“7 Tips to Beautiful powerpoint” by Eugene Cheng. Everyone doing any kind of presentation should review this.
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia: Personality Faith and Times, Alexei Vassiliev ($74.95), and A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia through the Eyes of its Twentysomethings (free e-book from The Wilson Center). Both reviewed by the Economist. Anyone interested in the Muslim world should take a look at these (particularly the latter, a free PDF download).
Worshiping Jesus in the mosque: what it’s like to follow Christ embedded in Muslim culture. By Gene Daniels (pseudonym) in Christianity Today. This is an important issue in certain regions. Free to read.
Want to know what the secret to prosperity [is] in the 21st century? John Robb, in Resilient Communities, will tell you. Compare his answer to Genesis 12. What do you think?
God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe’s Religious Crisis (Philip Jenkins). Reviewed here. Looks like a very good book, delving into the complexities of religion in Europe and presenting a more “nuanced view.”
Wars do end: why conflict in Africa is falling. Useful blog post that challenges the too-easy view of constant conflict in Africa.
Crisis in the Horn of Africa: politics, piracy and the threat of terror (Peter Woodward) and Pastoralism and Development in Africa (editors) are reviewed here. Both look good, if perhaps a little “dry” and aimed really at those with a specific interest in the region. These are not your 30,000-foot read.
How to scare a baby boomer: okay, I have often thought of this blog as being “scare-stistics,” but I track it even though I don’t always agree with it. This blog post, however, has a long list of some very interesting stats related to Boomers in the United States (and the aging crisis). Other nations are facing aging crises of their own. What impact will these trends have on the church and missions?
“Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder, and you probably succeed.” Washington Post. H/T @tonytsheng. Very interesting read, with implications for mission force: neither introverts nor extroverts, but “ambiverts” (middle of the road) are often the most successful.
“Google releases detailed map of North Korea, gulags and all.” Washington Post.
“What to do when Parents say no [to your going on missions].” The Traveling Team.