Best thing I saw on the Internet this week (Sept 13)

These are the best things I’ve seen on the internet this week (no promises they were written the week featured). This regular Friday installment will be full of the awesome theological, creative, interesting, thought-provoking, ethically-challenging, or just ridiculously cool or funny things I rip from the threads of the inter-webs each week. Feel free to challenge me, or add your own in the comments.

 

 

#3 :: A New View from Above!
40 Maps that will change the way you see the world. This is a collection of 40 maps that will surprise you. If you’re like me you’ll learn something new. Some are full of important information everyone should know, some interpret data in a eye-popping ways, a few may even make you smirk, and some just shake your head.

#2 :: The Pope’s Open Letter
Pope Francis is up to his tricks again. He’s making waves in an extremely Christian way. He’s loving those who aren’t like him. My favorite quote is “Given that — and this is the key point — God’s mercy has no limits, if you go to him with a sincere and repentant heart, the issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.” It is just me or is the Pope giving us a nod towards orthopraxy over orthodoxy. ;)

#1 :: RAW (aka WAR backwards) Tools!
The most amazing ministry that I’ve seen come around in a LONG time! Quite literally swords into plowshares. This new Mennonite ministry exists to “repurpose weapons into hand tools to be used in the creation of something new, preventing the weapon’s use for violence and creating a cycle of peace.” They are taking the words of scripture and doing something literal that I completely support. They seem to be just getting started, so even more a reason to show support. I wonder if I would look cool wielding a AK-47 shovel?

 

 

And just for kicks…

#0 :: Where did that Octopus go?
Nature is AWESOME. Perhaps the sweetest things I’ve seen in motion. Color and textures changes immediately. You should absolutely be checking out Science Friday on a regular basis. I love that these masters of optical illusion made the marine biologist scream out loud.