I’m fighting an ear infection (which is a little problematic as Imbi and I fly to Colorado this Thursday) and am rather under the weather. So rather than attempt to write something, let me point you at some things I’ve been reading (as I’ve been awake since 4am…again.)
Michael Spencer’s post on prayer profoundly impacted me this morning. (You’d need a pop filter on a mic to record that last line.)
My son, Liam, continues to prove he’s a better writer and deeper thinker than me with his response to Brant Hansen’s negative post on The Dark Knight. (I’ll reserve final judgment until I see the flick myself – but I would tend to take a dialectical approach to this discussion. That being if I actually understand what that last sentence means.) To prove Li’s a better writer than me:
Brant calls the movie a jolt of excitement for a dying culture. It is more a reflection of a culture trying to figure out what good and evil are or whether they even exist. It does unfortunately ring strongest as an ode to utilitarianism more than anything else. If you are going to treat Wall-E as a wonderful tribute to the importance of life*, than you should respond to this movie as a filmmakers questioning of relativism, utilitarianism, and the nature of good and evil. I’d love to say this movie was just entertainment but in the same way people get their theology from what they sing in church they get their philosophy from what they watch. We need to engage movies as such.
BTW, Liam wrote this in the wee hours of the morning after returning from a weekend canoe trip. Is my pride a little too obvious?
UPDATE 2: Brant comments on Liam’s blog and also posts a very funny 2nd Batman response on how wrong his first post was/is. The funniest line, “No way am I going to question, for a moment, a movie featuring the guy on your lunchbox.” Make a point of also reading Ed Brenegar’s review – The Dark Knight of the Soulless. My only warning is that there may be spoilers in the review. (I skimmed the ending of the post when it appeared so.)
As a sort-of Anglican, I’ve been following Ruth Gledhill’s coverage of the Lambeth Conference religiously and Facebook-stalked her to point her at these two good posts from the Anglican Communion Institute. One takes apart the Gafcon response to the latest Anglican Covenant document – and the other exposes the talking points that the TEC Bishops have been asked to follow whilst at Lambeth. It would almost appear that the ultra-Liberals and their conservative opposites are doing their best to kill the Anglican Communion.
My fellow Allelon buddy, Len Hjalmarson, provides a great quote from Reggie McNeal. Here’s a part of it
The church was created to be the people of God to join him in his redemptive mission in the world. The church was never intended to exist for itself. It was and is the chosen instrument of God to expand his kingdom. The church is the bride of Christ. Its union with him is designed for reproduction, the growth of the kingdom. Jesus did not teach his disciples to pray, “Thy church come.” The kingdom is the destination. In its institutional existence the church abandoned its real identity and reason for existence.
Buried in my barrage of posts from Saturday was one I would ask you please read, Water and It Really Isn’t Funny Part Two – a post on Christian Consumerism and the desperate need for clean water for 1.1 Billion people on the planet. At least watch the video in the post.
Jeff Sexton has been one of my favourite writing teachers (via Wizard Academy – a name that will freak out a few readers, no doubt) and he’s doing great work with the brilliant web consultants at Future Now. He’s got some great tips on copywriting for the landing pages on your site. The transparency example is particularly key. And using an example from the Wizard himself, Roy Williams, never hurts.
And if you’re not afraid of Roy’s title, follow the Beagle on Roy’s latest Monday Morning Memo. (Click on the photo to begin the journey. And make a point of subscribing to the memo. You won’t believe all that you can learn.)
I love Seth Godin’s wisdom in his post, 12 proven ways to get your post to the top of Digg. A snip,
One difference between creating something you believe in and creating something that’s popular is that popularity seekers follow established steps. Do this, do that, do the other thing… lots of traffic. Do this, do that, do the other thing, a quick boost in Google. DT, DT DTOT and get a standing ovation…
The problem with this, that and the other thing is that you end up with a career filled with it. Instead of creating long-lasting art, ideas that matter and things that spread organically, you end up with a bunch of calculated mini-hits.
And lastly, let me point you at the always readable Jollyblogger, David Wayne with a recommendation of his own – a podcast with Will Hinton and Andy Crouch. (I’ll make a point of listening to it in the next hour or so, David.)
Truly random and hopefully helpful.
UPDATE: Let me add a link to the brilliance that is Brad “FuturistGuy” Sargent and Part 3 of his Paradigm Profiling in the Missional Zone.