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Love Is a Risky Business—Tim Challies
Thoughtful post from Tim today.
Love is a risky business. In one way or another, at one time or another, we have all suffered because we have loved. We have all been shocked to learn something we didn’t know before, we have all been grieved as we have discovered another person’s hidden actions or behavior. Some of us have even asked: If I had known that before, would I have still loved her? Now that I know that, can I still love him?
God Doesn’t Need You to Go Viral—Gina Dalfonzo
So good. Viral YouTube stars, particularly Christian ones, have concerned me for some time. Not the people in themselves, just the idea of selling your life for ad revenue on YouTube. It’s a scary proposition. Good thoughts here from CT.
It’s easy to see why pregnancy announcement videos go viral: the over-the-top excitement, the celebration of love and new life, the fun, creative ways parents share their big news. It’s the ultimate feel-good experience in our social media feeds.
Christian families in particular have taken to this trend. For them, such announcements (directly or indirectly) reflect the great value we set on life and family and on thanking God for his blessings. The expectant couples who had their few minutes of fame singing a parody of “Shut Up and Dance,” doing their best Miley Cyrus impression, and revealing“Mom” and “Dad” on Diet Coke cans were all involved in ministry.
A third of millennials whip out their cellphones in public ‘for no particular reason’—Brian Fung
Fascinating new data out about cell phone etiquette. I may write some on this later. Until then, a good take from WaPo.
When it comes to the broader cultural question of cellphone etiquette, however, we’re all on the same page — and we’re all guilty. Eighty-eight percent of Americans — young, old and everyone in between — say it’s inappropriate to use your phone at a family dinner, for example.
Oddly, people seem to think it’s even less polite to use your phone during a meeting. As a despicable millennial myself, I confess I don’t really get this one; meetings are about recalling and sharing information, so to the extent that your device usage facilitates this goal, it should be fine, right? Maybe I’m just more evil than average.