At the beginning of this month I posted on a project run by MIT that aims to produce a million lap tops at the cost of $100 each and distributing them to the schools of third world nations. I thought that this would be pretty good idea, but then I dropped the idea by Melodie, a friend of a friend and a student at the School for International Studies in Brattleboro, VT.
The news is filled with sad reports of explosions in India, threats issued against Israel, and the imminent threat of the bird flu in Europe and Asia. On a smaller, but no less disturbing scale, there is a report that three Indonesian girls were beheaded and another was badly wounded on their way to school. BBC Link.
The young victims of this heinous and cowardly crime were all Christians on their way to a Christian school. One of the heads was left outside of a local church. The location of the attacks was the Sulawesi province, where there has been a history of clashes between Muslims and Christians. Though a peace agreement has cut down on violence, non-Muslims have been the target of smaller attacks. Link
<%image(20051029-wooster.jpg|92|102|wooster)%> A friend recommended a magazine called “First Things“. I gave it a look last night and found it to be thought-provoking and well-written.
Their web site says:
FIRST THINGS is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.
This makes the war in Iraq a bit more real.
Images are powerful. When scanned by the eye, they become embedded in our minds, flash up into our memory even if we don’t want them there, and are nearly impossible to delete by any other means than time and the accumulation of fresher, more vivid images. In my desire to be missional to my North American culture, the pull of images today cannot be ignored. Whether they are still shots on web sites or newspapers, live video footage by a camera man on site, or a scripted movie or TV show, we are surrounded by images.
I have a snippet from Beginning Conversations on the project’s blog. It covers the way we use scripture when forming theology. I would like to know what everyone thinks of my musings.
(This post has been updated as of 8AM EST on Friday)
Today has been a busy day that included a great conference call with Ryan Bolger (Co-author of Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures“) as part of an ETREK class with Barry Taylor (author of A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture (Engaging Culture)“) on God in pop culture. Here’s a grocery list of some sites, topics, and quotes from the call.