The Chilean miracle; Fatherlessness and adoption; What’s with the name collective?; Classy baseball playoff moments; Your brain on computers

  1. The Chilean Miracle: 


     The national exultation over the successful rescue of 33 miners carries with it the recognition that success required both innovation and miracle. For the miners, it will always include a memory of the darkest days of their ordeal.

In spite of the overwhelming relief that greeted the miners’ rescue, they will carry with them the 17 days spent underground out of contact with rescuers, sweltering and near starvation, the miners’ chief psychologist Alberto Iturra, said recently. They had seemed reluctant to discuss the worst part of their ordeal, he said.

“It’s very difficult to tell something to someone and expect them to understand if they weren’t there,” he said. “The person who hasn’t confronted death doesn’t understand.”


2. Adoption and the international crisis of fatherlessness. Russell Moore addresses justice and the orphan on the Q Ideas blog.

 Right now, there is a crisis of fatherlessness all around the world. Chances are, in your community, the foster care system is bulging with children, moving from home to home to home, with no rootedness or permanence in sight. Right now, as you read this, children are “aging out” of orphanages around the world. Many of them will spiral downward into the hopelessness of drug addiction, prostitution, or suicide.

  3. Collective?  Why am I seeing more innovative and often progressive Christian groups calling themselves collectives?  (for instance, Fermi and FCS Ministries). Is there no institutional memory of the farm collectives of Soviet central planning and totalitarian abuse? Back to the branding drawing board. 

 4. Classy moments of the baseball playoffs: The first round of the 2010 MLB playoffs have provided a little bit of everything, with two 3-game sweeps, one 4-game playoff, and a 5-game do-or-die series with the road team winning every game; and a no-hitter. But the two classiest moments game at the end of two series:

 5. Not Created for Computers?:  Flourish president Rusty Pritchard keeps wondering about the impacts of staying indoors and abandoning  real conversations for the world of computers:

Implicit in all of this is the sense that we may not have been created (or that we “didn’t evolve”) to cope with the high-tech, anonymous, hyperconnected, high-energy environments we now have created, so we might be prone to infelicitous side-effects. Kind of like we aren’t well adapted physiologically for automobile domination, given that the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 1 and 24 is car accidents, and the obesity epidemic is more linked to the decline of walking and rise of automobile transportation than to changes in diet or organized sports.


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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