sunday this & that: reality vs. perception edition
- What happens to 80% of the clothes you donate to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, etc.? They get baled, shipped to the third world, and sold to vendors, who put a markup on the clothes and sell them to the public in markets and on the street. Here's a video that explains why I've seen Sigma Chi shirts on the streets of Nairobi.
- Amani ya Juu sells gorgeous quilts made of fabric from clothing found in those markets - which are known as mitumba markets in Kiswahili. They consider it a way of ministering to the vendors by purchasing their goods.
- Some people are taking their photoshopping a little bit too far.
- Here is a very thoughtful article on the phenomenon of video-casting churches, that is, megachurches that start satellite campuses and broadcast in the sermon from one central campus. (I'll tell you up front that I think this is a very bad thing, not least because it's impossible for a pastor to preach to the local church and its condition if the church has 100,000 members, and, also, because I don't think there's any morally upright justification for spending $250,000 on a hologram-projecting high definition video system when people are starving. I'll get off my soapbox now.) One of the most interesting points in the article is that such an approach to church growth and evangelism actually interferes with theology. You really should read this one.
- Come hell or high water, we will have at least one vice-presidential nominee named by this time next week. My money's on Tim Kaine for Obama and another old white man for McCain. We'll see. If Obama picks Joe Biden, I'm not sure I can vote for that ticket.
- Jon Stewart: the most trusted man in America.
- Your Olympic coverage could be worse.
- Go on over to the Librarian's blog and watch Mr. Rogers learn to break-dance.