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What About the Church?

Donald Miller started a firestorm this week when he posted to his blog that he does not regularly attend church services. I agreed with some of Miller’s critiques concerning the church, but I found his answers to these problems to be unhelpful. Many people responded to Miller and some of these posts had much to offer. Mark Parker gives a respectful rebuttal, as well as a great discussion of the Greek word ekklesia in his post The Unnecessary Church. I’m not sure Sean Palmer was directly responding to Donald Miller, but he had some great things to add to the conversation in his post Is It Really A Church You’re Leaving. He writes, “If there is one institution in our culture that is specifically designed to remind us that we are not, in fact, the center of the universe, it’s the church.”

Addiction

The actor and comedian Russell Brand has written a powerful article on addiction. He explains the ins and outs of this terrible disease. He gives people a firsthand glimpse into what it is like to be an addict. There is so much wisdom in this eye opening article.  Here are a few of the quotes that really jumped out at me.

“…the disease of addiction is not rational.”

“What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn’t easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.”

“Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution.”

“It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people. It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing?”

Check out Russell Brand: My Life Without Drugs

On Writing

According to E.B. White there are no perfect conditions for writing. He states, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” Melissa Donovan takes a look at E.B. Whites’ quote and explains why he is right. Check out Quotes on Writing: E.B. White

Learning to Be a Better Communicator

Courtney Seiter has a wonderful post offering tips from famous interviewers on how to be a better communicator. I am an introvert and conversations don’t always come naturally. I found this article to be very insightful and helpful. I will be implementing some of these tips in my own life and will probably return this post in the future. Check out 6 Powerful Communication Tips From Some of the World’s Best Interviewers

Philip Seymour Hoffman

This week the world lost a great actor. Philip Seymour Hoffman may have been the best actor of his generation. He had so many good performances it is hard to choose my favorite, but I have always been partial to his role in Doubt. Here is one of the homilies he delivers in the film.

A Change Is Gonna Come

Sam Cooke’s powerful song, A Change Is Gonna Come, turns 50 this week. Not only is this a great song, but it is an important song that played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement. Of course my favorite version of this song is the original, but the song has also been covered many times. One of my favorite cover versions is by cellist Ben Sollee.

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