Got the latest Wired magazine in the mail today. The cover story is about how intelligent design is gaining credibility as an alternative to evolution. For those of you who don’t subscribe, the article is available here.… Read more
I would just like to hear the first thoughts that come to everyone’s mind when you read/see this phrase — “true humanity”.… Read more
A good friend posted this comment below in reponse to another entry, but I thought it was worth bringing up here for everyone’s attention…
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I work at church right now that is pushes us all alot on evangelism. Which is probably a good thing in some ways. I often have to report to someone about it or in weekly prayer times I feel pressured to have some breakthrough to share about someone I’ve talked to.
I had a chance to repeat one of life’s least pleasant experiences today. (Those of you who know me outside of cyberville, please forgive, because you have likely heard a similar version of this before…) My wife pointed out to me that her bathroom sink was slow draining and needed to be unclogged.… Read more
I actually clicked on a banner ad last night. Not only that…I’m glad I did. The ad was promoting a free 60-day trial of Microsoft OneNote. I downloaded and installed it, and I love it. I was watching Hidalgo when I stumbled on OneNote, and I think that playing with this software may have even made that two hours of life worth living.… Read more
Though I also posted in his comments, I’m participating in Tim Samoff’s book meme from afar as well. This is from Bowling Alone b Robert Putnam:
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Before reaching any firm conclusion about Americans’ involvement in formal social organizations, however, we need to consider changes in the worlds of religion and work.
I recently picked up a WizCom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner. Those of you who are avid readers might find it useful. It’s a slick little device.
It’s a little scanner that is a little bit larger than a high-lighter. It’s battery powered, so you can carry it with you and scan in anything you read.… Read more
Wow. I had to tease Pastor Draven because he recommended Journey Inward, Journey Outward to me about 5 or 6 times in different contexts. However, I have to say it was worth every mention he made. This book describes a church that truly understood what it meant to be missional. The amazing thing is, they were doing things 40 years ago that most of us only see in our most idealistic moments.… Read more
My daughter has started saying her own prayers at bedtime. It’s kind of nice to hear, since she hasn’t yet learned how to do it ‘right’. First of all, all bedtime prayers start of with thank you for the food, since she’s used to hearing that at meal times. She’s also quite scattered and all over the place, and she often needs to be redirected back to the subject or prayer.… Read more
Ran across this quote while reviewing some of my underlined portions of Coercion by Douglas Rushkoff:
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Retailers no longer pretended they were simply selling their products in the best possible light. They were doing more than just associating their wares with a desirable lifestyle. They were creating atmospheres that triggered an emotional need: to be a part of a world that was different from everyday reality.
Just noticed a fancy little formula (π/2%) by the logo on the Amazon homepage, and noticed it changed to say “A9 instant reward on” when I moused over it. It opened a pop up window telling about a discount for using A9, so I thought I’d let you all know: (which, I’m sure, is exactly what they are hoping for)
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John Chandler, since you’ve been using A9.com recently, virtually everything at Amazon.com is automatically an additional π/2% (1.57%) off for you.
I’ve been thinking for several months about what leadership in a church should look like, and I know I’m certainly not alone. I have Summoned to Lead by Len Sweet on the way, and I’m curious to see what his thoughts are. (I’m open to other recommendations as well, so post a comment if you’ve got one.)
I wonder why church’s like to keep calling themselves relevant. I see church websites or promo pieces all the time that describe how their message is relevant. I think the messsage of the church has to be more than relevant. To be relevant is a step down from what God has called the church to be.… Read more