this went thru my mind


Chronic illness & encouragement: Talking to Someone With a Chronic Illness

“Here are some tips to keep in mind when talking to a friend living with an invisible illness.”

Comments & words: Hurtado’s Rules for Fruitful Comments on Blogs

“… with two years experience at this … I want to set some ground-rules …”

Culture: Average US Neighborhood [required reading]

“The above Infographic … depicts statistics of the average American neighborhood of 100 people.”

Culture, idolatry & the United States: America’s Two Golden Calves by Paul Smith [required reading]

“Militarism and capitalism. The two golden calves of Americanism. If you doubt my analysis, simply try to remove one or both of these idols from any political campaign. See how far you get.”

Image of God: So What Does the Image Mean? by Marc Cortez

“…  the image is basically about ‘representation.’ In other words, human beings represent God because (for some reason) he’s decided to manifest his glorious presence in creation through us.”

Leadership: 20 Commitments that Enhance Leadership by Dan Rockwell

“Commitments are decisions you don’t reconsider. Top leadership commitments include …”

why I post what I do in ‘this went thru my mind’


When I post a series of links (as I do at this point, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday), under the heading of this went thru my mind, this is what’s going through my mind …

1. I hope to widen your world as well as mine. As a part of my personal development, I try to read widely. As I do so, I deliberately read quite a bit of material written by people who don’t swim in the same little part of the lake that I do. Doing so helps broaden my horizons and, therefore, my understanding of things. Unless I read widely, I will be about unintentionally shrinking my world. Here’s to a bigger world and a better understanding of it!

2. I don’t link with the thought of “endorsing” in mind. Consequently, you’ll see some links posted here to things I disagree with as well as links to articles with which I’m largely in agreement. Do any of us agree 100% on everything? No. But can we learn something from each other? Yes. And so, the fact that I link to something here shouldn’t be considered my “endorsement” of anything. Consider it simply for what it is: a link to something someone else has written. You’re big boys and girls; what you decide to do with it is up to you.

3. I believe it’s good to deliberately expose myself to material that challenges my thinking. Why? Because what I’m after is about being sharpened (cf. Prov. 27.17). You can’t sharpen a knife by simply running it parallel to the face of a whetstone. It’s the deliberate application of some angle that puts the edge on the blade. So, whether I agree with what’s being said in someone else’s post or not is almost immaterial to me. What is important to me is whether or not what’s said in the post truly stimulates my thought processes. How boring this world would be if everyone thought just like me. So if it helps you, think of reading these links as something akin to what many experience sitting in a college classroom: mind are deliberately exposed to various views and then everyone is allowed to draw their own conclusions on the matter.

4. I want to share with you some of the helpful stuff I’ve come across online. We all make choices as to what enters and rests in our mind. We can fill up our minds with trivial matters or we can fill them with matters that, well, matter. As a friend of mine used to say, “You have to move a lot of dirt to find a little gold.” What you find here in ‘this went thru my mind’ is my sharing some links of “gold” that I’ve uncovered so you don’t have to move so much dirt in your search for things worthy of consideration.

this went thru my mind


Addiction, alcoholism, bitterness & forgiveness: Rodney King Looks Back Without Anger by Jim Kavanagh

“Yes, I’ve forgiven them, because I’ve been forgiven many times.”

Anonymous comments: Why I Never Read Anonymous Letters, Comments, Emails, or Notes In The Offering by Brian Jones

“I have a simple rule: whenever I receive anonymous letters, notes, emails, or blog comments they go straight into the trash. I never read a single word. Ever. Why?”

Ants: SCLQ – Ants by John Acuff

“… [in] this [3 min.] video … scientists pour 10 tons of cement down an abandoned ant colony structure underground. After the cement is dry they excavate the entire colony and study the structure, which is amazing.”

Birds: Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field by James Gorman

“… two researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Le-Qing Wu and David Dickman, have solved a central part of that puzzle, identifying cells in a pigeon’s brain that record detailed information on the earth’s magnetic field, a kind of biological compass.”

Blogging: 11 Life Skills Learned Blogging by Joshua Becker

“… the discipline of blogging was forcing me to learn new life skills – life skills that are highly transferable to other endeavors.”

Cell phones: More People Have Mobile Phones Than Electricity Or Drinking Water [infographic]

“How big is mobile? Really big. This slide from analyst Chetan Sharma shows that mobile is the most pervasive technology ever invented.”

Depression & faith: Depression ≠ No Faith by Leanne Penny

“It’s not always easy to be a Christian with depression, because there are still some people in the church that really don’t understand.”

Enemy: “Who Is My Enemy?”A Reflection from Lee C. Camp

“If the light of Christ has overcome the darkness through suffering love, if at the cross of Christ the justice of God was satisfied, and if we are called to take up our cross and follow Jesus, what then? Could it be that the killing of Osama bin Laden is but a continuation of bin Laden’s ways, which in the end can only be overcome in the longsuffering love of Christ? These are neither trivial nor flippant questions, and I raise them with much trepidation.”

George Harrison: The Passion of George Harrison by Dave Urbanski

“More than a few interviewees note Harrison’s determined, at times defiant, nature, most notably when it came to his main spiritual thrust: The ultimate goal of seeing his body, possessions, and the earth itself pass away to make room for whatever was next.”

Government assistance: Myths and Facts: Poverty and the Federal Budget by Amelia Kegan

“Most Christians agree that helping poor and hungry people is an important part of Christian discipleship. But not all agree on what the government’s role should be in this effort. Research … suggests that government programs play an essential role in helping low-income families.”

Handwriting & your brain: How Handwriting Trains the Brain: Forming Letters Is Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas by Gwendolyn Bounds

“… researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development.”

iPhone app: Prayer Notes

“If you don’t have a prayer app on your mobile device, yet, you may want to consider installing Prayer Notes. … We check Twitter. We check Facebook. We check email. … How about checking Prayer Notes?”

Journaling: Why I Don’t Journal: The Danger of Words by Dan Bouchelle

“I do not journal. … I know it is a helpful spiritual discipline for many. … What I need most is not to speak (or write) but to listen.”

Life lessons: Turning 60: The Twelve Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned So Far by Tony Schwartz

“For several weeks now, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned during the past six decades that really matters. Here’s a first pass …”

Non-violence: Nonviolent Resurrected Jesus by William Willimon

“… we have many instances in the New Testament of people violating and killing the followers of Jesus. But we have not one single instance of any of his followers defending themselves against violence, except for Peter’s inept, rebuked attempt at sword play. This consistent, right to-the-end, to-the-point of-death nonviolence of Jesus has been that which Jesus’ followers have most attempted to modify. … You can argue that violence is sometimes effective, or justified by the circumstances, or a possible means to some better end, or practiced by every nation on the face of the earth—but you can’t drag Jesus into the argument with you. … Sorry, Jesus just won’t cooperate.”