Archive - December, 2012

Kudos to Governor Mitch Daniels

Former Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) — once considered a promising presidential candidate — is the incoming president at Purdue University. You’d think he could have commanded one of the highest salaries among Big 10 presidents.   Andrew P. Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute reports:

Instead, Daniels has opted for a performance-based contract, with rewards for reaching targets on measures of student and institutional success. Daniels stands to earn up to 30 percent above his base salary of $420,000 for achieving goals on measures like graduation rates, student learning outcomes, and affordability, along with more standard metrics like fundraising and faculty excellence. Even with a perfect score, which trustees think will be difficult, Daniels would earn $546,000, which would still rank 10th out of 12 Big 10 university presidents.

For those familiar with his tenure in Indiana, Daniels’ insistence on being held accountable for the outcomes that matter most to taxpayers—the creation of human capital—won’t be surprising.

Read the whole thing.

Law and Grace in ‘Les Mis’

Mike Cospel reviews themes of law and grace in the timeless classic Les Miserables.

And Michael Horton and David Zahl explore similar themes on a bonus episode of the White Horse Inn.

What an amazing story by Victor Hugo.

53 Free Lectures on Romans by Doug Moo

Dr. Douglas Moo’s exegetical commentary on the book of Romans is considered by many to be the best Romans commentary in print.   So it’s exciting that has made available a free set of lectures and class discussions by Dr. Moo on Romans. You can stream the video online, or download the audio, for free.  (You need to create an account to download the audio.)

You might consider giving to so that they can continue to make such amazing resources available at no cost.

Education No Longer The Great Equalizer?

Fascinating report on income inequality and higher education in Massachusetts. Basically, the more wealthy your family of origin, the more likely you are to graduate college, and the more likely you are to become wealthy. The gap in income level and educational attainment are correlated, and rising:

In the bottom fifth of Massachusetts households, the average income dropped 9 percent in the past 20 years to $12,000. They fared worse despite a sizable gain in educational attainment: The share of people 25 and older in the group with a bachelor’s degree rose to 18.5 percent from 11 percent.

The same thing happened to the middle fifth. Their average income slipped 2 percent to $63,000. The share of adults with a bachelor’s rose to 43 percent from 29 percent.

But the top fifth saw their average income leap 17 percent, to $217,000, as their education levels soared far higher. Three-quarters had a bachelor’s, up from half. Fully 50 percent had a post-graduate degree, up from a quarter.

There’s also a marriage gap:

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Preserving the Charitable Deduction

A short video making the case that the charitable deduction in the tax code should be preserved:

HT: Chris Larson

Andrew Peterson – The Reckoning

A fitting song in light of the tragedy in Connecticut:

The CT mass murder and the denial of God-given standards

Doug Wilson:

It is not possible to build a culture around a denial of God-given standards, and then arbitrarily reintroduce those standards at your convenience, whenever you need a word like evil to describe what has just happened. Those words cannot just be whistled up. If we have banished them, and their definitions, and every possible support for them, we need to reckon with the fact that they are now gone. Cultural unbelief, which leads inexorably to cultural nihilism and despair, is utterly incapable of responding appropriately to things like this, while remaining fully capable of creating them. In the prophetic words of C.S. Lewis, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

Read the whole thing.

Rachel Weeping for Her Children — The Massacre in Connecticut

Albert Mohler responds to the unspeakably (and gruesomely premeditated) tragic mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Mohler answers the question: How should Christians think and pray in the aftermath of such a colossal crime? His points are:

We Affirm the Sinfulness of Sin, and the Full Reality of Human Evil

We Affirm the Cross of Christ as the Only Adequate Remedy for Evil

We Acknowledge the Necessity of Justice, Knowing that Perfect Justice Awaits the Day of the Lord

We Grieve with Those Who Grieve

Read the whole thing.

Interview by Reggie Rogers of Power Jamz

I’m interviewed by Reggie Rogers today on Power Jamz. I was planning to perform some of my latest hip-hop music, but so as not to intimidate Lacrae, we talked about Thriving at College instead.

Tim Keller on Morning Joe

Talking about his latest full-length book, Every Good Endeavor:

I wrote something of a review for Every Good Endeavor, though I’m not sure the review does the book justice. It’s a really terrific book.

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