links roundup

First off, I’ve been doing a bit of writing of late for the Jesus Manifesto zine, in the form of two book reviews and a scriptural/cultural exegesis.  The latter has sparked quite a conversation because of its provocative nature.  My evil scheme worked!  Check em out if you want to.

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I’m going to go down the list of my shared items on my feed reader and share with you all what I found interesting over the last several weeks, listed in reverse chronological order as I’m reading it off the page. (in other words, not by order of importance / significance)  Beware … this stuff is all over the map.  Enjoy.

  • Review of We Shall Remain, a new PBS series about the earliest English settlers in North America. For you non-TV owners (like ourselves), the series is available online.
  • Neeraj Mehta over at God’s Politics suggests that perhaps “proximity” is a better core principle for community development than the current one, “relocation.”  I’ve always liked the term proximity, and this is a good post.
  • Ryan Fowler at Love is a Movement describes the milk carton drip system for garden irrigation.
  • There’s a cool Instructable on how to make your own laptop skin.  Pretty cool.
  • According to the Globe, Spanish-speaking folks in my neighborhood are afraid to report their neighbors that they know are committing crimes and raising a ruckus. East Boston Police are reaching out to them to build trust.
  • Empire Remixed has a great post called “Healthy Sexuality and Christian Community.”  Should be self-explanatory.
  • Boston po-po are apparently hard-nosed about guerilla street art. Shepard Fairey (the artist of the famous Obama campaign image) got arrested in Boston last year for some art he did here and was not impressed with the police’s reluctance to smile and look the other way when they saw him with his spray paint.
  • I can now take a double-decker bus — with WiFi and a sunroof, no less — from Boston to NYC, for about $18 per person. Guess I should start liking going to NYC.
  • Kester Brewin has a thoughtful post about the role technology plays in our lives, suggesting that people of faith can neither completely embrace nor completely exclude technology from their life, but that our relationship with it is a thoughtful tension. Quite relevant as I find myself outside the circle among my friends when it comes to things like Twitter, smart phones, and the like.
  • Coincidentally, the next item in my reader is an audio interview at neue magazine with Shane Hipps, author of Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith.
  • Shane Claiborne and Rob Bell team up to announce their new project, Two Futures, which asks the all-important question: “Who would Jesus bomb?”
  • And finally, three consecutive gardening-related items: Russ Cheatham describes his rooftop Earthbox urban garden at the Inside Urban Green blog; No Impact Man rejoices that urban gardening time is here; and here’s a wonderful Instructable on how to build your own solar-powered rain barrel.

That’s all the links for now.  I’ll likely share reflections over the next several weeks on the book I’m currently reading, Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening by Vigen Guroian, which is a great little book of earthy, practical theology. We’re off to Washington, D.C. this weekend to hang out with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and our good friends Aaron & Amy.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I like this quote from Neeraj Mehta.
    “When you are close with others, it is easier to see the needs, to respond, to love, to not judge, to be physically present, to listen, and to learn.”
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    My Dad was driving home from Memphis and said, “I need a blog.” He had spent time with your Dad and I think your Dad inspired him!

    He is now blogging. Actually, he is writing and I am posting. 🙂

    http://yourstorymatters2him.wordpress.com/

    Reply

  2. Sara: Actually, it’s your Dad who constantly inspires me. Looking forward to reading his blog…

    Reply

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