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James: Gotta Trust Somebody

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:02:51 +0000

Samuel James made a couple excellent points yesterday about our intake of the newsmedia over at Mere Orthodoxy. The problem for all of us is simple: You gotta trust somebody. No human being can function as their own all self-sufficient filter… To make suspicion and distrust toward established, respected, and accountable sources of information your […]

Rands: Assume they have something to teach you

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:57:13 +0000

A brilliant post from Rands today that has broad applicability beyond managing in the tech industry. When stuck with “marginal” meetings that don’t have apparent value going into them, Rands says he takes this approach: The marginal meeting. It needs to be there, so I must figure out an angle to increase the value. I’ve […]

Finished reading: another compendium

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:15:44 +0000

Finished reading: Since I can’t seem to get individual posts written… The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan A short history of the world as viewed with the Persia / India / China Silk Road corridor as the center of the action. Interesting in parts, though was far more of […]

Pavarotti, Moscow, 1964

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:26:52 +0000

So I’m not really an opera guy but this video of Luciano Pavarotti singing in Moscow in 1964 is amazing nevertheless. It’s a little odd seeing him so young (age 29 or so), with no beard, and his eyebrow action is, well, non-trivial, but the level of vocal control is ridiculously impressive. Worth the 3 […]

Matthew 6, a modern paraphrase

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:40:01 +0000

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you do your good deeds, do not announce them with hashtags, as the hypocrites do on Instagram and on Facebook, to be honored by […]

An open letter of apology to my wife, to be reused as necessary

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:54:11 +0000

Dear Becky, Tomorrow the postman will drop off an Amazon package in the mailbox. Yes, it’s another book. Yes, I know the last one I ordered just showed up a couple days ago. And the one last week before that. I managed to justify them all to myself in one way or another. Last week […]

Fr. Boules George: A Message to Those Who Kill Us

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:58:57 +0000

The priest at one of the Coptic Orthodox churches that was bombed on Palm Sunday responding to the bombings with a message to their killers. If your church had been bombed and your people killed, would your reaction be ‘Thank You’ and ‘We Love You’? Yeah, probably not. So it’s worth reading.

Finished reading: The Madame Curie Complex by Julie Des Jardins

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:25:17 +0000

Picked this one up from the library on a whim. The Madame Curie Complex is a relatively short volume covering the history of a dozen or so women scientists starting with the archetypal Marie Curie and running through the 20th century up to Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Des Jardins consistently hits the themes that […]

Stop Trying to be a Man – Start Trying to be a Good Man

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:16:35 +0000

Brad Williams with a fantastic piece on Christ and Pop Culture today, saying things that desperately need to be said: Culture tells us that certain things are “manly” and certain things are “unmanly.” But we must take that with a grain of salt. Most of the time, those around us in the culture have no […]

Finished reading: Faithful Presence by David Fitch

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:39:56 +0000

I’ve kept up with David Fitch for a while now via his blog and twitter. Fitch is a professor of theology at Northern Seminary in suburban Chicago, and has led church plants that reflect his focus on community, mutual leadership and submission, and reconciliation. Faithful Presence seeks to capture those ideas in a short, practical […]