1. A new conversation about money
In the wake of the recent hubbub caused by revelations that a North Carolina megachurch pastor plans to build a 16,000 square-foot home using $1.6 million of book royalties, Jen Pollock Michel (@Jenpmichel) writes candidly for Her.meneutics:
Do pastors owe apologies for getting rich? That’s the way we’d prefer to word the question, especially to avoid examining our own stewardship responsibilities. It’s legitimate and healthy for Christians to question pastors who collect offerings and live significantly above the majority of their congregants. And we must challenge those who preach the distortions of the prosperity gospel. Jesus never claimed that following him would make us rich. But, as my father once wisely told me, “Be careful when you point a finger. There are three fingers pointing right back at you.”
2. Global perspectives on transformational development
The new issue of the William Carey International Development Journal is now available online, and the theme is transformational development, with contributors representing Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
3. Can clean cookstoves save lives?
A new World Bank report details fourteen ways to measurably reduce the impact of global pollution, which causes a whole range of health problems while accelerating climate change. Though we tend to associate pollution with car emissions and industrial smokestacks, for many in the Global South, even deadlier are pollutants in the home itself. As World Bank president Jim Kim says, “The damage from indoor cooking smoke alone is horrendous – every year, four million people die from exposure to the smoke.” The report makes the case for clean cookstoves, which brings to mind the good work of the Paradigm Project, a “low-profit” company worth getting to know.
Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.
5. Dear MKE
We’re in Milwaukee this weekend for the wedding of Joshua, my brother, and Kristine, my soon-to-be sister-in-law (who is, I’m sure, a proud Wisconsonite). This video goes out to them.
[Image: $100 bill via gamedevblog.com]