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Yep. Testing.

So. Over 400,000 email/password combos were leaked from yahoo yesterday. Check out this tool to see if you were in the unlucky pool.

Mountain Lion releases soon. Check out Macworld’s article on getting ready for it, if you plan on installing.

An interesting tale of performance computer art run amiss of the law…

Cracked.com (a site I normally wouldn’t recommend) had an article called 5 Popular Forms of Charity (That Aren’t Helping). It’s actually a surprisingly good article, that I’d encourage you to check out.

Spoiler alert though, here are the 5 forms and my (brief) thoughts:

1. Most Awareness Campaigns Are a Waste of Time

As the article states, they might draw awareness to little known issues but generally have no affect on well known ones. Further, I’d add that they give people a false sense of accomplishment when whatever issues changes little from wearing a bracelet (or something similar). Sure it can be a great starting point but can’t be the ending point.

2. Donating Clothing

There is some stuff to consider here, but there are times when clothing donations are really, really helpful. This, to me, was a bit of a weaker point (especially applied to our circumstances).

3. Choosing Your Charity Based On Overhead

THIS. Overhead is a fact of life, especially if you want to efficiently run some sort of charity that helps more than it hurts. I think I said “Amen!” out loud when I came to this point.

4. Earmarking Your Donations

There is a place for earmarks, certainly. But consider not earmarking monies at times. This goes straight back to point 3: there is overhead involved in running and operating any sort of charity (or NGO, as we are). This is the reason organizations establish “3% of every donation is charged an administrative fee” structures.

5. Volunteering After Disasters

Several valid points worth considering are raised here. It’s something I’ve heard from many disaster relief focused organizations. I’ve got more thoughts here, and might share them at some point. For now, though, just check out the article.

All we have to offer the world is the presence of God.

That Holy Anarchist, Mark Van Steenwyk

Rest

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I had lunch with a friend recently, and a significant portion of our discussion turned to concepts of rest. He was coming into the discussion tired, having felt worn by day to day stresses of life and ministry. His last holiday time had been quite some time ago (6 months) and even then, it was short and to a place that wasn’t actually restful. Week to week, changes in his living situation had also severely strained any sort of regular restful day away. And the weight of the tiredness was just getting to him.

This wasn’t something hard for me to understand. Having a newborn baby in the house has placed a serious damper on the amount of sleep I’ve been able to get; I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but that doesn’t mean rest shouldn’t be part of my vocabulary, still.

As we talked I was reminded of Genesis 1. All the way back at the beginning of God’s story in our world. Chapter 1 is a beautifully poetic telling of how we came to be, and God’s beautifully creative touch. We often stop there with this though. During my lunch I challenged us both, really, to not stop with just this but to look at one arm of the creation story that’s easy to overlook: rest.

We chatted about how God had a period of work, and specific tasks to do each of the first 6 days of the creation story. And then, if you keep reading, you come to this,

By the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, and he ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he ceased all the work that he had been doing in creation. (Gen 2:2-3)

God ceases his creative work, and sets it said as as holy. We read later,

“Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy. For six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. (Exodus 20:8-12)

This seventh day becomes an intentional rest for God, and His people, and all those living in their land.

Sometimes, this day of rest is scheduled week to week. In the states its common to work Monday thru Friday, for example, and “take off” Friday and Saturday. Sometimes it needs to look different though. Sometimes we go through difficult seasons of life, and sometimes things just change, and sabbath is about a longer, more intentional rest. The Israelites were told to take every 7th, and 50th year completely off from agriculture, for example (Leviticus 25).

Basically, sometimes we just need rest. We need to put our plows done, go inside, take a deep breath and stop dwelling on the stresses of work. Sometimes we need a season of reflection to process where we’ve been and where we are going. And that’s OK.

The Gospel of Mark was the first draft of a doctoral candidate’s dissertation. He submitted it to his advisor who suggested the need for more background information about Jesus’ birth, maybe some more teaching material, and a stronger ending. The student rewrote his dissertation and submitted the Gospel of Matthew. His advisor thought the revision was much stronger but felt that the teaching material should be better integrated into the narrative, thought a story about Jesus’ youth might be helpful, and suggested that the genealogy could be expanded back to Adam, etc. The PhD candidate did another major revision and produced the Gospel of Luke. Once again the advisor was critical and asked for major revisions. Frustrated, the student took drugs and wrote the Gospel of John. ~Jordan Scharf

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