Foreign Affairs – God’s Country? – Walter Russell Mead
“Religion has always been a major force in U.S. politics, but the recent surge in the number and the power of evangelicals is recasting the country’s political scene — with dramatic implications for foreign policy. This should not be cause for panic: evangelicals are passionately devoted to justice and improving the world, and eager to reach out across sectarian lines.”
Walter Russell Mead is Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations
A fantastic summarization and description of the power structure of modern (and some past) American Christianity and how it plays into politics and the international arena.
I don’t have many cool t-shirts. In fact, 90% of my t-shirts were aquired from work/school/church/volunteer activities. Sad, I know. But I’m going to fix this. Next year (because I have other important financial obligations this year), is going to be the “Year of the T-Shirt”. :)
So I’m collecting my favorite witty and socially hip/rebellious/incrowd t-shirts. Your opinions are welcomed, or not. You choose. ;)
It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them. Dame Rose Macaulay (1881 – 1958)
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)
You know how life is like a train, and sometimes you’re in the Engine and in complete control, and sometimes you’re in the Kaboose, just hanging on?
Oy. Life, of course, is cyclical, and the last couple of months have been busy, but unlike other months when I’m busy (because I’m pretty much busy all the time), these months I’ve also been worn out, a situation that I had hoped would be avoided by the surgury I had in Jan of this year, but unfortunately has not had the miraculous rejuvinating effects I had hoped (at least, the effects I felt immediately following didn’t stay).
I have to apologize to my readership. When I posted three weeks ago that I was going to be on the site less often, I hadn’t intented to not post at all, but work was demanding enough creative energy that when I got home, I had nothing left to work on other projects.
But I seem to have a bit more creative energy to give to this now, so updates will resume. I have photos set to post every other day for the next week or so, so enjoy those. Links will resume also, though less frequent than previous levels. Anyway, thanks for the break, I needed it. Maybe now I can climb up from the Kaboose and make my way back to the Engine.
I hate to sound whiney ( I really do ), so let me just say that life is pretty good here. In spite of not having enough time to do everything I want (which, I must admit, is a pretty long list), I am blessed and thankful.
See you later!
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. – G. K. Chesterton
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper. – G. K. Chesterton
The Pendragon Project, from Burns Family Theatre, producer of Christian family movies The Burns go to my church and are doing a great job with this. Very professional. If you go to he downloads page and watch the 3min clip, some of the footage in the battle scene was shot my me. ;) First time behind a video camera. They had needed a second camera and I was available. Cool huh?
Think In Pictures: Adventures in Visual Education: The Case Against Jill Greenberg’s “End Times”
This little controversy has been raging for a few days, and is related to the photo I linked to yesterday or the day before. Opinions?
Paul Kopeikin Gallery – Jill Greenberg | Earth
I don’t think cute even begins to describe this photo. Heart melting, adorable are a good start. The pathos is extraordinary.
Oh, and there appears to be something of a temptest raging in the teapot we call the blogosphere as detailed by kottke.
You’ve probably been wondering where them pictures are, haven’t you? Well, I’ll tell you. They’re sitting on my hard drive. ;)
As you may have already guesed by this point, I’m about to tell you I’ve been busy. But, I am not going to apologize. ;) The shifting stresses in life move all the time, its a bit like the tide in that respect, and the tide has come in for things here at my job, you know, the one that pays all the bills. I feel myself being pulled in one to many directions, so walljm.com is being put on the back burner so I can focus on more important things.
So what does this mean to you my loyal viewers and readers? It means posting will be sporadic and subject to my moods. I’ll post as I have time and gumption. I can say there are some things in the works that will be fun to announce when they are ready. There are things to look forward to, and I am not putting the site on hiatus like I did last time, just shifting its priority back behind a few other things that need attention.
I hope not too many people are heartbroken. ;)