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The United States of Facebook

I’m still mulling over the Presidential Address of Rowan Williams earlier today, so I thought I’d post this in the meantime. It continues the Festival of Infographics under way at 7WD this week. The...

Big brothers

Here is today’s installment in the Festival of Infographics. This one’s by flickr user Michael Paukner. He explains it: “What’s up there? How many countries have stuck satellites up into space, how many of...

Travel times to every spot on the globe

As a break from the tedium of the Angst-lican Communion, I have decreed this week to be a Festival of Infographics here at 7WD. The first one comes from Gizmodo. Here’s the pithy description...

Why people live in fear

I think one of the leading pastoral issues in the parish I serve — and, I suspect in many others — is fear. If fear dominates your thinking, it’s hard for hope, abundance, generosity,...

Zeitgeist 2009

Every year, Google publishes a fun report. Capturing the mood of our time through Internet searches, it’s called zeitgeist. This year’s report, showing our mood in 2009, has appeared. It’s pretty interesting reading. Here’s...

Praying shapes…reality

As I was becoming an Anglican, I was delighted to learn the old saying, lex orandi lex credendi (the law of prayer is the law of belief). In other words, how we pray forms...

Most popular posts of 2009

If CNN can do a recap, why not 7WD? Here are the ten most popular posts from 7WD this year, in order. When Tom Wright gets it totally wrong… 10 liturgical changes inspired by...

How safe are we, really?

The Christmas Day attempt to destroy an airplane failed, thankfully. That effort, however, did yield some things. The TSA immediately ramped up security theatre. People began to plot attacks on Yemen, where the plan...

Going Cheney on climate

Last week, Thomas Friedman’s Tuesday column in the New York Times began like this: In 2006, Ron Suskind published “The One Percent Doctrine,” a book about the U.S. war on terrorists after 9/11. The...

Turkey facts

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, often called “Turkey Day”, it occurs to me that Americans are often clueless. Here are some important facts.