Randall McRoberts

What does it mean for life to be led well? It is righteous. What does it mean for life to go well? It is peaceful. And what does it mean for life to feel as it should? It is full of joy.

— Volf, Moasmun

This should give us a gauge for whether we are doing it right.

I Hear That Train a’Comin’ - Kunstler

The catch in this instance is that the “wealth” they seek to redistribute will be exactly what goes up in a vapor when the stock and bond markets implode, along with the world’s fiat currencies.

My hometown in Indiana just got mentioned on the Boston Red Sox radio broadcast. Wouldn’ta bet on that.

Lookie what FedEx brought today.




“We truly don’t care if you’re an Influencer, or how many followers you have,” reads the caption. “We will never give you a free ice cream in exchange for a post on your social media page.”

The era of “learned clergy” seems to be past. Many ministers are more the church’s institutional managers than its theological guides; correspondingly, many read more management (“ leadership”) books than they do works of academic theology.

— Volf, Croasmun

Problems we don’t have : Essays in Idleness

You have to be a big, faceless, industrial concern to afford the official “organic” labels that sucker big city consumers into paying double for essentially the same goods.

What Wiffleball Once Taught Us - The Hardball Times

Episcopal Authority in a Changing Church – Covenant

Just started reading:

For the Life of the World (Theology for the Life of the World): Theology That Makes a Difference by Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun.

I cried through the whole introduction. You aren’t supposed to cry when reading theology books, are you?

Say, let’s show England how similar baseball is to cricket. 6-6 in the bottom of the first inning.

Bloesch on Bible Study

The Bible study I recommend could be designated postcritical rather than either critical or precritical. We make use of critical methods but do not remain with these methods. We venture forth in an attitude of receptivity, willing to be led by the Spirit rather than seeking to gain certainty by applying inductive or deductive methods to Scripture. While employing ordinary procedures of human learning, we subordinate them to a readiness to be instructed anew by the Spirit of God. Instead of the literalistic approach of fundamentalism and the historical–critical approach of liberalism, I recommend the postcritical, pneumatic approach of a catholic evangelicalism.

Donald G. Bloesch, Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration & Interpretation

Duties rather than Rights

Aside on law & order : Essays in Idleness

Let us assume, for the sake of having an argument, the reverse of the contemporary assumption that a (post-birthday) human has rights. Let us rather assume that he has duties.

My first computer was the pocket TRS-80. I had endless fun with it. @marmanold

Keb’Mo’ - Oklahoma. Good stuff.

Lemon drops

The New Wilderness (Idle Words)

So why have the gravediggers of online privacy suddenly grown so worried about the health of the patient?

You know, I never really liked that magnification feature available on the Mac dock. But lately my old eyes have appreciated using it in order to read the little badge numbers.

Instagram Made to Make You Feel Bad, Madonna Says (link)

“You get caught up in comparing yourself to others,” the 60-year-old star tells The Sun in a new interview. “I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad.” She says it’s especially hard for artists to develop their art and as people under the Instagram microscope.

Link: Instagram Made to Make You Feel Bad, Madonna Says

Generous (but Critical) Orthodoxy

I am a proponent of a generous orthodoxy. That is, I am willing to give a lot of latitude to people about non-essential matters of the faith. I mean, I read the book by Brian McLaren a long time ago, and I get it.

This is in contrast to rigid theological systems which require toeing the long on every thing in their list. Such as pre-trib rapture. Or a rapture at all, for that matter. If you diverge from the party line on any little thing, I guess you have to go start a new denomination.

These systems usually come from a flat, wooden interpretation of scripture, where the Bible is seen as simply a set of propositions. Little effort is given to understanding genre or figures of speech. Reading the Bible is a scholastic exercise, performed by jailhouse lawyers.

Systems such as these have done a lot of harm by making people think this is what Christianity is, that this is what God is. You can’t blame people for turning their back on a rigid system like that.

The better way is to realize that, though these people think they have a corner on the truth, they are deluded. There are ways to be more generous in deciding who is in and who is out.

At the same time, I don’t want to be overly generous. That is, I want to be critical about what I accept. I want to be a good student of the Bible and read it in the right way. Not too narrow. Not too wide. Every doctrine needs some error bars around it.

I’ve learned a lot just by reading most everything that NT Wright has written. I find him to be a paragon of what I would call a generous but critical orthodoxy. I would like to exemplify the same thing.

I guess, in the end, I’d rather err on the side of generosity. I’ll be happy to let God make the final decisions.

Let Go of Twitter and Facebook. And I mean it.

You already know that social media outlets are the curse of your daily life. You already know that they bring you little information and tons of trouble. You already want to quit them, but you think you can’t.

You can. I did.

Let go of them. In their place:

  1. Get yourself a RSS reader. I recommend NetNewsWire, but tastes vary. If your experience with such things ended when Google Reader ended, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the state of the art.
  2. Start looking for weblogs that talk about stuff you care about. Blogs are not dead, no matter what you may have heard.
  3. Let one blog lead you to another and keep adding them to your RSS reader.
  4. If you start to dislike one or more of them, remove them from your RSS reader and don’t give them a second thought.
  5. Pretty soon, you’ll have all you want to read, whenever you want to read it.
  6. You will wonder why you ever got hooked on the noxious stuff you used to see every day.

It works. I promise. Money back guarantee.

16686 - Resources I own in Logos
16641 - Those that are available in the mobile version
16627 - Those that are downloaded to my iPad Pro
14 - Available in mobile app, but not downloadable

When I started using Logos, I craved a CD drive so I wouldn’t have to swap floppies. Now I have almost all my resources on an iPad. It’s better than Star Trek.

My iPad still has almost 600 GB of storage remaining. Maybe I didn’t need 1 TB.

On the means of propulsion : Essays in Idleness

A branching, mycelial, thread-like hyphae, spreading organically through the human arbour; meandering through the fields, bridging the rivers, tunnelling under obstacles and crowded city streets. Short, pleasant walks at either end. Carts and (electric) buggies to provide doorstep-to-doorstep for the halt and feeble. The odd electrical hay wagon.

Randall McRoberts

Made in Indiana