Pooping Elephants

SLOPPY THINKING

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We like hardened categories, especially when it comes to people we like a lot or those we don’t care for at all.

Either everything about these folks is all great or all horrible.

 

It takes more time, humility, and most threatening of all, looking at our own heart to see that people are complicated and so therefore a mixture of virtue and vice.

DISRUPTIVE WITNESS: SPEAKING TRUTH IN A DISTRACTED AGE

Seven things I appreciated about Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble:

The writing is lucid and compelling

Terrific illustrations are peppered throughout

Teases out some practical implications from the writings of Charles Taylor

Focuses on major issues all Christians should agree upon

Good unpacking of how lethal distraction and the never-ending choices are in the modern era

Noble has a gracious, but candid style…not an easy combo!

Noble does not just complain, but offers some practical suggestions for us to adopt

Quote to consider: “The challenge for Christians in our time is to speak of the gospel in a way that unsettles listeners, that conveys the transcendence of God, that provokes contemplation and reflection, and that reveals the stark givenness of reality.”

WHY I AM NOT ON TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

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Echo chambers abound.  In other words, on Facebook and Twitter you “gather” with like-minded people who confirm your entrenched views.

Funny name that Facebook.  There is no real face to face interaction and “gathering” or connecting is all virtual.  Real person to person interaction has gone the way of the Dodo bird!

Great pooling of ignorance.  Yes, there are thoughtful people on both Facebook and Twitter, but there are many more who are ignorant, and a large percentage seem not to know it!

The ancient Greeks said that to “learn is to suffer.”  Real learning usually means we have to unlearn something that we believed to be true.  This rarely happens, though I know of a few examples like the Westboro Baptist woman who realized via social media that her views were wrong.  But these kinds of examples are rare, very rare.  Probably not wise to build a case for something based on rare examples.

Let’s say you spend twenty minutes a day on Facebook and /or Twitter.  That adds up to a little over 120 hours per day.  Now think what you could do with 120 extra hours!