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Flotsam and jetsam (12/17)

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  • The Biggest Myth in Time Management: The truth is, we can’t ever really get away from it. There is no escaping the nonstop surge of email, text, voicemail, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — and that’s just the technology-based stream. How can we ever catch up? We can’t. (Harvard Business Review)
  • Gay Christians choosing celibacy emerge from the shadows: The reaction among church leaders themselves has been mixed, with some praising the celibacy movement as a valid way to be both gay and Christian. But others have returned to the central question of how far Christianity can go in embracing homosexuality — even if people abstain from sex. (Washington Post)
  • The Myth of the Exceptional Woman: But women leaders aren’t that extraordinary. The differences between female leaders and women in general are not as great as we think they are—at least, they’re not differences that we can’t address through education and more opportunities. (Christianity Today)
  • The Rise of Mindfulness: The ages-old practice teaches a person to be more focused on the present moment, rather than caught up in thoughts about the past or worries about the future. The practice has gained popularity in the U.S., and apparently with good reason: Every other week there seems to be a new scientific study showing just how it can change the brain. (Forbes)

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Flotsam and jetsam (12/15)

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  • An Open Letter to the Dad Looking at Porn: Dear Dad, I want to let you know first of all that I love you and forgive you for what this has done in my life. I also wanted to let you know exactly what your porn use has done to my life. You may think that this effects only you, or even your and mom’s relationships. But it has had a profound impact on me and all of my siblings as well. (Faith It)
  • Fred Sanders on John Wesley and Arminianism: Reading John Wesley can certainly make you look around at contemporary preaching and wonder where all the serious business went. The judgment he pronounced on university students in his day –“you are a generation of triflers, triflers with God, with one another, and with your own souls”–strikes a nerve for us. (Jesus Creed)
  • Future Perfect: Social progress, high-speed transport and electricity everywhere – how the Victorians invented the future. (Aeon)

Flotsam and jetsam (12/12)

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  • Sorry, Tertullian: Church growth is “not strongly” correlated with either governmental or societal persecution. However, Christianity “tends loosely” to change more rapidly (grow or shrink) when governmental restriction is high, and stays relatively stable when such pressure is low. (Christianity Today)
  • 10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us: Governments are pouring unprecedented sums of money into neuroscience…..Unfortunately this ignorance is providing the perfect breeding ground for myth and misconception. For every genuine break through, there is parallel excretion of hype or utter neurobunk. (Wired)
  • Will Evangelicals Continue to Support Torture? In  2009, the Pew Research Center released a headline-grabbing survey showing that 6 in 10 white evangelical Protestants supported the use of torture against suspected terrorists. White evangelicals were the only religious group with a majority of respondents who believed torture was often (18%) or sometimes (44%) justified in defense of United States interests. (On Faith)
  • After Ferguson: America Must Abandon “Sick Christianity” at Ease with Violence: Violence has won in America, and we live always in the break, in the silence, like that of a musical break between movements where violence is being prepared to answer back to violence, and where someone is about to be seduced into believing that peace and stability will be established through violence. (Willie James Jennings)

Flotsam and jetsam (12/10)

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  • 10 Historical Myths about World Christianity: As followers of Christ and adherents of the Bible, Christians are called to be a people of the truth. Thus, it is crucial that we seek to understand our tradition as accurately as possible. So consider these top ten historical myths about world Christianity. (Gospel Coalition)
  • Chimps Aren’t People—for Now: Tommy, a 26-year-old caged chimpanzee, has been denied the right to personhood and habeas corpus, but not for the reasons you might think. (The Atlantic)
  • Whose Gender? Which Identity? Good arguments are no protection against bad arguments or no arguments at all, especially when the latter are allied to the rhetoric of medical professionalism and personal sincerity, touching story lines, and the organized determination of small groups of activists. (First Things)

Flotsam and jetsam (12/8)

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  • A United Evangelical Response: The System Failed Eric Garner: Not all evangelicals believed that Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, should have been indicted in a recent grand jury hearing. Others were silent on the issue. But Wednesday’s events brought a more forceful, and more united response that justice had not been served. (Christianity Today)
  • 9 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About the Persecution of Christians: Americans like to believe they do not tolerate discrimination against blacks, gays, women, the elderly, or the disabled — we wear that belief as a badge of pride. So why does the persecution of Christians go ignored? Here are 9 things everyone needs to know about the persecution and discrimination of this religious group. (On Faith)
  • The Promise and Prospects of Retrieval: Recent Developments in Roman Catholic Thought that Shape Contemporary Dogmatic Theology: Broadly speaking, Catholic theology in the past twenty years has been characterized by three distinctive tendencies. The first is the decline of influence of the Rahnerianism of the post-Vatican II period. The second is the rise of influence of theologians associated with the Communio movement. The third is the return of interest in classical theological sources, marked particularly by the renaissance of Thomistic studies. I will consider each of these points briefly in turn. (Zondervan Academic Blog)
  • Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time: At the end of the day, many people wonder where all their time went. New data-mining tools are helping employers answer that question. The causes of overload have long been suspected—email and meetings—but new techniques that analyze employees’ email headers and online calendars are helping employers pinpoint exactly which work groups impose the most on employees’ time. (Wall Street Journal)

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Flotsam and jetsam (12/3)

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  • The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church: he young adults who do drop out of church often lack a first-hand faith—a faith of their own—and a relationship with Christ that matters deeply in their own personal life apart from their parent’s pressure. (Ed Stetzer)
  • Five Things All Atheists Should Know about Religion: I’m an atheist who engages in secular activism and is active within the atheist community. I’m also doing doctoral work in the cognitive science of religion, and I’m sad to see so many atheists who have misguided and ignorant views about religion. Here are five things I wish more atheists knew. (On Faith)

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Flotsam and jetsam (12/1)

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  • Are the Divine Persons Persons? One of the key points throughout this essay is that dogmatic formulations have to be seen in continuity with the biblical presentation of the Trinity. Scripture is the touchstone of orthodoxy, because it is only in the economy that the ontological relations of the Persons are revealed. If the revelation doesn’t actually reveal, we are left with no idea of the character of God. (Peter Leithart)
  • The Dangerous Task of Expository Preaching: Just think about the ridiculous nature of preaching for a moment. People take an hour or so out of their week to listen to an oral presentation from an ancient book that contains documents that are over 2,000 years old. Now, why would one subject themselves to such torment? (Church Leaders)
  • Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon? The dichotomy is not western/non-Western. It is Abrahamic/non-Abrahamic. It is a rebellion against the monotheistic faiths that originated in the Middle East–Judaism, Christianity, Islam. It makes much less sense in a non-monotheistic environment. (Peter Berger)

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Flotsam and jetsam (11/14)

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  • Latin America Is Losing Its Catholic Identity: A sweeping new survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, finds that 69 percent of Latin American adults say they are Catholic, down from an estimated 90 percent for much of the 20th century. The decline appears to have accelerated recently: Eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they were raised Catholic, meaning there has been a 15-percentage-point drop-off in one generation. (New York Times)
  • Gay debate challenges traditional definitions of ‘evangelical’: Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing lively conflicts over maintaining boundaries. What can you believe about gays and still call yourself an evangelical? And who gets to decide? (Religion News Service)
  • Don’t Waste Your Two Most Productive Hours: One of the saddest mistakes in time management is the propensity of people to spend the two most productive hours of their day on things that don’t require high cognitive capacity (like social media). If we could salvage those precious hours, most of us would be much more successful in accomplishing what we truly want. (New York Mag)

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Flotsam and jetsam (11/12)

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  • Majoring in Fear: Our fear has become a pathological condition, a desperate need to bring the future under control. And we seek therapy from colleges and universities, the therapy of cumulative achievement along clearly marked pathways to success. (First Things)
  • Can Money Buy You Happiness? It’s True to Some Extent. But Chances Are You’re not Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck. (Wall Street Journal)

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Flotsam and jetsam (11/10)

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Good Reads

  • One-fifth of Americans share religious experience online: One in five Americans share their religious thoughts and experiences on social networks, and nearly half said they saw someone else post “something about their religious faith” on the Internet, according to a Pew Research Center study on religion and electronic media. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Technocracy Versus the Great Books: One of the great prejudices of our time is that direct information is king. But the great books offer another, more satisfying way to realize truth. (The Federalist)
  • A Muckraking Magazine Creates a Stir Among Evangelical Christians: The Jewish newspaper The Forward gleefully reports on the foibles of communal leaders, and Commonweal, run by lay Catholics, publishes work critical of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. But evangelical Protestant journalism is generally more public relations than reporting; World stands out as an exception. (New York Times)
  • Discipleship in the “Age of Authenticity”: The church’s response must be to proclaim a gospel that comes from outside ourselves – no matter how countercultural this may seem. When people in our culture discover how exhausting it is to try to be “true to themselves,” when looking further and further inward eventually shows them they haven’t the resources to transform their own lives, the church must be ready to break in with good news that life change isn’t mustered up from within but granted through grace from without. (Trevin Wax)

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