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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt heard about the bills (Protect IP/SOPA) that congress is trying to pass that will potentially change the landscape of the internet forever. Some of the internet’s biggest names (Wikipedia, Word-Press, You Tube, Google, and others) launched an affective counter attack, by going dark, (shutting down their site) or by posting messages on their home pages, in order to raise awareness and force congress to stop these bills—before they become laws.
PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.
At almost the same time Apple launched iBooks Author, an application that lets anyone publish an electronic book, to iBooks, for free. Yes, for free.
Why am I bringing all this up? Well, I am wondering if we are living in a special moment in history? Will our grandchildren talk about this era, where the internet is maturing, as one of the biggest game changers, in the human experience, since the printing press? How old is the internet in human years? is it a toddler? adolescent? 20′s 30′s 40′s? Is it all hype? And, my last question, with all this change moving AMAZINGLY fast, do we have a responsibility as people of faith? What is that responsibility? Do you see the internet as a way to fill the great commission or the great commandment? How will it change the Church?
I don’t know about you, but I have a constant battle that rages inside me for significance. I want to matter. I want to matter to God, to my wife, my kids, the people at church, my friends, my family, and even to perfect strangers. But sometimes (more than I like to admit) I catch myself going about the search for significance in the wrong ways. When I read this poem by Dr. James Allan Francis (1926) I am reminded that, sometimes, significance comes when we are being insignificant.
One Solitary Life — by Dr. James Allan Francis
Let us turn now to the story. A child is born in an obscure village. He is brought up in another obscure village. He works in a carpenter shop until he is thirty, and then for three brief years is an itinerant preacher, proclaiming a message and living a life.
He never writes a book.
He never holds an office.
He never raises an army.
He never has a family of his own.
He never owns a home.
He never goes to college.
He never travels two hundred miles from the place where he was born.
He gathers a little group of friends about him and teaches them his way of life. While still a young man, the tide of popular feeling turns against him. One denies him; another betrays him. He is turned over to his enemies. He goes through the mockery of a trial; he is nailed to a cross between two thieves, and when dead is laid in a borrowed grave by the kindness of a friend.
Those are the facts of his human life. He rises from the dead. Today we look back across nineteen hundred years and ask, What kind of trail has he left across the centuries? When we try to sum up his influence,
all the armies that ever marched,
all the parliaments that ever sat,
all the kings that ever reigned
are absolutely picayune in their influence on mankind compared with that of this one solitary life…
One Solitary Life: by Dr James Allan Francis in “The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” © 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia (pp 123-124 titled “Arise Sir Knight!”).
Religion Vs. Jesus
I know I have been posting a lot of videos lately, but I would really like to see what you thought about this one. Do you agree? Disagree? If any—what is your favorite line? If any—what line gives you pause? I would love to see a good dialogue on this one.
Do you fly much? Have you ever been stuck on the runway waiting for takeoff? Well, these Air-Trans passengers were stuck in their plane during an extended maintenance check, but what they didn’t know was that they were on board with the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale. GIVE ME JESUS!