We mistakenly may think that the kingdom of God should follow our values system and also be powerful or impressive and shiny. But that’s not what Jesus brings. He brings a kingdom ruled by the crucified one — populated by the unclean, and suffused with mercy rather than power.
- Havard Business Review, Why Being Certain Means Being Wrong
Just as the few thousand sperm are stronger than the millions that perished along the way, some ideas are favored over others: our “fittest” explanations are those that cohere with all of our other beliefs and values — they are easily integrated with everything we already “know.” But just as one sperm will get to the egg first, even if more genetically fit sperm are available, the urgent drive to reduce the tension of uncertainty pushes us to accept the first reasonable explanation we craft. Our mind becomes “fertilized” and the calm feeling of knowing instantly infuses us, stopping our search for alternative explanations.
What kind of culture is producing so many men who are eager to buy women and children for sex, contributing to a $32 billion annual human trafficking industry? The same culture that produces and perpetuates a $100 billion per year pornography industry.
The “lethal triad” includes a rapid drop in body temperature (hypothermia); a failure of the body’s blood-clotting ability, leading to uncontrolled bleeding; and abnormal blood acidity, which causes a range of biochemical reactions to go haywire.
- The New York Times has a great piece reflecting on the life and ministry of John Stott.
- And, here’s a list of 12 Awesome Items Inspired by Darth Vader. I really need to get the disco ball for my office.