Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Durham's first integrated basketball game

Duke University Alumni Magazine

Neat story. Thanks to Trigger for pointing this out.

On Sunday morning, March 12, 1944, as eleven o'clock church services were getting under way all over Durham, the members of the medical school basketball team piled into a couple of borrowed cars and headed across town. Everyone was nervous. They weren't the only ones. Inside the North Carolina College gymnasium, Aubrey Stanley struggled to keep calm. The youngest player for the Eagles, the sixteen-year-old guard, worried what might happen if there were a hard foul, or if a fight broke out. In Beaufort, North Carolina, where he had grown up, you were taught to avert your eyes if a white person walked by. Now, for the first time in his life, he would be guarding one.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Axe Cop

This is amazing. It's an online comic written by a 5-year-old and drawn by his 29-year-old brother. I wish I still had the kind of imagination that would allow me to think of Sockarang, a hero who has socks instead of arms, which he can throw as weapons, but they always come back to him.

Start here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


...if the crucified Jesus is the Messiah, then God's way of saving Israel and redeeming the world is not by inflicting violence, but by absorbing it.
Michael Gorman
Reading Paul

Monday, March 22, 2010


Duke's Call & Response blog has a thoughtful exchange about money and church, between Tom Arthur, pastor of Sycamore Creek UMC in Lansing, Michigan, and James Martin, a Jesuit priest.

Check out Pastor Arthur's letter here and Father Martin's response here.