Meanwhile, I submit this wisdom delivered last week in Davos by Jay Rosen:
Beginning in the mid 19th century, and all through the 20th, seeing people as masses could be industrially sustained. There were only so many channels, so many ways or reaching people en masse, and this convinced the message senders that there was an audience out there. But now being a bulk message sender via the media is like the guy in the street trying to get you to take a handbill. He may have motivation for delivering the message, you have none to take it.
They are the people formerly known as the audience. And they do not want your message.
Families are where most values are forged, right ? So when someone starts laying our designs for "throwing stones" like this, I'd suggest they not live ina glass house like:
He had sex with women who showed up uninvited at his hotel rooms in Asia; he had an affair and may have fathered a child out of wedlock; and he stands to make millions from businesses in which he has little expertise — including a computer-chip company managed in part by the son of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin.
Thanks to all who gave me their lists of books that provide insights into who this person Jesus is - here are the books that got more than 1 mention:
The Bible 7
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 6
Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk 6
Brian D. McLaren, Finding Faith 6
Marcus Borg, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time 5
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC 5
Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart 5
Brian D. McLaren, A New Kind of Christian 4
Hauerwas and Willimon, Resident Aliens 4
Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace 3
C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia 3
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith 3
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God 3
Brennan Manning, Ragamuffin Gospel 3
Nora Gallagher, Things Seen and Unseen 2
Nora Gallagher, Practicing Resurrection 2
Fyodor Dostoevskim, The Brothers Karamazov 2
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship 2
Rowan Williams, Resurrection 2
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation 2
J.Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography 2
Henri Nouwen, Return of the Prodigal Son 2
William Countryman, Good News of Jesus: Reintroducing the Gospel 2
Benjamin Franklin, leaving the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, was asked by a bystander what kind of government the Founders had bestowed. "A republic," he famously replied, "if you can keep it." There have been moments in American history when we kept our republic only by the slenderest of margins. This year is one of those times.
I am a 40 year-old affluent white male living in California, USA - I am an abuser of power the power that comes with my gender, skin pigmentation & locale of birth. The smart one in my family (Lisa) reminds that context and institutional power are so often weapons of oppression that cast out those not in power.
I am a member of a wide variety of tribes that use those weapons of oppression & exclusion to retain power & the benfits that accompany it. Beyond the P.C. rhetoric of being inclusive and life-giving, the litmus test for me is what do I give up - in the words of Peggy McIntosh, what do I unpack from my knapsack ?
I join Jen Lemen in her message of hope:
may we use our power to validate each other, to call each other out, to connect to others in a way that holds our arms wide open. share the power. invite everybody. i hope in the end when joe trippi is forgotten, these two little sentences will remind the world most of jesus' followers, the ones who risked it all for the beauty of god's kingdom come
Kevin Drum has a nice rundown of the Bush administration's incredible shrinking claims about Iraq's alleged weapons and the lack thereof:
March 2003: Weapons of mass destruction.
June 2003: Weapons of mass destruction programs.
October 2003: Weapons of mass destruction-related programs.
January 2004: Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.
I've mentioned this before, but this reminds me of the Cheetoh-factor, in which every additional adjective makes the noun in question less true:
"Cheese" = cheese
"processed cheese" = cheese, sort of
"processed cheese food" = cheese, sort of, plus other stuff that's not cheese
"processed cheese food snack product" = the food in question is orange, but contains no actual cheese.