- It's a girl! #
- @cjhubbs Thanks! I think! #
- @cjhubbs How many do you have now? #
- @cjhubbs Just you wait! #
- @picturingjulie I hope not! But maybe. #
- @peter_vk Isn't it, though? #
- @robbieandrewsev Thanks. #
- @wally_walker @cjhubbs @laurastargirl No. #
- @smmrmn Yep. Exciting times! #
- @gfmorris I'll be happy with whatever! #
- @joshbobbitt Higher cost per kg mostly, and that's not just due to lack of economies of scale. #
- @joshbobbitt If only it were that easy! We have an abundance of them here too. And moose in some places. Way too many. #
- @BeautifulMess81 Hah! I know the feeling. I forget the names of everything all the time. #
- @BeautifulMess81 Today I forgot what a tire iron was called and said "that thing that takes off the nuts on the wheel". I have the dumb. #
- @cjhubbs Sadly I don't think that's an option. #
- @cjhubbs That's the problem with space… there's too much of it. #
- @SideSteamRoller What if you're in a desert and there's no-one but you and on the other side of the door is water? #
- @dmpontious It should be called "The Alternate History Channel". #
- @rachellebaits Why do all your texts sound like a Persian immigrant? GOSH. #
- @SideSteamRoller Unfortunately the door is made out of unmagicium, which absorbs your sword's magic. No damage is done. Try again. #
- @rachellebaits I'm not a cracker! Except that I am white and salty. #
- @SideSteamRoller Well, the door is done for I guess. There's no substance on this earth that you cannot eat. #
- @rachellebaits Much like my humour! It's very true. #
- @geofreyflores Funny thing is now that I have money to buy games, I don't have any time to play them. #
- @rachellebaits I would preach it. And it would be the best sermon ever. #
- @aliciamcauley Everything is so far away from Mississauga, damnit! #
- @SideSteamRoller You look like a baby there. #
- @rachellebaits I could preach. I'm just not much for living the preacher's life. #
- @geofreyflores It has its rewards 🙂 I've found myself appreciating life a lot more. Oh, and scotch whiskey. #
- I'd just love it if ThinkUp had some cool self-measurement metrics. That would seal the deal for me. #
- @robbieandrewsev Yes, when we passed eachother in the hall it was totally awesome, would pass again, A+++++++ #
- @robbieandrewsev Sure, after church sometime maybe. #
- "We don't need two metaphors. That's bad writing… not that it matters." #
- @smtalley The muscles in your face keep your jaw up all the time, even though it's always being pulled down by gravity. #
- @smtalley I don't get the blinking thing at all, but after thinking about my jaw and gravity I can't stop being aware of those muscles. #
- @cjhubbs I think the takeaway from Monday's Castle is that the Microsoft Surface is annoying and gets in the way. #
- @cjhubbs It's almost as bad as Ford product placements in White Collar. #
- @cjhubbs In a few years the tables will be turned. #
- @geofreyflores You're playing Skyrim too? Jeez, everyone is addicted. #
- So apparently there are still some people on here that just won't migrate to that other social network. #
- @aliciamcauley Mine was always Rizzo the Rat. #
- Twitter only makes 3200 tweets available? What kind of sick, twisted limit is that? #
- @gfmorris Us Canadians are grumbling too, but for no specific reason. #
- Here's what I think: my Twitter feed is much noisier than my Google+ feed, but I feel it more in Google+ because the posts are much longer. #
- @cjhubbs Three different platforms, each separated by length of post? That's a bit ambitious 🙂
If only we could have one platform for all. #
- @cjhubbs I hear you. Tumblr's actually terribly useful, especially for me, as I like to post audio files, music and such. #
- @cjhubbs I got burned by Geocities! I'm never letting anyone else own my data ever again! #
- @cjhubbs WP's theme support has always been iffy… and usually quite ugly to boot. #
- @cjhubbs Helps to have a swank corporate backer I guess 🙂 WP has some good themes if you're ready to drop coin, but I'm not. #
- @cjhubbs A true sign that WordPress's theming engine is too complicated. #
- @rachellebaits I hate the hangers-on. Get lost you losers, I don't want to be your friends! #
- @BeautifulMess81 Braggart. #
- @BeautifulMess81 I'll take the healthcare, mat leave, labour laws, and British spelling, tyvm 🙂 #
- @BeautifulMess81 Even still… also, a little known fact about Canada is we have four day weekends too! #
- @BeautifulMess81 It's what I do. #
- Just got a 12 year Glenmorangie as a gift. HOLY SHIT BEST DAY EVER. #whiskey #scotch #
- @gfmorris @cjhubbs That's what weblogs were for! #
- @cvklippe What for the… why? #
- @gfmorris You mean because it doesn't make sense? #
- @geofreyflores I'm not playing Skyrim… still stuck on Minecraft. #
- @gfmorris But I have, like, opinions, man! #
- @cvklippe Your lack of shame disturbs me. #
- @SideSteamRoller DOOOOOOOO IT! #
- @SideSteamRoller I would gladly punch you and anyone else in the face. Fight club! Tyler Durdan agrees, btw. He's right here! #
- @gfmorris I don't mind it. I'd watch it over, say American football. #
- @cvklippe Modified Star Wars quote, actually. #
I am more than a consumer.
Or am I? I keep acting like a consumer everywhere I go. I consume goods and services, I consume entertainment, I consume and consume.
This becomes a problem when I start treating relationships like goods or services. It happens far too often. I look at other people as if they are providing me with some sort of emotional or physical product, which I take and take and never have to give anything back.
I’m sorry if I’ve done this to you. You deserve better.
You’re not innocent in all this, though. You do it too. I know, because it’s ingrained in all of us. It’s the culture we live in, the worldview we inherit. You don’t notice until you go looking for it.
I’ve been on the other end of this. I have opportunistic friends who take but never give. I don’t much enjoy being around them. The reciprocity of a relationship pretty much defines its boundaries. The more two people give, the more it grows.
All this consuming has some consequences. I’ve come to expect that I will consume, and that others will consume. I need to be a certain way so people will stick around. My friends need to be a certain way or I’ll casually toss them aside and find better ones.
Another consequence is when our institutions start treating us like consumers. It’s bad enough when corporations stop thinking of me as a customer, a person with whom they are in some sort of (ever so tenuous) relationship.
It’s worse when it’s the church.
God’s standard-bearers on earth, just giving in. It’s easy to do. You stop thinking in terms of congregations, in terms of relationships, in terms of bringing people out of darkness and into light. You start thinking instead in terms of market share, in terms of audience, in terms of attracting people from there to here.
You start talking about benefits without talking about sacrifice. You start talking about Jesus as primarily a provider of good things. You start de-emphasising the bits of scripture that talk about difficulty. You don’t want to preach that, because sacrifice doesn’t sell.
Of course, Jesus does bring good things. He promises a lot of really great stuff. But that’s only half the message. It’s a soft prosperity gospel. It’s all pie filling and no crust, if you will (I hope you won’t; pie filling is terrible, awful stuff).
This might seem like splitting hairs, or not a big deal. Does it really matter, as long as you’re preaching about Jesus?
I think it does. I think it’s the difference between a fake plastic Christianity and the authentic Way of the early church. (Who, by the way, understood much better the idea of sacrifice.) One version of Jesus is attractive and incomplete; you can feel that when you’re around him. He doesn’t move like he’s real. He’s in the uncanny valley, somehow. The other Jesus is a complete Jesus. He comes not only to gather his saints under his wings, but also treading the winepress of the wrath of the Father. He is victory over sin and death, for now and forever, not simply spackle to spread over your cracking facades or salve to rub into your wounds.
I’ve experienced both of these Jesus’ (and more) in my wanderings through the landscape of our modern church. This is just me talking here, but I think the difference between a church that gathers to consume and a church that gather to be consumed can be sensed in the language you use.
Language is a big deal (too big to get into here); the way you talk reflects on the way you think. What is in your heart comes out of your mouth, after all. And it works the other way around, too. You eventually come to believe the things that you say.
When you talk about Jesus, what sort of language do you use? Are you talking the way scripture talks about him? When you go to talk about Jesus, are your descriptions of him freakishly close to some passage by default?
Or are you talking about him the way you might talk about your latest gadget, a company you really like, or a service you feel you can’t do without?
Are you coming to Jesus to consume, or to be consumed?