Japan. Four questions and four posts. (1) How do Japan’s religions confront tragedy? It’s only a brief answer, but How Japan’s Religions Confront Tragedy is a start. (2) Is there any word regarding Churches of Christ in the area affected? Read Prayers needed for ‘quite desperate’ situation in Japan, former missionary says. (3) Does this sort of calamity mess with your beliefs? Read Dan Bouchelle’s excellent post entitled Why the Tragedy in Japan Doesn’t Shake My Faith in a Loving God and (4) Where are all these wingnuts coming from saying this disaster was some sort of deliberate message from God? Answer: the same place they always come from. Dan Gilgoff, CNN’s religion editor’s piece entitled Six other calamities blamed on divine retribution reminds us so.
Evangelism. Three posts. The first is the second part of a mini-series by Terry Rush that I noted recently entitled Breathe Evangelism (2). The second post is for all who have ever encountered resistance to Hispanic ministry and suspected that some hybrid of nationalism and racism could be at the root of it. Read Timothy Archer’s Evangelism and Nationalism. The third is an even harder-hitting question on what we’re really most interested in when it comes to evangelism and the question of numbers: Open Mic: Why So Little Impact?
Church. Two posts. (1) I’ve always enjoyed Eugene Peterson’s definition of “church” and it was good to see it out there for all to see again. Read Eugene Peterson defines ‘church.’ George Guthrie’s post What I Learned From House Churches in Asia will keep you humble and make you ask why we do what we do with church here in America.
Tech. Two posts. Respectively, one to help keep you from losing your mobile mind and a second to tell you where your mind is going (it’s a chart of relevant stats and it is a “must see”). Here they are: (1) Nine Ways to Keep Your Mobile Devices Secure While Traveling and (2) Multitasking: This is Your Brain on Media.
Staying with it. And here’s a post in a league of its own. If you read nothing else, read Jim Martin’s 5 Questions to Ask Before You Quit and pass the link along.