Friday Link Love

NextChurch2012

I still want to know your greatest tech challenge, but here are some other things to ponder:

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“53” by e.e. cummings

Another great manifesto for 2012:

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
for even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

More at the link.

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Walker Percy Interviews Himself — Andrew Sullivan

This is from Christmas Day and I am still going back to it. There’s an impertinence and a wild sort of reverence here:

Q: Would you exclude, for example, scientific humanism as a rational and honorable alternative [to faith]?

A: Yes.

Q: Why?

A: It’s not good enough.

Q: Why not?

A: This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end of it and then to be asked what you make of it and have to answer “Scientific humanism.” That won’t do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight, i.e., God. In fact I demand it. I refuse to settle for anything less. I don’t see why anyone should settle for less than Jacob, who actually grabbed aholt of God and would not let go until God identified himself and blessed him.

Q: Grabbed aholt?

A: A Louisiana expression.

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How Music Works in Worship — Troy Bronsink

Another perceptive offering from Troy.

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And now, from the Department of Publicity:

Church folks, don’t forget the Lent Devotional Guide I wrote for Chalice Press. Also available in e-format! Unfortunately, there aren’t samples available online, but if you’d like a free sample of the first few entries, e-mail maryannmcdana at gmail dot com.

Also, the NEXT Church 2012 conference is going to be great. I’m leading a workshop called “Agile Church: Rethinking Congregational Structures,” but there are a lot of other reasons to come (including the aforementioned Troy). Hope to see you in Dallas.

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3 thoughts on “Friday Link Love

  1. Roy says:

    Walker Percy is rarely mentioned these days and his books are not being read. That’s a shame. I think “Love in the Ruins” and “Thanatos Syndrome” deserve a place on everyone’s list. “Lost in the Cosmos” from which this interview comes is really fun in the same wildly reverent way you mention here.

  2. Love the Walker Percy quote, MaryAnn. I’ll be at the NEXT Church conference and looking to network with others who believe that creative and agile small congregations are part of God’s future for the church. See you there!

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