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A Magazine in the Age of Blogs

By Staff Staff | Oct 05, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Back when Open for Business started some nine years ago, the original purpose of this publication was not to put out original commentary on “the business of life,” but to blog about and link to useful information on Free Software. In 2010, everybody – and pretty much everything – has a blog, but over the years OFB has exited its category of genesis and taken up the mantle of the magazine. Why be a magazine in an age of blogs?

Carry Christ, Not Your Culture

By Ed Hurst | Oct 03, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Jesus is how we say it in English, filtered through Greek and Latin. In Hebrew it's closer to Joshua. Same with the title Christ; it was Messiah. In any other language, whatever He is commonly called, none of it matters if He isn't living in the one who carries His name.

The View from Mudsock Heights: I Have Discovered I Can Remember Things From Long Ago, and It Startles Me

By Dennis Powell | Sep 24, 2010 at 5:02 PM

When did I turn into my grandfather? No, I haven’t gotten short and bald-headed, nor do I have a desire to come out of retirement and practice dentistry using a foot-pedal drill on relatives in a dimly lit basement, though this may be due to my never having been a dentist.

Facebook: Virtualizing the Soul

By Ed Hurst | Sep 17, 2010 at 6:10 PM

As we watch the death throes of Western Civilization, certain symptoms manifest prominently. As the electronic mesh expands and thickens, with fatter pipes and richer content, so does the shallowness of each connection within the mesh. We can surely speed up our ability to process incoming data, but it comes at the necessary expense of meaning. We know more, yet understand less.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Could Someone Explain Why the Transportation Security Administration Exists?

By Dennis Powell | Sep 13, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Help me out here, because if it makes any sense I cannot see it. Last week I took a friend to the airport, and saw her pulled aside by three giggling — really — representatives of the “Transportation Security Administration” for secondary screening.

Grace, Love and Fire: On the Burning of Books

By Timothy Butler | Sep 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Up until a few short weeks ago, the name Terry Jones would have garnered blank stares from most quarters. Now, his back and forth plans to burn the Qur’an have elevated the obscure pastor into the most talked about clergyman of the season. Whether or not this burning or others like it actually proceed, those of us who claim to follow Christ must grapple with what people like Jones bring to the image of the Church and the Gospel.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Terrible Danger Posed By the Little-Known Sycamore Underground

By Dennis Powell | Sep 06, 2010 at 1:27 AM

When I heard didgeridoos, and people saying “G’day, mate,” I realized I’d dug deep enough but in the wrong place.

Western Civilization is Not Christian: A Foot in Both Worlds

By Ed Hurst | Sep 02, 2010 at 1:39 AM

The Apostle John warned us the world would naturally hate us. It should then be no surprise that, as I have argued in my previous columns, the West’s way of looking at things might be less than ideal for understanding God and his will for us.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Pay-As-You-Go Cellular Service Has Gotten Cheap!

By Dennis Powell | Aug 27, 2010 at 12:09 AM

Some of you may remember when it was a very big deal to make a long-distance telephone call. I have actual photographs of my grandparents, on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1956, at the telephone, the notes on the backs of the pictures saying that they were receiving calls from Dallas and Nebraska. This was thought remarkable at the time.

Droid X Excels at More than Just Screen Size

By Timothy Butler | Aug 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Since Motorola’s Droid first arrived last year, the Droid fleet has been expanding at a dizzying pace. Now, just months after the excellent HTC Droid Incredible showed up, Verizon and Motorola have unleashed the Droid X and Droid 2. Over the last few weeks, we put the Droid X through a grueling variety of tests to find out if this mammoth phone has what it takes.

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