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I had the opportunity to get away from Denver for a few days and travel. Part of my journey was some quiet time of reading and reflection along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. I was able to unplug a bit, which was needed. There seems to be so much yelling amongst communities nowadays, and I reflected on that a bit.
In many Christian circles there is a despondence between the belief about religious faith and the manner in which we speak about God. As the prominent Protestant claim goes, salvation is not based on action, but on faith alone. Good action – morally approved behavior – should be the result, not the source, of salvation. I have no qualms about the theological claim here. What is concerning, however, is our language about God and our subsequent behaviors. That is to say, there is a disconnection with our view of…
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Originally posted on Quartz:
The sun emerged just as the first model appeared in the runway entrance at designer Marina Hoermanseder’s Spring 2016 show, in the back garden of Berlin’s Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince’s Palace) on July 10. In stiletto heels that tipped her onto her toes, and a bell-shaped skirt of hard, molded leather, she looked like a ballerina emerging from a music box.
The models that followed revealed a pastel-hued collection that included thousands of handmade leather flowers, bondage pencil skirts made entirely of straps, a 3D-printed rose gold vest, and anatomically molded leather bodices, lacquered to a glossy shine. It was as if a dominatrix from the future had fallen down the rabbit-hole and awoke in the Queen of Hearts’ garden.
The blue dress, pink skirt, and all those little flowers are made of leather.
Hoermanseder’s show was phenomenal—but also, actually, practical. Peppered throughout the collection, in shades of cream, wheat, and…
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Originally posted on Quartz:
New Zealand is taking a strong stand against internet bullying. Under a new bill outlawing “harmful digital communications,” the country can punish internet trolls with up to three years of jail time.
Passed last week by an overwhelming majority (116-5) of the country’s parliament, the Harmful Digital Communications Bill went into effect on June 6. The new law will require tech companies such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter to ask users to remove flagrant posts within 24 hours, according to the BBC. After that time, the companies will be responsible for removing the posts themselves.
Though tech companies like Twitter and Google have taken measures to reduce cyber bullying, some worry this new legislation is too broad and infringes on free speech. In an editorial published over the weekend, New Zealand’s Dominion Post voiced these concerns:
The penalties at stake are substantial, yet the “communications principles” are too broad— they capture any…
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