Daily Download: August 14, 2013 (Food transparency / bridge illustration / “Keep calm & carry on”)

What Papa John’s doesn’t want you to know about their food — It’s surprising, in this day of purported food transparency, that this reporter, wearing both the reporter hat and the customer hat, had such a problem coming up with any details on the ingredients used by Papa John’s (of “Better pizza.  Better ingredients.” fame) and Olive Garden.  She notes that you get the same kind of hazy information from Applebee’s, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s and TGIF.  The chain that comes out of the discussion wearing the halo of openness is Chipotle.

“Look Away?” — The “bridge illustration” used as an evangelism tool by evangelicals creates a dilemma.  It’s typically presented that “God is holy and can’t be around sin”, which is the origin for the “sin valley” in the illustration that separates sinful humans from God.  But, when you read the Gospels, Jesus has no fear of being around sinners.  If Jesus is the full reflection of God in human form, you’d think that if God can’t be around sin, then Jesus would have avoided sinners like the plague (or in a more culturally relevant vernacular, like the lepers of His day).  But instead we see Jesus in the midst of sinners and befriending sinners and eating and drinking with sinners and going over to the houses while calling out the ivory tower religious elite.  There seems to be something we’re missing in the typical approach to the bridge illustration.  I’m not saying that the bridge illustration itself is flawed, but we’re missing something in this approach, and I’m wondering if we’ve maybe overstated that “God can’t be around sin” without further explanation.

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On — You’ve probably seen the British “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster from World War II and all of the knockoff messages and images that have been derived from it.  It has an interesting “rest of the story” that I wouldn’t have guessed, all featuring a quaint-looking, must-visit bookstore in England called Barter Books.  Watch the well-done 3-minute video below for the rest:


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