Combing the Net – 7/18/2012

 40 Things Girls Should Know About Guys — The results of a survey given to a bunch of teenage boys by David Murray at a Youth Camp. Some very introspective things here, with quite a bit of cheek mixed in!

50 Things Guys Should Know About Girls — This is the reverse version that the girls made for the guys. Obviously, girls are at least 25% more complicated than boys.

Why Poor Tipping Compromises the Gospel — I became keenly aware of the importance of tipping when I was working as a waiter at Outback during college. I also noticed that Christians were both the best and worst tippers; understanding what Raymond Johnson writes in the article makes all the difference.

When a Christian determines the tip percentage of the bill based on quality of service or uniqueness of the dining experience, he or she contradicts grace and flirts dangerously with greed. It is flirting with greed because it forgets, at least momentarily, that underserved grace is shown to us every day.

Evangelical Tracts and Real Art — Part an album review of Gungor’s “Ghosts Upon the Earth” and part commentary on the state of cultural cultivation within evangelicalism, this article by Chris Krycho is one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. I heartily affirm his thoughts on how important it is for Christians to create good art, and to worship vocationally.

That Güngör’s music is not an evangelistic tract, not readily turned into yet one more worship anthem, is in fact one measure of its real artistic quality. That alone does not qualify it to be good art, but it is a prerequisite. Until we grasp that, we will be left making gospel tracts into movies and songs and novels, and wondering why our art is so terrible.

Now: evangelicals have one other terrible tendency. We criticize far more than we do the hard work of solving problems. The solution to this problem is simple and hard: go make some good art. The kind that is nuanced, interesting, saturated with biblical truth and with its eyes wide open to all the beauty and all the horror of the world as it is; that doesn’t feel the need to teach a lesson or explicate a message; that simply revels in and shakes at the world God has made for us.

Here’s the first track from the Gungor album, which I bought yesterday (after reading this article) and REALLY enjoyed!

One comment on “Combing the Net – 7/18/2012

  1. Thanks for the link and the kind words. Glad to be helping people think through this subject a bit more carefully!

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