If you’ve set a goal, but you don’t make a plan, you’re just daydreaming. If you want to get out of debt, you have to create a monthly budget and plan how you get there, or you just won’t. If you want to operate your own small business, you have to craft a business plan so you understand how profits are made and reinvested, or you won’t be in business for long. Teachers plan curriculum for the coming semester. Engineers design before they build. And on, and on. Don’t fail because you lack a plan. Jesus touches on this in Luke 14, and Joseph Sangl does a good job of covering the topic of how any goal (especially financial) requires planning to come to fruition.
Skullastic – Creator of awesome school supplies (who wouldn’t love a ‘Planner of the Apes’), and owner of their very own Short Bus Mobile Store. Lots of fun stuff.
GameChurch – It looks like these guys have modeled their ministry after Craig Gross’s XXXChurch, which is a great place to start. I’ll be keeping an eye on these guys.
Poorcraft – “The essential comic book guide to practical urben and suburban frugality!” You know I have to love that. There’s even a quote from Matthew 25 in it. My son has been reading it daily since he got back from the show.
Blunderbuss Wanderlust – I wanted to highlight some of Chris Herndon’s work, since he was so good with my little girl. “Colonel Vector has a blunderbuss gun with a peculiar recoil. When he shoots, he gets kicked back in time 600 million years[…] With each subsequent shot, Victor moves through geologic time” and if you like time-traveling and strange beasties, this is for you. It looks like a story worthy of Commander McBragg himself. Quite.
The idea of immortality here on earth has always been a subject of fantasy and horror. There are stories about vampires (yes, even sparkly ones), and movies like Highlander. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Oh, if we could not die, it would be indeed horrible! Who wants to be chained to this poor life for a century or longer?” Is an extraordinarily long life really worth having? Ronald Bailey comes at it from the naturalism point of view as he reviews Immortality by Stephen Cave, discussing how pursuing a longer life results in civilization (and how science could apply to the concept of the soul). At Revolution Church, we’re starting a mini-series about heaven, hell, and the afterlife this week. Obviously, I believe in an infinite life through and with Jesus, and that my life here is a only a part of His story, but it’s interesting to see how people who don’t follow Christ struggle with the ideas of eternity and legacy.