Archives For April 2012


By: April Campbell

Do you let your kids see you cry? Do you let them see you fight or disagree with your spouse? Do you let your kids see you make mistakes? Do you let them watch you walk through any of those hard and difficult things in life?

Often we want to shelter our kids. To let them live carefree and happy lives. To not experience the stresses that life can present. But what happens when they grow up and have to process through those things on their own?


Excited that my wife was asked to become a regular contributor to Every Breath I Take blog. Jennifer is a good friend, wonderful mother, and fantastic yoga instructor. Check out all the posts here!


Jared Diamond’s Collapse examines the response/non-response of societies to the big problems they face. He focuses most specifically on environmental problems, which in turn lead to resource and political problems. Through a comparative methodology, Diamond seeks to import his observations and analysis of dead and gone societies like Easter Island, the Roman Empire and the Mayans into the present problems facing the global society today. He constructs a five-point framework for analysis:

  1. Damage inadvertently inflicted upon the environment
  2. Climate change
  3. Hostile neighbors
  4. Decreased support by friendly neighbors
  5. Problem response by the society

Diamond’s book is not without its problems. Critics from both the left and the right accuse him of being in bed with their opposition. The right casts him as an environmentalist fear monger, whereas the left charges him with being in the pocket of big oil. His methodology has also been called into question as too subjective for the conclusions he draws. Despite the criticism, however, Diamond is recognized as an authority in his field.  Continue Reading…


Melvyn Bragg’s 12 Books that Changed the World is a book about books. Specifically, it is a book about British books that the author feels leave a lasting legacy. The works he includes are:

  • Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton
  • Married Love by Marie Stopes
  • Magna Carta by Members of the English Ruling Classes
  • The Rule Book of Association Football by A Group of Former English Public School Men
  • On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
  • On the Abolition of the Slave Trade by William Wilberforce in Parliament
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Experimental Researches on Electricity by Michael Faraday
  • Patent Specification for Arkwright’s Spinning Machine by Richard Arkwright
  • The King James Bible by William Tyndale and 54 Scholars Appointed by the King
  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  • The First Folio by William Shakespeare

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My first ever guest post is up at Guy Chmieleski’s Faith On Campus site. I’ve known Guy in the online realm for years. I think we first met at the CCO’s Jubilee Conference when I was a campus minister. He runs a great site devoted to resourcing campus ministers. 

When I heard he was soliciting ideas for posts a Technology, Social Media, and Ministry blogothon, I shot him an idea I had and he jumped right on it. The post has garnered some great interaction on his site. Here’s an exerpt:

“As a campus minister, you need to be present where your students are, and this includes having an online presence. That, more than anything else, will determine the services with which you engage your students. Maybe it’s Pinterest or LinkedIn or Google +, or perhaps your students are in World of Warcraft or Second Life. Wherever they are, meet them there.”

Read the full post here:

Oh, 80s hair how we miss thee.

Or perhaps not.

What killed those voluminous ‘dos that marked an era? I’d like to think it was common sense and a cultural awakening to the hilarity of big hair. I also wonder, though, if the media’s coverage of the discovery of a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica had something to do with it. Though the science on the harmful nature of CFCs (commonly used as a propellant in applications like aerosol cans of hairspray) had been around for nearly 30 years, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the story of ozone depletion and the possibility of climate change was piped into homes across America.

Mark Maslin’s Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is a fascinating look at the science behind the study climate change, the coming effects of a net increase in global temperatures, and possible solutions that could stave off the worst of those effects. Maslin is unapologetic in his support of the science that examines the human element as a primary contributor to rapid climate change since the Industrial Revolution, yet he does his best to appeal to readers who are still skeptical. Beyond unseasonable weather and higher fuel prices, Maslin warns of the dire consequences to the world’s least developed nations if climate change is not adequately addressed.  Continue Reading…