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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sunspots 658


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Christianity: A Relevant write says that we shouldn't always say "it's OK," w
hen someone tells us that they are sorry for something they have done to us.

Tim Keller has written "Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore," for The New Yorker. Among other things, Keller offers a short list of characteristics of evangelicals, and points out that "'Evangelical' used to denote people who claimed the high moral ground; now, in popular usage, the word is nearly synonymous with 'hypocrite.'"

A Relevant writer writes about the dumbing down (knowing little theology, and even exalting those who don't know much of it) of Christianity,  and how this hurts the cause of Christ.


Relevant reports that Chick-Fil-A, which normally does not open on Sundays, opened, in the Atlanta airport, during a massive flight cancellation problem, so that people could get food. 



Computing: Gizmo's Freeware reports on a free application that takes screenshots of your computer automatically, every 5 seconds, or at longer intervals. This may help you to remember what you did, or it may help you see if someone unauthorized is using your computer, and what they are doing on it.

Politics: (or something) Listverse gives the terrible stories of people who managed to survive North Korea's prison camps, and escape the country.

National Public Radio reports on how Russian operatives sowed discord in the US, and other countries, through web attacks of various kinds.

David Brooks, of the New York Times, writes a good piece on how to get us back together.

Science: (or photography) The BBC has posted some photos of amazing cloud formations, plus one of a moonbow. Flickr has a Gallery, currently with six photos of moonbows.

Wired compares LED and incandescent Christmas tree lights. (The kind that makes a string of 50 or more lights.)


Sports: Listverse discusses the history of balls used in several sports.

I thank one of my brothers for suggesting some of these items.

Thanks for looking!

Image source (public domain)

2 comments:

FancyHorse said...

The article on forgiveness, and the comments were very thought-provoking. I've often used "It's ok" for minor offenses as another way of saying "You're forgiven."

The New Yorker article about evangelicalism was interesting. I am encouraged in learning about the multi-ethnic churches worldwide and in the USA. I shared it on Facebook.

I couldn't read the article about North Korean prison escapees, the horrors that they've gone through. I saw on Facebook recently that there have been many "ghost ships" in Japanese waters and on the beaches, from North Korea. I'm wondering if they were already starving when they tried to reach Japan by boat, or if they died in NK, and were then put on boats and sent off to sea.

I'll have to re-read Lincoln's Second Inaugural speech. The bits quoted were very uplifting.

Fascinating cloud pictures!

The one about Christmas lights quickly went beyond my ability to understand it, but I emailed it to husband. :-)



Martin LaBar said...

Yes, some thought-provoking material.

Thanks for your faithfulness in reading, and your comments.