Web Notables (Feb. 25, 2015)

Southern Baptists work for racial diversity, basketball played like hockey, Wendell Berry's taste for Burke, etc.

By The Editors Published on February 25, 2015

“Web Notables” is a daily feature that highlights articles readers may want to see but might have missed. It is compiled by senior editor David Mills.

Here’s What Happens to Insects in the Winter, from Business Insider. Some go south, some carry on as usual, and some freeze (the insect equivalent of hibernation). And others lay eggs and die.

Wendell Berry, Burkean, an interview with farmer/novelist/poet/philosopher by Gracie Olmstead in The American Conservative. Berry tells Olmstead, the magazine’s associate editor, that he likes the conservative philosopher Edmund Burke but does not consider himself a conservative or a liberal:

Both of those political sides evidently accept war as a part of human normality. Both evidently suppose that the only effective limit of human conduct is technological capability: whatever is possible must be done. And both evidently assume that nature, the land communities, and the economies of land use can be safely exploited or ignored.

140 Points a Game — But Are the Reno Bighorns a Basketball Experiment Too Far? by Les Carpenter in The Guardian. The NBA’s Sacramento Kings hire for their D-League team a part-time coach from a small college in Iowa to find out if professional basketball can be played like hockey. It’s not exactly working, but he’s having a good time.

Southern Baptists’ Goal of Racially Integrated Churches Is Turning Out to Be an Uphill Battle, by Heidi Hall for the Religion News Service. Led by Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention is trying to make its churches more racially diverse. About 3,500 of its churches (about 7%) identify themselves as predominantly African-American.

“Where the Southern Baptist Convention leads, a whole lot of white conservatives around the nation follow,” said Joshua DuBois, an African-American who headed the Obama administration’s faith-based initiatives. “One of the most exciting things is the possibility of churches connecting at the grass-roots level to do more together to create interracial churches. Right now, 11 a.m. on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.”

Simul Justus et Peccator, by Brad Littlejohn on the website Reformation21, published by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Explaining the practical value of Luther’s doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, Littlejohn writes that

We are at the same time free lords and dutiful servants, at the same time alive with Christ in the heavenly places and toiling in murky paths here below, and even as we enjoy the liberty of a conscience set free by grace, we live under the laws (natural and civil) that regulate our lives with one another as human creatures.

Littlejohn is the managing editor of the website Political Theology Today.

The Understudied and Marginal Josephus, by Jacob Feeley in The Ancient Jew Review. The ancient Jewish historian, one of the sources outside the New Testament that mention Jesus, has not been given the scholarly attention he deserves. Among the unexplored stories he tells is the “extended tale of how Moses was picked by Pharaoh to lead a joint army of Egyptians and Hebrews against the Ethiopians, who had previously invaded Egypt, and how Moses also married the Ethiopian princess after successfully defeating the Ethiopians — all well before he liberated the enslaved Israelites.”

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