April 25, 2014
An Uncommonly Good Conference
I'm at Q, the über-cool (because it's über-interesting) conference in Nashville. A thousand-plus Christians are here to think more deeply about working for the common good. This is not a mission that grabs my heart, but it's a crucial ministry and I'm glad it inspires so many others. If you wonder, like me, "What's so great about the common good?" you'll want to read this piece by my colleague Andy Crouch.
The Gospel and Parenting
My wife and I recently welcomed another grandchild into our world, Jane Michelle. I am fascinated by this new generation of parents and the new rules they parent by, one of which requires large amounts of praise. In "Moral Children and Their Praising Parents," David Zahl at Mockingbird reviews a recent New York Times article that looked at studies that examined whether it is better to be praised for "being a good sharer" or doing "a good job at sharing." Along the way, Zahl manages to help us think more deeply about the gospel.
Day Care Savings Accounts
Speaking of parenting concerns, most new parents start thinking immediately about saving for their kids' college education. That's all well and good, but apparently pre-parents should start thinking about saving for their kids' day care, which is more expensive than college in at least 31 states.Muslims Who Point to Christ
I always find it interesting to see how Jesus is making himself known in other parts of the world. "Why Muslims Are Becoming the Best Evangelists" gives us just such a glimpse, in what one missiologist calls an "unprecedented" global surge of Muslims leading Muslims to Christ.
African Surgeons Who Glorify God
I noted last week that I thought we might want to consider renaming Good Friday to Great Friday. A loyal reader of The Galli Report informed me that it's already the case in the Kiswahili language (or what is better known as Swahili), which is spoken by people in eastern and central Africa: "Thought you might be interested to know that Good Friday in Kiswahili is referred to exactly as you have done. It is Ijumaa Kuu—'the greatest or noblest Friday.'"
By the way, the reader, Wendy Wilmore, is program codirector at Arusha PAACS—Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, which has an active and impressive Facebook page. Like the Muslims who reach out to Muslims, this organization "exists to train and disciple African surgeons to glorify God and to provide excellent, compassionate care to those most in need."
Until next week, grace and peace,