Weekly Meanderings, 21 May 2016

Mark J. Perry: Has the middle income sector shrunk? Yes. Where did it go? Upward! Bottom Line: Over the last nearly 50 years, one of the most impressive (and unreported) gains for US households has been the three-fold increase (from 8.1% in 1967 to nearly 25% in 2014) in the share of high-income US households [Read More…]

Cautions for Orphanage Volunteering

Source: [London School of Economics, LSE] Overseas volunteering is also extremely popular amongst students. Making a difference whilst forming new friendships in an exotic location; who wouldn’t be tempted by that? Volunteer tourism, voluntourism, volunteer travel, or overseas volunteering, call it what you like, has experienced massive growth over the past ten years. It’s seen by [Read More…]

Top Ten Books that Shaped My Life: #1

By John Frye Priority of Passion Immediately intrigued by One-T Scot’s suggestion, it fascinated me to select some books that created landmark moments in my spiritual journey. One-T nudged me to think of life-shaping books. Like most of the One-T Saloon community gathering at Jesus Creed, I am a bibliophile. Given the choice to do [Read More…]

Re-Thinking Mission with Chris Wright

Like Chris Wright’s stuff on God’s mission? Check this out: Chris was exploring a biblical theology of mission, engaging along the way with contested ideas of mission, and criticisms of his own approach as outlined most fully of course in his magnum opus The Mission of God. Some notes and observations of the half-day conference: [Read More…]

Bible Tribes

The Bible you carry is a political act. By “Bible” I mean the Translation of the Bible you carry is a political act. Because the Bible you carry is a political act the rhetoric about other translations is more politics than it is reality. The reality is that the major Bible translations in use today [Read More…]

The Fittest City in the USA?

From USA Today: Washington, D.C., is the fittest city in the United States for the third year in a row, according to a ranking of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The nation’s capital was closely followed byMinneapolis-St. Paul and Denver as the second- and third-fittest of the 50 metro areas, according to the American [Read More…]

Trust the Table (by Joe James)

Why the Church Cannot Afford to Be Either Conservative or Progressive, by Joe James, the education minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Being a minister in 2016 presents a host of challenges. But perhaps the most difficult line for pastors to walk is in translating two kinds of Christianity to each [Read More…]

Are You Living the 25/8 Week?

As in 25 hours per day and 8 days per week, which is a way of saying, too much too much too much. Too often too often too often. Deep in the heart of God is Sabbath, a day of rest. 24 hours, not just Sunday morning, but one whole day. Sundown to sundown. A [Read More…]

Going to Camp Boredom

Molly Jo Rose: On my desk sits a stack of flyers for summer day camps. The options are mind-numbing: Superhero camp, Inventor’s camp, Minecraft camp, STEM camp, even camp for kids who like to run. The thought of weeding through them is paralyzing, so I have made the executive decision not to. The camp I [Read More…]

Renewing the Institutional Church

The church has fallen on hard times. Some have checked out, some have fought back. Both are responding to the hard times. James Thompson, in his well-researched book The Church according to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ, opens with this story, and notice that last sentence, which will lead to our own story: Shortly [Read More…]