Friday, June 7, 2013

All Around the Web - June 7, 2013

Faith Village - 5 Awesome Ways Evernote Makes A Pastor’s Life Easier | I have started using Evernote in recent months and find it to be a helpful tool for life in general and ministry in particular.

1.Paperless Office
2. Save Book Notes
3. Illustrations/Book Quotes
4. Sermon Archive
5. Organize Meeting Notes

USA Today - Weddings without God: Couples exchange rings without religion |

More national atheist and humanist agencies such as the Humanist Society and the Center for Inquiry are developing ordaining programs to establish non-theist ministers in most states to perform weddings and funerals. CFI began its certification program in 2009.

There are currently 138 celebrants listed as ordained through the Humanist Society, and some perform weddings in multiple states. The Center for Inquiry has 23 celebrants.

Because of the demand she's seeing for marriage and funeral celebrants, Florida humanist writer and blogger Jennifer Hancock is considering writing a book about the secular approach to marriage.
What's missing, she says, is advertising for leaders in the humanist community who can fulfill ceremonies for life-cycle events. Only a handful of the ordained celebrants listed on the society's website also advertise their services on a personal page.

The Blaze - Want to Hear the Prayer Given by ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson at Sunday’s NASCAR Race? |

Breitbart - Poll: Majority view today's federal government as too powerful |

A majority of Americans said they believe the federal government today wields too much power, a Gallup Daily tracking survey released Monday indicated.

The 54 percent that expressed that belief, however, is only slightly higher than reported in 2012 and slightly lower than reported in 2010 and 2011, Gallup said.

Only 8 percent of Americans said they thought the federal government has "too little" power, while 36 percent said the government has about the right amount of power, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Results indicated more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats said the government has too much power, 76 percent to 32 percent.

Forty-six percent of Americans said they agreed with the statement that the federal government "poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens," while 53 percent disagree, Gallup said

The Sydney Morning Herald - Outnumbered by the girls, he's the last man standing | The last man born in the 1800s.

With the death in Barbados on Thursday of James Emmanuel ''Doc'' Sisnett, at the age of 113 years and 90 days, Jiroemon Kimura, of Japan, has become the last man alive to have been born in the 19th century.

Literally the last man. There are, according to the Gerontolgy Research Group at UCLA, 21 women born before New Year's Day, 1901, who are still with us, most of them living in the United States or Japan, with others in Europe and Canada.

But while the females born in the reign of Queen Victoria strongly outnumber him, Mr Kimura, born on April 19, 1897, has one record the girls can't match - not just yet, anyway. At 116, the ''supercentenarian'' is the oldest human on the planet.

Supercentenarians are people who have lived past their 110th birthday, and while it's estimated that there may be 200 or 300 living today, only 60-odd have been verified by reliable birth records. Of them only two, Mr Kimura and Japanese woman Misao Okawa, are known to be still living aged 115 or older.

From the great album "Satellite Kite" from the band Beautiful Eulogy. You can download the album for free here.

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