My drive home from work exactly a week ago contained two surprises.
First, there was the red light at the freeway exit ramp I take each day. I get into the left lane and wait for the light to turn green. Traffic in the right lane is required to stop for the light; there is no green arrow or provision to turn right without stopping.
But they did. One. Two. Three. All minivans for some reason. No regard for the red light. Not even a hint of a stop.
Then, not two minutes later, I was on the single lane road that leads to my home and noticed a guy weaving two cars behind. Sure enough, he pulled onto the inside — a combination paved pedestrian walk and bike lane — and passed the vehicle directly behind me on the right side. At that I decided to get out of the way of the guy and pulled over to let him pass, which he did, swinging way out into the other lane to do so.
At the top of the hill a police car was in radar mode, but the guy wasn’t actually speeding so he sailed through. And the police had missed the drama of his approach because of a hill.
In both cases, there is a Friday factor; alcohol could have been involved.
What do I say to this?
- There is a complete disregard for the rules
- There is a great deal of impatience
- There is a sense of “me first” with many drivers
However, if I start regarding every approaching vehicle as being operated by a potential menace the paranoia and over-cautiousness will start to affect my own driving style and could result in a worse situation.
Driving is based on trust. Trust of the other guy on the road.
It’s an act of faith if ever there was one.
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Christianity Today magazine has found that recent articles on worship resonate with people, and that’s reflected in the first two links this week:
- People want services to be accessible, but D. H. Williams asks the question, ‘Are there limits to this strategy?’
- Why did the church embrace the pop/rock style found in today’s modern worship, but not utilize jazz or big band in its day? Lawrence Mumford looks at the diversity of worship styles.
- And over at Relevant Magazine — which we’ll return to later here — Adam Wood reminds us that worship involves the participation of both leader and congregant.
- Ever been stuck in a checkout line where the person in front of you seems to be buying out the whole store? Pete Wilson was, and he was anxious to get on his way, until he suddenly saw the person ahead of him in a different perspective.
- I understand a little of where John Shore is coming from. He’s certainly sympathetic to people who are both gay and professing Christians. [Example] But does he go too far in one direction? The blogger known as The Son He Loves thinks so and calls him on it.
- Castanea, a word meaning ‘Chestnut tree,’ is also the name of a tribal community living together in Chestnut Hill, Tenn, which serves in this USAToday story as an example of what is called The New Monasticism.
- Dan Kimball writes about Francis Chan‘s Erasing Hell with words like these: “It comes from a heart that is broken about hell. The pages themselves almost weep it is so heartfelt written. I know that sounds kind of corny, but it is true. This is written from a broken heart on the topic and that makes all the difference.”
- If you’ve got Adobe, here’s the link to the .pdf with the Committee on Bible Translation’s response to the Southern Baptist resolution regarding the updated NIV Bible translation.
- Also lining up to take a shot at the new NIV — with the accompanying fifteen minutes of fame — is the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. You can read the .pdf containing the CBT’s response to the CBMW. This best addresses the so-called ‘gender issues’ in the new translation, though it won’t satisfy people who already have their minds made up.
- Discovered a new blog this week for our “If You Want Deep, We’ll Give You Deep” department. Check out this treatment of the subject of atonement. (Full title: …Without the Theoretical Nonsense.)
- With two potential Mormon Republican presidential candidates, not to mention a Broadway play, here’s ten things you may or may not know about the faith of your LDS friends.
- And speaking of cults, Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like thinks that the proponents of the kind of faith he blogs about are actually a bit of a contradiction.
- There’s a Christian Game Development Conference. Who knew? But never underestimate the popularity of computer gaming. By the way, for bonus points, visit their site and try to find clues as to where the conference is taking place.
- Yet another CT piece; this one on how in their zeal to expand, multi-site churches with satellite campuses are now crossing state lines.
- A Pew Forum survey shows that Evangelical leaders are less concerned about Islam and more concerned about creeping secularism.
- Jon Acuff has four reasons why people ditch church in the summer. (Reasons not really good enough.)
- Finally one more from Jon Acuff and his article on Christian satire for Relevant magazine, where we find today’s closing image: