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Holiday music, part one: Sting plays St. John the Divine
December 10, 2009 – 2:18 pm | Comments Off
Holiday music, part one: Sting plays St. John the Divine

Sting at NYC's St John the Divine. (Photo: Chad Batka for the New York Times) The New York Times posted today a review of Sting’s concert this week at, of all places, the famous Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine , the Episcopal equivalent to St

Public confession as ‘atonement': Mark McGwire, Andre Agassi, and now Tiger Woods
December 1, 2009 – 4:58 pm | Comments Off
Public confession as ‘atonement': Mark McGwire, Andre Agassi, and now Tiger Woods

Andre Agassi’s honest attempt at “atonement,” in book form Will he talk or won’t he? Itis a question St.

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The Velvet Revolution, Vaclav Havel, and Stanley Hauerwas – 20 years later
November 18, 2009 – 5:26 pm | Comments Off
The Velvet Revolution, Vaclav Havel, and Stanley Hauerwas – 20 years later

Vaclav Havel, center in red scarf, placing a candle at a Prague commemoration of the Velvet Revolution (Petr David Josek/AP) The New York Times did a nice retrospective yesterday on Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution on its 20th anniversary. I was 15 years old when the Berlin Wall fell along with all the other Eastern European dominoes that fell in its wake.

Leonardo da Vinci, He Qi, and indigenous art
November 8, 2009 – 9:49 am | Comments Off
Leonardo da Vinci, He Qi, and indigenous art

"The Risen Lord" by He Qi When the artist He Qi visited the Concordia Seminary campus recently, he told the following story about the artwork above, “The Risen Lord.” A church in China commissioned the work from He Qi for their sanctuary without any strings attached.

Jaroslav Pelikan on “The need for creeds”
October 25, 2009 – 7:40 pm | Comments Off
Jaroslav Pelikan on “The need for creeds”

Jaroslav Pelikan This morning, NPR’s “Speaking of Faith” replayed an interview with the late, great Jaroslav Pelikan on creeds and how they function within religious belief.

The art of He Qi is now in St. Louis
October 21, 2009 – 3:16 pm | Comments Off

Awhile back, I wrote here about the Chinese artist He Qi . Near the end I mentioned that “there’s a chance we may be bringing his work to campus for an exhibition in the fall.” Several commented that they hoped it would come to pass.

David Letterman, sex, and the nature of power
October 3, 2009 – 11:47 am | Comments Off
David Letterman, sex, and the nature of power

Letterman going public on Thursday night’s “The Late Show” I was dumbfounded by today’s Saturday morning TV coverage of the Letterman extortion scandal. First, it was NBC’s Today show, where a New York Post gossip columnist categorized it as simply consenting adults doing what consenting adults do. No big whoop

Science, theology, and a sense of wonder
September 25, 2009 – 12:59 pm | Comments Off
Science, theology, and a sense of wonder

We just finished up this year’s theological symposium on science and theology on the Concordia Seminary campus. Presentations on quantum physics, ecology, and neuroscience (free videos of which will be up on the Seminary’s iTunes U site shortly) and other issues have left my brain oozing, but also with a couple of observations…

He Qi In His Art
September 23, 2009 – 3:50 pm | Comments Off

HeQi-Interviews – Video Interviews – He Qi In His Art

He Qi In His Time
September 14, 2009 – 5:12 pm | Comments Off

HeQi-Interviews – Video Interviews – He Qi In His Time