A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Quick, but substantive article about how debts are handled after death, and how banks and credit card companies try to recoup losses through guilt. Some basic rules to remember. 1.) Anything the deceased owned will stand for what they owed. 2.) If you didn’t sign for it, you (generally) don’t have to pay for it. 3.) Some creditors are more interested in getting paid than being human regarding your pain (so don’t do business with them).
  • Last year, the Women’s Funding Network released a study showing juvenile prostitution had risen to epidemic levels in America. USA Today and other major media outlets picked it up and ran with it. Some church leaders held it up as an example of the broken and sinful world we are living in. And… it was crap. The numbers were all guesses, based on browsing online advertisements for prostitutes and counting the ones that were ‘young looking.’ Really.
  • Mark Goldblatt has written a fascinating philosophical piece over at Reason magazine regarding the nature of infinity and how it can speak to the infinite nature of God. This has nothing to do with how Christians should approach the Gospel, but it reminds us how difficult it is for our minds to do anything but get a glimpse of what the word infinite really means (as in ‘God is infinitely powerful), and I’ve always experienced a strange sense of calm when I’ve considered the infinite nature of God.

January 12, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday Quick Hits

  • I have never read any of Ayn Rand’s books, and I wasn’t interested in seeing the recent Atlas Shrugged movie. Even so, I found this article by Bishop Edward Little an interesting read. Among his other points, Little makes the claim that “Christianity and Objectivism are utterly incompatible.” Right or wrong, couldn’t you make that claim about any number of ideologies?
  • EEEEE! Sand Worms! Fun fact: I’ve seen all of these films, at least twice. My personal favorite, as an adult, is Tremors. Childhood favorite? Return of the Jedi.
  • Drug use has been decriminalized in Portugal for ten years. How has that turned out? Pretty stinking well. Drug use is down, and addiction rates have fallen. Drug related criminal activity is down as well. Closer to home, the city of Philadelphia has saved two million dollars in the last year alone by not prosecuting marijuana users. So, there is proof that drug decriminalization reduces the number of addicts and costs less. Maybe it’s time we changed how we approach drugs here in the US.
  • What’s that you say? You wish your daughter’s Barbie doll could be more of a bad influence on her? I have just the thing for you. You can thank me later.

August 17, 2011 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , | Comments Off on Wednesday Quick Hits

Links of the Week

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  • I don’t want to be constantly beating the TSA drum here, but I do like to pass along links that I find insightful and funny as I find them. The Economist would like us all to consider whether or not we’re safer than we think. Over at CATO, Gene Healy wants us to remember that this isn’t just a government problem. It’s a result of unthinking alarmism. Finally, if you have walk through one of those naked scanner machines, you might as well give the bored TSA guy in the other room something to read.
  • If you’re married, or you’re going to be married soon, or you are thinking about becoming married, then you should consider doing this with your spouse. Six seconds really can change your marriage.
  • My Seth Godin link of the week: The Fear of Claim Chowder. I love this post. We shouldn’t fear having opinions and defending them. It’s alright that we’re occasionally wrong. Seth Godin’s blog is one that everyone should be reading.
  • We cut up our credit cards last year. It was a conscious and life changing decision. Others have done the same, but they haven’t all been doing so willingly. Our elected representatives may have had good intentions, but all actions (especially legislation) have unintended consequences. Can I just encourage everyone, once again, to start getting out of debt on your own? Please?
  • Alright, I admit it. I am horrible at remembering names. It’s a really important skill to cultivate and grow. Matt Keller was too, so he learned six tricks to help him remember peoples names. I’m already starting to try these out, and they’re making a difference.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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  • Unemployed screenwriter channels his inner child to write letters to the famous and infamous. He put the letters and the replies together and published a book. Read a few samples from Little Billy’s Letters.
  • This week at Revolution Church: Religion is Crap. What list of rules are you following to earn your way into heaven? What rules should you follow? Are there any rules that can do it? If you’re interested in finding out the answer, we meet at 5:00 pm at 6620 E 22nd St, Tucson AZ, or you can catch it on the Revolution Church podcast after Saturday night.
  • Justin Amash won his bid for U.S. Representative in Michigan last Tuesday. As a State Representative, he made a point of posting the House Agenda and how he voted for each vote, along with explanations as to why, on his facebook page. I’m hoping he keeps up the trend as he heads to Washington. It’s a level of transparency that we could use more of from our leaders.

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Links of the Week