2. Have you ever read Aldous Huxley or George Orwell? If not, you should. Huxley’s book Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984 have been read for quite some time now and are eerily seen as prophetic books for our current culture. Here is a cartoon breaking down the main points of each and how we have succumbed more to Huxley’s portrayal of his fears for the future. (If you click on the cartoon it will zoom in.)
3. David Fitch has been having a great conversation over at his blog on whether or not the New Calvinist movement, especially amongst Southern Baptists, is the new fundamentalism. Definitely worth checking out.
4. Some of the people from the Ecclesia Network put together a Missional Learning Commons recently. It was held in Chicago and focused on missional discipleship, family life, and leadership. They also had a discussion about James K.A. Smith’s book Desiring the Kingdom, which if you haven’t read is a great, great book. The audio from the MLC is available here. Good stuff.
5. Ever wonder what churches are located here in the greater Syracuse area? Ever wonder if they have a webpage? This link provides some answers to that.
6. Speaking of churches, my friend Steve Evans and I have recently been placed as the interim pastors at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. We’d covet your prayers for this time, both for us and those whom we will be ministering with and to.
8. Have a good idea that needs some funding? Ever wonder how you may be able to help out others who are seeking to benefit the world at large? Check out Kickstarter and see whom you can help through all sorts of different avenues.
9. Check out the TED prize winner, JR, and the video on his photographic work. Pretty cool.
10. I used to live in Philly and was never privy to anything like this. The Hallelujah Chorus sung in Macy’s by hundreds of people is rather cool. However, it brings up some interesting ideas concerning consumerism and the irony of their choice of song, especially in our culture when shopping and money seem to “reign forever and ever.”
11. Here is a list of really good books I’ve read recently. Hopefully, these can be resources for you as well: The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah; Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos by Tim Keel; Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy by Mark Galli; and The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups by Joseph Myers.