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[T]he Holy Spirit has this odd habit of showing up in unauthorized zones, causing crises of authority” - Richard Beck in his new series in Experimental Theology: The Transgressive Spirit

Posted on June 13th, 2018

Food for Thought: 2018-03-12

Posted on March 12th, 2018

I waited too long to publish this last batch, so the list is long. Hope you find some of these interesting! Recommend your own in the comments:

Food for Thought: 2018-01-23

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

This essay from LeGuin helps explain why her writing is so great: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

    Update: She has passed

Food for Thought: 2018-01-08

Posted on January 8th, 2018

Here are some things I’ve found thought provoking, recently. Recommend your own in the comments.

Food for Thought: 2017-11-27

Posted on November 27th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently:

5 Dimensional Political Compass

Posted on November 14th, 2017

I tried this quiz. Like others, it has some coherency problems. If you take it, post your results!

Items in italics are my own notes.

Food for Thought: 2017-11-07

Posted on November 7th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently:

Food for Thought: 2017-10-17

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:

Food for Thought: 2017-10-05

Posted on October 5th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:

Food for Thought: 2017-08-28

Posted on August 28th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Responses are widely discussed in the follow-on from the neo-fascist gathering in Charlottesville. My opinion: the strategies we use to prevent future fascists may often be different from the tactics we use to limit harm from current fascists:

  2. I’m a big fan of satire and humor, as it interrupts minds and forces people to consider different perspectives:

  3. Cornel West says anarchists and antifa saved their lives: 

  4. How the Church Summons Demons”

  5. Anabaptist thoughts on Nazi-punching:

  6. Does the terrorism in Charlottesville mean the end of the alt-right as they currently exist? How do we resist whatever version of neofascism comes next?

  7. Monstrous intersection of nationalism and environmental degradation:

  8. There is now a Libertarian Socialist Caucus within both the Democratic Socialists and the Libertarian Party. Let’s hope this drives both groups in a better direction:

  9. Environmental recording may become one of the predominant personal security features in the future. This one isn’t there, yet, but it’s a step towards that possibility:

  10. Here’s a polite no, thanks” template for security (or other) spammers:

  11. Mennonite Man to Challenge Floyd Mayweather”:

  12. Rose-Hulman massively increasing its property, including the old Hulman horse ranch property across the street:

  13. Cool tiny house:

Food for Thought: 2017-08-14

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Here’s a quick quiz for you to take re: White People Discrimination:
  2. Updating tactics on nonviolent direct action:
  3. Over on McSweeney’s a Google Robot writes a manifesto:
  4. Police have killed at least 2900 people since the Michael Brown killing:
  5. We struggle with loving like Jesus, but our problem isn’t education, but formation”:
  6. Reminder, it’s not actually privatization” if the public is still paying for it:
  7. EFF has a guide on how to protect your devices when crossing borders:
  8. What not to do when trying to be anonymous online:
  9. Non-Coercive Collective Decision-Making: A Quaker Perspective”, part of the C4SS symposium on Anarchy & Democracy:
  10. Experimental Theology says we’re getting Sabbath wrong:
  11. Rob Graham is compiling lists of the most (now) obvious hack types:
  12. Oh shit!
  13. Me IRL:

Food for Thought: 2017-07-31

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Wikitribune (which you should support!) is discussing how they chose that name Speaking truth to power, representing the voice of the people, and driving out darkness by shining a light on the truth. A free press is the tribune of the people.”
  2. Court affirms right to record law enforcement officers: 
  3. Global Guerilla’s has maps of sea-level impact projections:

  4. data from:

  5. McSweeney’s moved to a patreon-supported model, so I signed up. Here are some recent goodies:


  16. Listen to this album:
  17. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophers, again!
  18. Cool island cabin:

Mennonite Future Church Summit Results

Posted on July 23rd, 2017

The Mennonite Church USA engaged in a Future Church Summit” as part of the national convention. This was a great activity, and the theme reports (combined together at the end of this post) received a high confidence vote by the delegates (see: 

The delegate body also voted to affirm the following:

Food for Thought: 2017-07-03

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Really sad:
  2. I was really challenged these Plough articles that challenge the value of Curiosity: and Quote: Because studiousness directs our minds to good things in the right measure, it allows us to develop a taste for what is truly ­interesting in the world around us…and a dislike for what is merely titillating, sensational, or distracting. Without studiousness, our otherwise wholesome desire for knowledge would fall into the crude distortions that characterize the vice of curiosity.”
  3. Democrats continue to prove that they are not a viable alternative. Here’s the latest salvo:
  4. Here’s how to follow (or avoid) my coverage of Mennonite Church USA Convention:
  5. Jim Grey discusses what makes for a good software company:
  6. Krebs has a report on the latest ransomware tied to the NSA attack:
  7. The New Inquiry gives some warnings about using rights discourse”
  8. National Post shares the story of one Old Colony Mennonite family moving to Canada:

Food for Thought: 2017-06-25

Posted on June 26th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. How to preserve land from development? Collectively buy it! (this would be even better if the DNR wasn’t one of the buyers):
  2. Kevin Carson has a 4-step plan to address cost disease”: Quote:

  3. Destroying all unnecessary waste of inputs, all unnecessary production, all planned obsolescence, and unnecessary labor, in order to reduce necessary labor time and production costs to the absolute minimum; while at the same time
  4. Abolishing the privileges and monopolies by which the propertied classes enclose the productivity gains of technological improvement for themselves, as a source of rents, and

  5. Taking advantage of small-scale, ephemeral means of production to remove the largest share of production possible from the sphere of paid employment to direct production for use in the social sphere; so that

  6. All the cost savings of increased efficiency go to the public in the form of reduced work hours and reduced prices, while the remaining hours of paid labor are evenly distributed and pay enough to buy back the full value of everything produced.

  7. Experimental Theology claims we don’t actually find Jesus’s ethic beautiful, and that we need spiritual formation to address this gap:
  8. If you give power to your allies, it will likely eventually be used elsewhere:
  9. This Open Textbook Library is a great tool: Part of the Open Textbook Network: #AbolishIP
  10. SMBC accurately awards another point to Huxleyan” as the predominant type of dystopia:
  11. The Grugq analyzes the Reality Winner/Intercept leak:
  12. Philosophy Force Five!
  13. Anthem is paying out $115 million from the 2015 breach:
  14. Poorly Drawn Lines asks if your priorities are in order:
  15. Lunarbaboon is making a difference:
  16. With Marsh closing, IBJ has an update on what is happening to grocery stores in downtown Indy:
  17. Butler University buying back the Christian Theological Seminary land and leasing back to CTS:
  18. IndyStar explains what those weird tubes are on the north side of Indy:

Food for Thought: 2017-06-12

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Experimental Theology suggests the rainbow is theodicy:
  2. SMBC asks Do you think we should acknowledge the difference between should’ and can’?”:
  3. Pictures of awesome Australian spiders:
  4. Lunarbaboon asks some questions: and offers some advice on sweet moves”
  5. Maximumble picks up the wholesome comic” torch this week:

Food for Thought: 2017-06-05

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it:
  2. Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality:
  3. SMBC Comic asks: what happened?”
  4. Taser is rebranding to Axon so we will forget the deaths, damage, and misuse associated with the company:
  5. Cool fantasy city generator, complete with districts”:

Food for Thought: 2017-05-29

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. One step closer to duress modes for software: 1Password introduces travel mode:
  2. Susan J. Fowler takes on workplace discrimination in tech companies from an unusual-but-critically-important angle:
  3. BroadSnark points her snark successfully at the problem of overworking while trying to maintain the important things in life:
  4. Various anarchists groups in Greece are providing food, medicine, and housing services:
  5. Indiana DNR asking people not to plant the invasive Bradford Pear:
  6. NYT covered some of the fun things to do in Indy:
  7. Yet another Lunarbaboon sweet comic:

Top Links for 2017-05-22

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications:

  2. Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform:
  3. Related: Freddie doBoer says we can’t simultaneously be a movement based on rehabilitation and restorative justice AND a viciously judgmental moral aristocracy”
  4. Related: Mariame Kaba discusses prison-abolitionist tactics:

  5. Richard Beck of Experimental Theology once again discusses the paradox of Denouncing Caesar while embracing Caesar.”
  6. System/Application Threat Modeling is a highly valuable and underutilized activity in securing systems. OWASP has a new github-integrated tool to help you try threat-modeling:
  7. People have become so accustomed to seeing videos of abuse from law enforcement officers, that the beating of Rodney King seems not so bad:
  8. It’s a bit simplistic, but good to see something other than victim-blaming regarding Wannacry:
  9. When…commons is enclosed and run for the benefit of capital, or actually run by capital itself, price-gouging and favoritism to business are only to be expected. And every step in the process is characterized by collusion and self-dealing. That’s the nature of the capitalist state: to subsidize inputs, socialize costs and risks, and facilitate the privatization of profit.” and
  10. XKCD sarcastically articulates the current state of machine learning ethics:
  11. Reminder: Because terrorism is so uncommon…any strategy for combating it that involves policing entire communities is likely to end up harming huge numbers of innocent people — thus feeding the same climate of alienation and hostility that fosters political violence in the first place.”
  12. The Onion’s ClickHole has gone PatriotHole and it is brilliant:
  13. This framework/classification of dystopias is useful. You could even rate a society on each type:
  14. As with other things, we get more upset about our privacy more than we actually do anything about it:

  15. Related, here’s how to address Twitter’s new setup:

  16. Freddie deBoer challenges the left’s public-private divide around honesty:
  17. Cory Doctorow talks about human nature in the midst of crisis, as well as his new book:

Top Links for 2017-05-15

Posted on May 9th, 2017

  1. Waging Nonviolence discusses the tactics and principles of nonviolence:
  2. Major online companies are engaging in Internet colonialism:
  3. Poorly Drawn Lines reminds us of one of the troubles of immortality:
  4. Reminder: task-switching and interruptions are very expensive:
  5. The homeless population is rising in Indy:
  6. Microsoft responds to the attacks over the weekend:
  7. Also in colonialism, The Intercept covers Puerto Rico:
  8. The New Inquiry has been railing against predictive policing. In addition to the White Collar Crime Risk Zones” app that I recently shared, they have pulled together a syllabus: (is this a meta-share?)
  9. Google has a writeup (plus solid security reminders) based on the recent phishing issue:
  10. Lunarbaboon continues its positive cartoons:
  11. Make idlewords-style ( presentation recaps:
  12. The 200 Word RPG Challenge is complete:
  13. I like this tiny house:

Read anything over the last week that I should add for next time? Let me know in the comments!k

Top Links for 2017-05-08

Posted on May 4th, 2017

  1. Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from Guys With Hoodies”’:

  2. Edited to add:

  3. SURJ has a really solid Values document:
  4. Existential Comics had good twitter comments about biases: 
  5. The shift from industrial to information age means that if your product depends on the network effect, then you are better off growing your network than seeking an early profit:
  6. Lunarbaboon reminds us that often people have something unspoken that they are dealing with:
  7. I’m considering a personal assistant service. Have you ever used one? E.g.:
  8. I like Slack as a platform, but we must remember that tools will not solve social problems absent of social change. Baffler has a salvo on some of the challenges in the system (and more broadly, in ways we manage work):, several clever botmakers are positioning their products as Slack-work reducers, automated assistants that deal with the informational chaff being produced by all those other bots, channels, apps, and alerts. This arrangement, while pleasingly meta, also begs the question of how to distinguish meaningful labor from the various acts of micro-work and mindless feed-browsing that invariably fill up the digitally mediated workday.” 
  9. Indianapolis is getting a couple new promising restaurants:

Read anything over the last week that I should add for next time? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: Jesus Untangled

Posted on April 23rd, 2017

Are we willing to lay aside our lust for political power and influence in order to humble ourselves and take up the cross of Jesus?”

This is the question Keith Giles asks in Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb. This was a good book that I would encourage anyone to read.

Duress Modes

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

I have written about Duress Modes” before (here and elsewhere). They are an important safety protection that I believe system and software developers need to be building into their products. When a user is being coerced, a Duress Mode gives them an option to comply, while limiting their risk.

Maciej Ceglowski has brought up a specific version of this with his recent post entitled Social Media needs a Travel Mode.” Take a read!

The Key Ingredient Is Violent Power

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Reminder: the key ingredient is violent power.

People are often jerks. People sometimes have frightening opinions. People do things we dislike. People can be ignorant, sometimes willfully so. People are frequently selfish.

What Does God Want?

Posted on January 8th, 2017

If you go to a conservative Christian church, you know the answer to this question is: 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.” (Luke 10:25)

Christians, No Matter Who the Next PotUS Is…

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

We need to pray for whoever is elected:

  • That lust for power will be given up for a love of peace
  • That desire to control will be transformed into a yearning for justice
  • That thirst for vengeance will be redeemed for a practice of mercy

Read These When I Die

Posted on January 27th, 2016

Or just start now.

I told my wife that if I ever became terminally ill, I would like to spend a chunk of my time (as much as I was able) working on publishing a list of writings that I would want those who wanted to honor me to read. These would be a list of works that I found incredibly valuable, heavily-influenced my thinking, and I believe  have the effect of making the world a better place. She asked me why I don’t just start now (she’s a wise one), so here we are:

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist