(that's Jap for 'Cheers,' or so I'm told) to the most recent houseguest at the modest villa of yours truly, the desert nomad Donald Brown. Donald - I determined right before he arrived to refer to him throughout the night as 'Donnie,' which I think irked him a bit, that being the goal - has just returned from several months of trekking across the deserts of the Middle East, from Monaco to Lebanon, including a trip to Santiago de Compostella. Donald and I go way back, to the University of North Carolina, where we were in cahoots in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
, a popular Evangelical ministry on college campuses, in which both of us played leadership roles. UNC is currently suing
its chapter of IVCF, over the fact that the Christian organization requires that its leaders (e.g., Bible study leaders) be confessing Christians, which is apparently a violation of the university's non-discrimination policy. Apparently this policy would require a Christian organization to let its Bible studies be led by Buddhists or athiests. *sigh* What a world we live in.