a) not to get too sentimental too early, but for all the depth and breadth of blessing i have received at princeton, my friendships formed here have meant far more than anything else. 4 years of liberal arts truth-searching and i am only more convinced that the golden parts of life are all about relationships.
Following up on yesterday’s essay Wintry Weather, I was struck by photographs of the unusually heavy winter storm that just blanketed many Middle Eastern countries in snow. I discovered a wide range of unique images, from Saudis tossing snowballs to Israelis on sleds to the newly white roofs of Istanbul. Gathered here are a handful of those images, showing that, despite the harshness of the storm, some were able to find a moment of joy in the rare snowfall.
there’s only one photo of turkey and none of egypt in here, but i just got final OIP approval for my travel exemption!! i am only one week of D.C. thesis interviews, one NY trip, three final exams, a dean’s date paper and a pset away from istanbul and cairo…! TWO WEEKS. let’s go.
In both the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus delivers a famous discourse, which is usually called the Sermon on the Mount. For centuries readers have acknowledged the beauty of its high ethical standards. What is not noticed very often is how Jesus weaves into a whole cloth what we would today call private morality and social justice. Along with the well-known prohibitions against sexual lust in the heart, adultery, and divorce there are calls to give to the poor (Matthew 6:1-4) and to refrain from overwork and materialism (Matthew 6:19-24).
In Western society these sets of concerns have often been split off from one another. In fact, each of America’s two main political parties has built its platform on one of these sets of ethical prescriptions to the near exclusion of the other. Conservatism stresses the importance of personal morality, especially the impotence of traditional sexual mores and hard work, and feels that liberal charges of racism and social injustice are overblown. On the other hand, liberalism stresses social justice, and considers conservative emphases on moral virtue to be prudish and psychologically harmful. Each side, of course, thinks the other side is smug and self-righteous.
It is not only the political parties that fail to reflect this ‘whole cloth’ Biblical agenda. The churches of America are often more controlled by the surrounding political culture than by the spirit of Jesus and the prophets. Conservative churches tend to concentrate on one set of sins, while liberal ones concentrate on another set. Jesus, like the Old Testament prophets, does not see two categories of morality. In Amos 2:7, we read, ‘They trample the heads of the poor; father and son go in to the same girl.’ The prophet condemns social injustice and sexual licentiousness in virtually the same breath (cf. Isaiah 5:88ff). Such denunciations cut across all current conventional political agendas. The Biblical perspective sees sexual immorality and material selfishness as both flowing from self-centeredness rather than God-centeredness.
PRINCETON, NJ – Shocking reports have recently popped up across Central Jersey of inanimate objects protesting against their usage. Officials initially ignored stories of household items having a voice, but the rising recurrence of similar stories has become impossible to ignore.
The first account came several weeks ago, when a domino suddenly spoke to 24-year-old toy store employee Andrew O’Brien. He had been demonstrating a new domino display to a pair of Christmas customers.
“We had this whole setup where the dominoes fall on each other starting from the counter, then weaving [sic] across the entire store, and then they trigger all these Christmas effects like, ringing bells and turning lights and ending at this Santa doll that says ‘Ho ho ho,’” O’Brien said. “So I freaked out when the fifth domino in the lineup started talking. I was like, What? But I’m not crazy. It wouldn’t move. It talked.”
According to O’Brien, the domino refused to take part in the display. “Do you know who I am?” the plastic tile said. “I’m not some kind of pushover, okay? I’m not going to just fall because you told me to. Don’t tell me what to do.”
The idea of trusting a God who saved one by grace becomes terrifying when one questions the basis for His grace. I didn’t do anything to deserve it. So who’s to say He won’t change His mind tomorrow? How can I throw my entire life and self on a Father who may or may not always want me in the family? If this sacrifice was such a gift, how do I know He won’t take it back?
If I trust Him wholeheartedly, how do I know He won’t let me fall?
With news of the assassination of the second female minister in Afghanistan this week, we look at the oppression and intimidation of Afghan women and the implications for their security as the U.S. withdraws its troops.
We went inside women’s prisons in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif to provide a rare glimpse of a shocking aspect of Afghan society little known to the outside world. The majority of Afghan women in prison have committed no other crime than being in love with the wrong man — or running away from abusive husbands who were selected by their fathers.