When one blogs as sporadically as I do, one is bound to have tons of ideas for blog posts that never made it online. Lucky you, I've decided to post again - but the cheap and easy way by clearing out my blog idea folder. It is a very big folder that only grows and never shrinks... here is one small step toward the shrink.
- Eberhard Arnold's free .pdf version of the sayings of early Christians, including Polycard, Origen, Clement, and other people with fun-to-say names. Yes, a free .pdf book. What are you waiting for?
- The best article from issue 6 of theotherjournal.com of Mars Hill Graduate School. Issue 6 was all Africa, the best article was by Emmanuel Katongole, and The Other Journal is good to read. How this didn't ever merit a post, I have no idea.
- Born, raised, and married in a refugee camp - the title pretty much sums up this story. This is real life, and I have no idea how to communicate this reality to Americans.
- A short article on controversial "slum tourism" in Kenya. This hits us as well - we don't take visitors to the shacks, slums, and townships "just to look." Well meaning, kind hearted, caring people want to see what it looks like in the informal settlements, but it's hard to find a way to let them know that it isn't cool to drive through and look at poverty. Another dilemma.
- I found the rejesus "Faces of Jesus" gallery fascinating, which led me to plan to explore the rejesus site. Turns out I never did that, although I was interested enough to plan to do it and then blog about it. So maybe someone out there will figure out what rejesus is all about and let me know. Thanks.
- I've read lots and lots about our old home, New Orleans, which as you may have heard, had a bit of water around just before we left for South Africa. Amy and I loved most everything about New Orleans, which made articles like this one (from almost two years ago) really sad and worth blogging about.
- I also wanted to write more about Juba, South Sudan, which led me to this article describing the money changers under yellow umbrellas with big stacks of lots of different kinds of money. I've told lots of people my stories about these guys with stacks of money under umbrellas, and I finally found a legitimate news source to back me up. I thought that was worth a blog post. Alas, it only got a bullet point.