My life looks better on the Internet than in real life
Seth Getz wants social media to create community not replace it: “Community—the rich kind, the transforming kind, the valuable and difficult kind— doesn’t happen in partial truths and well-edited photo collections on Instagram. Community happens when we hear each other’s actual voices, when we enter one another’s actual homes, with actual messes, around actual tables telling stories that ramble on beyond 140 pithy characters.”

Remembering David Kuo
Time’s Joe Klein with a beautiful tribute to David Kuo, a Christian who was engaged in politics at the highest levels: “How do I tell you about David? He was the sweetest of God’s creatures, and among the wisest, too. He was a man of faith, rather than of religion. He called himself a Follower of Jesus. Many of his friends had ministries, but David’s church truly had no walls.

Gingrich warns of secular tyranny
Maybe the most sensible thing Newt Gingrich has said for a long time: “The great danger is that you’re going to see a real drive to outlaw and limit Christianity,” Gingrich said at a National Review breakfast briefing. “It’s okay to be Christian as long as you’re not really Christian. It’s a very serious problem.”

All we want is the freedom to coexist
Another article on the alarming loss of religious liberties. I’m amazed at how blase and complacent most Christians are about this.

What does it take to write well?
Great writing about writing from one of my favorite writers.

The Practical University
This is where Seminaries will be going too: “universities will end up effectively telling students: “Take the following online courses over the summer or over a certain period, and then, when you’re done, you will come to campus and that’s when our job will begin.” If Nelson is right, then universities in the future will spend much less time transmitting technical knowledge and much more time transmitting practical knowledge.”