this went thru my mind

Adversity. Dominic Soh’s advice in this piece is just plain good. I really like solid, visual illustrations and this is a good one. How to Tackle Adversity.

Bible. Straight from the “I-just-can’t-wait-till-this-goes-to-press” department: The King’s Version: A Contemporary Translation of the New Testament by N.T. Wright.

Capitalism. Do Christianity & Capitalism Clash?: The subtitle reads: “New survey finds white, wealthy evangelicals love the free market…most others don’t. Very interesting.

Creativity. Ministry is not a a science, but an art; it demands reflection and creativity. And so, elders and ministers need deliberate, regular time away to recharge and be the best they can be when present. Unfortunately, sometimes I hear grumblings when a shepherd or minister gets away for a time, as if it was a waste of time, or worse, something of a dereliction of duty. Such thinking could not be more wrong-headed. How do you keep your creative juices flowing if you’re a teacher or preacher? If you’re not, how can you actively support them? Jim Martin’s piece entitled Making Space for Good Thinking is quite helpful and required reading.

Easter Sunday. Sunday’s Coming. Classic Tony Campolo. A 3 1/2 minute video clip you won’t want to miss. And if you’re a Denzel Washington fan, as I am, then you’ll likely enjoy John Acuff’s post re: one of my favorite movies, Man on Fire.

Love. Can you identify with this quote from Brian McLaren? I sure can. Well said. I Agree With Brian McLaren by Tim Stevens.

Our President. “First of all, then, I ask that requests, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity. This is right and it pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:1-4 CEB) Do you pray regularly, and in a variety of ways, for our government officials, don’t you? If you need a prompt or two, here are two links to help you shape a prayer or two for our President. I wish matters such as these were covered more frequently in the mass media. President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast by Ed Stetzer (be sure and watch the ten minute video) and The Obamas: A two-thirds pay cut in 2010.

Writing. The Lenten Blog Tour will conclude this coming Monday. It has been a privilege and a delight to participate in it. Does its conclusion mean my weekday devotional postings here will end Monday? Not a chance. However, it does mean they’ll chart a very free-form direction until June, at which time they’ll take on a more structured approach.

this went thru my mind

Church attendance & being visitor-friendly: (1) There Once Was a World by Peter L. Steinke and (2) It’s In the Details: 8 Surprising Reasons Why People Aren’t Coming Back by Greg Atkinson.

Contentment: Transparency: U.S. of Unhappy Campers (infographic) is enough to make you a bit unhappy.

Expectations: Tony Schwartz’s article entitled “We’re In a New Energy Crisis. This One is Personal” in the Harvard Business Review is required reading.

Inspiring: People Are Awesome: Fifth Grader Donates $300 Life Savings to Stop Teacher Layoffs.

Modesty: “Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?” appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Prayer: (1) On prayer: fourteen theses and (2) Why Do Muslims Pray Five Times Daily?

Theodicy: (1) N.T. Wright on tsunamis and problem of evil (1 hour video, worth every minute), (2) Adam Hamilton’s Japan’s Earthquake and the Will of God, and (3) Shane Raynor’s post entitled Is Adam Hamilton Right About God and Japan?

Writing: How to Write 1,000 Words by Scott Berkun: the essay and the 5 min. time-lapse video.