Link Roundup (May 9, 2016)

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Here are some recent articles and links I found helpful and/or interesting (in no particular order). Emphasis in quotes is typically mine.


A Basic Income Should Be the Next Big Thing (Paula Dwyer, Bloomberg View)

This may be happening with the concept of a universal basic income. The notion that government should guarantee every citizen an annual stipend of, say, $10,000 — no strings attached, no questions asked — is being studied by politicians, economists and policy experts worldwide.


Is This For Real? (Stacey Hare)

Our lives here in Cameroon are becoming our “new normal” but every once and a while we look at one another and say, “Is this for real?” Here are some funny examples…

Our church is pretty much made of leaves. We have palm branches for the walls and woven leaves for the roof. Often, in the middle of our services, our dog comes running full speed through one of the walls in the church to find us. It is so embarrassing.

One day a lady sitting behind me laid her head down on my back and fell asleep.

Today in church there was some sort of large (winged?) creature right over my head eating through the roof trying to get in. Would it be rude to look up to see what kind creature is about to fall on my head? Or should I just ignore it?  Luckily the service ended before the creature could get in.

There are tiny biting ants that fall from the ceiling in church and bite all of us during the services.


American Christians, You Might Need to Start Living Like Missionaries (Amy Medina)

Before you get offended, let me assure you that I am in no way belittling the millions of American Christians who are already living out gospel-centered lives in their communities.  As you learned in Sunday School when you were five, we all are missionaries.

But I’m not talking about living as a proclaimer of the gospel, I’m talking about living as if America is not your country.  As outsiders.  Exiles.  As if you are living in a country that is not your own.  


The Projected Improvement in Life Expectancy (Bill McBride)

[For those born in] 1900, 25,2% died before age 20.  And another 26.8% died before 55.

In 1950, 5.3% died before age 20.  And another 18.7% died before 55.  A dramatic decline in early deaths.

In 2010, 1.5% are projected to die before age 20.  And only 9.7% before 55.  A dramatic decline in prime working age deaths.


Science Turned Me Away from Atheism | Alister McGrath, PhD (Theology, Philosophy and Science)