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Only in Texas

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

A recent headline is encouraging. Somehow, the buses in Seguin, Texas are able to imbue politeness into seventh grade boys:

This store has something for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You don’t see this sort of thing in California!

Technology and Theology: Unexpected Consequences

Friday, June 12th, 2009

When we begin to use a new technology, usually we focus on its primary impact. For example, when I got my first cell phone, I was excited about the possibility of staying in touch with people with whom I worked when I wasn’t near a phone. I envisioned sitting in traffic on the way to […]

Technology and Theology: A Negative Example

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

In yesterday’s post I examined ways in which technology can support God’s work in the world. Specifically, I noted now the early Christian use of letters and roads helped to spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the Roman world.
Yet Scripture also bears witnesses to potential downsides of technology. A major negative example comes […]

Technology and Theology: Positive Examples

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Thanks to those who contributed comments to yesterday’s post, and to those who communicated with me by email. As always, I am encouraged, instructed, and challenged by your insights.
When I think about the relationship of technology and theology, I wonder where to start. As a biblically-informed Christian, I know I’m going to start with the […]

Technology and Theology: Your Ideas

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I have been asked to write an article on technology and theology for Outcomes, a magazine for leaders published by the Christian Leadership Alliance.
The timing of this request seems to be providential. The cover of this week’s Time Magazine features an iPhone that features a tweet (a Twitter entry). That tweet proclaims: “I’ve written this […]

What Makes Us Happy?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The current issue of Atlantic Monthly has a long article with the title “What Makes Us Happy?” The author, Joshua Wolf Shenk, writes about the 72-year-long, in-depth study of 268 men from Harvard. He focuses considerable attention on the current director of this Grant Study, Dr. George Vaillant (pronounced “valiant”).
I will not survey this article […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Hope in God!
READ Psalm 43:1-5
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!
Psalm 43:5
If Psalm 43 seems strangely familiar, that’s because it is the ending of the psalm we know as Psalm 42. This is clear from the themes as […]

New Babies at Home!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

A couple of months ago, our back porch was invaded by a couple of Barn Swallows. They’re colorful birds that build bowl-shaped mud nests. Our invasion force picked our porch for such a nest and we decided to let them go ahead and build.

A few days ago we started hearing high-pitched chirps coming from the […]

Final Comments on the MBA Oath

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Today was the 358th Commencement of Harvard University. Among the thousands of graduates from the various Harvard schools were about 900 who received the Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. A significant percentage of these graduates, now well over the published 20% figure, signed the MBA Oath. This oath, by the way, […]

Ethical MBAs? Some Comments on the MBA Oath

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Yesterday I began by noting an article in the New York Times that describes the efforts of a number of students at Harvard Business School to commit to being ethical in their future business practices. So far, over 160 soon-to-be-graduates of HBS have affirmed the MBA Oath. I’ll repeat the short form of that oath […]

Ethical MBAs? From Harvard Business School?!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

A recent article in the New York Times focused on a group of soon-to-be graduates of Harvard Business School who have signed an oath promising to “serve the greater good” as business leaders (HT: Susan McCool). According to the Times, almost 20 percent of the graduating class have signed “The M.B.A. Oath.”
Why are they doing […]

The Twilight Books: Should You Let Your Daughter Read Them?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Odds are that you’ve heard of the Twilight books, even if you’re not a teenage girl. If not the Twilight books, then probably the movie. Yesterday, in fact, it won five MTV movie awards, including Best Movie . . . and Best Kiss.
It’s the Best Kiss part that gets parents wondering about the appropriateness of […]

Red, Yellow, and Blue

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Some birds in my back yard . . . .
Cardinal . . . .

Goldfinch . . . .

Scrub Jay . . . .

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