Theoblogical Tumblings
if we don’t let Jesus himself teach us to read the Scriptures according to himself, then our Christian faith will be lost. The story of the Flood is a prime example. Christ came to show us who God truly is. So we should be able to understand that gods who command genocidal floods are the gods of old — the gods who in every culture command a good and sacred violence to stop the flood of human violence. The God who places a rainbow covenant in the sky — precisely as a promise to never try to solve the problem of violence by inflicting more violence — is the God we meet in Christ. God on the cross suffers our violence.

Theology & Peace: From Noah to Easter

This is an awesome insight, and one I can’t stress enough my full and hearty “Amen”. The key in the Noah story is that additional promise, which is , in effect, a stark contrast; a sign in the Old Testament of the things to come in Jesus, who was known to say “But I say to you” about many of the prevailing interpretations of the Scriptures in his day.

Yikes: “We’re doing two things here. One, we’re going to talk about the Second Amendment to bear arms. But that isn’t the primary thing,” Keele says. “The primary thing is who Jesus is.”

Nashville Public Radio | Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

Followed by nothing but guns, and nary a mention of Jesus. Yikes. And I have relatives that go to this church.

.@adamwc: “I think of people who doodle on their bulletins, make notes for themselves (or their spouse sitting next to them) and I don’t see how that is much different than pulling a phone out to do the same types of things”

Social Media Sunday, Part 4: Social Media in Worship – Pomomusings

I agree, Adam. It’s the process of increasing ubiquity and the accompanying “comfort zone” with various adoptions of technologies. Your point about doodling and scribbling quick notes is a prime example of how we could elevate the level of interaction with content in the worship events.

Pushing sophisticated tax schemes for already wealthy venture capitalists, like the 16 percent tax rate Mitt Romney gets away with, doesn’t excite the base. On the other hand, “taking back the country” from the gay, socialist, Muslim, liberal agenda does, as do issues like abortion and stopping sodomy.

How Hyper-Religious Political Stunts by Republicans Keep Voters Captive to Corporate Ideology | Alternet

Yes, the ol’ “Whats the Matter with Kansas” syndrome. Koch Bros have “elevated” this to a business/political action model

Wendell Berry: “We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are,” Wendell Berry writes. “Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all—by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians—be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us. How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.”
.@BrianMcLaren on the charge he “ignores” the teachings of the church: Interestingly, the more I learned about the teaching of the church in its many forms across history, the more I saw it included a wide variety of opinions and views over time and in different regions. I saw it as a living tradition that engaged in self-critique and self-correction over time.
McGinn claims that Kurzweil has reduced the many different cognitive processes of the human brain to processes of “pattern recognition” that machines are good at. ‘What has happened is that [Kurzweil] has switched from patterns as stimuli in the external environment to patterns as mental entities, without acknowledging the switch,’ writes McGinn.

Ray Kurzweil is wrong: The Singularity is not near | PandoDaily

Good articulation of something I couldn’t articulate as well as this does

Great stuff from @coppsm : “until we develop a sense of mission to bring high-speed, low-cost broadband to everyone —no matter the particular circumstances of their individual lives—the future will belong to others”

From the desk of a former FCC Commissioner : Columbia Journalism Review

Instead, we have Comcast buying the gov’t benefits of their stepping aside and letting “free market” kill yet another sector of our otherwise innovative forces

In countries like the U.K., regulators forced incumbent cable and telephone operators to lease their networks to competitors at cost, which enabled new providers to enter the market and brought down prices dramatically

We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly : The New Yorker

Things like this just cause me to scoff at the hubristic gaffes of the CEO of Comcast that actually claims that they can “further innnovation”.  Right,  just like they have with all their billions in profits.  They have used it only to further their monopolies and fight competition.