Nov 062013

The Civil War and American Art . Eleanor Jones Harvey. Former enslaved woman Harriet Jacobs (fig. 102) noted with disgust, “The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition. My master was, to my knowledge, the father of eleven slaves. But did the mothers dare tell who was the father of their children? […]

Oct 282013

Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy. Peter Carlson. Scoffing at death was the code of the “Bohemian Brigade”—the tongue-in-cheek name that Junius Browne and other Northern war correspondents had coined to describe themselves. A self-conscious romantic, Browne reveled in the idea that they were “knights of the quill,” swashbuckling poet-warriors living “a nomadic, careless, […]

Oct 132013

Grain Brain. David Perlmutter. I believe that the shift in our diet that has occurred over the past century—from high-fat, low-carb to today’s low-fat, high-carb diet, fundamentally consisting of grains and other damaging carbohydrates—is the origin of many of our modern scourges linked to the brain, including chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, movement disorders, […]

Oct 132013

101 Investment Decisions Guaranteed to Change Your Financial Future. Paul Merriman . Commissions create a short-term reward for recommending long-term solutions. I think it’s better for both the client and the advisor to have a long-term commitment. Once the commission is paid, some advisors may conclude that their work is done. For you, the key […]

Oct 112013

Leadership Sustainability. Dave Ulrich & Norm Smallwood. Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code—known internally as the Guest ID number—that keeps tabs on everything they buy. “If you use a credit card or a coupon, […]

Oct 072013

101 Investment Decisions Guaranteed to Change Your Financial Future. Paul Merriman . Every year I give a talk to high school students. I ask them if they want to invest like millionaires. Without exception, they say they do. Then I point out that millionaires invest in hundreds or thousands of companies, instead of only in […]

Oct 032013
Being Radical in a Rad World

Radical by David Platt “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) It is the perennial struggle of the Christian, not something new, not something peculiar to modern, affluent America. The impoverished new believers in the Sudan have the same struggle against their culture. It may be invisible to us with our western rose-colored glasses but for them the same struggle exists.

Will Platt call us back to the fundamentals? Will we find his solutions to be contemporary ways to implement the same solutions that Paul and the other New Testament (and Old Testament for that matter) writers called for: A radical faith in a radical God?

Sep 082013

Radical. David Platt. THE COST OF NONDISCIPLESHIP Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian struggling to follow Christ in the midst of Nazi rule, penned one of the great Christian books of the twentieth century. In it he wrote that the first call every Christian experiences is “the call to abandon the attachments of this world.” The […]

Aug 162013

Digital Wildlife Photography. John and Barbara Gerlach. Many cameras offer a second and superior form of histogram. It’s called an “RGB” histogram and it separately displays the histograms of each of the three color channels superimposed onto one image. The separate color data eliminates the subtle errors of the green favoring luminous histogram. Barbara and […]