Mirrors 12th April 2013

  1. Thanks to Murray for pointing me to a blog post on power and authority from a Christian academic at Monash University.

  2. Don Miller reflects on the down side of Generation Y’s optimism: Why most twentysomethings are delusional. I liked this bit:
    I know you read a Seth Godin book convincing you you could be a billionaire by creating a tribe. And you read a Timothy Ferris book convincing you you could work four hours a week and be rich. Guess what? Both of those guys work as tirelessly as depression-era farmers. They do this because the laws of the universe haven’t changed. You have to work to eat. And you have to work hard. I’ve watched scores of twenty-somethings quit their jobs and start businesses based on books written by people who sell fantasies. These writers tell one story about a guy who bought an island because he created some online business and convinced people they could do it too. Don’t be fooled. The chances of that happening to you are about the same as winning the lottery. Writers are making millions by convincing people they can win the lottery too. But the rules of free commerce have not changed: 1. Identify something people need or want. 2. Create that thing and create it well. 3. Sell that thing at a competitive price. 4. Clearly communicate what that thing is. 5. Give half the money you make to the government. 6. Give a percentage of your money to causes that need your money. 7. Love your spouse and your children, because in the end little else will matter. They don’t care about your money.

  3. Con Campbell has a new book out - Outreach and the Artist:

  4. I don’t normally link to things for lolz, but I thought this latest tubmlr sensation is also a funny reflection on the frustrations of life as a parent AND a window into the follow of human desire and consumerism.

  5. I’ve just subscribed to Dave Moore’s blog Ministry Principles and Pragmatics. Dave is on staff at Hunter Bible Church in Newcastle.

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