Month: July 2009

N.T. Wright on Blogging and Social Media via Bill Kinnon

The intersection of life and faith has long hit the social media bug. Tweeting spiritual thoughts, quotes, Scripture in 140 characters or less continues to be a wave to catch for many. N.T. Wright suggests the danger of isolation lies at precarious turns when we fail to act on the “content” we allege is “feeding” us.

It is also worth a mention that isolation also plays heavily into the lack of community and the way in which the community holds us accountable. What are your thoughts?

Doug Wilson, Watermelons and Green Stuff

John noted this piece by Doug Wilson. I suspect it will spark a considerable debate in some quarters. What caught my attention was the language Doug used to describe the issue. Most often those resistant to going green receive the charge  of coercion, as in lobbying politicians to look the other way, and a power grab, especially by “big oil.” Here Doug turns the language table and suggests the very movement is a power grab and policy by coercion. If so, not much has changed in Washington except what agenda is being coerced upon us.

Unfathomed – Listen Carefully

I have some young friends who write some very good poetry and perform for a “slam team.” Until I can find their material recorded, listen carefully to this piece from a solicitor of larger audiences.

Thoughts from the Edge – Seeing the World In a Whole New Way

The week got by me and I did not get my usual podcast up offering a reflection on one or more of the Lectionary texts for the week. This week I will offer a brief written thought.

When you see the world, what do you see? In our current political climate we tend to see in terms of “left” and “right” or “red” and “blue.” A friend from college and I reconnected on Facebook some time ago. We caught up on our differing life stories. Guy remarked in an email his chief concern was how do people treat the other/Other. The matter transcends categories of left and right, as well as “red states” and “blue states.” It is something of a Good Samaritan question.

How we see others tends to be filtered through a grid. Sometimes we view people from a position of power. That is, we tend to think of them from an “upper hand” vantage point. Hidden or outright arrogance is well reflected in our actions toward those we feel some power over. From the position of weakness we form different pictures/thoughts. Hidden or outright resentment may be welled up looking for the slightest crack from which to explode in one form or another.

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Waste Not, Want Not – Chris Jordan Photo Series

I ran across this photo series thanks to Tony Jones. While we are debating the effects of a stimulus package, health care reform, and the environment. How about a respite for some photo reality. Could it be we consume ourselves to a fault? And then, we wonder, “How did we get here?”