1. First of all, a meme:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
(This is going to be interesting, since my bookshelves–which are full of books, and I mean full–are right next to me. *grabs blindly*)
“I think they are equal.” —The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway. Huh.
2. I have a solution for getting the starlets off of the media radar for a while: We drop them off with the Sisters of Mercy in Calcutta (that’s Mother Teresa’s organization), and keep them sequestered there for at least a year. The sisters wouldn’t let the media near there, knowing them, unless they didn’t focus on Britney or Paris or whomever; the spoiled rich kids get a chance to actually do something worthwhile with their lives (can you imagine Lindsey Lohan washing sheets for lepers?) and maybe hear about Jesus; the rest of us get a break. 🙂 Severe mercy. Or something.
3. Interesting article on how the lack of a liturgical soul makes American cities, well, soulless. I kind of like this idea that the gospel will transform the way we as Christians see the city–they are mission fields, of course, but in changing the people Christ also changes the soul and rhythms of a place, too, I think. The thing in America is that we were put together as a country post-Enlightenment, which means that we were built on reason and science, without the same sense of history and spirituality as other places were. Even in Europe, which was hit harder by the Enlightenment and is more thoroughly secular than the United States, you can feel the oldness of the place, the deep roots, the faint whispers of the Christians that went before them and moved in the rhythm of the church and of creation. Here in America, we don’t really have that. What can you say.
4. Oh, yes, the Tonys were on last night…I wanted Raul Esparza to win really badly for Best Actor in a Musical, but alas–David Hyde Pierce won instead. And he was surprised. Also surprising: Did anyone else know he’s gay? (Niles Crane?!) What can you say. Quote of the evening, from the Best Featured Actress in a Musical: “Everyone’s been so articulate…” *pause* “WOOOOOOOO!” Fantastic. I love being a theater nerd.
5. Jabber jabber jabber, blah blah blah.
6. Oh, oh, yes: The PCA’s doing General Assembly this week, so all the pastors and their wives are chilling out in Memphis and hearing about what’s going down and probably getting into fights about Federal Vision (which I still don’t really understand, and most of you probably don’t, either, but it’s a big controversy within the denomination, guys are getting excommunicated over this, so it’s important, I guess), so pray that it all goes well and there aren’t punches thrown or whatever. The Southern Baptists are doing their big meeting down in San Antonio as well, so pray for them, too, if you think of it. I don’t know what those other denominations do or when they meet, but it’s not this week.
7. Y’all are creative people; I’m running out of Thursday 13 topics. Any ideas?
8. Well. This was certainly a rambly one, wasn’t it?