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The 100 Most Influential People in the World?

Time Magazine has put out its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2011. But, I have to admit that it’s hard to take such a list seriously when it includes people like the following. The sad thing is that maybe these are among the most influential people on earth. How long do you think it will be before they have viable colonies on Mars?

  • Peter Vesterbacka (developer of Angry Birds)
  • Amy Poehler (actress in Parks and Recreation)
  • Kim Clijsters (tennis player)
  • Rob Bell (apparently it only takes one book)
  • Justin Bieber (no comment)
  • Blake Lively (actress in Gossip Girl)
  • Bruno Mars (singer)
  • George R. R. Martin (I like his books, but he really doesn’t fit here)
  • Sting (seriously?)
  • Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark made the list?)

The list might be even worse than this, but I didn’t bother to click on too many of the names I didn’t know – a surprising number given their apparent influence in the world.

How to lead a mega church

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HT to Jonathan Robinson for this one.

Saturday morning fun….Jousting on Segways

“What have you and your friends always wanted to do?”

Well, I can’t say that this was on my list…until now.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSVQsyZLtKg&feature=player_embedded

5 Reasons You Should Study Karl Barth

Buzz is already building around the celebration next month of the 125th anniversary of Karl Barth‘s birth (May 10). Those of you who have already spent some time with Barth’s theology don’t need me to convince you of its importance. You’ve already seen it firsthand. But, others may not yet have dipped into the sweet waters of the Swiss systematician. So, this post is for you.

But, before I begin, a confession. When I traveled to Scotland for my doctoral work, I had no intention of studying Karl Barth. I knew who he was, of course, but my rather conservative upbringing left me convinced that Barth was for those who didn’t really value scripture, were overly enamored of German theology, and had too much time on their hands. So, like those for whom this post is intended, I required considerable convincing that I should study Barth. Eventually, I came around. I’ve noticed that most of those who study in Scotland eventually do. You could be there to study botany, and somehow you’d end up reading Barth along the way. I think it’s something they put in the water.

So, without further ado, here are the 5 Reasons You Should Study Karl Barth:

  1. Everyone’s doing it. Just look around. They’ve published a gazillion books and articles on Barth in the last ten years. Everyone’s reading him. You can feel the peer pressure building. Must…read…Barth.
  2. If you don’t, all the cool kids at school will pick on you. You’ll be like that one poor kid who dresses funny and still doesn’t have a cell phone.
  3. You’ll learn how to use cool German phrases like das Nichtige. You probably still won’t know what they mean, but you’ll sound really smart. And, using expensive foreign phrases like that helps convince people that your education wasn’t a waste of money.
  4. The 14-volume Church Dogmatics would look really nice on your bookshelves. Granted, you don’t really have to study Barth for this to work. But, you don’t want to get in that awkward situation of someone asking whether you’ve actually read any of those impressive looking volumes.
  5. You’d get to call yourself a “Barthian”. Granted, you’d immediately have to deny being a Barthian since no true Barthian can accept the label “Barthian.” But still, when no one’s around, you can whisper it quietly to yourself. It not only sounds cool, but if you have a conservative background like mine, you’ll get to feel a little rebellious at the same time.

Without compelling motivations like those, how can you refuse?

Saturday morning fun….25 Years of Pixar

Saturday morning fun…classic video game deaths

This one brought back some memories. I had forgotten about many of these games, but just watching the video brought back memories of many dark, noisy arcades filled with teen angst and endless frustration. Ah, those were the good old days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ6APKIjFQY

The Importance of Punctuation

Saturday morning fun – Inception in 60 seconds

The only thing that would have improved this 60 second summary of Inception done completely with paper cutouts better is a voiceover by Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaDLuBaT4ho&feature=player_embedded

Just because…The Tree of Life

Saturday morning fun – people terrified by a little girl

What happens if you take a small girl, put her in a white nightgown, brush her hair down over her face, and have her just stand perfectly still in a hotel hallway? Just watch and find out. Apparently some people have seen way too many horror movies.

If you don’t speak Spanish, you may want to skip past the first minute or so as they’re explaining the prank.

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