Monday, August 13, 2012

Taking a Break

Hi there.  I'm taking a blog vacation for the rest of the month.

See you in September.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Relationship Pyramid Prezi

I posted the text version of this last summer.

Now.. new and improved... the Prezi Version!  (Click if you can't see it below.)

Monday, August 6, 2012

What Would Jesus Buy Question Review

Last September I asked the question: What Would Jesus Buy?

I'm still asking... and I wanted to update the questions from that post to encourage me and you to shop like Jesus.

Before you shop, ask yourself: 

  1. Do I need it?  Can I do without it?  Do I already have it? If you answer these questions honestly, you won't have to answer the rest of this list as often as you think. 
  2. Can I make it myself?  Can I buy it used?  Can I upgrade or repair something I own rather than buying it? 
If you make it through the above list and still need to go shopping, ask yourself: 

  1. Is it made in the USA or another developed country?  Or is it Fair Trade? 
  2. Is it produced by a company that is at least claiming ethical labor and/or buying practices?  Many companies make some sort of statement on their website. 
  3. Is it produced by a company that has known cases of unethical labor and/or buying practices?  A few Google searches normally turns up any poor standards or practices. 
  4. Is it quality? Will it last a long time or will you be buying another piece of junk in less than two years?

Last but not least, I'm looking for a web site that lets you search for an answer to the second set of questions above.  I'm picturing the ability to type in a product or company and receive results concerning their labor practices, raw material purchases, etc.  Do you know of any?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A warning from the life of Asa

Here's the story:

Asa became King of Judah and had a rocking relationship with God.  He was very effective and changed Judah for the better, turning the country back towards the Lord and away from idols.  At one point, ten years into his reign, King Asa and his army are up against one million soldiers.  He prays to the Lord, acknowledging that without God, he has no chance of winning the battle.  God comes through, and Judah wins the battle.

Twenty-six years later, King Asa is faced with a similar situation.  It's not one million soldiers, but a foreign king is threatening the kingdom.  Instead of praying to God, he takes treasures (some of them from the temple) and buys his way out of his tough position.  While his buy-out is successful, God sends a prophet and clearly tells King Asa that he was in the wrong, since he didn't rely on God as he once did.

(Full version of the story here)

I'm sure there is more than one take-away for this story, but here's mine and it comes in the form of a warning:

The longer you are doing something, the harder it is to continue relying on God while you do it.