Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's Odds & Ends

  • It's that time of year when the temperature of the ocean around here actually begins to drop. It's called the Oregon Upwelling, and it's caused by sunny days inland that create a strong onshore breeze. This pulls up cold water from the ocean depths -- and the result is cool, foggy days here on the Coast and a lot of bewildered tourists.
  • Monte Sahlin's demographic study of the Adventist church makes three points -- each of which should spur intense debate: 1) We are baptizing a lot of immigrants to this country -- but two-thirds of them were already Adventists when they came here. 2) Public evangelism works about as well for Anglo churches as it does for African-Americans, native-born Latinos, and anybody else who's from this country. 3) Anglos now make up only half of the Adventists in this country -- mainly because of our low birthrate (plus all those immigrant baptisms).
  • And I'll close with this quote from John Maynard Keynes: "Wordly wisdom teaches that it is better to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally."

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