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Facebook: How Do I Fine Tune My Facebook Privacy Settings? by Dave Taylor

“… Facebook constantly tweaks and fiddles with things, and there’s nothing more susceptible to these changes than the privacy settings.”

Population & the U.S.: USA Population Tops 315 Million Today

“The US Census Bureau projects that on Jan. 1, 2013, the total United States population will be 315,091,138. … In January 2013, 1 birth is expected to occur every 8 seconds in the United States and 1 death every 12 seconds.”

Prayer: 9 Prayer Tips for 2013 by Jon Acuff

“… do this.”

Productivity: Purposeful Abandonment: The Art of Letting Go by Dan Rockwell

“‘Not to-do list’ … Make one. “

Reading: How to Read by Ross Douthat [required reading]

” … let your mind rove more widely and freely …”

this went thru my mind


Attack ads, critics & hate: Jesus and Paul Under Fire & The 2012 USA Presidential Election by Frank Viola [required reading]

“… why do politicians spend obscene amounts of money on ads which attack their opponents – most often falsely? Because they work. In general, people are gullible and will believe whatever they hear or read without checking the facts or going to the sources themselves. … his got me thinking. What’s happening in the political world right now in the USA has been going on in the “religious” world for over 2,000 years. Consider the misrepresentations and false accusations leveled at Jesus during His earthly days, thousands of years before the Internet and cable news …”

Evangelicals, history & politics: Pro-Life, Pro-Left ‘Moral Minority’ by David R. Swartz [a book review]

“So why did the evangelical left seem to dissolve into irrelevance? Swartz argues that evangelicals’ mass enlistment in the conservative Republicanism of the “culture wars” was not the inevitable consequence of doctrine or history: Jesus did not leave behind a clear party platform. But while members of the Christian right set aside doctrinal differences to rally around a shared cultural agenda, the left fell victim to internal identity politics and theological disputes.”

Logic, discussion & reasoning: Making An Argument the “Christian” Way? by Kurt Willems [required reading]

“… if we want to discover more truth. Here are my suggestion of arguing styles to be wary of.”

Migration & US population: American Migration [very interesting!]

“Close to 40 million Americans move from one home to another every year. Click anywhere on the map below: blue counties send more migrants to the selected county than they take; red counties take more than they send.”

Movies: Hollywood’s New Bible Stories

“The studios are increasingly reliant on source material with a built-in audience, something the Bible—the best-selling book in history—certainly has. And like the comic-book superheroes that movie companies have relied on for the past decade, biblical stories are easily recognizable to both domestic and the all-important foreign audiences. What’s more, they’re free: Studios don’t need to pay expensive licensing fees to adapt stories and characters already in the public domain.”

Non-Christians & perceptions: Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make About Christians by Thom Rainer

“Over the past several years, my research teams and I have interviewed thousands of unchurched non-Christians. Among the more interesting insights I gleaned were those where the interviewees shared with me their perspectives of Christians. In this article, I group the seven most common types of comments in order of frequency. I then follow that representative statement with a direct quote from a non-Christian.”

this went thru my mind


Color: True Colors: What Your Brand Colors Say About Your Business

“Studies have shown that a products color influences 60 to 80 percent of a customer’s purchasing decision …”

Gun control: * The Aurora Debacle by Ben Witherington; * God, Guns, and Guts by Roger Olson; * Commenters Debate Guns, ‘What If’ by Todd Leopold; * Maintaining Sanity in an Insane World by Paul Smith

* “The typical arguments for lax gun control laws no longer hold any water at all. But let’s listen to them one more time.”

* “I have been told that up to half of all adults in some parts of the country carry concealed weapons (licensed or not). My question is whether it is time for Christians to speak out openly from pulpits and pages (of Christian publications) about our obviously increasing gun culture and culture of violence. Is this a subject for sermons? I think it is.”

* “If only there had been someone else with a gun there to stop him. Because nothing is safer than having multiple gunmen in a dark, crowded theater full of panicky people running around.”

“This should not be a debate over guns. What it needs to be is a discussion over morality and the depths of depravity to which our culture has sunk.”

Money, power, property & church: * Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore? by Jeremy John; * The Drain on Church Power by Terry Rush

* “Micah Bales asked a deep question. He suggests that the wealth in property we’ve inherited is hindering our work for social justice. … He asks, ‘What would happen if we put the movement of the Spirit ahead of property management?'”

* “The church is at its best relying on God’s grace-provision.  Each passing of the plate is to transfer cash into grace. Dependence is the issue at stake. … When money is the assumed strength of the church, God’s power is drained.”

Parenting: 5 Tips on Talking to Kids About Scary News by Sasha Emmons

“We talked to Dr. Paul Coleman, author of How to Say It to Your Child When Bad Things Happen, to find out the best ways to talk to kids about disturbing images and event.”

Preaching: Why Should a Pastor Preach Through Whole Books of the Bible? by Brian Croft

“Your people should be growing in their love and knowledge of God’s Word.  They should be learning how to better read their own Bibles.  As I experienced yesterday, they should be growing less afraid of the hard, difficult passages nobody would choose to preach. So are they?”

Reading & study: Pastors: Fight for the Time to Read! by Justin Taylor

“He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching for at least thirty years, and yet he wants books! He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books!”

World population: Beyond 7 Billion by Kenneth Weiss

“The world population is currently estimated to be: 7,028,146,971.”