The Weekly Nerd – Monday Edition – May 21st

Welcome to the Monday Edition of The Weekly Nerd! Look around, stay awhile, but most importantly, have some fun!

I preached yesterday at Transformation Church. Check out my sermon page to hear my sermon!

The Monday Best:

Twelve Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age
Reading this was a real kick in the shins for me, and I plan on implementing some of this today (I would have yesterday, but my kids were all asleep by the time I found the article). Tony Reinke at Desiring God really hits this one out of the park. And this is an article that all parents need to read, even if you aren’t a believer. The one that I am going to immediately implement in my home: No screens in the bedroom (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.).

Snapchat Introduces Cosmo After Dar (basically just porn)
Expiring Messages + original sexting intent + no parental controls = What could go wrong? Parents, don’t let your kids have SnapChat.

Journey To The Bottom of the Internet
Literally. This is a great video, and fun to watch with kids, regarding how the internet actually works.

Lawns Are an Ecological Disaster
Our lawns. This article is a whole new perspective on our lawns and how we take care of them (and then how we should take care of them!).

How Do I Know If a Sermon Is Too Long
“No, there is no one length for a sermon that’s ideal for every situation. Yes, some sermons should be shorter and some longer. Yes, it is possible that a sermon be too long or too short. Those are my answers. Now, let me give some factors that we should just take into consideration when we’re pondering how long we should preach.”

One Word Christian Leaders Should Stop Using
“Every group you’re a part of has its own language. Whether you’re a marathoner, a stay-at-home mom, a video gamer – it doesn’t matter. With each one, there is a separate kind of vernacular you learn to speak as you get deeper and deeper into that particular subculture.”

Pearls Before Breakfast
“No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?”