Archive for March, 2008

Lucky are those who watch this video

Posted in Christianity, Identity, Ministry, music, pastor, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2008 by Robaigh

I’m home sick today. It’s one of those situations where I’m ill enough not to go out, but not quite ill enough to sleep while the sun is shining. (I have this weird thing about sleeping during the day. Don’t ask me – ask Dr. Freud.)

The day away from work has afforded me a little time to goof about, looking up interesting websites. The one where I found this video is simply superb. Mark Meynell is an exceptionally talented writer. Oh, just go see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, I found this video posted on Quarentia, took the half-hour to watch it and consider myself blessed. Lucky. Whichever. I’ve been dying to get my hands on Eugene Peterson’s Eat This Book, but never have the cash on hand when the opportunity arises.  Watching the video has only fanned the flames.  I hope you enjoy the interview with the very charming, quick-witted Dr. P. as much as I did.

Theos Project

Posted in Christianity, Ministry, religion on March 23, 2008 by Robaigh

Just ran across this blogger.  VERY insightful and thought-provoking.  I like this post, entitled “McChurch.”  The commenters are excellent, as well.

I don’t *feel* like Justin Martyr

Posted in Christianity, Identity, religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 23, 2008 by Robaigh

You’re St. Justin Martyr!

You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!

Referral: Stuff White People Like

Posted in Counter-culture, Humor, Identity with tags , , on March 22, 2008 by Robaigh

Oh.  Holy.  Crap.  This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. 

Now go and get some mayonnaise, put on your crocs and enjoy.

There’s tradition, but then there’s this, too.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2008 by Robaigh

I need some pastoral advice

Posted in Christianity, Lay School, Ministry, religion with tags , , , on March 22, 2008 by Robaigh

OK, so, I’m in the process of preparing to head to seminary.  Clearly there are huge ways in which I need to grow, not only in terms of theological thinking and of rediscovering how to write in a clear, coherent manner (I guess I’m just out of practice), but possibly even more importantly, I need to grow in terms of my capacity to provide pastoral care.

If you read my posting of a few days ago (the one about discipleship), you’ll know that I underwent some personal struggles in my young life.  I’ve read – and fully believe – that such episodes can teach us to conceal and protect our own broken-ness by projecting a seemingly detached, aloof, indifferent public image.  I know that my “inner space” is anything but detached, but I can easily see how other people might have trouble seeing beyond the somewhat frosty exterior.

So, my question to pastors – especially pastors who face similar issues – is, how do I work beyond this?  I’m pretty solidly an INFP.  I’m OK with that and am growing more comfortable in my own skin as time passes, but I don’t want the “I” part to stand in the way of my ministry.  What are your suggestions?


Posted in Christianity, Identity, religion with tags , , , , on March 22, 2008 by Robaigh

 (If you’re here for church content, bear with me.  It’s coming up later in the post.  Parallelling museums and church culture is one of my personal hobby-horses. )

If you read the “About Me” section of this page (and if you didn’t, don’t bother:  it’s not very helpful) you will have seen that I’m a recovering museum geek.  There’s something happening in the museum world that is, on one hand, very exciting (for nerds like me), but on the other hand, exceptionally disturbing.  Taking cues from the power-hungry for-profit world, museums are currently striving to “become” “relevant”  (as if they weren’t already important to society).

By “relevant,” most of them mean that they’re trying to reach audiences they traditionally do not reach.  This is good to the degree that broadening the audience means that more people are exposed to potentially life-enriching experiences with art, history or whatever subject matter the museum in question is intended to handle. 

But this holds such potential for crappiness:  it often results in watered-down messages, appeals to the lowest common denominator (as opposed to elevating conversations), ignores or abandons mission, and frequently – and ironically – reflects and re-inforces the elements of culture that museums are meant to transcend.  (Here I’m especially talking about fast-food-esque appeals to base emotion – exhibits and programs are attractive, easy to digest, not terribly challenging, and utterly lacking in “balls.”)

Don’t get me wrong – I firmly believe that if organizations, institutions and fields don’t change, they will stagnate, perhaps retrograde, and maybe even falter and die.  Change in itself is not the issue.  The problem lies in the arrogance that accompanies these changes.  The current generation of museum “experience designers” (whatever that means) holds a high degree of contempt for tradition, for the way things used to be in the museum field (including core principles), and likes to define itself and its “products” over against the old, antiquated, musty-dusty-crusty and tragically outdated way of doing things. 

I’m not a traditionalist.  That is, I don’t support traditionalism.  But I believe strongly in tradition.  Again, change is inevitable, but change says less about a culture than does the packet of “stuff” (items, processes, beliefs, etc.) that we carry with us from one generation to the next.  Tradition should be respected – not scorned.  To unceremoniously dump an old tradition in favor of something radically new necessarily means that violence has been done to the tradition.  It means an utter disregard of what came before.

We see this in museums and we see this in churches, especially in society’s view of “church.”  Following is a very well-stated posting about this in the church context.