Congregations that want to attract the millennial generation are now being told to ditch their contemporary worship services and to bring back the historic liturgy. Also, it turns out that young adults today have a “sacramental yearning.” Church growth enthusiasts, take note. [Read more…]
The Beatles are hailed as icons of the Sixties counter-culture. But in a lot of ways they were quite conservative. Economics columnist Neil Irwin looks at their song lyrics and how they handled their money, drawing out what we can learn from the Beatles about taxes, retirement, and change. [Read more…]
If you have a newish car, you can already integrate it with your smartphone, answering your cell with a button on your steering wheel and carrying on cellphone conversations through your car’s speakers. You can even buy “apps” for your car. But when your car is your phone and your computer, outside entities are getting their hooks into you. The price of getting information from the web is that the web is getting information on you.
Now Google has announced new initiatives with auto manufacturers, turning cars into Android devices. This will allow Google–along with its client companies and its government snoopers–to collect all kinds of personal information about the drivers. Google will be able to place ads– tailor made just for you and your buying weaknesses–right into your car.
Won’t that be a great advance in automotive technology? [Read more…]
Not long ago, advocates of gay marriage were saying that since marriage laws are set by each state, gay marriage is an issue for individual states to decide. Some, more socially liberal states, might approve same sex marriage, while socially conservative states wouldn’t have to. But now the authority of states to set marriage laws and the solution of allowing diverse practices are both being taken away, as courts are ruling that same sex marriage must be legalized everywhere. [Read more…]
The Democrats’ big new issue is “income inequality.” What they are referring to is that wealthier people are benefiting more from the current economic growth than those with lower incomes and that there is a growing economic gap between the two. The Democrats want to address this with such policies as raising the minimum wage. But surely adopting those policies, which might be worth doing, would do little to make incomes “equal,” would it?
If the problem is “income inequality,” asks Kathleen Parker, is the solution “income equality”? Is the idea really to work towards everyone having the same income? If that were to happen, would that be a good thing? [Read more…]