The Three

I was in a car with my dad and sister, listening to K-Love when I first heard about a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers in NYC. When I got to school all the teachers had the news showing on their classroom tvs. It was the first time in my life that such a vivid picture of how fragile life and the world is was presented to me. Our lives will never be the same. I’ll never forget.

1. The New York Times ran an interesting article this week on digital fatigue and burnout. As someone firmly entrenched in the social media push, I obviously see tremendous value, but I do my best to keep it in moderation while always taking breaks.

“The relentless pressure to partake of the newest networks was underscored in June with the debut of Google+, Google’s social networking site. According to Nielsen, social networking is now the most popular online activity, ahead of sending e-mails, searching the Internet and playing games.

Put another way: one in every four-and-a-half minutes spent on the Web is spent on a social networking site or blog. And last year the average visitor spent 66 percent more time on such sites than in 2009, when early adopters were already feeling digitally fatigued.”

2. Shaun King recently resigned his pastoral position and wrote a post about the hard lessons he’s learned about change and discipleship. Love this quote despite the challenge it presents: “I had no idea that ZERO CORRELATION exists between how much people love hearing about change and their actual willingness to make it.  I then made a series of gross errors that really cost me dearly based on what I incorrectly assumed was a desire for people to change when, for most people, what existed was just an interest in the topic on a theoretical level.”

3. I recently had the chance to hear Chuck Bomar share with leaders at my church and with me about mentoring and discipleship. I like the way he thinks and really enjoyed his thinking on why Christians should consider secular colleges more often. This is so good:

“I know many people feel convicted to attend Christian colleges because of the Christ-centered instruction in the field of their study.  This can in fact be a huge benefit of attending a Christian college.  However I must say that I believe this type of learning can also occur from being connected to older adults from a local church that work in that field.  And from my experience those attending a secular university tend to crave that instruction and understanding, which is a great means for connecting people to others in a local church context.”