Combing the Net – 7/23/2012

Watching Pornography in Public — With the widespread availability of wi-fi in public places and more digital devices with Internet access has come a disturbing trend of people viewing pornographic material in libraries, cafes, gyms, airplanes, etc. You can also check out this “60 Second Summary” of the article, which includes some brief commentary from a Christian perspective:

Chick-Fil-A and the Irony of the Tolerance Police — The mayor of Boston has threatened a ban on Chick-Fil-A restaurants as part of the dust-up over CEO Dan Cathy’s recent personal remarks about traditional marriage.

Apparently, Christian business owners are no longer allowed to express religious opinions in Boston if they run crosswise with the Mayor’s views on marriage. If that doesn’t send a chill down your spine, I don’t know what will. Again, the irony appears to be lost on the good mayor, who also fails to recognize that nothing Dan Cathy says indicates that homosexual persons will in any way be discriminated against at Chick-fil-a.

The Future of Print — I enjoyed this short documentary film about the value and the future of physical books.

Don’t Let Pre-Teens Mentally “Check Out” in Your Ministry — For the last couple years I have directed the 4-6 grade choir at our church, and have probably learned more from the kids than they’ve learned from me. I never cease to be amazed at that age group’s ability to “wrestle with the tough stuff”, as this article puts it. We don’t give them nearly enough credit!

The Shoes That Made Michael Jackson’s Anti-Gravity Lean Possible — This was a pretty ingenious idea, and just added to Michael Jackson’s legend. You can see the famous “lean” at about 8:10 into this epic (yes, the word is overused, but how else to describe this?) music video, though my favorite part is the kid who breaks down MJ’s moves about thirty seconds later:

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