this went thru my mind


Baptism: Good Reasons for Being Baptized by Edward Fudge

“If we are saved by being believers, what is the use in being baptized?”

Books: The Book That Drove Them Crazy by Andrew Ferguson [on Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind]

“The trends that followed the crisis in higher education that Bloom identified have only intensified since 1987: toward weaker academic requirements for students, greater specialization in the departments, a rigid orthodoxy in the university’s politics and cultural life. The university we face today is still the one he described, only more so.”

Burnout: Six Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout by David Murray

“Stress, the root cause of burnout, costs U.S. businesses $300 billion in lost productivity each year.”

Child development: Insights from the Youngest Minds by Natlie Angier

“All this time I’ve been giving infants objects to hold, or spinning them around in a room to see how they navigate, when what they really wanted to do was engage with other people!”

Church: * The 10 Warning Signs of an Inwardly Obsessed Church by Thom Rainer; * What’s a Church to Do? by Larry James

* “In my research of churches and consultation with churches, I have kept a checklist of potential signs that a church might be moving toward inward obsession. No church is perfect; indeed most churches will demonstrate one or two of these signs for a season. But the real danger takes place when a church begins to manifest three or more of these warning signs for an extended period of months and even years.”

* “Maybe what we need is a movement, a movement back to our roots, back to the foundational “value propositions” of our faith, ancient, but powerful … if, the church will surrender itself to the mission Jesus pursued.”

Computing: Add Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to Windows’ Send-To Menu by Rick Broida

“Sometimes it’s just easier to right-click a file, then choose its destination from Windows’ Send to menu. … Wouldn’t it be great if you could add Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, SkyDrive, or another cloud service to that menu? You can; here’s how.”

Environmentalism: Ask An Environmentalist … (Response) by Rachel Held Evans

“You guys asked some really tough questions of Scott Sabin for “Ask an environmentalist,” but Scott rose to the occasion with some wise, winsome, and informative responses.”

Football: Is it Ethical to Watch Football? by Brian LePort

“Is it ethical to watch football? For those of us who consider ourselves Christians do we have an obligation to disengage from the culture of violence promoted by college and professional football? … I find myself a bit confused by those who watch and enjoy Mixed Martial Arts. It is blood sport and savagery. I’ve told myself that the NFL is better. MMA aims to harm people. Boxing aims to harm people. The NFL aims to keep a ball from crossing the line, right? Well, maybe not the Saints.”

PacifismWhy I Am Not a Pacifist by Daniel Heimback

“The short answer to why I am not a Pacifist is that Jesus was not a Pacifist and what Jesus taught, and what the rest of the Bible teaches, does not align with Pacifist teaching. That for me is the bottom line.”

Thinking: 24 Logical Fallacies by Eric Dye

“Learning these concepts will not only improve your critical thinking skills, but make you a better blogger, commenter and all around sharper person.”

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