Christian Hipsters

Definition of a Christian Hipster: Christian hipsters like music, movies, and books that are well-respected by their respective artistic communities–Christian or not. They love books like Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider, God’s Politics by Jim Wallis, and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. They tend to be fans of any number of the following authors: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton, John Howard Yoder, Walter Brueggemann, N.T. Wright, Brennan Manning, Eugene Peterson, Anne Lamott, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, Soren Kierkegaard, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Annie Dillard, Marilynne Robison, Chuck Klosterman, David Sedaris, or anything ancient and/or philosophically important. Christian hipsters love thinking and acting Catholic, even if they are thoroughly Protestant. They love the Pope, liturgy, incense, lectio divina, Lent, and timeless phrases like “Thanks be to God” or “Peace of…

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Praying Through Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Justin Buzzard offers some funny prayer starters based on the Myers-Briggs personality typing. I am an INTJ, last time I checked. According to this description, I share personality traits with C. S. Lewis, Gandalf the Grey and Hannibal Lecter. God help me! ISTJ: Lord help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 am e.s.t. ISTP: God help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive. ESTP: God help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they’re usually NOT my fault. ESTJ: God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You need some help, just ask. ISFJ: Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right. ISFP: Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don’t mind my asking). ESFP: God help me to take things more seriously,…

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OK, I live here. What now?

Things have been crazy for us! We are trying to get settled in to our new home and get everything unpacked and put in the right place. Our basement couch wouldn’t fit in the basement, our desk wouldn’t fit up the stairs, and so we’ve had to perform a total furniture reorientation. Next week I have a team of young people from Georgia coming to Cincinnati to help me do pretty much whatever I tell them to do to help me get a church going. They will spend the week doing survey work and “decoding,” which pretty much means learning everything they can to help me become more of a Cincinnati insider. Priority one is to locate and develop a core group. I’m not a lone ranger. But since God didn’t send me here with a team, I have to trust him to provide the team for me here. So…

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Personal Updates

I don’t like using this blog for personal updates, but I have a couple of updates worth publishing. First: Our house is now under contract. We’re praying that there aren’t any problems with this and everything will go smoothly through the process. We’re set to close on June the 27th, which means that we will be moving to Cincinnati at that time. Second: We’re having another baby boy! Laura was convinced it was a girl all along, but I thought it was a boy. Reese is very disappointed. You can track with our family and kids stuff at Laura’s blog.

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Deceptions at the Gas Pump

I did some calculations. My car gets around 22 MPG in the city, or less. If gas is $3.79 per gallon, that means I’m paying roughly 17 cents for each mile I drive. [Rant on] I fill up at a station three miles from my house; that’ll be 51 cents. When I drive to class (11 miles away), that’s another $1.87. If I want to come home that evening, I shell out another $1.87. I went to a pre-wedding party (aka wedding showers where boys are invited and nobody gives away sexy underwear) tonight and it cost me $4.59 for the trip. When we think of price per trip instead of price per gallon, the pain takes on a whole new perspective. Going to the grocery? Add $3 to your bill. To the movies, add $1.50 per ticket. Not to mention the fact that grocery stores are adding in “fuel…

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The World Needs Strong Men

Nancy Gibbs published this article in Time Magazine called “Affirmative Action for Boys.” She ackowledges the problems that college admissions departments face in trying to maintain a balanced boy/girl ratio in their freshmen classes. In an effort to achieve this, some “colleges are quietly stripping the pastels from brochures and launching Xbox tournaments to try to close the gap in the quality and quantity of boys applying.” The unintended and unfortunate consequence of progress regarding women in society has led to men more and more finding themselves somewhat useless and unmotivated.

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Are You a Christian Misfit? (again!)

C. Michael Patton has done it again. He has shown me that there is hope for those of us who don’t fit in well in the Christian subculture. To see how well you fit in, go here. By the way, Michael and I are good friends.

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My Daughter’s Surgery

You know you’re a geeky family when husband and wife keep separate blogs. My daughter, Reese, had a hemangianoma (that’s med-speak for big ugly birthmark) removed on Monday. She did great and is back to her normal self now. If you’re interested, you can see before and after pictures on Laura’s blog.

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Snowbound, Let’s Sleep In Today…

Do you remember that song from 1993 by Donald Fagen (circa Steely Dan) called “Snowbound”? Don’t worry, no one else does either. But I woke up and saw the snow and couldn’t resist the I-tunes $.99 it cost me to ride my magic carpet back to an earlier decade. Here’s some of the lyrics to accompany pics of my backyard. Snowbound Let’s sleep in today Wake me up When the wolves come out to play Heat up These white nights We’re gonna turn this town Into a city of lights At Nervous Time We roll downtown We’ve got scenes to crash We’re gonna trick and trash We’re gonna find some fun We hit the street With visors down With our thermasuits Sealed up tight We can beat the freeze And get saved tonight… Snowbound Let’s sleep in today Wake me up When the wolves come out to play Heat up…

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