Archive | 23 November 2010

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I Knew Him When

Thanks to my college friend (and fellow Spirit Force member while at Messiah) Peter Greer for sharing this article about a recent discussion that Peter and Shane Claiborne had at the American Enterprise Institute. Peter is the founder and president of Hope International, a micro-finance non-profit that works directly with the poor in a number […]

When Statistics Are Misleading

Did you know that Kabul, Afghanistan is safer than New York City for kids? Well, it depends on how you measure “safer”, just like a lot of things. This report from shows how you could arrive at that conclusion. Here’s the basics: look at child homicide. The rate of child homicide in Kabul is […]

Thanksgiving Facts

To help get everyone geared up for Thanksgiving, here is a little fact sheet from the Census Bureau about Thanksgiving related topics. Wouldn’t want everyone heading to their Thanksgiving festivities (hopefully including some time for actually being thankful) under-informed! I particularly like the “Editor’s Note” at the bottom: Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected […]

On the Nature of Youth Groups

A tip of the hat to Rob Martin for posting the link to this article by David Fitch. Fitch is critical of what he considers the typical youth group. He has three main points, which I will summarize here. I’ll also comment on how I feel our youth group at McBIC addresses his concerns. 1.) […]

A Review of “Tangled”

Thanks to Dave Truitt over on facebook for the link to this review of the new movie Tangled. It looks like the movie will be a safe view for the kids, and has a lot of themes that we can use to spark some good conversation around the house! Here’s the trailer from YouTube: