Sunday, August 30, 2009

Odds & Ends

  • It's foggy. It's sunny. It's foggy again. Summer on the Oregon Coast.
  • Posting for this site may be a little more erratic than usual for the next two weeks -- my wife's visiting her parents in Australia. (And yes, if you did your ministerial training at Avondale College, you probably bought a used car from her uncle, Bill Toepfer.)
  • If you want to know what the future holds, keep an eye on Nigeria. By the year 2050 (if current trends continue), Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will have 450 million Christians -- roughly the same as all of Europe. And one-fourth of the world's Muslims will live in just three countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. (Source: Philip Jenkins, "Nations at Risk" in the September 8, 2009 edition of The Christian Century.)
  • I'm working on an post about some of the ways I expect pastoring to change in the next ten years. If you've some ideas along that line, drop me a line.
  • Traffic was down a bit this week, though I did see an uptick in visitors from California -- and a big surge in visitors from Portland. (Is that you, Mom?) Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom were in a three-way tie for foreign visits. And for what it's worth: the most popular day for visits to this site is Friday.
  • I'll close with this paraphrase of something I read in one of Gladwell's articles: "Just because you're good at the things you can control doesn't mean you're any good at the things you don't control."

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