This article from the UK gives a decent brush of the North Korean predicament as it stands. This is important to me not just because any war on the Korean peninsula will involve America, but because of the potential to see a bona-fide madman at work in my lifetime. If Kim Jong-un had the war machine that Hitler had in the late 1930’s he would have already moved, but despite his inability to be a legitimate global power he, like his father, seems to be largely unconcerned with victory or defeat but more about gaining his own version of respect. This is philosophical struggle as much as any other kind.
This is an opinion piece by Bill O’Reilly, of FoxNews fame, about the ratings competition between two season finales that aired on Easter. The History Channel’s wrap up of “The Bible” series went head to head with the season ending episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. O’Reilly does a good job here of interjecting his own wit and pointing out a couple of points of cultural commentary.
Moderate David Brooks is a columnist for the New York Times and this piece is an angle in the Gay Marriage debate that I hadn’t seen. I don’t know where Brooks’ ethical allegiances lie, but I’m profoundly impressed by his process here. This is worth the price of admission this week by itself. I’d encourage you, as nearly always, don’t just read his point, read how and why he got there.
Blogger / Author Seth Godin talks in this brief rumination about the danger is perpetually looking for something “new”. He makes the wise point that many of us are apt to lose sight of the essence of a thing in favor of the peripheral, and even disconnected, aspects of it.
This video is a small part of a larger interview with New Testament theologian and pastor NT Wright. I’ve grown quite fond of Wright over the last year and this video is a decent entry into hearing how he thinks and processes information. This clip is about reading the Bible and how he suggests we should engage the Scriptures. The last half is an explanation of the liturgical practices and what they actually are supposed to mean (Wright is Anglican by denominational stripe, and therefore is in a liturgical tradition). I’d encourage anyone to read, listen to, or watch NT Wright. He’ll force you to think and pay attention.