1-2-3, Meme

The Bourne Supremacy The nearest book to me right now happens to be the second book of a trilogy… page 123, second paragraph, three sentences:

“Concierge’s desk,” said a pleasant voice which did not sound Oriental; it was probably Indian.
“Am I speaking to the concierge?” asked Webb.
“You are, sir.”

Hey, it’s a meme… I’m sure y’all have more profound random sentences than these. Consider yourself tagged — that’s right, I tag the whole Internet, mmmwwaaa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Ten, Twenty, Thirty

old-pocketwatch.jpg It’s a meme, some sort of virus I caught from John Smulo. What’re ya gonna do, eh? I figure it was probably started by somebody trying to sort out who the kinderbloggers were and who actually had a “30” to report upon. Ah, well.

Ten years ago, on a cold dark night… no, wait, that’s Sting with the Chieftains filling my brain. Ten years back, 1997. I was a committed part of a church-planting team. We had just had a very good retreat together during which Princess Diana died… which I actually mentioned on that anniversary. We were plugged in and plugging away… it was just before the disillusionment set in that would end a seven-year weariness by setting us packing from the church. “The Toronto Blessing” effects had worn down in the city and we were starting to look for the next big revival-thing. We set some really good stones into the foundation of our little church community, but they were later ripped out.

These Three Things — No, Four: These Four Things

Olives Will Hinton tagged me and a few others with a meme he’s started around the new book, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters by Barna Group president David Kinnaman. The book is getting noticed — a brief article in Time says, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters

It used to be, says David Kinnaman, that Christianity was both big and beloved in the U.S. — even among its non-adherents. Back in 1996, a poll taken by Kinnaman’s organization, the Barna Group, found that 83% of Americans identified themselves as Christians, and that fewer than 20% of non-Christians held an unfavorable view of Christianity. But, as Kinnaman puts it in his new book (co-authored with Gabe Lyons) UnChristian, “That was then.”