? Why are we spending so much? (And who is expected to pay for all this?) Why are we putting other people’s lives at risk?

Protecting the public health should not be a partisan issue.

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Off the Shelf: What Your Body Knows about God

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Books that have caught my eye.

What Your Body Knows about God: How We Are Designed to Connect, Serve and Thrive

By Rob Moll

My friend and former CT colleague, Rob Moll, has a great new book, What Your Body Knows about God. Rob, author of The Art of Dying, aims to show us “the fascinating ways in which our brains and bodies interact with God and spiritual realities.” I expect this to be one of the most fascinating and encouraging reads of the year. I’ll give feedback on What your Body Knows about God later this fall.

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Sam

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Forget Ferguson. Michael Sam has been cut from the Cowboys’ practice squad. It’s time for civil disobedience in the NFL.

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Awe and Reverence

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I’m (slowly) reading Great Doctrines of the Bible, a compilation of lectures by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the chapter on the existence and being of God, I was struck by this quote:

“More and more … I understand why the ancient Jews never mentioned the name Jehovah. They were filled with such a sense of awe and reverence, they had such a conception of the majesty of God, that in a sense they dared not even utter the name. I much prefer that, to hearing people saying, ‘Dear God’. I do not find such an expression in the Bible. I do find ‘Holy Father’, but never ‘Dear God’. We must approach Him ‘with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire’ (Heb. 12:28-9).”

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Dumb

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Pat Quinn, the worst governor in the nation, claims that Republican challenger Bruce Rauner is in the race so he can give himself a million-dollar tax break. Rauner, who is worth $750 million, has spent $30-$40 million of his own money on the campaign so he can get back $1 million for each of the next four years? The same man who has promised not to take a salary or pension while serving as governor of Illinois? People say Quinn is dumb, but it’s clear he’s betting that Illinois voters are dumber. It will be interesting to see if he is right.

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Podcast: the other journal

Monday, October 20th, 2014

John Wilson takes a look at a journal that indulges in everyday theology, the other journal.

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Czar

Monday, October 20th, 2014

And President Obama’s choice as “Ebola czar” is … another lawyer. That’s a relief! I’d hate for Mr. Obama to play against type and name–oh, I don’t know–an infectious disease specialist. What we need is yet another lawyer in this administration.

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Ask

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Memo to the CDC: If you don’t have enough money to find a cure for Ebola (assuming such a thing is even possible), then you have only yourself to blame. You didn’t ask. Apparently you had other priorities.

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