RUSSIA AND Iran have sent troops to fight for Syria’s largest city, Aleppo. Since it borders on the “Islamic State-free zone” declared by Turkey and the US last month, will the NATO allies have a problem with this? And how will the Islamic State respond?
THE TELEVISION series Dig is a well-written and stylish archaeological thriller. We discuss elements of the show and the tendency of people — selves included — to incorporate fiction into our theology.
MOUNTAINS ARE shaking. A massive earthquake has left over 2,400 dead in Nepal while a volcano in Chile has unexpectedly erupted. Some locals believe it was a manifestation of the god of the volcano. This isn’t surprising–mountains and volcanoes have been considered the abode of gods since the dawn of time.
WE MISS Patrick Heron. This dear brother in the Lord made us think and he did it while making us smile. Today is Paddy’s birthday. In tribute, we bring back an interview we recorded in February of 2007–an hour that will make you think and make you smile.
WE BEGIN our 11th year of webcasting with a look at some of the issues we believe the world will confront in 2015. Of course, it doesn’t take much imagination to predict more turmoil in the Middle East. We also discuss Ebola, economics and the price of oil, and the continued conflict between the Islamic State and anyone who stands in the way of their dream of a restored caliphate.
AS WE approach Halloween, events in the news are becoming even more frightening than a well-produced haunted house: Another doctor tests positive for Ebola, and top scientists suggest that mutations are making the virus more contagious than in the past. Are things really that bad or does somebody want us to, like the announcer says, be afraid — be very afraid?
THE EBOLA outbreak continues to spread. A health care worker in Dallas has tested positive for the virus, and a clinic in Boston reports that a patient who just returned from Liberia has been taken to a hospital. Over 4,000 are dead in west Africa, and that number may be low.