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There are categories of people you will only reach using social media, as this infographic depicts. (Data from this Pew survey.)

The Methodist Hymnal? There’s an app for that!

Here’s news about an archaeological excavation of a 1st century synagogue from Magdala.

Pope Francis calls Catholics to leave their comfort zones. That’s good advice. But if you’re a Protestant, and not sure, you can read Faith of Leap by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost.

New England is the least religious part of the country. But Alaska’s right up there.

The church has been defined (among other things) as “the provisional demonstration of the kingdom of God.” What that means is more or less the same thing as Ed Stetzer says here: we in the church are where the world comes to window shop the Christian religion.

Megan McArdle wants to know Why Do Economists Urge College, But Not Marriage?

Do you really love her more than that flat screen TV? Couples with big debts have more difficulty in their relationship than couples without.

It really is better to give…

April 12th, 2013 No comments

The Apostle Paul cites a saying of Jesus (not recorded in the gospel accounts):

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

According to this New York Times profile of Wharton Business School professor Adam Grant, Jesus just might have been on to something:

For Grant, helping is not the enemy of productivity, a time-sapping diversion from the actual work at hand; it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity. In some sense, he has built a career in professional motivation by trying to unpack the puzzle of his own success. He has always helped; he has always been productive.

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