Tuesday, May 24

Random

CHRISTIANS in different cultures talk about conversion in different ways. R.G. Lewis has a good explanation. ~ link

SWEDEN is about ready to start exporting their pig ears to China -- which is no great sacrifice since Swedes are as fond of pig ears as Americans are -- NOT. ~ The Local

STRATEGY SHIFT -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Pearson Foundation are forming a partnership "to create online reading and math courses aligned with the new academic standards that some 40 states have adopted in recent months." Instead of funding the efforts of others the foundations are becoming direct providers. ~ NY Times

OUR PHOENIX Public Library now offers hundreds of free online classes through the Universal system. ~ link

I ENJOYED watching the Gulliver's Travels DVD; SO I decided to download the book and read it again. ~ Gulliver's Travels Free Kindle Book

THE COMPLETE Common English Bible (CEB) will be available online mid-late June - Kindle, Nook, Olive Tree, BibleGateway... Ah, that's only a few weeks from now. Excellent. ~ link

AT LEAST Harold Camping has tenacity (but we already knew that). Now he's saying that the second coming was "spiritual." The world will be destroyed on October 21st, 2011. Elizabeth Tenety writes on a Washington Post blog, "Camping’s belief system is one part mainstream Christian teaching and another part pure Camping." If he had gone to seminary he would know that he is also tottering on the edge of an ancient heresy known as Gnosticism. ~ Washington Post

ISTM, the real questions to be addressed are: Why do we care what Harold Camping thinks? How is it that the lunatic fringe always captures so much attention and imagination in our culture? The answers will tell us a lot about ourselves.

CHINA'S CRACKDOWN on drunk-driving seems to be working. The ban on smoking in public venues -- well, not so much. ~ The Economist

"PLASTIC SURGERY boom as Asians seek 'western' look" -- Our son Kent, who spends most of his time in South Korea, was telling me about this trend when we were visiting there two years ago. But it appears that the whole thing has really started to pick up momentum. I understand why they do it -- the cultural pressure -- the emphasis on appearance. But I still think it's crazy. Appearing more Western isn't an improvement over the great thing God did when he came up with the Asian look. ~ CNN

GREENWASHING: "Nearly All Products' Eco-Friendly Claims Are Bogus or Misleading" ~ TIME

"IN THE UNITED STATES, the number of Muslims is expected to increase from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million by 2030, in large part because of immigration and higher-than-average fertility among Muslims." ~ CT

"MORE THAN 60% of Americans belong to some formal religious body today. In…late 18th c., that number was less than 10%." ~ Andy Crouch

VLADIMIR LENIN'S family was Jewish -- and the documentation is now on display in Moscow. Frankly, this isn't all that surprising. Various historians have asserted such over the years. ~ link
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