Here are a bunch of random links to things that, if I had more time, could have become fodder for blog entries. Rather than sit in my blog-hopper forever, I thought I’d share them with you, dear reader, for your enjoyment and edification. These are in no particular order.
- A 1995 Newsweek article explains why the Internet will fail. Moral of the story? Be careful when issuing predictions. Brought to you by Boing Boing.
- Laura Toepfer warns us what to expect if we dare to try something new in church. I love this, because the church seems unable to grasp a simple concept: sometimes we should try things just to see if they work. It’s really that simple.
- Haligweorc gives the skinny on the kalendar of Lent and Holy Week. Wow.
- If you are on the fence about whether or not to buy an iPad, Gizmodo has the Litany of iPad Resistance and the Litany of iPad Submission. Maybe one of them will help.
- Salon explains water boarding in gut-wrenching detail. Dick Cheney says this isn’t torture. I when someone from the Bush administration will be indicted for war crimes?
- Bosco Peters wonders about people who find baptism “distracting” from the Easter Vigil. As Peters rightly notes, it’s the whole point of the Easter Vigil. This is another sad reminder of the need to form communities who are capable of entering in the fullness of the ancient liturgies of the church.
- The Diocesan Altar Guild of Rhode Island has a blog. I hope you weren’t drinking anything when you read that, or it’s probably on your keyboard. Yes, there are altar guild members who use computers! The diocesan blog is quite good. Here’s their list of top 10 things your church should be doing to get ready for Holy Week.
- I guess Barack Obama has given up on finding a church? Apparently he turns to a cadre of “spiritual consultants” who speak with him by phone. Sorry, Barack, but that won’t cut it. You need a church. Even the most powerful person in the world — especially the most powerful person in the world — needs to walk into a church like every other Christian on Sunday and sing hymns, hear the Word, receive the sacraments, and join a community of prayer. It’s actually disturbing to me that he’s avoiding this.
Well, that’s enough to keep you busy for a while. Your comments are most welcome!