Notes, News, & Views To Help Equip You

Posted: May 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

For your weekend reading here are a few notes, news, & views to help equip you.

Of course the big headline news yesterday was that Facebook stock went public. Many are consumed (and coveting) watching Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth rise (there is a real-time meter to do just that here). While some are left wondering if Facebook will be the next big bubble bust for the Tech world (doubtful) and others talking about the stock being “propped up“; for the rest of us there are many fascinating levels to the Facebook story. One of  the fascinating parts of the story is that of the co-founder himself, Zuckerberg.  Most people who had Facebook or were familiar with it may have never heard of Mark Zuckerberg before the movie The Social Network . While we may never know  the “real Zuckerberg” and we can be certain the movie took some Hollywood liberties with the story he remains the fascinating hoodie wearing billionaire (now approaching a worth nearing 20 billion) that has captured the nation.

The entrance of Facebook to the stock market not only had leading news’ and economic websites’ headlines Friday it also had Twitter ablaze (ironically the other huge social media powerhouse). A few funny or unique tweets:

“I’ll bet Zuckerberg is spending the afternoon calling every girl who turned him down in high school, just to hang up on them.”

“Today, Facebook went public, just as MySpace’s last user went private”@ConanOBrien

“Bono will make more money from his investment in Facebook then from his entire music career” @greenvilleseo

“Far be it from me to question the wisdom of giving a bunch of 25-year-olds everybody’s personal information and billions of dollars”  @ChrchCurmudgeon

Many may scoff at Zuckerberg but Marty Duren has written a few of the takeaways from Zuckerberg’s investor letter.The letter itself is a masterpiece of sorts with Zuckerberg opening it by saying “For years, you’ve wasted your time on Facebook. Now here’s your chance to waste your money on it, too.” It is a short read so check it out. Hugh Whelchel has given a very helpful (and brief) read on thinking about Zuckerberg and the Biblical meaning of success.

Chuck Colson, passed away 0n April 21.  While the mainstream news headlines then was on his involvement with Watergate and the Nixon administration; his memorial service this past Wednesday rightly focused on his lasting legacy of being a “defender of the weak, hugger of lepers, friend of sinners, and Christian intellectual.” Colson had a profound impact on me that I plan to write about at a later date. I hope you are aware of him and have been encouraged and equipped by his valuable contributions to the evangelical world. If not please take time to learn about them here and here.

Here are a couple of links just in case you missed the news that today is the 2nd annual Big Day Out. It is a day designated to get your families OUTSIDE! A scary statistic was recently released from research that says 49% of preschoolers don’t go outside to play. While Psalm 19:1 tells us:

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

It seems appropriate to designate a day that we enjoy His creation and encourage others too. This may be especially needed based on the previously noted research and often many things in our lives keep us inside.  A few groups are heavily promoting to get us outside. One is doing this by asking families to take the Let’s Play Pledge.  So go get outside with your families if you can. If weather or other obstacles prevent it try to tomorrow afternoon after you gather to worship the Creator and celebrate His Son, Jesus. Well, I think I’ll go have a picnic with my kids, have a blessed weekend.

  1. […] week with their stock going public. We discussed a few interesting perspectives on it at Equipology here. Over the weekend Facebook Co-Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrated the stock opening by not […]

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