Beware of Three-Second Distractions

Here’s a surprising fact (or maybe not): even a 3-second distraction can screw you up, especially at work: Researchers asked 300 Michigan State University undergrads to complete a tedious computer exercise in which subjects needed to remember exactly where they were in a precise sequence of tasks. The researchers evilly programmed interruptions to occur after [Read More...]

The Perfect Essay

This is a great essay – about essays, and about what a mother can teach a kid who think his writing is flawless. Criticism, at its best, is deeply personal, and gets to the heart of why we write the way we do. Perhaps you’re a narcissist who secretly resents your audience. Or an elitist [Read More...]

Numb Generations?

At QIdeas, Kara Powell’s talk about “numb generations” is available to watch. In it, she argues that stewardship of technology doesn’t start with kids; it starts with parents. If parents are addicted to technology and are not fully present as a result, that’s the posture children will mimic. Watch the talk here. [Read more...]

Endurance Makes Us Stronger

Over at The High Calling, they’re doing a series on thriving through stress, and John Blase writes on how endurance makes us stronger: I am a man of prayer. I don’t do it very well, but I believe in its efficacy regardless of me. Needless to say, I was a praying son of a gun [Read More...]

Living in Obscurity

My dear friend Katie is wise, and wrote a great little blog post about choosing to live in obscurity: Even if you have a modicum of success you’ll be just one of many. That is good. You should want it that way because notoriety is fickle. When you write you expose a bit of your [Read More...]

Constraint and Consent

My friend Kate Harris wrote a wonderful article about “Constraint and Consent, Career and Motherhood” over at QIdeas. Don’t be fooled: though Kate is writing from her own experience and thus exploring motherhood, her article is widely applicable and challenging to everyone, not only those who are women or mothers. In her essay “Paying Attention [Read More...]

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – A Moral of the Story

Karen King smiles at her fragment.

It now appears likely that The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is a forgery. (See what I have written here, along with links.) Professor Karen King and her Harvard colleagues have some mud on their faces, which may be useful to cover up their blushing. It seems that Professor King was fooled by a clever forger, [Read More...]

Selfless vs. Successful?

A good question: does being selfless mean we can’t be successful? Here’s J.B. Wood over at The High Calling: For me, as I grappled with how does my faith and my spiritual life play out against this drive to succeed and do well and deliver results and performance and all of that . . . [Read More...]

Was Jesus Married? Does The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Help Answer This Question?

Ever since Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code raised the intriguing possibility that Jesus was actually married to Mary Magdalene, pop culture has been fascinated by this question. And, even though historical evidence for the actual marriage of Jesus was extremely slim at best, and the evidence to the contrary was weighty, millions of [Read More...]

Daily Reflection: Lonely as a Solitary Bird on the Roof

Psalm 102:1-28 I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof. Psalm 102:7 The heading of Psalm 102 identifies this psalm as “A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the LORD”. The text of this psalm is, indeed, the outpouring of a desperate heart. The unnamed psalmist begins by [Read More...]

Brighten the Moon

In weird news for today, it turns out some folks are trying to brighten . . . the moon. Oh, and they’re connected to a cosmetics company: Somewhere between tongue-in-cheek pranksterism and an elaborate design fiction proposal, the so-called FOREO Institute—connected to FOREO, the beauty products firm—has a plan for “transforming the surface of the moon.” [Read More...]

Caring About Culture

Why should Christians care about culture? It’s a good question – and a complicated one, not least because we often define “culture” too narrowly. In this interview over at QIdeas, author Andy Crouch thinks aloud about what culture actually is, and why it should matter to Christians: I think the best way to think about [Read More...]

Finding Simplicity at Work?

Simplicity: it’s not easy to find. Over at The High Calling, Ann Kroeker explores finding simplicity at work. Is it even possible? In a high-tech, high-speed world that feels complicated, distracting, and overwhelming, is it any wonder that people are seeking to simplify? Even the president of the United States realizes the wisdom in simplicity. In [Read More...]

Technology Bits: Print Newspapers in Trouble, Online News Sites Not Far Behind

The news business is struggling, no matter whether in print or online. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a couple of recent articles in USA Today. “College papers cut back on print” Thus reads the headline of a USA Today story by Roger Yu. Here’s some background: In 2011, the University of Georgia’s Red [Read More...]

A Wild God

Barbara Ehrenreich (an atheist and a journalist) recently published a book called Living with a Wild God, in which she probes and explores an experience she had that she couldn’t quite explain: In May of 1959, Barbara Ehrenreich was taken into the mountains in Northern California by a boy looking for dynamite. They spent the night [Read More...]

Technology Bits: Social Media Curation through Milq and a Mayor Uses Instagram

Technology Bits

Social Media Curation through Milq Overwhelmed by the disarray of social media? Looking for some way to make sense of the mess? Help may be on the way. Ben Sisario of the New York Times reports on the beta release of Milq: How can users separate the essential content from the utterly disposable? How can [Read More...]


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