“Calling – as a disciple of Jesus Christ – is to be faithful in the ordinary of our lives, whatever that ordinary consists of. It may be plumbing a house, or raising a child, or preaching the Gospel, or researching some arcane topic, or caring for the ill, or painting a canvas that no one – absolutely no one but God – sees. Still, it is significant because it is God’s calling to me, and that matters more than the cultural metrics of success or failure, because He is the one who can choose to say “Well done” someday, adn all else pales into insignificance besides that, which is a value of the kingdom of God that is simply a given in the Christian faith. …Our calling is most assuredly NOT to save and manage THE WORLD [especially in the global era], for trying to do so will end up either in windy abstractions or in the paralysis that comes from being overwhelmed. Our task is to focus on our individual callings in engaging with the world, and leave to God the masterminding of the grand outcome.”
– DH & OG
“A Christian mind cannot be honed by remaining in a Christian ghetto, so a Christian imagination will remain shriveled if it is not actively exercised to identify glimpses of glory in a fallen world.”
– – – > Do you ever take sabbaticals from technology? How long? What do you gain from the experience?
– – – > How do you handle the interminable interruption of your cell phone?
– – – > Land line v. Cell phone. Snail mail v. E-mail. Photo Albums/Postcards v. Facebook.
– – – > Personal Freedom? Leisure? Efficiency? Availability?
– – – > WESTERN SOCIETY HAS ACCEPTED AS UNQUESTIONABLE A TECHNOLOGICAL IMPERATIVE THAT IS QUITE AS ARBITRARY AS THE MOST PRIMITIVE TABOO: NOT MERELY THE DUTY TO FOSTER INVENTION AND TO CONSTANTLY CREATE TECHNOLOGICAL NOVELTIES, BUT EQUALLY THE DUTY TO SURRENDER TO THESE NOVELTIES UNCONDITIONALLY, JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE OFFERED, WITHOUT RESPECT TO THEIR HUMAN CONSEQUENCES.
– James Fallows (not Franco)
*** “We need someone to save us from the products that we are asked to buy in order, ultimately, to replace ourselves.”
– Wendell Berry
“IT DOESN’T MATTER IF WE LIKE IT OR NOT. WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER WE GET IT.”
“YOU MUST FIND A WAY TO IMAGINATIVELY INHABIT YOUR NEIGHBOR’S WORLDVIEW.” [way, way, way]
“…a glimpse of the yearnings, ideas, values, dreams, hopes, and fears that animate them.”
…you must not squander the chance to see through that window simply because you don’t happen to like something.
“Even if my friend asks me if I like it, I will act as if the vital thing is that they like it, and that I’d like nothing more than to share in something True, Good, and Beautiful is they will allow me to explore the delight.” …HOW DID YOU DISCOVER IT? HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD, SAW, ETC. IT? FASCINATING …TELL ME ABOUT IT (?).
***THINK ABOUT THIS – – – > BEING IN A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE WHERE YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES DON’T DOMINATE! [that’s freedom]
“…go with the flow, rushing along with the crowds and sweeping past the best as we chase after the most. It is all too easy to get caught up in the sensational (or bogged down in stagnation) and forget the substantial/significant.” – Os Guinness (Renaissance).