Reeder 3 for Mac is in public beta, and it’s awesome

Reeder 3 for Mac is in public beta, and it’s awesome

Lovers of technologies like RSS, Tiny Tiny RSS + Fever and Instapaper will want to get on this.

I’ve been using Reeder 2 for Mac since it was released, and although it’s hard to imagine a better desktop blog reader, the next version is also an Instapaper client, which trumps all of the other improvements (in my opinion).

I grabbed the latest beta last night and dropped it into /Applications as a Reeder 2 replacement. It picked up my previous configuration instantly, and adding my Instapaper account was straightforward. Thankfully I was able to configure manual archiving for Instapaper (this is analogous to marking RSS posts read, which I prefer to be automatic “on-open”) and was able to catch up on most of my “Read on Desktop” folder straightaway.

Aside from a few non-critical UI glitches, this is a very stable beta. Well worth your time.

Essential listening for evangelical Christians: The Liturgists on LGBTQ

Essential listening for evangelical Christians: The Liturgists on LGBTQ

Maybe you don’t really do the podcast thing. That’s OK. Listen to this episode anyway. You don’t need to install a podcast player on your smartphone. You don’t even need a smartphone. Just follow the link.

What’s missing from so much of the evangelical response to same-sex marriage (and gay rights in general) is genuine empathy with LGBTQ people. We insist that we love gay people, but we don’t take the time to hear their stories, to understand their points of view, and to learn from their experiences. It’s easier to hide behind careful theology and theoretical care.

This episode of The Liturgists artfully and respectfully interviews gay and transexual Christians, along with several pastors and commentators, with a diverse range of views on sexuality and faithful Christian practice.

It’s a 1.5-hour antidote to ignorance, and I think all Christians (especially evangelicals) should listen to it.