Saturday, May 23, 2020

discussion series: Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church with Ryan Williams, Dave Bruskas & Sutton Turner

The seventh episode of an apparently seven (?) part series has gone up in which Ryan Williams talks with Dave Bruskas and Sutton Turner.  Owing to offline life events I have had other projects going and haven't tackled MHC related stuff in a while.  Now that Ragtime and Sonata Forms is up, though, I'll have time to get to the series, eventually.  For those who haven't heard of the series the links to the episodes are available after the break.

Get Religion's Terry Mattingly on an Atlantic piece on QAnon and evangelicalism, proposes there's a conspiracy about conspiracies believed by evangelicals that may be a conspiracy theory on the part of journalists

There are times, when reading the sprawling “Shadowland” package at The Atlantic, when one is tempted to think that the goal was to weave a massive liberal conspiracy theory about the role that conservative conspiracy theories play in Donald Trump’s America.
At the center of this drama — of course — is evangelical Christianity. After all, evangelical Christians are to blame for Trump’s victory, even if they didn’t swing all those crucial states in the Catholic-labor Rust Belt.
It’s almost as if evangelicals are playing, for some strategic minds on the left, the same sick, oversized role in American life that some evangelicals assign to Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Bill Gates and all those liberal Southern Baptist intellectuals who love Johnny Cash and Jane Austen
Let’s focus on this piece: “The Prophecies of Q.” Toward the end, a fervent supporter of Trump and the mysterious QAnon offers her credo. It’s clear that she speaks for, you know, millions of people hiding like terrorist sleeper cells in ordinary pews from coast to coast.

Friday, May 22, 2020

as reactionary/right American paranoia goes ...

the "plandemic" rants
would be crazier if she
were now president

sundry links--The Atlantic laid off 68 staffers post covid 19, and Washington state temporarily halted UI payments in wake of fraud activity

The traditional journalistic job market has been on a downward shift for a generation.  The age of the internet meant that a lot of the jobs that used to be out there just stopped existing or were phased out, a point that Scott Timberg used to write about when he was alive.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mr. T's birthday, for those who didn't know (but especially for those who do)

hope he had a great one.  Just throwing that out there.  He had a cartoon series on Saturday mornings I used to watch back in the 1980s.  No, I am not making that up. I always liked the theme song for the show.  I mean, who wouldn't? :) So here's to Mr. T, seeing as it's his birthday.

heard "Shallow" from the new A Star is Born again ...

and it still sounds like what would happen if Don Henley and Patti Smith got drunk at some party and decided to cover a Dan Folgelberg song.

Alan Jacobs is skeptical about a "deep literacy" longform lament at National Affairs and I can't blame him

While there was an article I thought was a great read at National Affairs on the Cold War and its legacy with respect to United States arts policy and the post Cold War crisis of purpose in US arts policy NEA and otherwise ( which I wrote about over here ...

There are other articles at National Affairs that are more in the "why oh why" category and Alan Jacobs has singled out one about "deep literacy".  My own response is that the article in question is a downbeat variation on George Steiner's In Bluebird's Castle