Pardon the quietness on the blog lately. Usual excuse (cough*dayjob*cough). And probably didn't hurt much that even my Sunday ended up being a bit too hectic to make it to church on time. In leiu of all that, here's a commercial that I'm led to believe is airing in the Houston area for my alma mater's football team. Keep your eyes peeled open around the :03 mark and you'll see Heisman hopeful quarterback, Case Keenum, with a very important message. Don't expect to see many messages like that this season, though ... the NCAA has banned eye-black messages henceforth.
The season kicks off on September 4th. Very odd season scheduled out for us this year: we don't play a single team ranked ahead of us in the preseason rankings.
Michael Geertsma at ThinkChristian catches an interesting bit of news:
Best-selling author Anne Rice, who most famously penned Interview with a Vampire, announced yesterday on her Facebook page that she is no longer a Christian. She wrote:
Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.
I haven't seen a lot of details on this - Rice's two facebook entries on the matter are brief. And there's a bit of room to debate how Rice sees a commitment to Christ as being different than being a "Christian" - even while there's a lot to not like about what one sees in a number of Christian communities. Like Geertsma, I think I sorta get where Rice is coming from (she does make a reference to Ghandi's famous point about liking Jesus, but not His Christians). And it's certainly an issue I can relate to firsthand.
But whether Rice is voicing frustration over what she sees in-person or in the highlight reels of news reports on bad Christians, it's not clear. And that's the part I'm most curious about. She does point out Westboro Baptist in another facebook posting, which has a following of maybe a few dozen in the entire world. And there's certainly a lot to not like among people far saner than Fred Phelps. I think I've got a few blog posts noting my criticism on this score.
But you don't experience the Christian community by turning on TBN, CBN, or watching any other crazy Christian on TV. I mean, you wouldn't want to watch Sports Center on any given summer night and conclude that you just watched every baseball game, right? If so, I'd have been out at the first viewing of Peter Popoff.
I can't say that I'd mind knowing a few more details just to understand more of what Rice went through in arriving at her declaration.
One side benefit to having Saturdays open on the calendar since switching churches, I have the option of seeing one of my all-time favorite entertainers this weekend. Sadly, this is the most "church-friendly" song of his I think I could put up here without offending someone. Someone who isn't Amish, that is.
Granted, I usually talk myself out of such things in the name of saving a penny or two. And it probably doesn't help that I've seen Weird Al in concert before (not that that's a bad thing). I actually remember picking up the CD that this song was on (back in the day when people bought CDs, of course). It amazes me how the entire band gets better and better with each release.
Something new for bookworms like me: Kindle for Android. I've been putting off purchasing a Kindle ever since they came out due to my selection in reading differing slightly from the offering available for the device. Since then, they've offered free versions of the device for PC & Mac, and then iPhone & Blackberry.
Great time to be the proud owner of an Android-based phone. Well, the wait is now over and I've been acclimating myself to the joys of trying to read a book on the screen of a smartphone. It's not the greatest thrill in the world, but it's a nice addition. I suspect I'll end up keeping at least one full book loaded in it for emergency enjoyment needs.
Pardon me while I get a little tecno-wonky, but this video segment caught my interest enough to want to share it. In this, we have Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson publishing, being interviewed by Scott Brown. The hook for this, offered by John Saddington of ChurchCrunch.com, was Hyatt's quote about twitter being the "greatest leadership tool ever invented."
I thought that was bunk, so naturally I just had to watch. And while I still think that particular point is vastly over-inflated, the second half of this clip offers what I think is a more useful overview of the use of communication - namely, the use of blogging as a means of thinking through things and the trend of technology usage toward social connectedness. Those are definitely points that I know I've seen over time in website development. And it is those points that I thought this worth sharing. Give it a look-see and see if you get as much out of it.