Flotsam and jetsam

sneezing-bless-you

sneezing-bless-you

Good Reads

  • Searching for Jesus in today’s Church:  Yes, there are days I grieve. But that grief is only overshadowed by the hope I still have in Jesus – the King who turns everything upside down, and who is very good. (Boz Tchividjian)
  • ‘One Anothers’ I Can’t Find in the New Testament:  Sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, sacrifice one another, shame one another, judge one another, run one another’s lives, confess one another’s sins, intensify one another’s sufferings, point out one another’s failings . . . . (Ray Ortlund)
  • Could Quitting Facebook Be a Mistake?  Facebook (Instagram, Twitter) didn’t invent the disconnection between my husband and me. It didn’t invent jealousy or time-wasting or procrastination or coveting other people’s stuff. It didn’t invent self-centeredness. All of these things existed long before Facebook or Instagram did.  So why do we assume quitting Facebook will eradicate the problem? The problem isn’t Facebook. The problem is us. (Relevant)

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Flotsam and jetsam (5/23)

hobbit

hobbit

Good Reads

  • The Myth of a ‘War on Religion’: Americans, especially left-leaning Americans, are less likely than they were a generation ago to go to church. But they’d rather you not know how much less, because religious practice—like service in the military—enjoys prestige as a marker of morality and self-discipline. (The Atlantic)
  • Everything you know about teenage brains is #$@&%!:  Forget what you’ve heard. We don’t know much about how Internet use affects the brain.  After years of being told that the Internet was rotting my brain, I decided to assess the damage by gathering the scientific evidence. My review of the published scientific literature found no evidence that typical Internet use harms the adolescent brain. (Boing Boing)
  • Can Google Search for Friendship? But even the best search algorithm can’t sort sites for a sense of empathy or community; that comes from people, not pages. If a friend asks me about a blown fuse, he may be looking not just for repair instructions, but sympathy. When I need to find the right temperature for toasting walnuts, if I ask a roommate, instead of a search engine, I might get a recipe recommendation or a story about baking gone awry. (The American Conservative)
  • The New Humanities: The new humanistic writing and its enthusiastic readership bear witness to the fact that, as long as there are human beings, there will remain an interest in scholarship and criticism that attempts to illuminate human problems. (The Point)

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Flotsam and jetsam (5/19)

bacon

bacon

Good Reads

  • People Who Eat People: Hannibal and TV’s New Darkness:  From Dexter and The Walking Dead to True Detective and Hannibal, our tastes for television are skewing darker; we’re losing ourselves not just in anti-heroes, but in horror itself. What are we really escaping into, though? (Hazlitt)
  • Theology Is Poetry:  It is the shading in a world of lines, the winch that straining, pulls words from the page and into the 3-dimensional. Despite being the study of an objective Truth, it is the thing that makes a complex faith applicable to a complex life. (Miriam Dale)
  • The Literature of the Standing Desk:  It’s taller, sleeker, and less hospitable than its slouchier cousin. In the way that it mimics a lectern, a podium, or a drafting table, it reminds the writer that this activity requires blood, enzymes, and exertion. Here is your novel, spread out like a map or a campaign speech. Here are your poems, arranged like blueprints. Pace, stamp your feet, fold your arms, but stay upright. Stand there like it’s the prow of a ship. (The Millions)

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Flotsam and jetsam (5/16)

kissing sister

kissing sister

Good Reads

  • Liberals’ Dark Ages:  How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card. (Kirsten Powers)
  • Pentecostalization and Pluralization: The New Latino Religious Landscape:  In short, pluralization and Pentecostalization are the two great takeaways from the new Pew survey of the Latino religious landscape. I expect that both trends will continue apace in the near future as the competitive marketplace of faith continues to diversify throughout the Americas. (HuffPo)
  • Read or Get Out of the Ministry:  John Wesley told young ministers to “read or get out of the ministry.” Those are strong words, but Wesley believed reading was essential for development. Of Wesley, A.W. Tozer wrote, “He read science and history with a book propped against his saddle pommel as he rode from one engagement to another.” (Eric Geiger)

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Flotsam and jetsam (5/14)

this is rather terrifying
this is rather terrifying
this is rather terrifying

Good Reads

  • How Not to Fight Calvinists:  This isn’t a post about how-to-not-fight Calvinists, because a clear theological dispute can be a good thing. It’s a post about how-not-to-fight them; it’s about one specific tactic that I think is both inaccurate and unproductive. (Fred Sanders)
  • Lighten Up, Christians: God Loves a Good Time:  We say we want to be like God, and we feel we mean it. But we don’t. Not to be harsh, but if we did really mean it, we would be having a lot more fun than we are. We aim for safety and cultural respectability instead of following our stated first principles: that we are made in God’s image and should strive to imitate him. (N. D. Wilson)
  • 5 Ways to Integrate Theology into Your Ministry:  Do not, in the name of being faithful, stick to your preaching plan so rigidly that you fail to speak truth into significant events that shock or affect the sensibilities of your congregation….Show them how the Word of God addresses those types of events and how the gospel is the ultimate need. (Hershael York)
  • The Church Needs More Tattoos:  Not everyone with tattoos is an unbeliever or has lived a hard life, of course. But the larger point remains, how many people don’t listen to our gospel message because they assume they don’t “look” like the kind of people who would follow Jesus? (Russell Moore)

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