'Surprising' results from a Harvard economic study
Research at the Harvard Business School has been looking at the correlation between government spending (earmark income drawn to states with important congressmen/women and stimulus spending) and private sector business success and growth.
Now, the results of this research is crucial in developing our game plan to repair our country’s economy. If increased government spending and earmark income boosts the private sector in particular states than perhaps President Obama has game and leads us confidently to a better financial future. On the flip side, if increased government spending and earmark income decreases private sector growth and, ultimately, jobs, then the nation’s economic game plan must be re-evaluated.
This is not about party. This is not about President Obama. This is about simply repairing our country.
As with most complex nation-wide problems, one simple solution will not fix everything, but this research at Harvard attacks at the very thought-process of our current administration.
I do not pretend to be an expert on economics, but I do know most people think of Harvard pretty highly. Check out their results.
Check out The Foundry’s word on Harvard’s research.
Dr. Albert Mohler provides an in-depth look at the clash between a literary view of the Bible as ancient Near Eastern literature and as the inspired revelation of God. Refreshingly, there is no bashing of the literary view of the Bible, but Mohler speaks with conviction about the absolute result if we simply view the Bible from a secular post-modern angle. Jesus is lost. What he did for us and continues to offer us is lost. We are left an indelible character that is mysterious and enticing in his words, but nothing more than a mere academic fascination.
Follow the link if you’re interested in this man, whether he be a fascinating character to you or your Savior.
Talking about religion in a diverse group means that you will run into people who misunderstand your views, and might insult them, intentionally or accidentally. Of course, this is part of living in a democracy, but religion is especially touchy because it is something we feel so personally, and identify with so strongly. On the other hand, where better than college to interact with others who are different then you, understand a variety of views, and understand your own better.
A few of my students felt that the requirement at Harvard was a bad idea. They believed that faith should be taught by ministers, not professors. That it was a job for the church, not the classroom. I will admit that my experience isn’t the best example here: I went to Christian schools through college, where I knew that my teachers and most of my fellow students started with the same values and assumptions as I did. When we debated issues like predestination, prayer in schools or abortion, I didn’t feel like my faith was under attack, I felt like I was engaging in a discussion of serious topics that were relevant to my faith. Greater diversity means greater risk of misunderstanding.
On the other hand, all you have to do is look at our political landscape to see a lot of people who never learned how to engage productively with people who have different beliefs than them, and who are very ignorant about the beliefs of others. I think believers have a lot to gain from addressing religion in college courses, understanding how others see the world, and hopefully providing a more accurate image of religious belief for outsiders. Not only that, but applying things I learned in my scholarship to my faith has led me to a richer, deeper faith life. This was modeled for me by Christian professors, but could perhaps be a benefit without the same direct examples.
Authentic movies, ones that portray the honest complexities of life, challenge us, move us, and inspire reflection—but authenticity is hard to come by in Christian films. Christian movies rarely depict genuinecharacters living in the real world. The Christian film industry’s offerings are easy to dismiss, not necessarily for their message, but for their artlessness—their predictable plots, clumsy moralizing, and sentimental endings.
An interesting article discussing the Christian brand in society. Our Christian nation ascribes to the brand name “Christian,” but has trouble/does not want/does not truly believe in what the brand name stands for and the content behind it.
I’ve noticed something like this in country music. Country music generally depicts the Southern way of life and as a whole, the South is predominately Christian Protestant. Church folks, Bibles, and the Almighty are deeply tied to the southern culture. Therefore, it would make sense that country music would include many references to the Christian savior and God and all of the vocabulary that comes with Christian theology.
These songs do not go much deeper than mentioning the name or references the religion in some way. The song flashes up the brand name and moves on, connecting with the culture that has as a whole—and possibly superficially—accepted the brand name as well.
Now, this commentary is working on a general level and is not meant to be all inclusive for either country music or the South.
It just seems important to me to be aware of what we are ascribing to and make sure it is something that is deeply personal and something that we struggle to practice every moment. Christianity is a relationship with THE God! That deserves more than brand name references in our lives and society.
“All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you’ve read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and it belongs to you forever:the happiness and unhappiness, the good and evil, ecstasy and sorrow, the food, wine, beds, people and weather. If you can give that to reader, then you’re a writer.”—
An interesting blogpost about the negative effects that internet browsing can have on the brain. Unimportant split-second decisions and information binging apparently can decrease our brains’ ability for deep thinking and concentration.
Absolutely ridiculous. I understand the tender issue of immigration and what strain it has put on Mexican-Americans, but really, they should not be offended from the wearing of an American flag on Cinco de Mayo. Unless the American flag wearing teens were bullying and ganging up on the Mexican-Americans, then they would have the right to complain.
They should enjoy the richness of their heritage and we, as their fellow Americans, should celebrate with them and learn more about their culture, BUT… WE.ARE.ALL.AMERICANS. Why can’t that flag bind us and allow those diverse cultures and traditions to enrich us?
The American flag should never be refused in any environment, especially a tax-funded public school.
A “fisher of men” is not guaranteed an easy or a pain-free life. A “fisher of men” keeps fishing for men because he never forgets the desperate need of men for a Savior. A “fisher of men” is always grateful and remembers that he is forgiven only because another “fisher of men” did whatever it took to tell him about Jesus.
Never forget that Jesus said that those who follow Him will be required to “take up their cross and follow Him.”
Dreams don’t seem to mean as much as they used to for Christians. They were a far more common element of religious life in the Bible. Whether prophets or apostles, followers of God often received communications from Him while they were sleeping. Indeed, our most treasured passages – Daniel, the virgin birth, Revelation – involve dreams and visions.
We don’t really talk about that sort of spirituality anymore. Dreaming, in a lot of ways, has become more private, something we experience alone and keep to ourselves. If anything, it’s even more mysterious than it was in Daniel’s day: A recent National Geographic story revealed that scientists still don’t really know why we even sleep, much less dream.
When it comes to dreams, what do followers of Christ believe?