I’ve been back at my post for two full weeks following our trip now, and I’ve still got over 2,000 unread items in my newsreader. Do you think everyone in the blogosphere would consider a ceaseblog of new posts for about three days so I could catch up? The scary thing is that even at 2,000 posts, I’m still actually making headway toward catching up. But hey, it’s an uphill battle. ;^) Yikes.
Collected words of wisdom from around the Internet:
• It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
• Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
• If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
• Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
• There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
• Never miss a good chance to shut up: a closed mouth gathers no foot.
Okay, that was your weekly humour fix, such as it is. Take note of Todd Hunter’s new blog, and then we’ll be on to the regularly-scheduled linkage.
- Top billing: “The crucifixion was the consequence of the incarnation.” Have you read Erika Haub’s missional synchroblog contribution? You must.
- Blond Fail on the Fail Blog
- The Tree Circus — patience required for this form of art.
- Benny Hinn has been granted a “sainthood” by Health, Wealth and Prosperity Gospel leaders. ;^)
- Why Pat Loughery blogs, in the words of St. Patrick: “I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul’s desire.” Well put.
- How to spot a psychopath (HT: Bill Kinnon)
- Classic photos recreated in Lego
- How often do you change your car’s oil?
- iMonk: A Christian Says Thank You George Carlin
- MarkO is doing one sentence true stories
- Some guy is selling his whole life, lock stock, and barrel. Passport and personal identity not included… bidding was over $2Million, but is back down around $350,000 now (HT: Hamo)
- 5 Reasons I would claim to leave the church — interesting list, and rings true for many. The first comment responds to each of the five points, in turn. I was thinking the comment was a nice bit of wry satire until I realized he was serious. But paraphrasing, your pastor works hard and shouldn’t have to socialize with nonbelievers; the benefits of workaholism; the efficiency of assembly-line Christianity; why it’s good to only like .2% of people in your church; and if you want to do ministry, there’s always parachurch. Uuhhmm, yeah. Worth a read; David Fitch responds as well, explaining what they do to prevent each one. Better than defending the list…
- A Quarter Century of Cornerstone: anybody going?
- Makeesha sums up some good quotes from the SynchroBlog, “some of the “best of missional””; and another list from Liz.
- Pat Loughery: Things They Tell Church Planters That Are Simply Wrong. Showing incredible restraint, Pat keeps his list to 7 big ones.
- Are you happy? (comic)
- Church attendance linked to sex? You always knew it was an Evangelical obsession.
- How to Sabotage Your Chruch (sic) “excerpt of a1944 ‘Simple Sabotage Field Manual’ from the US Strategic Services,explaining how to train people to sabotage their workplace.” Sounds eerily similar to what some people call “order” and “process.” Really, it sounds like any church with more than 40 people.
- Why I’m not a Red Letter Christian
- I think it started with keeping your mouth shut!, but now iMonk Riffs: A Meme On What You Can’t Say Around Christians… loads of stuff in the comments on both threads. In my CLB, they used to have “pot-blessings” because someone decided “pot-luck” was bad. You wouldn’t say to any of them, “I don’t care if it’s the Christian version, it’s still crap!” You know, about any of those Christianese knock-offs of secular music, books, whatever. A friend took my suggestion one Christmas and changed the sign outside his fireplace store to say “Hearth, the herald angels sing.” Someone from the church complained and he had to change it. Some places should have corporate sponsorship from “Legalists-R-Us.” I’m probably not there anymore because I started saying a lot of things you’re not supposed to. Like, “You can’t herd sheep with a cattle prod!”
- Quebec girl wins court case over field trip: Father had denied her right to go on class trip …this is just way too much. Quebec law follows the form of French Civil Law, unlike the rest of Canada (for those who don’t know).
- Stranger than fiction… “an Episcopalian talking to a Vineyard magazine about practices that have been a part of her Anglican heritage and of the ancient Catholic heritage for a long time.” And the fact that Alan Creech posts part of an interview with Phyllis Tickle in a Vineyard magazine. You can’t make up anything that ecumenical… and it’s a good quote. She even says “damn.”
- Scot McKnight has a couple of book recommendations on Evangelizing Postmoderns. Of James Choung’s True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In, he says, “instead of beginning with guilt, he begins with humans designed for good. So, he critiques the bridge strategy by making a better strategy.” The second book outlines five stages through which postmoderns pass on the way to faith.
- I missed this while I was away… 2,000 mourn Chapman girl, stand by brother (HT: Rodney Olsen)
- There are several of the Top 10 TEDTalks that I haven’t seen yet — I’ll have to get busy watching. TED has just served their 50 millionth video, and are starting to post new ones every weekday now.
- 50 Best Business Movies Ever: #1 isn’t what you might first imagine, but I agree it makes sense.
- John Frye lists some Emerging Words, like “sipphony–the sound of people sipping in unison their tiny cups of Communion juice.”
- The Real Duke of Hazzard ::: The Real Duke of Hazzard: The Jerry Rushing Story
- By my estimate, about 900 people posted that N.T. Wright was going to be on the Colbert Report, but as far as I know, only Jake Bouma posted a transcript.
- Olympic swimmers need $600 Speedos in order to stay competitive. They take 20 minutes to get into — but they make you swim faster. Really. “The new suit is cut from a densely woven nylon-elastane material that compresses the wearer’s body into a hydrodynamic shape but is extremely light. Moreover, there are no sewn seams. Instead, the suit is bonded by ultrasonic welding.” Oh, and there’s more. Somehow, it just doesn’t sound that comfortable.
This cuss report ought to make some people feel about 99% better about reading here, at least most of the time. Oh, crap. I just remembered I typed “damn” above. Well, I’m not re-running the report.
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
re #21 … the whole thing is the result of a very tangled and contentious custody battle where it appears that the parents are using the child to resolve some of their issues. So, probably less than what it originally appeared to be.
Yes, it was going on what, three years already? I can see a kid in that situation acting out and talking to a lawyer, whatever (you have to feel for her). The thing I don’t get is the fact the court agreed to hear the case at all.
I found it interesting the other day to hear a bunch of my university-aged daughters talking about church, prayer etc, and while they aren’t real impressed with church in general, they were reading their Bibles and talking about what they were learning — all very informal but very cool.
What was interesting is that they have zero use for “prayers written in a book” because they were “canned” and “not authentic”.
Things that make me ponder…
sorry — I don’t have a “bunch of university-aged daughters…” !!! :)
I meant to say “a bunch of my university-aged daughter’s FRIENDS”.
All I can say about the use of a prayer book is “Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.” It doesn’t lack the authenticity you might expect, because authenticity is what *you* bring to it, not what the book brings. Unscripted spontaneous prayer can be every bit as inauthentic. (I know you’ve heard a pretentious prayer or two in your day!) Authenticity isn’t determined by the form or the presence/lack of forethought, but by the depth from which the words are spoken — even if they’re not your own words. I would venture to guess that most married guys gave some thought to how they phrased their marriage proposal… and it was no less authentic. If anything, their now-wives appreciated the forethought even more. When my wife and I got married, we used the standard traditional vows rather than follow what has become the trend to often-mushy or saccharine self-composed vows. We thought them over ahead of time, and still meant them.
Just a thought.
Bro M –
What a thrill to make your weekly roundup not just once, but TWICE. Truly one of the high points of my blogging career. Is there some sort of prize or trophy? :)
(Oh, and as a post-charismatic – well, pretty much post-*, I have to say I *LOVE* liturgical prayers that are written adn that I can pray and then vamp from.)
Bro. Maynard, I know that you know that I have used the Anglican book of prayer quite a bit over the years, so I know that you know I’m not dissin’ the whole thing.
But when you have “emerging generation” young adults observing that these same books do nothing for them, you take note. That’s all I’m saying.
Sorry, I wasn’t clear… I know the view you expressed wasn’t exactly your own! My reply is essentially what I would want to communicate to them… perhaps in different language. I do know though that some of the emerging generation are retuurning to more liturgical forms, so I wonder if the group you heard mainly shared an evangelical background. I heard and said all those things about scripted prayers as a charismatic evangelical, and would still expect the same sentiment from that camp… but I don’t think it actually represents the whole. What do you think?
I’ll have to make some kind of “Holy Hand Grenade” award for you! I enjoyed your “apocryphal” missional synchroblog post as well… I plan to include it as I work through that series to discover if we all agree what missional is or not. ;^)