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.
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.