Tuesday, March 11


Don Johnson has a brief update on the financial state of the Covenant. We do have some great administrators -- capable, wise, and bold enough to make critical decisions. -- Link

Livsmedelsverket, Sweden's National Food Administration, in a departure from previous advice, now says that it's okay for breastfeeding women to drink a little wine. -- Link

The Danes have passed the Swedes. The tax burden on the Danish worker, now the highest in the world, is 48.4% compared to 47.8% for Swedish workers. -- Link

The little penguin and his geeky buddies are not going to like this. Wal-Mart, dissatisfied with sales figures, has discontinued selling the $200 Linux computers in their stores. They will, however, continue online sales. -- Linux

The Vatican has put together a new list of seven social sins (not that they are new sins -- just a new list) -- Link

1. "Bioethical" violations such as birth control
2. "Morally dubious" experiments such as stem cell research
3. Drug abuse
4. Polluting the environment
5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
6. Excessive wealth
7. Creating poverty

From Richard Mouw's comments on the Willow Creek report: ...A primary need for the Christian community today, then, is the nurturing of a Christian identity. In our postmodern pluralistic cultures there are many other forces at work that attempt to shape our identities. We need to work very hard at forming Christian identity, and that hard work must take place within the life of the church. It is in the church where the Word is preached, the sacraments are offered, and where we are pointed to the way of discipleship. Whatever our church members may experience in other contexts, such as retreat centers, prayer breakfasts, small group study groups, and organizations that promote discipleship in various occupational settings, these experiences, as important as they may be, must be fed -- and even on occasion corrected -- by the sense of our identity in Christ that is nurtured in the life of the local congregation.

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