Saturday Morning Fun…38 Common Spelling & Grammar Errors

You may not think learning about spelling and grammar errors qualifies as fun. But watch this anyway. It’s an interesting look at a lot of mistakes I see all the time (usually in something I’ve just written).

Flotsam and jetsam (5/10)


Good Reads

  • Searching for Gospel-Centered Theology Before the Reformation: At the heart of my generation is a profound emptiness—a sense of isolation and disconnectedness and consequent malaise. We’re aching for the ancient and the august, for transcendence and tradition, for that which has stability and solidity and substance. And it’s driving many of us out of evangelicalism.
  • Small Enough to Do and Big Enough to Matter: How does one start from scratch to encourage and strengthen Christian institutional leaders or the health of congregations? How does one know what to do at any given moment so those tasks add up in a way that results in progress over the long term?
  • Where Have All the Women Leaders Gone? For the last half-century, women, especially Christian women, have chaffed between competing, anemic ideologies about how we should spend our lives. In part, that’s why today’s women aren’t as interested in ambitious careers and high-level positions. We have yet to receive a robust, comprehensive vision of what is possible in a single human life.
  • 12 Things to Do After Graduating: All of a sudden, they’re supposed to be adults. Yet all they’ve ever been is students. What do you do when there’s no class schedule? What do you do when you have to cook for yourself, clean for yourself? What do you do when, suddenly, you go from being the golden child to just another kid trying to get a job at Starbucks?

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Flotsam and jetsam (5/8)

Good Reads

  • Is That God Talking? I still remember how startled I was when a young woman I was interviewing told me God had spoken to her, audibly.
  • Lack of sleep blights pupils’ education: Sleep deprivation is a significant hidden factor in lowering the achievement of school pupils, according to researchers carrying out international education tests.
  • Is Bad Doctrine Sin? I suppose that I want bad doctrine to always be sin. That way, it is easy for me to explain why people don’t agree with me. If we are not on the same page theologically, the answer is simple: they are in sinful rebellion to the truth.

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Truly Educational Television

In the interest of full disclosure, I like watching TV. But I still thought this was funny.

Educational Television

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10 Ways to Boost Daily Productivity (infographic)

I am pretty sure that spending too much on reading infographics about productivity is not a good way to boost daily productivity. So if you’re just reading this as a way of avoiding something more important, feel free to stop and get back to what you were doing.

But I still thought this was a well-designed way of summarizing useful tips about how to get things done. And, if you’re a student, please pay attention. “Productivity” isn’t just for the workplace. All of these are great tips for managing that daunting pile of homework.

via Lifehack

Flotsam and jetsam (5/6)

Good Reads

  • When Christians become a ‘hated minority’: We’ve heard of the “down-low” gay person who keeps his or her sexual identity secret for fear of public scorn. But Sprigg and other evangelicals say changing attitudes toward homosexuality have created a new victim: closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.
  • When We Hate What We Love: Unplugging alone was not a remedy to relationship, to productivity, or to much of anything else.

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The Sex Lives of Unmarried Evangelicals (infographic)

Yet another reason to read statistics cautiously and skeptically.

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via Christianity Today

Flotsam and jetsam (5/3)

don't mess with father and son day

Good Reads

  • You Can’t Pack Everything Into Your Sermon: Just like a Dad has to break it to his little girl that she cannot bring 7 stuffed animals and 4 dollies, so to the preacher needs to break it to himself that he can’t bring every good quote that Tim Keller has ever said about the gospel. For the sake of your family, you have to leave some stuff behind.
  • Why Isn’t Servant Leadership More Prevalent? With servant leadership, a leader’s primary role is to serve employees. Everyone from Lao-Tzu to Max De Pree thinks this a wonderful model. Why then, asks Professor Jim Heskett, is this style so rare among CEOs?
  • Are Christian Statistical Researchers Like Jesus, the Pharisees, or Oliver Stone? There’s nothing new about people’s claiming that they’re like Jesus while other people are not (see “Historical Jesus, Quest for the”), but a stroll through the annals of Christian History shows us that whenever these episodes arise, the most interesting thing to watch is how people wind up defining the person and work of Jesus. Invariably, the temptation when deciding who among us is the most like Christ is to stack the deck beforehand by defining Christ in ways that make Him most like me.
  • Why You Should Not Listen to Me: Influence. It’s a funny thing. It’s inescapable–someone will always be perceived to have it or not have it, to either use or misuse it.

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Our Personalities in Pictures

Extroverts are happy and popular, always laughing, making friends, and hanging out with people. But they never think and they don’t read. Introverts, on the other hand, are sad, lonely, insecure, and rather pathetic. But they’re smart, they like books, and they think a lot.

Who would you rather be? And you have to pick, because apparently those are your only options.

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For the last week or so we’ve been reflecting on personality: specifically introversion, extroversion, and how each can become an excuse for avoiding God-given opportunities and responsibilities. (See I’m Just Not Wired That Way and I’m Not Wired That Way Either.)

As I was searching for images to use on those posts, however, I was struck by the images that popped up. I’ve heard people talk before about how we portray introversion/extroversion in our media, but it was different to see the stark contrasts for myself. And, although I realize that it’s impossible to capture all the nuances of personality in a few pictures, I still think images like this help shape how we view ourselves and the people around us.

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Flotsam and jetsam (5/1)

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Good Reads

  • What Percentage of Philosophers Believe in God? What percentage of philosophers are theists? How many of them believe in free will? More importantly: how many of them think zombies are actually possible? Finally, a study has provided an answer to all these questions, and more.
  • The Power of “I Don’t Know”: To admit to ignorance, uncertainty or ambivalence is to cede your place on the masthead, your slot on the program, and allow all the coveted eyeballs to turn instead to the next hack who’s more than happy to sell them all the answers.
  • Why Bad Writing is Almost Always Mistaken for Good Writing: Bad writing is naturally mistaken for good writing. That’s because unlike good writing, bad writing hoards attention. Bad writing brags of the writer’s knowledge, skill, and creativity. Bad writers mistake obtuseness for creativity, and essential clarity for “profundity”.
  • What Physics Can and Can’t Say About God:  It can lead us to a conception of how the universe potentially came into being, but it’s never going to say anything about what is important to most Christians about their faith and about their relationship with God, which is they want to know about how at the end of time they will, as it were, be united with God as a thinking, emoting, moral being. On that subject physics really cannot offer us any insight.

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