Weekly Meanderings, 23 November 2013

Biggest running back in history? (Yes, 6-4, 400 lbs.) On the basis of research, here are ten things you can do for your own happiness. Shauna Niequist speaks about what she learned from her mother (Lynn Hybels). Ann Voskamp on the meaning of romantic — as boring:

The real romantics imagine greying and sagging and wrinkling as the deepening of something sacred. Because get this, kids — How a man proposes isn’t what makes him romantic. It’s how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic. And a man begins being romantic years before any ring – romance begins with only having eyes for one woman now – so you don’t go giving your eyes away to cheap porn. Your dad will say it sometimes to me, a leaning over – “I am glad that there’s always only been you.” Not some bare, plastic-surgeon-scalpel-enhanced pixels ballooning on a screen, not some tempting flesh clicked on in the dark, not some photo-shopped figment of cultural beauty that’s basically a lie. The real romantics know that stretchmarks are beauty marks and that different shaped women fit into the different shapes of men souls and that real romance is really sacrifice. I know – you’re thinking, “Boring.”

Nine foods with more sugar than a Crispy Creme doughnut. Peter and the Pope:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s decision to publicly exhibit the purported relics of the Apostle Peter for the first time has spotlighted the intense scientific debate over whether the bones actually belong to the first pope. Pope Francis on Sunday will preside over a Mass in St. Peter’s Square at which an urn containing the relics will be shown for public veneration. The urn is usually kept in the Apostolic Palace for private veneration by popes, but it will be publicly displayed for the first time to mark the end of the church’s “Year of Faith.” This is the only such exhibit now planned. No pontiff has ever definitively declared the bones to be Peter’s, though Pope Paul VI in 1968 said fragments found in the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica were “identified in a way that we can consider convincing.”

John Piper takes on John MacArthur too.

On each point, it is surely misguided to single out charismatics, says Piper. “Charismatic doctrinal abuses, emotional abuses, discernment abuses, financial abuses, all have their mirror image in non-charismatic churches.” Of charismatics and non-charismatics alike, “we all stand under the word of God and we all need repentance.” But those charismatic abuses remain. So how are these excesses best policed? How are Christians today protected from the abuses of the charismatic church? Is it through attack-centered books and conferences? “I don’t go on a warpath against charismatics. I go on a crusade to spread truth. I am spreading gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated, Calvinistic truth everywhere, and I am going to push it into the face of every charismatic I can find, because what I believe, if they embrace the biblical system of doctrine that is really there, it will bring all of their experiences into the right orbit around the sun of this truth.”

Move over Silicon Valley — London in the place to go!

It’s time for Silicon Valley to seriously start looking over its shoulder. Not only is London the best city globally for employment in the knowledge economy but London beats hands down other major cities, when it comes to retaining highly skilled jobs. According to a study done by Deloitte, more highly skilled workers are employed in London. The report, Globaltown: Winning London’s crucial battle for talent, found that London is the largest employer in 12 of 22 high-skill sectors, such as retail and investment banking, legal services and digital media.

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