~ Australians have bought into desalination in a big way -- very big. "Almost all of Perth's fresh water now comes from the ocean. And soon 20% of Melbourne's and Sydney's will too..." -- Link
~ Another adaptation to the changing climate is movement toward floatable houses in Holland. -- Link
~ It so mild in Sweden this winter that they're already harvesting potatoes. -- Link
~ Willow Creek Church has some major pastoral transitions in process -- no scandal, no revolutionary shift -- just change... -- Link
~ 5.4 million people have died since 1998 as a result of the ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Deaths continue at a rate of 45,000 per month. The mortality rate is 2.6 out of every 1,000 -- 85% higher than the norm for sub-Saharan..." -- Link
~ "In the modern world, we tend to reduce the complexity and diversity of the Scriptures to simple systems, even when our systems flatten the diversity and integrity of the biblical witness. We reduce our sermons to consumer messages that reduce God to a resource that helps the individual secure a reduced version of the 'abundant life' Jesus promised. And the gospel itself gets reduced to a simplified framework of a few easily memorized steps."- - Tim Keel in "An Efficient Gospel?" -- Winter 2008 issue of Leadership Journal.
~ Thomas Monson -- the next LDS prophet and president? I suspect that he'd continue to encourage the slow creeping movement toward a more historical form of Christianity. -- Link
~ Fun video: squirrels overcoming obstacles -- Link (via)