Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Wednesday Potpourri

::: VBS Ladies
"They can be a blessing, or a source of consternation if they’re given too much authority and allow activities to supersede relationships."
Link from Seth Barnes

::: Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
Link from Rudy

::: A Biblical Missiology for North American People Groups
Therefore, discipleship of North American people groups is not only a domestic missions agenda but a global one. A biblical missiology that encompasses inclusion, compassion, justice, and proclamation is biblically mandated. If members of people groups are discipled here, many more individuals of unreached people groups can be discipled internationally. As Rajendra K. Pillai boldly states in his book, Reaching the World in our own Backyard: "People from other religions and cultures now live, study, and work among us. They are America’s most overlooked mission field. We cannot make excuses anymore. The eternal destinies of millions are at stake. Remember: If you are not fishing, you are not following!"
Full pdf report from

::: The Delta Scan - A forum for scanning the science and technology horizon over the next 50 years.
There are some amazing outlooks [an internally consistent, plausible view of the future based on the best expertise available - not a prediction or policy or preference] in here, including:
- Studying Human Behavior in Cyberspace
Cyber-ethnography, defined as the study of online interaction, is likely to become an important area of anthropological research as more and more human activites are conducted in cyberspace.
- Application of AI to Global Trade and Logistics
The application of artificial intelligence to commerce may make trade and logistics more efficient.
- Mobile Phones and Economic Growth in the Developing World
Mobile phones have the potential to spur economic growth, especially entrepreneurial business, in the Developing World.
- From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation
The 20th-century phenomenon of 'brain drain', of scientific and engineering talent emigrating from developing countries to North America and Europe, is likely to be replaced by 'brain circulation', in which globally mobile scientists and engineers work for shorter periods in a wider range of countries.
via BoingBoing

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