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Links: Miscellaneous

Several great things that I at least want to be able to find again:

– Been listening to podcasts of TED Talks. Some pretty cool stuff by a lot of creative people. Love this one by Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts. She argues that while society and school and workplaces seem to value extroverts more, it’s really introverts who provide the creative spark that we need.

Introverts get their stimulation from being alone and able to think by themselves, she says, not from being around other people so much. Really good stuff. Made me want to go hide in one of these cabins with a bunch of books because, yes, I am an introvert deep down inside.

How to pitch an article to a major magazine.

– Quick way to stay updated on sports news: www.quickish.com. Fantastic.

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LOTD: Catching Up

Been a while. Adding two kids to your household will do that. But here’s some good stuff from the last little while:

– Why do I love Twitter, you ask? Here’s just one of many reasons: where else is a starting MLB pitcher going to find a random cancer survivor to play catch with on his off day? Seriously. It happened.

– John Calvin on providence and impatience. Need to remember this more. (HT: Kevin DeYoung):

If there is no more effective remedy for anger and impatience, he has surely benefited greatly who has so learned to meditate upon God’s providence that he can always recall his mind to this point: the Lord has willed it; therefore it must be borne, not only because one may not contend against it, but also because he wills nothing but what is just and expedient.

To sum this up: when we are unjustly wounded by men, let us overlook their wickedness (which would but worsen our pain and sharpen our minds to revenge), remember to mount up to God, and learn to believe for certain that whatever our enemy has wickedly committed against us was permitted and sent by God’s just dispensation. (Institutes1.17.8)

– Now a quote from Kevin DeYoung himself. Need more of this too — I tend to linger too long over decisions. Sometimes you just gotta make a choice and go:

Obsessing over the future is not how God wants us to live because showing us the future is not God’s way. His way is to speak to us in the Scriptures and transform us by the renewing of our minds. His way is not a crystal ball. His way is wisdom. We should stop looking for God to reveal the future to us and remove all risk from our lives. We should start looking to God-His character and His promises-and thereby have confidence to take risks for His name’s sake. – from Just Do Something

Interesting story on the sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy last January. Author gets some good behind-the-scenes details.

How the NFL schedule gets made. It’s more complicated than you might think.

Long story (I have yet to read it all) by Chris Jones about Robert Caro, who has spend most of his life writing a biography of LBJ (that’s President Lyndon Baines Johnson, not LeBron James). Gets into great details about his writing process. If you’ve never read him, Chris Jones is really good, btw.

– One more quote, this one from Nancy Pearcey, who I got to sit under for a few lectures in 2003 at WJI. I want to raise my kids to be able to think like this:

Generations of churched youngsters have been encouraged to shore up their religious commitment by sheer will power, closing their eyes and ears to contrary ideas. This explains why so many churches are full of people who are closed-minded, dogmatic, harsh and judgmental. Only people who understand that Christianity is true to the real world are capable of the relaxed confidence that allows them to be open, patient, and loving toward those who differ from them.

LOTD: Coach Cal, Insults and Best Comic Strip Ever

Got a batch from the last few days:

– The Jewish team from the last post that was willing to forfeit a trip to the state semifinals rather than play on the Sabbath? Ended up getting the game time changed, played and won.

– Speaking of basketball, fantastic interview with Coach Cal. You might not like him (I didn’t until he became our coach), but he works within the NCAA system better than most.

– Need a good insult? Check out Martin Luther’s collection. The man had a way with words. One example: “You are a wolf and apostle of Satan.” Okay, one more: “We leave you to your own devices, for nothing properly suits you except hypocrisy, flattery, and lies.”

– First rule of storytelling/newsgathering? Get the name of the dog. Seriously.

Utterly brilliant analysis of the best comic strip of all time, Calvin and Hobbes.

Links of the Day

Used to do this fairly often. I see too much good stuff to not post it, so I’m going to try to do this regularly. We’ll see how it goes.

Are we raising a generation of helpless kids?
Good perspective on today’s culture of helicopter parents who are so afraid to let their kids fail that the kids never learn how to do anything on their own. Couple money quotes:

“We need to let our kids fail at 12 – which is far better than at 42,” Tim Elmore says. “We need to tell them the truth (with grace) that the notion of ‘you can do anything you want’ is not necessarily true.”

“We need to become velvet bricks,” Elmore says, “soft on the outside and hard on the inside and allow children to fail while they are young in order to succeed when they are adults.”

Love the “velvet bricks” idea. As always, it’s a balance.

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1.  Can you do the job?
2.  Will you love the job?
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