Weekend Reads – May 28, 2011

Here are four articles/posts from this week that you should read.  These are the best of the best of what I’ve read in the areas of politics, economics, Christianity, and leadership:


Politics – “The Simple Case for Taking Herman Cain Seriously” – by Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.  Herman Cain polled at 8 percent in the most recent Gallup poll of 2012 Republican presidential contenders.  Silver argues that there are several things that make Herman Cain an excellent candidate, even the best candidate of the field.

Economics – “Repent! The End of Keynesian Economics Is At Hand!” – by John at Power Line Blog.  John is puzzled by the media’s coverage of some crank’s prediction that the world will come to an end, while ignoring a more important failed prediction:

I wish reporters would pay as much attention to a more important failed prediction: the Obama administration’s assurance that its policies, including the “stimulus,” would foster job creation and prevent unemployment from reaching 8 percent.

Christianity – “Thinking Theologically About Memorial Day” – by Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition.  DeYoung takes a look at celebrating Memorial Day at church.   He says that, “while patriotism can be good, the church is not a good place for patriotism.”

Leadership – “The Busyness Trap” – by Thomas J. DeLong at the Harvard Business Review.  Are you addicted to your smartphone?  When things slow down at work, do you feel guilty?  If so, you might be at the far edge of the busyness spectrum.  DeLong offers several suggestions on how to cut down on your day-to-day busyness.

Bonus Link – “Ambition and Arrogance” – by Steven Furtick at StevenFurtick.com.  Pastor Furtick writes about ambition in the church, touching on some of the same themes of my earlier post on ambition.  He says, “I’ve seen too many pastors settle for reaching hundreds when God called them to reach thousands. I’ve seen too many talented businessmen stop short of the impact God had called them to make on their field. All because they feared being thought of as ambitious.”

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