Flotsam & Jetsam (10/1)

The Blah -“We dumb down our messages, erase the judgement, and amp up the ‘love’. We’re being tolerant instead of truthful. And, sorry, that is not love. This hyper-cautious side-stepping will prevent us from trampling on others’ toes, but is that really what we’re called to do? To avoid toes?” (That noise you’re hearing is thousands of CCM recordings simultaneously exploding.)

#Hashtag – Yeah. #ThisIsPrettyFunny.

7 Pursuasive Pro-Choice Arguments from a Rational, Thoughtful Progressive – In which said “rational, thoughtful progressive” gets absolutely shredded. Matt Walsh, you’re one of my heroes.

The Counselor – With a director like Scott, a writer like McCarthy, and a cast featuring Fassbender, Pitt, and Bardem, I have high hopes for this film. (Don’t watch the preview with youngsters around, by the by; the movie is aimed at adult audiences only.)

Rooted in the Heavens – A good reminder from Pastor Wilson.

Books I Wish I Had Time to Read – Hey, more books for the TBR pile! That’s always a good thing, right? Right? Geez, guys, a fat lot of encouragement you are.

Commodification – “To use a punchy phrase from John Kavanaugh, ‘commodification splits sexuality fromself-hood.’ Sexuality is treated not as the embodied expression of our full self-hood, but merely as an instrument for physical release and recreation.”

Tea for Two – I like this song. It reminds me of Up.

“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.” – Tom Bissell

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9 thoughts on “Flotsam & Jetsam (10/1)”

  1. Oh boy, that article by Matt Walsh was something else. I mean, really. That was something else.

    I’m not sure if I like his snarky response, though…..would that qualify as answering a fool according to [her] folly? Or is it just plain lack of Christian graciousness?

    1. Neither. It’s an effective – and, I would add, biblically legitimate – use of sarcasm and satire. The same kind of thing can be seen in some of Jesus’ comments to the Pharisees, or (to take it back even further) Elijah’s jeering at the prophets of Baal. There are times when “getting rough” is the appropriate response.

      1. {nods} I thought it might be something like that. I think a great deal of wisdom and tact must be exercised in order to properly wield that sort of response, though.

  2. Groovy selection here, as usual, Corey. (And thank you for including mine with all this awesomeness) :) Y’know, this is like something a Chesternut would put together….

    Oh. Wait. ;)

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