Todd Grotenhuis

June 1, 2021

"it's hard to decry Constantinianism when you're trying your damnedest to win every election"

Longer quote: “During the years of the Iraq War and during the 2008 election, Christian blogs spent a lot of time writing about Constantinianism in voicing their opposition to the war in Iraq. Christian blogs were very Anabaptist during the golden era of blogging. Not so much anymore. Why the change? My argument, made in 2016, is that ...
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May 27, 2021

Friday Good Reads

Read any good articles, essays, etc. this week? I did! (yes, this one is posted early due to the holiday weekend in the USA.) Here's the list, in its usual place over in my public notes. This week covers such topics such as: • the challenges in "green investing" • security, GPS, and global logistics • science! • a reminder that conflic...
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May 23, 2021

📑 Sunday Quote

Today we’ve got another 3-part quote. All of these arrived in my Readwise review today, and they tell a story. The third quote here is an important follow-up to the first two. The reign of Christ does not mean that Christians take Caesar's place in ruling over others. Rather, we are called to embody another way of living together: boun...
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May 9, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

This is great advice for many behavior changes, not just procrastination. (Make the healthy food visible, put away distractions, place practice music sheets out, etc.) Here’s where I’d take a little issue, however: “Environment and habit change ishow we change ourselves.” Willpower is limited, situational, and varying. The way we make ...
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May 2, 2021

📑 Sunday Quote and "Persecuted" Christians

Let's make my biases clear up front: I'm part of a tradition (Anabaptism) that has a long history of pacifism and has collected the stories of how they were murdered due to their faith (it's a giant book and not a great read, but you can still find copies). Also, I live a pretty comfortable life. I grew up in a wealthy country, didn't ...
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April 25, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

Have you heard of The Unicorn Project? It's the follow-up to the great Phoenix Project. As I said in my 2021 book review: “"what Kim did for Ops & DevOps in the Phoenix project, he has continued for product development in this work"” Both of these books use narrative to demonstrate the move to agile ways of working and devops transform...
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April 25, 2021

📚 Finished Reading: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview by edited by David Streitfeld feat. Ursula K. Le Guin ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Recommended for any fan of her work or anyone seeking wisdom. I don't have a lot to say about this book, but I did make many highlights of quotes that were interesting, funny, or worth pondering. You can peruse them from within my public no...
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April 23, 2021

Friday Good Reads

Read any good articles, essays, editorials, or posts this week? I did! My favorite so far this year comes from moxie0, who wrote an excellent technical table-turn on a company that was trying to exploit secure-communication platform Signal. That and other reads are available in my public notes. Anything you read and want to recommend? ...
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April 20, 2021

📚 Finished Reading: Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson ⭐⭐⭐ Here's the summary from my public notes: “Extractive political institutions and extractive economic institutions create a reinforcing vicious cycle. “Extractive” institutions are ones where the power and wealth are funneled towards a controlling group. Conversely, inclusive poli...
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April 19, 2021

🖋 Ugmonk Analog + Baron Fig Strategist

I love the idea of Ugmonk's Analog system. Yet, as you may know (from a previous post), I have a system that is working well for me for daily notes & tracking tasks. Still, there are times I need to jot some notes by hand. Maybe I'm brainstorming, doing a little journaling, or writing a follow-up while presenting (a common occurrence)....
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