Driving in this morning I was listening to the local NPR station. During their Fresh Air program, there was a local interest story about the funeral of a homeless veteran. Approximately 75 people gathered for the funeral of this man who served in the US Air Force from 1962 – 1968. The curious thing is, none of these people knew the man they gathered to remember. They had never met him.
Archive for March, 2011
There are some great tools out there for studying the Bible and dabbling in Hebrew and Greek. While these are not my strong suites by a long shot, I sometimes like to be able to look at them just to see how the literal wording is in the original language. Also, I enjoy having more than one translation of the Bible available, so I can see how the NIV translates something and how, say, the ESV does.
If you want to find an alternative tack to discouraging people from active religious participation, what might you do in a media-saturated, image-obsessed culture?
Of course this is coming. Since people have become so used to online avatars that they control all the aspects of, it’s only reasonable that even in the realm of quasi-realistic online avatarism, Facebook, people would want to create not just a carefully filtered online persona of themselves, but in certain cases, of someone they want people to believe they are in a relationship with.
For whatever reason, my blog is attracting a fair amount of spam in the form of bogus comments aimed at embedding web site addresses on my site. I’m not sure why. I’m deleting about a half-dozen of these each day – a noticeable increase from the few a week I’ve averaged over the past couple of years. I wish I understood what the trigger was for them…I love comments, but it’s annoying to get my hopes up only to find out that it’s spam!
There’s an old adage that goes There three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. The truth of the matter is that numbers are rarely as objective and accurate as we have been taught to trust that they are. Numbers can mean a lot of different things depending on which numbers you’re looking at and how you want to talk about them.
When asked to explain why my denomination seeks to prevent some people from joining in Holy Communion when so many other church bodies have no problem with inviting everyone to participate, I take them to the second half of 1 Corinthians 11.
When people express concern to me about close(d) Communion, they seem to regularly talk in terms of the perception or feelings of visitors who would be excluded. The idea being roughly that if Christians are loving and friendly, we aren’t going to exclude someone who visits from participating in our worship fully; that a visitor would be shocked if they were told that they couldn’t participate in something.
I credit an overall lack of historical awareness as a key issue for Americans in many facets of thinking through complicated issues. If all we have to go on is what has happened in our own lifetimes or a few decades prior, we’re shortchanging ourselves considerably at the least, and at worst, we’re chasing down paths that seem new and novel but really aren’t.
I was just noticing that for some odd reason, I had more visits to this blog on Saturday than I normally do. A lot more visits. Close to 200, in fact. That’s kind of strange, considering that normally between 20 and 60 folks visit per day. I wonder what they were looking at, and why?