The Next Round?

February 28th, 2011

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The next round of closures might not be car dealerships.

Since 2009, there have been an estimated 2,000 car dealership closures, costing an estimated 100,000 people their jobs. Especially daunting is whether anything can be done with empty showrooms surrounded by sprawling lots. But this might be a prelude to the next round of closures—shrinking mega-churches surrounded by sprawling parking lots.

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Is today’s social media yesterday’s Pill?

The Pill was a 1960s technology promising freedom and advancing the Sexual Revolution. These past two weeks, communication technologies such as Twitter and Facebook have been hailed as advancing freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Does the euphoria indicate we don’t know much about technology?

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Is today’s social media yesterday’s Pill?

The Pill was a 1960s technology promising freedom and advancing the Sexual Revolution. These past two weeks, communication technologies such as Twitter and Facebook have been hailed as advancing freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Does the euphoria indicate we don’t know much about technology?

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String Theory

February 14th, 2011

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Christians have their own string theory but it doesn’t make sense.

String theory is science’s most recent stab at developing a Theory of Everything. It suggests a universe composed entirely of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes (branes) working in compatible ways. While largely impenetrable, it’s instructive for the faith community, which has another string theory. It’s called knowing God’s will but it’s flawed since it essentially says the string operates in two incompatible ways.

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Do The Math

February 7th, 2011

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It took the Beatles four years to reach 10,000 hours.

It was 47 years ago today, February 7, 1964, that 3,000 screaming fans greeted the Beatles at New York’s Kennedy Airport. The band had just scored their first No. 1 U.S. hit with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” But it took them four years and 10,000 hours of practice to master musical success. How many years would it take a businessperson to achieve a level of mastery required for effectively enacting shalom? Do the math.

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