Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the local church

Loon’s linkage (January ’11)

January 31, 2011

Great reads, all of them:

  • Andy Crouch brilliantly ruminates on Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ remarkable ability to “articulate a perfectly secular form hope.”
  • Rachel Held Evans winsomely recounts how trying to love God with her mind put her at odds with an outspoken seminary president.
  • Brett McCracken considers the ways social networking platforms and the “paradox of public intimacy” are impacting church efforts to cultivate community.
  • Kyle Bennett furnishes a compelling essay exploring how “a thorough sensitivity to the Spirit’s presence and work” helps to deepen Christian civility.
  • Nicholas Kristoff makes his case for why guns should be regulated as seriously as cars or toys.
  • Richard Mouw points out how the book of Revelation doesn’t always conform to stereotypes about “apocalyptic literature.”
  • Michael Gerson explains the basis for respecting our fellow citizens, “even when they hold absurd political beliefs.”
  • Ellen Painter Dollar offers a thoughtful critique of the “child-as-project mentality that permeates American parenting today.”
  • Skye Jethani suggests 3 reasons why interfaith cooperation honors God. And yes, he’s writing as an evangelical with strong theological convictions.
  • Ed Stetzer unpacks some of the most common challenges faced by church planters.
  • Christianity Today announces its 2011 Book Awards.
  • http://lindahblog.blogspot.com/ Linda H.

    Hello Dan,

    I just finished reading your whole blog! Yea! I already think of you as a friend. Right now, I am scouring the blogosphere to find like-minded writers to interact with, and I hope you will be one.

    I think pretty much everyone should write a blog if they can. Publicists can write fake blogs for their employers, but with that exception, I think reading someone’s blog is a reliable way to start to get to know them. Somehow, this way of connecting with people is going to make the world vastly better. So I am exploring it.

    The first blogger I started reading regularly was Slacktivist (http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/). I notice the Slacktivist is not in your blogroll (on the old blog), so perhaps I have the pleasure of introducing him to you. His writing is fantastic, insightful, and progressively Christian, like you. He gets 100’s of comments on every posting – which is a problem of the blog format to me. The discussions are interesting, but there is way too much. I want a chance to participate, but so does everyone else. Solving that problem is one reason why I am seeking out other blogs, where there is room to engage. Maybe the way it works is, we all get fascinating topics from reading the great bloggers, then get to discuss them with our homies in our less-active blog-groups. What do you think?

    I found your blog from reading your review of _Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be_ on Amazon.com. I hope you will get time to write more often. Know that you and your family are in my prayers. Thank you for what your writing has already added to my life.

  • http://thecommonloon.com The Common Loon

    Thanks Linda for stopping by. Yes, there are pros and cons of visiting the super-busy blogs. I used to be a frequent commenter on some of them, but it was very time-consuming to keep up with every development.

    These days, I’m much more selective in picking my “battles,” so I end up reading and skimming a lot more than I comment. Thanks to the world of amateur bloggers who aren’t necessarily trying to build up a brand or hawk a product, it’s good to know there are opportunities for thoughtful discussion and idea-sharing whenever time and energy permit.