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Friday, March 13, 2015

THE GALLI REPORT ~ March 13, 2015

The Galli Report newsletter
March 13, 2015

Coming Out as a Christian
You know we're in a new cultural moment when articles like this are, to use a popular word, transgressive. Some would say this is the way Christianity should be in any society—edgy, unusual, and counter to the prevailing values.
 
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."
 
A Beautiful Opening to a Crucial Conversation
I forgot to point you all to the latest issue of The Behemoth, especially the lead article on "The Problem of Beauty." Matt Woodley has identified what can be a key part of our conversation with those who are skeptical of things Christian.
 
Grace and peace,
 
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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