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Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Reading and stuff

I used to read the Telegraph online. Used to. Well, I still do. Sort of.

Well what happens is that every day the Telegraph sends me an email of its headlines - a little customized according to my interests - and then I can click on whatever story I'd like to read. It gives me about 8 to 10 headlines, I think, that could conceivably draw my attention, and I click on two or three.

EXCEPT that the Telegraph only gives me a certain limited number of stories that I can read without taking out a subscription. After I pass this limit I kick and it says "Oh no, buster ! You want to mug up, first you cough up!"

What this means is that :

1) I have to look on Flipboard to see if the Telegraph story will appear there, because Flipboard doesn't seem be limited in this way.

2) I read the story on my mobile phone, because that's not limited, either.

3) I have started getting the Guradian headlines sent me as well.

Where I read this article about TED...

 Now don't get me wrong. I do love lots of TED talks.

But the article is very wrong and very right about something. He says that this style of presentation, this type of culture of reflection, is a recipe for civilizational disaster.

I think he's right about civilizational disaster, but wrong because it isn't a recipe, it's a symptom.

Read the article, then ask yourself whether this applies in our current Christian culture.

I think it does. We've slipped from a culture of persuasion into a culture of inspiration. It's HollyCross.

It ties in with another little snippet I read yesterday, where someone was proposing the Christian neologisms for 2013.

One was john-sequitur.

The definition. A logical consequence which would not be true were it not presented by John Piper.

OUCH !

What are the answers ? To reset the focus on truth lived out in community. The Bible, the people of God, relating together, reaching out, sustained by local pastoral ministry.

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