The end of the matter

Off and on for the past several years I have “picked at” the idea I have called “Living in Babylon.” It has been a deep stirring in my heart to say something or write something about this shift we are experiencing in American Christianity. For the past several months I’ve tried to consolidate my thoughts and begin to write something more concrete.

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The church’s GRAND opportunity

I have been away for a couple of days forcing myself to write. My wife has been insisting I get some things down in a book format instead of piece mealing things together in scattered teachings and blog posts.

Where I decided to focus was around several thoughts on our incredibly changing times. As I was putting all this together over the past couple of days, I was not filled with angst. I was not filled with fear. I haven’t felt that way at all, even though I am fully aware of the HUGE changes we are experiencing and will continue to experience as the Church in America.

As I am putting all this together, I am full of HOPE. This is probably the greatest OPPORTUNITY for the Church in America. If we can get our heads up, our minds clear, and our hearts fully on Jesus, we just may see that these changes are not going to waste. There are tough changes, to be sure, but at the other end of all this we have the opportunity to actually be the Church of the Living God.

I am not filled with fear or anxiety. I am filled with HOPE.

There is a great work ahead of us. I am excited to be getting at it!

 

Thinking about thoughtfulness

For all of my love for things tactile, like real books and real pens, I’ve lost touch in this fast paced culture.

I still get Christmas cards from people… and haven’t sent one out myself for years.

Well, Christmas is past, but I want to start something up again in my life: I want to jot a note… an actual note… to people when I think of them.

Of course, that means correcting another problem I’ve had over the years: I’ve let email and Facebook take up my space and I don’t have actual addresses of hardly anyone.

So, here is my project and YOU can help:

I truly want to write notes again. All through the year. Not just at Christmas. So, if you will take the time to email me your address, or message me on Facebook with your address, I promise I will jot a note to you. (Please don’t post your address on Facebook, or in the comments here.)

It’s not a big deal for you to get a note from me, but I sure would like to reinstate a habit in my life and updating my actual address book would be a nice start. It would be a big deal for me to think of you as I jot a note.

If you would like to help, just shoot me the info!

Words

We really use too many words. And then we use wrong words. I often get confused between when to use “effect” and “affect.” I’m confused on that right now.

An exercise I want to take up this month is to use one-word titles. Nothing long at all. Just try to sum up what I want to say with one word.

I want to think about different issues and summarize them into one word.

February? Maybe two word titles. Maybe two word posts. I don’t know.

 

Giving Away a Bestseller Idea

I need to copyright this post, because someone can really take off with this idea. So, here goes:

The plot of a novel: A novelist is working on a plot where a programmer who works IT for a major company plays around with encryption and algorithms. He stumbles onto an algorithm that could possibly crash financial and retail networks. In the story, the IT programmer begins to find out his life is in danger. He doesn’t know who is after him: the government or some bigger entity with bigger stakes on the line. As the novelist is working on this plot and begins to talk about what he is working on, the novelist begins to find his own life in danger and he has no idea where the threat is coming from…

When you run with it and make the bestseller list, just think of me. An offering for my church will suffice.

Journalism as a Dying Trade

I grew up thinking I would be a journalist. Lou Grant, the TV series after Mary Tyler Moore, was a favorite of mine.

Print media is dying, dead, beyond dead… whatever. However, does that mean we have to kill journalism as well?

The internet is a wonderful tool for me because I can access all kinds of viewpoints, but I can also access excellent writing and good journalism.

In my current hometown we have the Startribune. I haven’t read a print edition in years, but even when I did, I much preferred The New York Times. The Startribune doesn’t do journalism very well. Their writers don’t write. They repeat facts. And the facts aren’t always facts.

A great example is today’s news.

I still check up on the Kansas City paper online because I have to see how bad my old KC Royals are doing… but I will occasionally read their news articles because those folks can write. Consider two stories.

THIS ONE is about a Minneapolis cop accused of assault and the assault is caught on video tape. The piece online is incredibly short, though this assault happened about a month ago. Very little detail.

THIS ONE is a tragic story in rural Missouri about a guy high on meth who killed two sisters. It happened just this weekend and the story reads like a crime novel.

Good writing should still be a standard, even if it’s online. We shouldn’t give up on good journalism, but we, as a public, have quit demanding it. We do care for quality. We don’t care for facts. We care about our viewpoints and gathering sources that share our viewpoints.

And good writing is hard to find.