I came across a couple great quotes in Youth Ministry 3.0 last night that I wanted to share here:
“‘Not called!’ did you say?
I try not to rant about pet peeves here too often, but I’ve been noticing something over and over that just irritates the heck out of me. It’s been a long time since a day has gone by without being accosted by this deceptive dispenser of annoyance. I could easily avoid the stupid thing, but I hate seeing so many of my friends giving themselves away to…
I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. The book weaves together a whole lot of anecdotal episodes and scientific studies to look at the process of making decisions, not just quickly but instantly. Gladwell presents the notion that our unconscious mind can (and does) make snap decisions through a process he calls ‘thin-slicing’ (which is essentially eliminating all but the most critical bits of information). If you’re interested in how people think, process information, and make decisions this will be an interesting book. (If it doesn’t make you think differently, it’ll at least make you think about how you think – differently!)
We typically want to avoid suffering don’t we? I mean, on a personal level, most of us don’t want to suffer. We often even take that another step and avoid others who are suffering. Jesus was definitely counter to this part of our culture.
This morning Emily was playing with a rollie-pollie, which she informed me later she liked to call a pill bug. She liked how it climbed around on her hand and through her fingers like a little piece of mobile jewelry. As she showed Liz and Siah her new little friend, Josiah got all excited.
Forcing the somber beyond the macabre,
A couple more friends have recently jumped into the blogwaters. Here are their links.
Matt is blogging at Snyder’s Space as he’s working as a youth ministry intern in Cheyenne.
Michele has started One of the Remnant with some great thoughts regarding one of my recent favorite verses.
I remember my first post. It was about hope – and was very short. It seemed weird to be putting my thoughts out where everyone could see them. Seemed strange to say “I blog” or should it be “I have a blog”? “I’m a blogger…”? Will it matter? Who will see it? Do I really want people to see it?
Like Michele says in her post, I found I had something to say. Sometimes, I’ve said it well. Other times, not so much. But blogging has been an interesting exercise (though if I’m going to call it that, I should probably do it much more regularly) that has stretched my thinking and connected me with people I’d never contact otherwise.
I hope my blogging friends will find their own online ventures as fruitful.
After posting yesterday about the ineffictiveness of cold-call evangelism – this morning at a garage sale I was given a tract by a nice elderly gentleman asking “where will you go if you die tonight” and quoting Joseph Stalin to tell me why I should honor my country. (Though I suspect something’s been lost in translation because some of the language was very un-Stalin-esque.)
Later this morning, some a kind group of ladies from the Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on my door and gave me a sheet of paper telling me how I can be ready for the end of the world – and to invite me to a JW conference in Loveland. It’s held at the Budweiser Arena… umm… yeah.
Heading out now for the Gering Arts Festival. Lots of crowds, so I’m hoping for the stranger danger trifecta!.
Yesterday, I read an article by Greg Stier of Dare to Share (“Does Street Evangelism Work?”). I have never been a proponent of striking up a conversation with random strangers by smacking them around with the fact that they’re heading to hell if they don’t change their ways. This kind of drive-by evangelism seems to have very little lasting impact, except to often leave a bad taste in the mouth of the “target” (who really wants to be a target?) and a sense of rejection and perceived slight (which may be pridefully seen as a badge of honor) for the “witness”.