// saturday round-up (29/01)
Sorry about the lack of the Saturday round-up last week – things got really crazy and there just wasn’t space in my timetable to fit it in. Anyway, hopefully this week’s selection should make up for it, with a whole lot of controversy from a whole lot of sources:
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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK: Russell D. Moore: “Is facebook (and your church) making you sad?” - A fascinating article linked to by Tim Challies, coming at the question of whether social media is making us depressed from a different (and welcome) angle. The article itself is here and I like Russell Moore’s call to integrity, to not wearing a shiny, happy mask at church even if you feel constrained to do so online…
// what happens when you get what you want? – Controversial philosopher Peter Rollins has started blogging regularly again over the past few weeks, and his reflections on desire, the topic of his next book, are thought-provoking reading. Most of what he’s written over the past couple of weeks is worth looking at, but this article in particular tied into a lot of the themes that I liked in his book How (not) to Speak of God. Check it out here – it even has a clip from Family Guy in it.
// for a creator, there’s no benefit to romantic preoccupations – Don Miller also started writing more regularly on his blog again this week, reflecting on the nature of the creative mind and what it means to be created in this way. Two articles that are well worth looking at – the first is here and the second, entitled “the creator must believe he has authority to create”, is here. If you’re a long-term Don Miller fan, it should get you excited about the prospect of a new book in the works…
// the Osteen moment – This week Piers Morgan repeatedly pressed Joel Osteen (the much-debated pastor who seems to preach an updated prosperity gospel, complete with sharp suit and shiny white teeth) about his beliefs on homosexuality, something that Osteen has been notably elusive about in the past. Remarkably, Osteen gave him a straight answer (no pun intended), and the debate has been raging across the internet for the past week or so. I don’t love the tone of Al Mohler‘s article, but I do think he makes some good points on this. Check it out here.
Incidentally, if you want to follow up on this issue further, Jesus Needs New PR has had an absolutely fascinating thread going this week, starting here and with two updates here and here, with MPT getting really (justifiably?) angry about an edited video of Sean McDowell that was sent out by a particular youth organisation this week and that came across as hateful, hurtful and ignorant. MPT is pretty vocal about this debate, and I’m not sure I agree with his conclusions, but he is right to point out the language used by the Christians in all of this is, for the most part, just plain damaging.
A few people, including Matt at the Church of No People have talked lately about how the issue of how the church handles homosexuality is going to become massive in the next few years. For my part, I think they’re right, and these debates (as well as what’s currently going on in Uganda) are arguably just the first of many to come – so the church really needs to develop a better vocabulary on these things, and fast.
// not finishing what we started – A brilliant, brilliant post by Jon Acuff. Personal and heartfelt, it’s essential reading.
// Jesus hates Obama - This is from last week, but fortunately Fox outlawed it being shown during the Superbowl. That said, you have to laugh:
// Michael Scott vs David Brent – When I saw this clip this week, I nearly fell off my chair. My brain just couldn’t accept it.
// the Saturday Sessions – Dermot O’Leary Presents the Saturday Sessions is £5 on Amazon MP3 until Thursday. It’s here, and if you love acoustic, stripped-back covers of pop songs that were once upbeat, then you can’t really go wrong!
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And that’s it for this week’s saturday round-up. As ever, I’d love to hear your comments. Some controversial stuff today.
See you tomorrow for sunday music!