Flotsam and jetsam (8/31)

Why internet anonymity is so terrifying.

We argue about all sorts of things—small, large, petty, important. We argue about “essentials” and “nonessentials,” and even about who decides which is which. The following is a solemn reflection on the things that divide us the most these days. What can we do to have better dialogue about these things?

So, when I reflect on someone in twitterland reminding me that the sky is blue, that they are stuck in traffic, or enjoying biryani, I let it spark in me a reminder that we are in Ordinary Time. Daily life is filled with blue skies and grey skies. It is filled with traffic jams and long airport waits (I am writing this in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, waiting for a flight to Lansing, Michigan, – routine stuff for me). It is also filled with moments of eating Indian food, watching baseball games, enjoying a great laugh with friends, or listening to beautiful music. All ordinary – and all extraordinary – reminding us daily, and in our daily-ness, how great it is to be alive.

  • Joe Thorn, Like a Man on Fire – Or, why we shouldn’t say “Preach like an Arminian, pray like a Calvinist.”

It’s not the wrong thing to say because Calvinists are the white hats, and Arminians are the black hats, but because when we say something like that we are implying (intentionally, or not) that Calvinism is somehow incompatible with evangelism and Arminian theology is incompatible with prayer.

  • Here’s a list of The Best 100 Academic Christian Books (written in the 20th and 21st centuries). There’s no way a list like this could satisfying everyone, but it’s still a nice list of important modern works.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on August 31, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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