Weekly Meanderings

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago!!!!

BuckinghamFountain.jpgGood one from Mrs. Neff.

iCar.jpgThe future car is an iCar!

Lots of future education in the church will be from sites like this — and the series by Hurtado looks incredibly interesting to me.

Do you believe in hell? Pastors and the soft sell on hell.

Religion and social media, as well as Ten Commandments for Social Media — by Jana Riess. Religion and church signs. Religion and the future of mainline denominations. Religion and emergent – Tony knows this stuff.

Karen’s next book — she’s got good titles and wonderful stories.

Mark is always good and wise. Jeanne Stevens posts wisdom about courage.

Church “visitors.” (HT: TS)
Back yard visitors.
Those visiting doubts.

Brett on Christians and alcohol. Dan on missional.

Lesson is: don’t bark at dogs, esp police dogs.

Good tips for bloggers. Wisdom about what not to blog about.
 
My problem with … those who evaluate why one church is doing well and another one not so well? The problem I have is that this article is absolutely absent of any theological analysis. I’m sorry, but in reading this essay there is no analysis of gospel theology, of Christian life vision, of prayer, of anything but … one group has a more up-to-date form of (social media) communication. I doubt, brother, this is what explains what you think is the difference.

The best (chain) brew? Come to Chicago and try some Intelligentsia! (Well, it’s not a chain, but there’s a few stores and they are in my little chain.) But Starbucks is masking itself in the form of other coffee shops.

This accident happened directly in front of our home Tuesday AM about 6:20. Everyone was OK, but it sure didn’t look like that would be case when I first saw it.

Kalman.jpg1. Maira Kalman‘s back — with a wonderful post on inventions.
2. The Washington Post’s “On Faith” page has a good discussion of perspectives of how to determine what marriage is.
3. I’m for this – but don’t know how long it should last. Any suggestions?
4. Cars fitted so blind persons can drive — how cool is that! (HT: RJS)
5. Thievery, as can be seen from this story, can wear a person out.
6. From NYTimes: “And in terms of health, it’s not better to have married and lost than
never to have married at all. Middle-age people who never married have
fewer chronic health problems than those who were divorced or widowed.”
7. 52 zoos in 52 weeks, plus 55 animal parks, and all on a budget!
8. Birthers, give it up! On a related topic: Saletan on the anti-contraception crowd.
9. Thomas Sowell: “Let’s go back to square one. The universe was not made to our
specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising
in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times.
The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician
who claims to be able to “solve” our “problem.””
10. Lest we forget … let us keep these folks in our prayers and within view.
11. Who benefits most from affirmative action? White women.
12. And American benefits not at all from the invective propagated by too many … nice article.

Cubs.jpgSports:

“Dating to the 2006 British Open, Woods has won 21 of 39 starts on the PGA Tour.”

At 97, the guy gets his first hole-in-one!

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • RJS

    Ah – #8 in the “10 commandments” for social media is interesting.

  • Rick

    Good push-back on the church influence article. Not only did he leave out the elements you mentioned, he did not even seem to be sure about the social networking contributions of Willow Creek and Saddleback. In fact, his article showed me how many similarities there are in the 4 churches.
    However, his emphasis on Twitter makes me (and some of those commenting at his site) even more uneasy about it. It can be used for encouragement, but also can be seen as promoting celebrity.
    The Tiger Woods stat is interesting. Another one I heard- he has never come back from behind on a Sunday to win a tournament.
    Special shoutout to Michael Phelps for winning the 100 fly in an “inferior suit” at the World Championships.

  • Kyle

    Regarding the Sowell piece:
    It seems to me that if one concedes that human beings aren’t perfect that opens up a role for collective action through government, rather than ruling it out in all cases (which seems to be the de facto position of conservatives today in almost every policy area–or every economic policy area, at least).
    Good piece on the roles government plays in the health insurance industry right now (most of which I think most of us are pretty grateful for):
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/opinion/31krugman.html
    (Sorry if you linked to this previously and I missed it.)
    You can also flip the argument about imperfections on its head. Will the new system being adopted being perfect? No, but my best appraisal is that it’ll be much less imperfect than the current system–in which, for example, someone who loses their job and has a preexisting edition like cancer is basically screwed. I’d love to here Mr. (Dr.?) Sowell explain to me how the market forces will help that person.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dgemoore Dave Moore

    I had no idea Hurtado was a TEDS grad. (MA/NT in ’67).

  • reJoyce

    In the UK they had magnets like that to go on the cars of people who were learning – they were a big “L”. A little more subtle. I brought one home and slapped it on the car when my kids were learning to drive. I don’t know how long they’re required to use it there, but perhaps they’d have policies in place that would help with the decision.

  • http://restoringsoul.blogspot.com Ann

    Scot, is there an Intelligentsia near NPU? I’ll be driving through Chicago on the way from dropping off college kids to visit family near Madison, and I thought of visiting friends en route. Some really good coffee may inspire my driving to reach Chicago “standards” of hyperactivity and hyperattentiveness!
    By the way, did you see Karen’s link to a Denver Post article by an atheist?
    http://www.denverpost.com/perspective/ci_12744910

  • http://blog.ourchurch.com Paul Steinbrueck

    Hi Scott, I appreciate your thoughts on the article I wrote a couple weeks ago:
    http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/07/30/why-willow-creek-and-saddleback-are-losing-influence-while-north-point-and-lifechurchtv-are-gaining-influence/
    The reason why “there is no analysis of gospel theology, of Christian life vision, of prayer” is because the blog is not about not theology, Christian life, etc. but rather the use of Internet technology in ministry.
    And if you read the article carefully it does not “evaluate why one church is doing well and another one not so well.” It is evaluating the influence of the churches mentioned, not their effectiveness or godliness.
    In our culture we have this tendancy to equate bigness with goodness. But just because a church has more attenders, a televangelist has more viewers, a pastor sells more books, or twitter has more followers doesn’t mean they’re better than others. I apologize if that point was not clear in the article.
    Thanks again for making your readers aware of the article and sharing your opinion on it.


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