Combing the Net – 8/18/2011

11 Manliest Brand Icons of All Time — Can you guess which products made the list?

Watching TV Takes Years Off Your Life — Here’s a study that claims that every hour of television watched lowers life expectancy by 22 minutes.

Boba Fett’s Carbonite Crunch Ice Cream — I agree. Ben & Jerry’s: Make it happen!

For Whom the Bell Tolls — Thomas Sowell on rioting in England and the United States, and on the degeneration of Western society.

In both England and the United States, whole generations have been fed a steady diet of grievances and resentment against society, especially against others who are more prosperous than they are. They get this in their schools, on television, on campuses, and in the movies. Nothing is their fault. It is all “society’s” fault.

On the Pastor’s Literary Frequency — Here’s a great article making a case for why pastors (and I would extend this to include the rest of us) need to read good literature… and encourage others to avoid bad literature. I agree with Jared Wilson: “Christian readers have a distinct taste for mediocrity.” It’s time more leaders modeled better reading habits!

Youth Ministry Done Well for the Benefit of the Church — I’m very skeptical about much in the contemporary youth group culture, and have posted several articles that are critical of youth ministry in general. However, I also agree with this author that, when done well, youth ministry can be really wonderful! I would love to see more youth groups operating like this. For the record, I am thankful that the youth ministry at my church nearly always exemplifies Nielson’s description of a youth ministry done well.

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