guinnessdog.jpg Now you know where the moniker “Man’s best friend” came from! (pic via Michael Lee)

So Lainie Petersen is back blogging. Welcome back, Lainie!

Len Hjalmarson has been churning out some really good stuff lately on missional orders, monasticism, and related themes. I don’t know how he does it — I can barely keep up reading, let alone writing like that!

In the riddles section this week, we’ve got that age-old chicken question answered by a variety of famous people.
Caesar: To come, to see, to conquer.
Salvador Dali: The fish.
Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.
Bob Dylan: How many roads must one chicken cross?
Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn’t cross the road; it transcended it.
Robert Frost: To cross the road less traveled by.
Gilligan: The traffic started getting rough; the chicken had to cross. If not for the plumage of its peerless tail, the chicken would be lost. The chicken would be lost!
Johann Friedrich von Goethe: The eternal hen-principle made it do it.
Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.
Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.
Jack Nicholson: ‘Cause it (censored) wanted to. That’s the (censored) reason.
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I’m still not caught up with my blog reading (or writing), but I’m making some headway this week. More linkage to follow, but here’s the crop for this week:

  1. “Mary” relates some neighbourliness with the kids… sounds familiar around here as well. Here’s to being normal.
  2. The Power of Books
  3. Cartoon: Church Pirate
  4. David Fitch’s Driscoll-response post has been republished at Out of Ur, generating much conversation and necessitating further responses from David Fitch.
  5. “How are you doing?” Guide to responding to the question.
  6. Marital Rating Scale — Wife’s Chart, a psychological test from the 1930’s to categorize one’s wife on a scale from “very poor” to “very superior.” 5 demerits for slang or profanity…
  7. Emerging/Missional Bibliography: Paul Fromont’s Mission-Shaped Books – 78 Way markers on my journey into Reimagining Church and Mission; Andrew Jones’ Emerging Church: Top 5 Books for American Reporters (a listing of a dozen books) and The 50 Books on My Emerging Church Bookshelf
  8. Bible Theme Parks? Seriously? It sounds like a Simpsons episode. (via)
  9. Sometimes an image says it all
  10. Creepy: Jesus & Dinosaurs. This has started circulating the blogs, but Dan Kimball even went to the trouble and dug up some background.
  11. Chris Seay has founded a project with Thomas Nelson for a new Bible translation to be called The Voice. It’s due out in October.

    Chris Seay’s vision for The Voice goes back 15 years to his early attempts to celebrate the beauty and truth of the biblical narrative. As western culture moved into what is now referred to as postmodernism, Chris struggled with a deep desire to preach the whole story of God. Much like the Hebrews at the time of the New Testament, emerging generations today connect with story rather than isolated facts. Too often, preaching is reduced to articulating truth statements somehow hidden in a complex, powerful, and redemptive story. Jesus taught through parables and metaphors; modern Christians have attempted to translate His teaching into a system of irrefutable fact statements and something seems to be getting lost in the translation.

    Hence, a group of writers, poets, scholars, pastors, and storytellers have committed to work together to bring the Scriptures to life in a way that celebrates both beauty and truth.

    The result is a retelling of the Scriptures: The Voice, not of words, but of meaning
    and experience.

  12. A few people have mentioned this: Is this Christianity’s FIRST church? Cave where ’70 beloved by God worshipped while Christ was alive’ is found. Sounds to me like the date given might be a bit early, but given the relative size of most churches at the time, would this have been the first megachurch?
  13. Scot McKnight on Evangelicalsim (and the evangelical manifesto).
  14. N.T. Wright recasts ‘The Jesus Prayer’ as ‘The Trinity Prayer
  15. I haven’t seen this diagram explaining the trinity before, but I like it.
  16. What were you wearing in 1977? I was there, and I don’t remember it being this bad. Perhaps I’ve blocked it out.
  17. Is Google Making Us Stupid?
  18. Michael Kruse’s series on Biblical interpretation, interacting with Ken Bailey’s DVD series:
  19. Len Hjalmarson on Mark Lau Branson on Appreciative Inquiry in his book, Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change — Len’s interaction is in two parts.
  20. Another use for Google Earth on a hot day.
  21. In Jesus’ day, shepherds were called “dirt people” and were ceremonially unclean most of the time, so nobody really wanted to have much to do with them. Still, it’s a recurring metaphor for the pastor (some languages, like Portugese, use the same word for the two roles), and many pastors view themselves this way. If that sounds familiar, Bill Kinnon has some words for you… words that Brant Hansen couldn’t leave alone.
  22. 12 bucks to link to an AP story? AP just does not get it… meaning Internet culture, fair use, and common sense. A number of bloggers are now simply refusing to link to them, denying them of the traffic that would have resulted in ad revenue for them. Stooo-pid. But it gets better: reporting on the story, AP does to Techcrunch what they won’t let anyone do with their material… they quote an excerpt. Good for the goose but not the gander?

Quote via Rick Meigs:

Life in Christ should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘WOW – What a ride!’

And another via Bill:

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you. — Frederick Buechner

Then there’s John Cusack, via Bob Carlton:

Who are your heroes in real life?
Let’s go with Jesus. Not the gay-hating, war-making political tool of the right, but the outcast, subversive, supreme adept who preferred the freaks and lepers and despised and doomed to the rich and powerful. The man Garry Wills describes “with the future in his eyes … paradoxically calming and provoking,” and whom Flannery O’Connor saw as “the ragged figure who moves from tree to tree in the back of [one’s] mind.”

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