Worth Reading - 12/5

1. Is a Facebook post worth the death penalty? Some information on the internet censorship in Iran, including the video that earned several individuals a sentence of 91 lashes:

A 30-year-old blogger and photographer has been sentenced to death in Iran for “insulting the prophet of Islam” on Facebook, drawing renewed attention to the country’s notorious human rights record.

2. Here is my post at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, on how the clarity of Scripture helped return a sense of vocation to all Christians:

Given the connection between the clarity of Scripture and a return of the doctrine of vocation, it should come as no surprise that the development of the sacred/secular divide in vocation began with a drift in the understanding of the ability for all people to interpret Scripture.

3. Liberia has decided to hold its scheduled democratic elections despite the threat of Ebola. This article (and the accompanying NPR interview) discuss that. More significantly, they interview a woman so convinced by the Prosperity Gospel of divine protection, she rejects the notion of being concerned over the disease. This is one of the chief dangers of the Health and Wealth gospel:

Munah Krah is dancing, too. She is a member of the opposition party, which is sponsoring the event. She says she is not afraid of Ebola.

”Because I know I am protected by God,” she says.

Krah believes even if she weren’t washing her hands, she’d still have divine protection — but, at the same time, she is washing her hands.

4. Amazon reviews can be helpful. Sometimes they can be hilarious. If you need a belly laugh, check out the reviews of these items in the Amazon market place:

           Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer

           An 85" TV, for $40,000 (with free shipping)

5. The Wall Street Journal has some recommendations for you to stop wasting everyone's time at work:

“A small handful of people are really off the charts,” says Chantrelle Nielsen, head of customer solutions at VoloMetrix. In studying more than 25 companies, VoloMetrix has found executives who consume more than 400 hours a week of colleagues’ time, “the equivalent of 10 people working full-time every week just to read one manager’s email and attend his or her meetings,” she says.