October 29, 2021
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“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Romans 10:10 ESV
Nice way to start Saturday, praise Jesus.
Interesting interview on NPR…
Author Jeff Chu on completing the book Rachel Held Evans started before she died…
the new bonus episode of the CT series is actually solid. Rick McKinley in Portland went on record and, far more interestingly for me, David Nicholas’ widow. Her contributions are relatively short in the sprawl of MH history but they’re significant and I’m glad she felt able and willing to go on record about Acts 29, here late husband, and Mark Driscoll.
Bloggers and social media users have to remember that the institutional press, for better and worse, makes contributions to the public record that amateurs do not and often literally cannot. I still have a lot of misgivings about the CT podcast series overall but this bonus episode is a reminder that social media users via blogs and twitter, etc. are not a substitute or replacement for the institutional press eventually getting to a topic. A number of sources went on record for the CT series who had not gone on record before and I think we should bear that in mind.
It does remind me that sources told me David Nicholas was functionally deposed from leading Acts 29 despite having founded it but a source told me that one of the guys who could have fielded that issue can’t speak to the issue because of committing suicide, Darrin Patrick.
Still think there’s a lot of shortcomings in the CT series overall but I know better than to think that at this point we’re going to see better coverage in non-academic contexts. I’ve referenced the academic works that I think provide a substantial starting point for understanding MH elsewhere.
Apropos of Open Blogging, anyone else pick up John Coltrane performing A Love Supreme live in Seattle in 1965 in the last week? I got it and am looking forward to hearing it.
AA – amen
seems, though, our mouth confessions have gotten a bit wimpy in some circles…. must not offend the unbelievers?
WTH, I thought the David Nicholas episode was very educational. It shone a light on someone whose life had largely been left to mystery as far as the public was concerned, and you’re right in that a legacy media outlet would have a bigger name and reputation (as opposed to newer media like blogs or YouTube) that people would be more inclined to open up to. CT is a known, and trusted, commodity within the evangelical world.
Darrin Patrick’s death was a tragedy.
I will admit I had not been aware of the Coltrane recording. I’ve tried in vain to get into jazz; I suppose I don’t get it. My tastes are more popular (and classic, as in 70s and 80s), although I really enjoyed smooth jazz, especially driving around town around dusk on the weekends….
Yesterday I received in the mail the November publication of Costco Connection. Costco Connection is the 4th highest distributed magazine in the US. It combines Costco product advertising with recipes, health, wellness and lifestyle articles.
What caught my eye this month, and admittedly pleasantly surprised me, is an interview with Christian author, Sarah Young, promoting her new book, Jesus Listening. The article is titled, The power of prayer.
From the interview:
“Prayer certainly does require time and effort, but we need to remember that communicating with the Creator of this vast universe is an amazing privilege. When people say they don’t have time to pray, I like to remind them that spending time in prayer is a wise investment. It strengthens us, draws us closer to Jesus and helps us find our way through the day.”
What surprised me, is not that Sarah Young wrote a new book or was interviewed in a magazine (I don’t know anything about Young except what I read in this interview), but that a major public US corporation would unashamedly choose a Christian author of a book about Jesus Christ for its monthly magazine.
Costco has over 111 million members spread throughout 568 warehouse retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. It has 189,000 US employees.
If Costco thought for a minute that an article about Jesus would offend its membership, employee or shareholder bases, or even be seen as divisive, I highly doubt Costco would risk the controversy. I’m not promoting Costco as a paragon of virtue either. All this article really says to me, regarding Costco, is that it determined that an interview with Young about praying to Jesus is content that interests its vast membership base.
Therefore, I think we maybe should take with a grain of salt Christian voices in America who claim that Christians are being persecuted or that the culture is aggressively anti-Christian. Costco serves the culture and its marketing experts (and they really are) understand the culture.
If Costco is willing to feature a Christian author who writes books promoting prayer to Jesus, I think we should rejoice that we live in this country that is both free and continues to view Jesus positively. America can always improve, but we’re not half bad either!
This morning, my church celebrates Reformation Day. The them this year is: “Here We Still Stand.” Yes we do, with God’s help Soli Deo gloria!
Costco trying to boost Christmas Christian book sales. That is all. But if it inadvertently promotes prayer in the process, who will argue with that? Maybe we will renew our membership.
See, it worked!
Costco? Years ago when they were first starting up i joined. Weighing yearly dues cost against savings and found them worth it. I’d agree with JD that this involves Christmas sales….
But is it a good thing? I’d say yes.. .l
Jesus’ words will not return “void,” so we pray. .. Prayer cover? Always a good thing. IMO
Michael (and others),
Once again, David French hits a home run.
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