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Read In Case Of Emergency
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  • Don’t Paint the Orphanage – Andy Olsen & Bekah McNeel, Christianity Today – When Jesus sent out people on the only events in the New Testament resembling a short term missions trip, the twelve and the seventy two did not perform service projects or learn about the economic issues in Judea or Samaria; they didn’t even do anything particularly cross-cultural! Today’s short term missionaries are questioning all of the above, because no one agrees what a short term missions trip is, or is for.
  • Clarence Thomas’s Radical Vision of Race – Corey Robin, The New Yorker – What do you know about Clarence Thomas? He’s a black American Supreme Court Justice, who was narrowly confirmed by the Senate after Anita Hill, a former employee, accused him of sexual harassment, and he rarely speaks in court. But did you know that he believes affirmative action is part of white supremacy? That he wishes we could go back to segregated schools? He has his reasons, though, born out of a very different life than many of us have experienced.

  • Why I don't love Light Rail Transit – Alex Danco, – Those who object to light rail transit projects are often accused of loving cars and pollution, because no other reason for opposing big, beautiful trains is conceivable, and it’s useful to misrepresent your opponents in the public square. But it is good to oppose wasteful spending that only benefits the rich, and trains are mostly useless without buses.

  • Birds Are Vanishing From North America – Carl Zimmer, The New York Times – Many of you may remember, from November, that insects are not doing as well as one might hope for massively important parts of the ecosystem. Well, unsurprisingly it looks like ecological collapse may be coming for the birds too. As Dr. Rosenberg noted on a recent episode of the Science Magazine podcast, these population declines do not look that different from the history of the passenger pigeon.
  • John O. Westwood’s Facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon and Irish ManuscriptsThe Public Domain Review and The Internet Archive – Most Bibles today are printed with fairly small text on thin paper, so that the book is perfectly legible, yet still easy portable. These were not the greatest considerations in the Middle Ages, in which monks sought to make the Word beautiful. Centuries later, John O. Westwood sought to make them available to a wider audience, so that Englishpeople could see the incredible illustrations without traveling to disparate castles, monasteries and archives themselves. Now, thanks to online archives and a blessed lack of copyright, you can appreciate the long-dead monks’ sense of beauty and design from the comfort of your own home.

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