March 13, 2015
What It Means to Be Human
On the occasion of Jean Vanier (whom Henri Nouwen brought to our attention) winning the Templeton Prize—see our coverage here—Rod Dreher offers a video and some sobering comments. Vanier has given his life to those we commonly call mentally ill. Meanwhile other "human beings," Dreher notes, search for meaning in elite sex parties. It's not exactly a fair comparison, but the extremes do make one wonder.
Lenten Pep Talk for Individualists
If you're like me, you've already failed to maintain your Lenten vows. Or perhaps you never made any to begin with. Here's an article the makes Lenten disciplines applicable not just to Christians but all Americans, or at least people who see themselves as rugged individualists.
The Business of World Domination
I like to understand why businesses thrive, and few have thrived better than Ikea as of late. This article explores why that is the case, and why that's amazing. Ikea has succeeded "by mastering one of the hardest challenges in the retail universe: selling high volumes of inventory at a consistently low price in vastly different marketplaces, languages, and cultures."
Grace and peace,