Weekend Reading: How to keep helping Haiti; humanity of poetry; a book on Harry Dent; interview with Charity:Water’s Scott Harrison; the Email Weapon

1. Cholera Still Killing in HaitiMore than 700 people have died as a result of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, where the living conditions in the tent cities constructed after the January earthquake have left people vulnerable to the disease. Flooding from this week’s hurricane have worsened the situation.

Joanna and Rusty Pritchard give us four things to do to battle Haitian cholera, and after months laboring on the ground in Haiti, they end with this plea:

In addition to the country’s widespread poverty, the situation in the Port-au-Prince camps is truly terrible, and anything you can do to sustain people’s generosity towards Haiti is significant. The problems are immense and many of these fundamental health and sanitation issues will only be solved by large-scale investments at the governmental level, but small-scale efforts are also really important and have a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals. There are many communities who remain untouched by large-scale interventions and that are vulnerable and without a safety net when tragedy strikes.

2. Does poetry make us human? With technology taking on more and more responsibility and dominating our lives, what sets us apart as humans? Poetry?  

The robots have no heart to rouse. They have no imagination. They do not have the spark of creativity and passion because they have been made in the image of their fallen creators. They are not stamped with the imago Dei. We know this because they cannot understand poetry.  I don’t care what Will Wright says. I don’t believe we will create a robotic superintelligence that improves itself. Even if we do, it won’t be human. It won’t understand poetry.

 3. Freedom for another Nixon figure who found ChristInteresting to see Marty Duren’s review of a touching memoir by Harry Dent’s daughter, Ginny. I met Harry Dent during my time working with Chuck Colson; they shared time with Nixon and time in ministry. It’s called Finding True Freedom; should be a good read. 

Harry Dent was a Republican strategist in the deep South who is credited with developing the party’s base of strength during a time that Southerners were not generally courted by presidential politics. He was also an insider in the Nixon White House until, providentially, he was demoted just before a certain after-hours tour at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D. C.  Dent Brant’s book is both a memoir of her admired father and an autobiography of her own spiritual journey. Chronicling their moves to/from South Carolina and DC, Harry Dent’s not always successful juggling of his family, career and business ventures, and her own ministry, Freedom covers many years of God’s working in and through a family.

4. An Interview with Scott Harrison of Charity:Water, at Trap Door Sun:

Some people have had enough. Enough self-aggrandizement, enough waste. Instead of defining their lives by how much cash they can blow in a weekend living large, people are beginning to find that true self worth comes from giving … not taking. Scott Harrison is one of those people.  His picture perfect New York life left him wanting, yearning for something more. Scott found that “something” in water. One billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us. So Scott decided to do something about it: charity: water.

 5. Don’t Use Email to Correct Others:  A piece by Collin Hansen of CT on the proper use of email in ministry:

James MacDonald and C. J. Mahaney confess mistakes they’ve made when using e-mail as a means of correcting others. And they lay out some ground rules for how to employ digital communication for the glory of God and the good of Christ’s church.



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 (www.valcort.com). 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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