A La Carte (February 21)


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Smartphones Make You Tired – Take note! “For a productive day at work tomorrow, give the smartphone a rest tonight. Reading and sending work email on a smartphone late into the evening doesn’t just make it harder to get a decent night’s sleep. New research findings show it also exhausts workers by morning and leaves them disengaged by the next afternoon.” This Social Media Guard may prove helpful.

The Cult of the Visioneer – This is pretty common in the evangelical world today: “The process is simple. A church has a pastor. The pastor receives from God a specific vision and mission for his church. The church follows the visioneer.” (Here’s another Ref21 article on the same subject.)

Lecrae @ Huffington Post – The Huffington Post has a long profile of Christian rapper Lecrae.

Jamie Coots, 1971 – 2014 – You probably heard about the death of Jamie Coots, a third-generation signs-following pentecostal who handled venomous snakes in worship (and, not surprisingly, died after being bitten). Here’s a short film about his life and strange, strange ministry.

In Her Shoes – Here is some help in ministering to those who are grieving after losing a child.

A Family Mission Statement – I really like the idea behind this. I’m not sure that I’ve got the discipline to pull it off, though!

Pride is a sinner’s torment, but humility a saint’s ornament. —William Secker