Early in “the second half of my life” I read some of the writings of Church Colson. I remembered Watergate, Nixon, etc. It was so meaningful to me to hear of the story of such a changed man. God is indeed faithful. God does work. Be patient, God is working. He isn’t finished with any of us yet. Trust in God.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
In the most recent issue of The Atlantic, Stephen Marchie asserts: “A considerable part of Facebook’s appeal stems from its miraculous fusion of distance with intimacy, or the illusion of distance with the illusion of intimacy. Our online communities become engines of self-image, and self-image becomes the engine of community. The real danger with Facebook is not that it allows us to isolate ourselves, but that by mixing our appetite for isolation with our vanity, it threatens to alter the very nature of solitude.”
If you know my thinking at all, you know how much I value solitude There is a great deal of thoughtful questions and important things for users of social media to contemplate in this article. The problem that I have set up for you is that you will be looking at the article via computer (unless you go buy the issue). This is a problem because you may be interrupted in your reading this article by this and that alert from your social networking buddies.
If you give this a thorough and fair reading you, like I did, may discover you need to rethink the time you spend looking at this screen. The irony of this statement is not lost to me.
So, here’s my suggestion: Close all other tabs, and once you are no longer going to be chatted on Skype, messaged on Fb, direct messaged on Twitter or whatever, CLICK HERE.
Then close the window and think about what you read and then, get in the actual presence (not virtual) of someone and talk about it.
“The film doesn’t show skeptics anything distinctive about Christianity. And it tells believers not to share what they know, but instead to apologize for it.” -from “Why ‘Blue Like Jazz’ Won’t Save Christian Cinema” ELEANOR BARKHORN in The Atlantic CLICK TO READ HERE
An interesting article that may have warned me from seeing it… will it even come to the ‘ville?
The Economist has written about Hungary’s troubles with Europe… no big new news, but a good summary of where things stand. However, I was struck by this statement… “it was hard not to feel that Hungary was part of a [EU] giant sausage-making machine from which there is no escape” … READ the full text HERE.
Here’s the section of 1 Peter 2 that Volf is talking about:
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:13-25 ESV)