racism in, racism out

This article about Palantir is something else: “The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas...

/ May 15, 2018

the history of capitalism and the glory of man

Note: I am sorry for the inconsistent posting schedule. Our family moved two weeks ago to our new field of service and the internet here is so inconsistent that I have been unable to connect every time that I sat...

/ May 14, 2018

when churches commodify diversity

Duke Kwon allows the text to speak for itself in his review of The Urban Church Imagined: Religion, Race, and Authenticity in the City: This consumer orientation also has implications for the way the church relates to racial diversity and its members...

/ April 30, 2018

more questions than answers in the death of a journalist in South Sudan

It’s always painful to lose a colleague in the line of duty, but rarely does one find a remembrance like this one that at once carries on the work of that colleague while examining the factors that contributed to the...

/ April 27, 2018

ends and kinds in creation

I appreciated Matthew Arbo’s short reflections on Oliver O’Donovan and creation:  “abstraction from teleology creates dangerous misunderstanding of the place of man in the universe.” The turn here is Copernican. Teleological order is no longer in creation, but is instead rationally...

/ April 26, 2018

the problem with values

Charlie Clark (one of the Fare Forward founders) has published a speech he gave recently at Dartmouth, and I empathize quite a bit with these lines about “values” in regards to medical education: I don’t know about you, but my...

/ April 25, 2018

life and death for black mothers and their babies

This NYT Mag story about a young woman who lost a baby to unrecognized preeclampsia and then had another baby shortly thereafter with the help of a doula is arresting. It highlights some of the research (discussed at greater length...

/ April 24, 2018

“For G-d So Loved Haiti”

There is so much here in this long essay about the controversial Pentecostal preachers of Haiti and the traditional Vodou practices: I asked [the pastor] whether he had founded Shalom to combat Vodou in the country, and he shook his...

/ April 23, 2018

performance improvement: if all you measure is garbage, you will get garbage

The New England Journal of Medicine has a fun little post examining measures for performance improvement. As you may or may not know, doctors are notoriously bad at following guidelines or understanding evidence. Many patients wander through the healthcare system...

/ April 20, 2018

spend time with poor people, be friends and neighbors

I love it when Eve Tushnet gets on her soapbox about poverty and virtue, and this great piece about the much-touted “success sequence” is no exception: The people I speak with believe they have a responsibility—there’s that word again—to achieve...

/ April 17, 2018