Random Thoughts

1. I looked at Twitter the other day and was sad I did so.

2. If Willie Nelson sings “Amazing Grace” is it ‘Christian Music’?

3. I ran out of soap and used my wife’s fruity soap. It was awesome.

4. Wife: Will you put that Radiohead album on my iTouch. Me: I love you.

5. Bacon.

6. You know what would be a really radical life? This.

7. If Willie Nelson sang ‘Amazing Grace’ right now, would it be “Contemporary Christian Music”?

8. I read Phantastes by George MacDonald to prepare for this. I have no idea if it is a good book but I cannot stop thinking about Cosmo and all his adventures.

9. I have no desire to take my Christmas tree down. And the lights we hung outside have been dubbed winter lights.

10. My wife dominates me on the Wii. She also looks nice while doing so, which makes it a little easier to handle. But not much.

6 thoughts on “Random Thoughts

  1. Matt Blick January 4, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    Love 2&7 – I've spent a good portion of the last 20 years trying to sort that one out!11) "If I craft my thoughts into sentences of less than 140 characters, and then gather them all together in a blog post can I still say I have broken up with twitter"?

  2. ed January 5, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Sorry man. Chiming in again on the "radical" comment. (I am still under the assumption that this is primarily in response to David Platt. Let me know if I am off base on that.) I actually read the Radical book by Platt over the holidays. It was much less about giving and moving to the inner city than I would have thought. It is much more about the Bible, the glory of God, and evangelism than financial issues or where we live. So, my comment to the Thessalonians verse is that it is a letter to the church there, which is very young (very newly established via Paul, 52 AD or so, right?) and in the middle of a predominantly non- or anti- Christian society. So, they are already there in a place that Platt might be suggesting that people go to from Shelby County. I think we have to consider this context versus living in a community that is heavily churched and where Christianity, pursuing the "American Dream", and "family values" are the norm. Regardless, I don't love the radical language. I think it is dangerous to seek to be radical rather than simply be what you understand to be faithful. However, being faithful could be very "radically" different from what is the norm in the majority of churches. So, I think quietly going about your life without necessarily great ambitions is a very faithful thing to do, but the purpose of this is to "make much of God" (as Platt would say) among those who don't know him. If our life simply blends in with a comfy upper middle class Christian culture, then I don't think we are doing that.

  3. Matthew B. Redmond January 5, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    Why only pick on the upper middle class? Why not the middle class proper? Or even the lower middle class and the upper lower class? They have far more comfort than so many in the world and may be more likely than the upper middle class to buy into a prosperity gospel.Also, what's wrong with being comfy?

  4. ed January 6, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    I think and reflect on this issue a lot compared to what I formerly believed, but have yet to take much action on it. I was hoping for dialogue, but you seem hostile towards that, so I will stop my reading and commenting. Peace to you.

  5. Matthew B. Redmond January 6, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    Ed,I think you have misunderstood me. I meant no hostility in the least. In fact, the above was written lightheartedly and were honest questions meant to get at a larger truth.I take full responsibility for any hurt feelings though.

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