+ The Brehm Center at Fuller Seminary has offered up a veritable treasure trove of stuff aimed at “inspiring imagination and intellect” as part of the Brehm Experience.
+ Phoenix’s vacant lots (of which there are still unfortunately far too many) are being beautified.
+ Writing in the Harvard Business Review, MIT’s Andrew McAfee says, “I sometimes find it hard to believe that America’s current immigration systems weren’t designed by our enemies.”
+ I’ve been eavesdropping a bit on The Thriving Cities Project conversation, and will be particularly interested to see what kinds of answers come in response to questions like this: “What does it mean and take for a community and its residents to thrive?”
+ Speaking of thriving and living well, I commend to you Kyle Bennett’s rule of life.
+ Katie and I went to hear Amy Sherman speak at a Surge Network event in Phoenix this week, where she spoke about vocational stewardship and shalom-making, drawing on her great book Kingdom Calling. If you’re not familiar with her work, there are lots of great resources here.
+ The “Box Canyon Sessions” project from filmmaker Nate Clarke in conjunction with Laity Lodge and some really talented musician folks is über-cool.
+ The thoughtful reviews of Gary Haugen’s The Locust Effect continue to appear in various corners of the interwebs. Of particular note are two. John Donaghy, a Catholic worker in rural Honduras, reflects on the book in light of his everyday experience. And a “religion and politics troubadour” (as he describes himself in his Twitter bio) examines Abraham Kuyper’s influence in Haugen’s thinking.
+ Seth Godin, whose “wisdom” I usually consider hit-or-miss, is onto something here: “Proximity is not a stand in for expertise.”
+ Apathy toward Syria “may be psychologically understandable, but it is still morally problematic,” says Michael Gerson.
+ In his editorial for the upcoming issue of Comment on the theme of “faithful compromise,” editor Jamie Smith cautions, “It’s a dangerous thing to acquire a theology of cultural transformation but lose an eschatology.”