Allow me to point you towards perhaps the best-designed website I’ve ever seen. It’s beautiful. Click here.
And if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, try this on for size: there’s easily enough food in the world for everyone to eat, yet 1 in 8 people go hungry each day. All we need to do is share a tiny little bit.
You and I may not be able to do much alone, but simply by signing up at the Enough Food for Everyone IF website you can help put pressure on the world’s leaders to commit to helping.
Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Forget all that diet talk for a moment. There are basically three food groups:
- Food that’s good for you. Let’s call that good food.
- Food that’s bad for you. Let’s call that poison.
- Food that isn’t necessarily bad for you on its own, but it doesn’t actually help you out other than to fill you up – basically, just calories. Junk food.
We’re pretty happy with these categories. Good food is fine any time. No-one will judge you for munching on a stick of celery (unless you’re in a job interview. That would be pretty weird). Poison should be avoided at all costs. Junk food is generally not the best idea, but having it as a treat every so often isn’t a bad thing.
Now, how about if we apply these principles not to what goes into our stomach, but what goes into our minds? What do you and I fill our eyes and ears with?
- Maybe it’s good food, like documentaries, non-fiction books, stuff that actually expands our mind.
- Maybe it’s poison, like snuff films, pornography (images, videos, stories), stuff that actively turns our minds bad.
- Maybe it’s just junk food, stuff that isn’t actively harmful but isn’t helping anyway. Like Angry Birds, Facebook, pointless blogs, celebrity gossip magazines…
I’m not sure that I/we actually take as much care for our minds as we do for our stomachs. There’s definitely way too much junk food in there for it to be benefiting us.
And, just to throw something a bit controversial into the mix, what do we make of the border-line media like chick flicks (which are ultimately fantasies of perfect relationships that our partners can never give us), violent sports like boxing, romance fiction, Grand Theft Auto and so on?
I recently discovered this poster advertising London’s first ever coffee shop. Outstanding.
The concept behind this book is that Jesus’ resurrection should affect our daily lives in a practical and noticeable way. Eugene Peterson, the translator for The Message, presents how this ought to affect our lives in three areas: work through the sabbath, mealtimes through the Lord’s Supper, and church service and personal growth through water baptism.
I think this is a good book. It’s unapologetic about Jesus’ desire for our lives to be impacted in a big way, and it’s practical about application too, so don’t buy this book if you’re just looking for a interesting read. The truth of the resurrection is well explained, and a wide variety of Bible passages are used to back up his arguments, which is good.
The writing style is easy to read, and easy to understand. The construct is logical and it’s broken down into bitesize chunks, which is a good job because the chapters, while few, are long!
Peterson’s a bit of a wordsmith so on occasion he presents his ideas in a poetic, rather than strictly accurate, form, but that’s what you’re going to get with him so if that’s your kind of thing you’ll love it.
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