Merlin Kretschmar, RIP

A commentator on this post tells me that Pr. Merlin Kretschmar, former president of the Greater New York Conference, died on the evening of December 5. Please remember his family in your prayers.

“Flags of Our Fathers”

I’m preparing a talk on fatherhood for a men’s meeting tonight. I’m going to be mentioning James Bradley’s book, Flags of Our Fathers, which is a chronicle of his journey to understand better his dad’s experience on Iwo Jima and after. While thinking about this, I recalled my review of the movie (and then remembered…

Brooks on Romney

David Brooks, “Faith vs. the Faithless,” at New York Times. His thesis: Jon Meacham is the editor of Newsweek and the author of “American Gospel,” which describes the history of religious liberty in the United States. Richard John Neuhaus is the editor in chief of First Things and the author of “The Naked Public Square,”…

“In High Dudgeon Over HD”

Over at Cross-Currents, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein reflects on an Israeli commercial that depicts Chassidim raging against HDTV–the commercial is of course meant to promote HDTV, and assumes that the fact Chassidim are upset about it would be a selling point to secular Israelis. Rabbi Adlerstein uses this as an opportunity to look at how concerns…

The Vatican Museums

The new director of the Vatican Museums doesn’t like crowds, but he’s going to find more effective ways of dealing with them. When I went in 2005, I didn’t have to wait in line–or pay. I happened to bump into someone I knew in Piazza San Pietro, and he told me to come see him.…

Victory!

One month after I blogged about my frustrations with how my son’s school administered his SAT exam, the folks at ETS have responded that I was on target, and they are taking care of it. See the update at the original post. Fight for your kids. Never surrender to bureaucracies.