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Unexploded WWII bomb found in London

An army bomb disposal expert inspects an unexploded World War II 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb, believed to have been dropped over London during German bombing raids in the early 1940s, which was discovered by workers at a construction site near Wembley Stadium, May 21, 2015 (Credit: Mod Crown/Royal Logistics Corps/Sargeant Rupert Frere)An unexploded World War II bomb was found recently near London's Wembley Stadium.  It was probably dropped over London during German bombing raids.  When the bomb was discovered, authorities evacuated hundreds of people from their homes and offices.  Bomb disposal experts built a blast wall around the site, then worked through the night to defuse it.

No one in authority questioned the need to evacuate the area, or to defuse the bomb.  They knew that without their initiative, people could die.

Now consider this fact: 61 percent of those who attend church at least monthly have not shared the gospel with even a single person in the last six months.  Twenty-five percent say they have shared their faith once or twice in that time; only 14 percent say they have shared the gospel three or more times in the last six months.

What is the problem?

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The biggest lie employers tell employees

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid HoffmanLinkedIn calls itself "the world's largest professional network," with more than 300 million members.  Co-founder and executive chairman Reid Hoffman presumably knows something about vocational relationships.  In his new book The Alliance, he identifies the biggest lie employers tell employees: "the employment relationship is like family."  Some employers tell this lie, according to Hoffman, because they have deluded themselves into believing it.  Others tell it because they want the employee to believe it.  But Hoffman says it isn't true: "You don't fire your kid because of bad grades."

Here's where the body of Christ is different from any other organization: it truly is a family.  We are all children of one Father, sisters and brothers of one family.  The church is intended to be a community of grace, not grades. (Tweet this)  And our community is perhaps our strongest appeal to a culture driven by performance, evaluation, and competition.

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'The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship'

General George S. Patton was buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg, alongside wartime casualties of the Third Army, per his request to 'be buried with my men.' (Credit: Michel Dieleman via en.wikipedia.org)"We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us" (attributed to George Orwell).
 
Memorial Day is observed each year on the last Monday in May.  It honors the 1.3 million Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Today was originally called Decoration Day, since families decorated the graves of their fallen loved ones on this day.  The observance began in the years after the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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Are smartphones the 'electronic enemy of love'?

A couple, sitting at an outside table and busy on their phones, have dinner at a neighborhood restaurant in New York City, March 18, 2012 (Credit: Ed Yourdon via Flickr)A couple sits down to a meal together.  But they spend their time on their smartphones, barely speaking a word to each other.  It's become a common sight wherever mobile devices are common.  According to a new survey in China, 60 percent of married respondents complained about intrusion from smartphone use in their relationship.

"Mobile electronic devices have become the 'electronic enemy of love,'" the survey concluded.  Overuse has become "a major enemy to spousal relations, parental relations and personal health."  Nearly two-thirds of respondents reported taking their smartphones to bed, and half continue using them after turning off the lights.  Those who did so find it five times harder to go to sleep than those who did not bring the devices to bed.

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David Letterman and the death of the talk show

David Letterman laughs while Bill Murray speaks after jumping out of a cake during one of the final shows in the final week of The Late Show with David Letterman, May 19, 2015 (Credit: CBS/John Paul Filo)David Letterman hosted his 6,028th late-night talk-show last night.  (For insight on his faith, see Nick Pitts's article, The Faith of the mysterious David Letterman.)  CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said of the television icon, "David's influence was phenomenal.  Whenever there was something important going on in America, you turned on David Letterman.  He was the conscience of America, he was a bit of a social commentator, he was our local curmudgeon."

Tom Brokaw said of him, "You have to be on your toes.  He's very smart and very well read.  He makes me think."  One of his producers called him "the best talk-show host ever."  That's what makes his retirement so significant: he is arguably the last of the real talk-show hosts.  Others do what could be called "comedy/variety," with musical numbers, games with guests, and social media campaigns.  Letterman's trademark was conversation—often funny, sometimes pointed, on occasion profound.

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