If you yearn to waste more time on the internet, you can't do much better than pay a visit to www.ted.com. Here's some info on TED...
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week.
There's a veritable cornucopia of lectures to choose from at TED. In about an hour, you can learn about poverty in Africa, urbanization, mind control, and how to listen to music.
Recently, I've been mulling over a lecture by Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomberg (his handsome visage is pictured above). Lomberg asks how we should prioritize solutions to the world's biggest problems. What problems confronting the world are actually solvable? Which problems can be dealt with most efficiently/effectively? Where can the most good be done? After extensive research with the Copenhagen Concensus, Lomberg concludes that these are the 4 most profitable areas we can focus on (1 being the most profitable);
4. Malaria - decreasing its incidence
3. Free Trade - removing barriers within the market
2. Malnutrition - providing more micronutrients (esp. for people in the developing world)
1. HIV/AIDS - focusing more on prevention than treatment
I appreciate Lomberg's realism. Since we can't solve every problem, it makes sense to focus on the most promising solutions. So here's my question; should this influence how the church uses its resources? Are we stewarding our money wisely? Are we contributing to workable solutions, or are we giving simply to assuage our consciences? I wholeheartedly believe that each Christian is obligated to help anyone who comes in his/her path (Lk. 10:25-37). However, we have gobs of resources in this country, and perhaps this Danish economist might offers some great ideas on how to expand the reign of Christ.