I love being able to share the gems, insightful articles, and provocative pieces I come across with my friends on Facebook. I’ve come to dislike just about everything else about Facebook. With that in mind, I’m trying an experiment in order to salvage the vestiges of what I like about the medium. I’m only logging on one time a week to check notifications, look in on the groups I enjoy being a part of, and probably share a pun or two.
I still enjoy the idea of sharing the cool stuff I run across – the stuff that’s got me thinking, or tapping my feet, or laughing, or whatever – but I don’t want to clog up anyone’s feed with a week’s worth of shares made in rapid succession, so as I come across something of interest, I’m stashing it here, and once a week, I can share my list.
Here’s the list for this week:
– Dr. Richard Beck talks about violence and victimization and the cycles we trap ourselves in over at his blog, Experimental Theology.
– Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist (Neil DeGrasse Tyson) interviews everyone’s favorite uber-nerd (Kevin Smith) on Startalk Radio. There’s some rich stuff for theological reflection here that I’m going to have to come back to some day. Tyson asks Smith what he would pick if he could choose any super power. He responded he choose the power to change people’s hearts. Solid, solid stuff. Listen here.
– I listened to this episode of More Perfect – “Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man” – on the way to Chicago last weekend and it’s haunted me ever since. It dives into the deep complexities at play in the frequent tensions between the African-American community and law enforcement. This is another one I’m coming back to after I process some more. Listen here.
– “Christianity vs. Biblicism.” Here’s a hard word from BZ about how we look at the Bible and who is Lord. As a good CoC kid, this is one of the points that BZ makes me a little uncomfortable. At the same time, I suspect he’s got a point.
– Tokens Show offers us Stanley Hauerwas on patience. ‘Nuff said. Good, good. Read here.
– I’ve recently discovered Danny Sims blog. He is provocative and insightful. Here, he offers some theological reflections on the border crisis. Take a look here.
– On the virtue of restraint. Watch here.
– We are totally psyched about this in the Sparks household:
– A throwback to a few years ago, The Brilliance hitting us with a still-relevant message. “When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother.”
– Dave! Check the lyrics out for this. We need to hear this.
– I’ve been digging Dylan (covers) since Tokens last month. This song is a favorite.
– Here’s a trilogy of seemingly unrelated pieces on the ravages of modern media. It seems there is a lesson about keeping Sabbath in here somewhere. 1) “Study: Watching Only Fox New Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All”, 2) No Name Photo Show, Episode 37, 3) Fresh Air interview with director Bo Burnham.
– And, finally, Malcolm Gladwell offers one of the absolute best hours of radio I’ve ever heard. It is brilliant, provocative, and caused my eyelids to have the feels. (Also, Malcolm jams with Jack White.) Take a listen to “Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis.”