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Recently, I drove down a street with a Hindu Temple, a Mormon Church and a Methodist Church on the same block. The world has become a melting pot, and religious pluralism is a reality that can no longer be avoided.

So how do Christians learn to speak of their fellow man? Speaking up from another hemisphere, Vinoth Ramachandra provides an essential voice for this discussion.

Ramachandra is a Sri Lankan writer, trained in Nuclear engineering, but focused on ministry in the universities of southeast Asia.. His ministry focuses on helping “Christian students and graduates think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout the world.” Continue Reading…

Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.

The Great Gatsby

Nick Carraway is a Liar

Americans love Gatsby. We love the idea of a mystery man from nowhere. We want to believe, like Gatsby, that we can invent a persona to fit into our culture.

Gatsby is a story about the lengths we will go to because of shame. Gatsby’s great secret is that there is no Gatsby. An impoverished teenage boy, ashamed of his upbringing and family, invented the character of Jay Gatsby. He then spent his life lying, cheating and stealing to create Gatsby.

Churches often force people to do the same.

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W – Widen your options.
R – Reality test your assumptions.
A – Attain distance.
P – Prepare to be wrong.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath

Four Elements of a Wise Decision

I’m working my way through Decisive, the latest meta-analysis style business book by Chip and Dan Heath.  The two come have a fancy academic pedigree with names like Duke, Stanford and Harvard floating around. I also hear that they are people of faith, who have found a place of value in the broader market place. I suggest reading all three of their books.


Decisive explores research in psychology that has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities…In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases.





Switch asks the following question: Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle, say the Heaths, is a conflict that’s built into our brains.




Made to Stick asks why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? …the Heath brothers reveal the anatomy of ideas that “stick” and explain sure-fire methods for making ideas stickier, such as violating schemas, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating “curiosity gaps.”

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