this went thru my mind

 

Cancer: What to Say to a Cancer Patient

“What’s the very best thing you can hear from a friend when you’ve got cancer?”

God & injustice: Your God is Too Big by Richard Beck [required reading]

“Where is God now?”

Grief & mourning: The Mourner’s Bill of Rights

“Though you should reach out to others as you do the work of mourning, you should not feel obligated to accept the unhelpful responses you may receive from some people. You are the one who is grieving, and as such, you have certain “rights” no one should try to take away from you. The following list is intended both to empower you to heal and to decide how others can and cannot help. This is not to discourage you from reaching out to others for help, but rather to assist you in distinguishing useful responses from hurtful ones.”

Healthy feedback: You Won’t Benefit From Anonymous Criticism by Seth Godin

“Forms, surveys, mass emails, tweets–none of this is going to do anything but depress you, confuse you (hey, half the audience wants one thing, the other half wants the opposite!) or paralyze you. I’m arguing that it’s a positive habit to deliberately insulate yourself from this feedback. Don’t ask for it and don’t look for it.”

Politics & poverty: Mr. Ryan’s Cramped Vision

“More than three-fifths of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan, and eagerly accepted by the Tea Party-driven House, come from programs for low-income Americans.”

Religion worldwide: Religiosity Declines Worldwide; Atheism On The Rise

“A new global survey on faith and atheism released by WIN-Gallup International (not related to Gallup Inc., Washington, DC) says the number of people worldwide who call themselves religious is now 59%, while 13% self-identify as atheist — a drop of 9% and increase of 3% respectively compared with a 2005 study.”

this went thru my mind

Appreciation: Top Ten Gifts to Give Your Pastor by Brad Whitt

Change: The Power of Incremental Change over Time by Michael Hyatt

Churches of Christ: Richard Beck is one of my favorite writers and his two posts Four Reasons I’m a Church of Christ and Churches of Christ and Evangelicalism: Five Contrasts are required reading. Read his post Saved By the Blood, too.

God: A Healthier Image of God by Rubel Shelly

Hell: The Biblical Doctrine of Hell by Claude Mariottini and Clark Pinnock’s Thoughts on Hell

Humor: Newer

Parenting: Stupid Things Parents Say by Trey Morgan

Prejudice, racism & speech: Say No to Negative Talk About Hispanic Americans by Samuel Rodriguez and Robert Gittelson

Politics & taxes: Attention Tea Party Advocates by Ben Witherington

Reading, writing & documentation: Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote? by Alexandra Horowitz

Relationships: The Secret to Dealing With Difficult People: It’s About You by Tony Schwartz

Spiritual gifts: Matt Dabbs is doing some fine writing on spiritual gifts right now. See his posts entitled Start With God, Not Spiritual Gifts Inventories and Dependence and Trust.

What ever happened to them? The 33 Chilean Miners, Then and Now