October 11, 2010

this week's round-up (october 10)

Craig Groeshel on Generational Differences in the Church. I came upon this at an interesting time in that I'm starting to notice some slight hints of generational differences in the church I'm currently serving. Good advice for both ends of the spectrum in that we need more conversation and understanding to move into the future.

Google Apps for church use. Google Apps is what I use for my domain, blog, and e-mail; I've considered moving the church over to it as well - because of recent improvements in blogger I think it is possible to create a very simple, decent looking church website with it (I'm early in the process of tinkering with this, and may change my mind), the e-mail and calendar applications are easy to use. If you need a simple, low-cost solution it is definitely one to examine.

Cory Doctorow on The Real Cost of Free.

Douglas Coupland on A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years. Like it says, it's pretty pessimistic, but there are some hard truths in there to consider like "The future is going to happen no matter what we do. The future will feel even faster than it does now."

Seth Godin on demonstrating strength by risking the appearance of weakness.

Spreading the word offline by the Church of the Customer blog. I know we try to affirm the idea that every member of a church is a minister, I really like the idea of taking it a step further and giving everyone business cards that not only affirm this, but could be used to create memorable positive interactions with people outside the church.

David Crumm interviews Kenda Creasy Dean, author of Almost Christian. There's some good stuff in there, I especially liked David's question about how this new buzzword of "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism" might end up simply being used as a verbal weapon for Christians to continue to exclude, harass, and condemn each other.

Julie Clawson on Citizens or Neighbors? some good thoughts on that problems that arise when we focus on the letter of the law and forget the spirit of the law.

Fred Clark on Christine O'Donnell and why some evangelicals claim to have explored becoming a Hare Krishna even though they never did.

Just watch and enjoy.



Foxtrot cartoon on why blended isn't always better.

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