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Weekend A La Carte (9/7)

Abuse Does Not Take Away Use - “In my online forays, I’ve observed it’s increasingly common for people to explicitly reject a doctrine, or the notion of orthodox teaching in general, on the basis of its abuse.” Derek Rishmawy explains why this should not be so.

Don’t You Know What They’re Saying About You? - Julian Freeman has some helpful thoughts on gossip. “When there’s no whisperer, there is no wood for the fire. The trouble, of course, is that there’s more than just wood necessary for a fire. You need oxygen and a spark. And with gossip, you need not just a whisperer, but someone to whisper to. And that’s what I’ve been thinking about lately.”

How Segregated Is Your City? - These maps are incredible; they show racial distribution in some of America’s biggest cities.

Stop Complaining - We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the Worst Case Scenario Handbook, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate about our work.

Holy Infographics - The Guardian has a roundup of some Bible-related infographics (with a few other “holy books” mixed in to keep it all politically correct). There really are some amazing ways to visualize data and information.

The Miracle of Forgiveness - “ ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ These are simple, powerful, and even poetic words that I’ve said so many times without fully grasping their meanings. On July 15th, my family was given a chance to live them. An ordinary day transformed into an extraordinary test of faith.”

We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first. —Oswald Smith