The water is rising quickly here in Movable Type-land, so I think it's time to jump ship while I still can. I may be back, I may not. (Damn those cheap internet drug pushers and their cursed comment spam!)
My new home will be over here... at least until the free trial runs out! Be sure to update your links.
See ya on the flipside.
Should be good.
As the US sits between political conventions, Sister Joan has some thoughts on the media's role in all this.
Here's a couple of examples:
"In fact, discussion of issues is a dying art in the United States, if it ever existed here at all. For a country that prides itself on freedom of speech, we pay very little attention at all to the quality of the speeches we're free to make."
"We have turned American politics into another kind of athletic competition rather than into a pursuit of philosophical and political possibilities."
Read the whole piece here.
(Still working on fixing the comment problem. I miss your input!
UPDATE: OK, so every once in a while a comment slips through. I can't leave or edit any, though. Strange...)
The comments are still fried, and it's just as well... I can't seem to get anything to come out of the pen these days. No matter, others are saying it better anyway.
OK, so I was hammered with about 300 spam comments, and now it looks like my template is messed up and comments aren't working.
More good stuff from Ringma and Ellul this morning:
The vision of the kingdom of God is always subversive, for it envisages a change from the old order to the new.
Ellul confides that "the issue of revolution... has remained central to my life." This may initially strike us as strange. Revolution is more the province of social activists than theologians.
But radical change, the key factor in any revolution, lies at the very heart of the biblical message. We believe in the need for the radical change of individuals through faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that our communities should be touched by the redemptive and transforming grace of Christ. Moreover, we believe that our societies and their social, economic and political structures should be tempered by the values of God's kingdom. No area of life should remain untouched by the changing power that flows from the cross of Christ. Therefore, radical language that has become the sole province of parties of the traditional Left should be reappropriated by the Christian community as it seeks to work out a practical expression of Christianity governed by law and justice.
I love the word "radical". Jesus was radical... there was nothing subtle about His message. We all too often seem to forget that.