In an important article from the New York Times, an argument for deep community as an answer to many suicides warns about lonely people we should watch out for… Click here
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The Atlantic has a brief and interesting take on an aspect of student debt that bears your consideration…
“The media fixates on the overall size of student debt. But where you go to school, whether you graduate, and what kind of job you get later may matter much more.”
From CT website: Editor’s note, added May 8, 2013: Dallas Willard died today at age 77, days after being diagnosed with cancer.
There will be lots of tributes to Willard.
But the best tribute of all is when you read his work that can help you be and make disciples to obey his Lord.
A master chess player once told his student “look at the whole board.” Taking in the big picture before making strategic decisions is the lesson from chess. This is true in life but nowhere is this more important than foreign policy.
Many people today have no recollection of Henry Kissinger other than, perhaps a historical figure from the late 20th century. I am old enough to remember Kissinger’s work in the late 60s and 70s. I paid close attention as a teenager. I remember watching the draft lottery on TV and wondering if the war would last until I was 18. It ended in my senior year, I was 18.
Years later as part of my introduction to the Balkans, I discovered the work of Robert Kaplan. He is still a source for me as he writes about foreign affairs for The Atlantic.
Today I discovered Kaplan’s new article on Kissinger. Whether it be a history lesson or a review, I think you will profit from considering the big picture or, if you will, the whole board of a great chess game: Kissinger, the Cold War and foreign policy.
Click here to read the article in this month’s The Atlantic.
Laborers Unite!!! This was once the cry that was the labor movement. Years ago, in the communist world this was a very big holiday. Communism was billed as a worker’s movement. It wasn’t, but that’s another post, not this one. But I do want to think about labor on this day which, in many places, is still a holiday.
But I want to think about the way many Christians few the Christian life as a set of tasks, a list of jobs… of, as I Tweeted recently, a kind of punching a clock for an unseen boss. This is not a biblical view of the movement that Jesus leads.
I heard from a friend lately who came to realize that he was so busy that he was running in circles of activity… circles. Where do circles get us? Well, these circles of activity are tantamount to what some call a dead end job. They are not going anywhere and there is little meaning in them other than just in their doing.
We are daughters and sons of the King who are called precious by Him. We are adopted into his family and are co-heirs with Christ and given the privilege of being a part of the extending of His Kingdom. This is what Paul meant:
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:28-29 ESV)
Because He works in and through us, His joyful children.
What did He tell us to do?
Go and make disciples.
Let us stop filling our hours with circular labor trying to keep dead programs alive on live support. Let us, instead, draw close to Him through abiding in Him who is the true source of energy. Then may our toil be in bringing and reminding others about Him through caring relationships which draw them into the presence of Jesus so that they too may find God’s power and the fruit of His Spirit in us.
On this May Day let us celebrate God’s labor in and through us.