Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto live with Horowitz

Posted by tom | Feb 11, 2012

A friend passed along the link to Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto live with Horowitz (79 years old) at New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Zubin Metha, Leitung). Sit back to enjoy the exceptional quality and performance, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lusMu2LGIUM.

Last Minutes with Oden

Posted by tom | Nov 4, 2011

A friend in an on-line discussion group brought "Last Minutes with Oden," http://vimeo.com/8191217 (6:15), to my attention. Moving. Thank-you Vern!

The music, the story, the theme of journey . . . released a surprising set of tears.

Eliot Rausch has a number of fascinating pieces. I appreciate the imagery in Sermon on the Mound, http://www.eliotrausch.com/1252227/Sermon-on-the-Mound . . . what a call, http://www.eliotrausch.com/#559804/BIO. A unique voice of the Kingdom of God in film. As you know, I've been digging into the Amy Purdy story. More on that coming.

Eliot Rausch and Amy Purdy's story.

Posted by tom | Nov 2, 2011

How does one tell one's story?

Take a moment to consider how the emphasis of Nikki Sixx and Sixx:A.M. differs from Eliot Rausch in the framing of Amy Purdy's story, http://vimeo.com/21006371.

And here's how Amy recently told her story, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2QZM7azGoA.

What do you think? My thoughts on Amy's story coming . . .

Recommendations for resources on 'risk-taking in leadership'

Posted by tom | Aug 8, 2011

Recently part of a group where a request for books/articles on risk-taking in leadership was made. At the time it struck me how important the context is for the recommendation. None-the-less I shared:

The context would make a difference. Off the top of my head, Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" is the classic for American business. But I'm not impressed, especially in comparison Heath & Heath's image of the elephant (emotions) rider (rational) focused on the 'path' in "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard."

I appreciate the brevity/clarity of Collins' "Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great" and its contrast of business vs. social sector success.

Herrington, Creech, Taylor's "The Leader’s Journey – Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation" weaves stories w/recommendations in a helpful manner. No doubt burn out is a big issue for risk takers/change agents.

Henri J.M. Nouwen's "In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership" is in a category of its own :)

Out of curiousity, what would you recommend?

Response to the complaining Christian

Posted by tom | Jul 26, 2011

Yesterday, I was inspired to post on An unsaved person's perspective of Christians, excerpted from James Smith's* The Book You Will Like! (1859). As I browsed the internet to learn more about James Smith, I came across the below Youtube clip, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1snT8SoHHA. May we find it a blessing as we begin a new day of becoming more and more like Christ as individuals and a people, i.e., the Body of Christ's Head, Heart & Hands. Hold me accountable to do such. To God be the glory!


*James Smith (1802—1862) was a predecessor of Charles Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel/London Metropolitan Tabernacle in London from 1841-1850. He ministered at Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham from 1855-1862. His devotional, The Believer's Daily Remembrancer: Pastor's Morning and Evening Visit, was popular during his lifetime and a project for posting on-line exists on Facebook :) The quoted section of The Book You Will Like! (James Smith. 1859) is a significant part of the chapter I won't be persuaded. "Check it out" on Google books, pp.52-59). Wish I had more time to dig into the richness of the writings, testimonies, and devotionals of the people of God. What a joy it will be to be fully in Christ and with the complete Body of Christ in the new heavens and new earth!

An unsaved person's perspective of Christians

Posted by tom | Jul 25, 2011

Below is a passage from The Book You Will Like! (James Smith.* 1859), passed along to me by a friend. Posted as a response to the tragedy in Norway? Thoughts on it and/or The Aged Believers Cordial?

An unsaved person's perspective of Christians
(James Smith, "The Book You Will Like!" 1859)

I do not believe that you Christians believe your own creed -- for if you were persuaded that things really are as your Bibles teach, and that we poor lost people were really going to such a dreadful place as you say Hell is--then you would act more humanely toward us. (More)

Friendships and 'Friending'?

Posted by tom | May 5, 2011

Over a month ago a friend asked me,

How do you see today the problem of real connections not only across generational lines, but even within same generation?  Where might these connections take place and what is preventing these connections today?  I'm assuming that Facebook is a weak attempt at connections?  Why?

I still haven't really responded well, but today I noticed a new InterVarsity Press book and passed the information along.  If you're interested in the topic, Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World (Lynne M. Baab) may be worth a read.

Friending. Lynne M. Baab. InterVarsity Press. 2011.

I'll not be able to give "Friending" attention until the summer ... If you have thoughts on the topic, please share them.

Friends in Flight

Posted by tom | Mar 28, 2011

Last week on my return flight from InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry Staff Team Meetings I met

  • Captain Eric B. Forsyth, http://www.yachtfiona.com/, a British seaman living in Long Island who had been evacuated from Yosemite National Park due to the snowfall (and expected additional snow).  It was the first time the park had been closed since 1997.  Lots of material on his various voyages, including video of his 2009-2010 circumnavigation of North America via the Northwest Passage, http://vimeo.com/13791194.  Wow!  He's always looking for crew :-)
  • a Samoan with stories of flying in the South Pacific Islands and a commentary on the rush of boarding Southwest
  • Johns Hopkins Medical student with a mutual friend or two.  We were at the same 2011 Christian Medical & Dental Association Winter Retreat.

For those concerned about time, especially Daylight Savings Time

Posted by tom | Mar 11, 2011

Daylight Savings (or time in general) bother you, but you're not quite sure why?  Then you'll enjoy Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Howard Mansfield. NY Times Opinion. 3/10/2011).  Of course maybe it will just cause more 'alarm.'  Here's how the piece concludes:

We adopted daylight saving time (during World War I), rejected it (after the war), adopted it again (during World War II), and then left it up to the states and localities until 1966, when Congress once more decided it was a national concern. And as much as we complain and point out that it doesn’t make anyone more productive or save any energy, it persists. Almost every state has eight months of it each year and only four months of so-called standard time. As a result, today we rose with the dawn and next week we’ll be eating breakfast in darkness.

The change is disconcerting. But more unsettling still is the mystery we’d rather not face: If clock time isn’t real, what is time, anyway? We don’t understand time, and we definitely don’t want to admit that our allotment is limited. We just want to get on with our day.

Simple Living

Posted by tom | Feb 18, 2011

Desire to dig into "Simple Living," then check out February 16 WITF Smart Talk with Valerie Weaver-Zercher (editor of the 30th Anniversary edition of "Living More With Less") and some financial advisers. Also Living (Well) With Less (February 2011, Central PA Magazine) may be of interest. 

Welcome to the values of South Central PA :-)  What would you characterize as Biblical?

Prayers for Christians in Egpyt

Posted by tom | Jan 3, 2011

After the recent bombing in Alexandria, Egypt, I added our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in Egypt to our Advent/Christmas season prayers.  Note:  earlier I had been focusing upon those in Iraq.

Comment:  An apt set of countries to pray for as we approach Epiphany. Please join me. As some as you know, the people of God in Palestine/Israel have been in our family's prayers for many years.

McCAughey Septuplets Turning 13

Posted by tom | Dec 31, 2010

Thank-you to my friend Miller who passed along the special Youtube video of the McCAughey septuplets, living in Carlisle, IA, turning 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMOGdFtAb3w (CBS News story. Posted 11/19/2010). Caution:  When opening, I've received an ad for either Vodka or the 2011 Chevy Electric Car. The dangers of sharing powerful stories through such media channels :(

Comment: Places the challenges which our family faces in 2011 in a larger perspective, particularly as two of the septuplets have cerebral palsy and the children appear to struggle with peer respect at school.  I find the Father's enthusiasm for independence during his kid's years in college years of interest. I wonder what this will really look like.

What is your religion? Are you trying to convert me?

Posted by tom | Dec 13, 2010

A faculty friend recently asked a group of friends (including myself), how we respond to the questions, "What is your religion? Are you trying to convert me?" Due to being in campus ministry, I seldom get asked "What is your religion?" But in general (as the faculty friend mentioned in some introductory comments), I think that many questioners expect to hear denominations. When given the opportunity, I respond similar to another friend of the faculty who says, "I'm a follower of Jesus Christ as presented in the Gospels." I follow-up by trying provide an opportunity for "the other" to learn more in a relevant manner, e.g., book/Bible discussion, invitiation to a speaker/special event, reference to a weblink, etc. And I likewise encourage those with whom I minister.

As for "converting people," change is the work of God and the responsibility of the "other" to embrace the work of God. I consider it my call to extend (sow the seed of) the Word, Way, Life, and Truth of God. But the "results" are up to God and "the other." I am who I am in Christ. Lord willing, the fruit of the Spirit continues to grow. Am I trying to convert people, "No." Just trying to follow Christ as part of the people of God. Salt, light, and leaven points to the Father. Those who have ears to hear, hear ... those with eyes to see ... and those who don't, don't. But I keep praying and seeking to be who I've been created to be. ... Thoughts? How do you respond to these questions?

Evan Almighty or an Economic Development Plan

Posted by tom | Dec 7, 2010

On Saturday, I caught some of the "tail-end" of Evan Almighty (2007). While watching the film, I asked myself, "Is that how faith is understood on a "popular level" today?" 

My answer may be a regretful "yes," but before having enough time to think/write about it I came across the Ark as an economic development plan.  The merger of apologetics, Christian theme park outreach, and economic development (which includes the Amish to make it right!) may leave me even more uneasy. -- In Kentucky, Noah’s Ark Theme Park Is Planned (Laurie Goldstein. NY Times. 12/5/2010).

But you know what you have if you donít have rules?

Posted by tom | Nov 12, 2010

“All these rules, rules, rules,” he [rapper Shyne] said with his hand on an open page of the Talmud. “But you know what you have if you don’t have rules? You end up with a bunch of pills in your stomach. When you don’t know when to say when and no one tells you no, you go off the deep.” -- Rapper Finds Order in Orthodox Judaism in Israel (Dina Kraft. NY Times. 11/10/2010).

I wonder what word Shyne would have for the Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, i.e., the Supreme Court case regarding violent videogames, and this NY Times editorial, Video Games and the First Amendment.

What do you think about Shyne's testimony of rooting himself in the Jewish story?

Apostles Creed: "He descended to the dead"

Posted by tom | Oct 28, 2010

Recently I was asked for my thoughts on "He descended to the dead" in the Apostles Creed and how the line relates to 1 Peter 3:18-20 and 1 Peter 4:6.  Since I spent some time composing the email, I thought I'd share it on Groshlink.* I wonder if this may very well be one of the most difficult and disagreed upon textual/creedal question of all time.  Would love to receive your thoughts.  As you may know, I enjoy this kind of faith-doctrine-practice wrestling as we come to know "The Way. The Truth. The Life." more richly, transforming our daily life as the Body of Christ.

Musings ...

Quite honestly, since an early age I've taken the Apostles Creed as a clear statement of the Christian faith and to be embraced/accepted by faith "as is" by followers of Christ/members of the Body of Christ.**  I am a proponent of the importance of regularly affirming the Apostles Creed (and/or the Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed) in the context of morning worship to remind us of our identity in Christ. This should be supported by some teaching of the creeds and core denominational values during statement of faith/membership and the regular cycle of cradle-grave Christian education, including preaching -- note to pastors ;-)


I have read the line as "He descended to the dead," i.e., with the understanding of "hell" being "the realm of the dead"/"world of the dead" (i.e., Sheol/Hades). 


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Free Martin Luther "In His Own Words" at Christian Audio

Posted by tom | Oct 25, 2010

Although it took awhile and the process was more complicated than I desired, I downloaded and started listening to Martin Luther "In His Own Words". It's been a while since I've reviewed the 95 Theses. I think the 95 Theses are easier to read (visit 95 Theses -- hint) than listen to, none-the-less I've had it playing in the midst of various household responsibilities such as cleaning the kitchen and taking care of the laundry.  Wonder how much the younger ones will pick up as Reformation Day is just around the corner. 

Note:  Earlier posts referring to the life/work of Martin Luther incude Here I Stand, Standing upon Sola Scriptura or something more and Temptations.

Questions about Angels, Demons, and the Devil?

Posted by tom | Oct 25, 2010

Not surprisingly questions regarding angels, demons, and the devil arise during the cultural craze of Halloween. I recently received an email inquiry asking:

What are Angels? Did God create them?  Why?  For His pleasure?  Are they eternal?  Temporal?  What are Demons?  Where did Satan/Lucifer come from?  Who says so?

In response, I passed along a quote by C.S. Lewis and some on-line material suggestions.  Thought friends on Groshlink might also benefit from the recommendaions.  Feel free to post additional comments/materials.  As time permits I'll work on posting some of my own responses. Just getting the ball rolling ;-)

  1. C.S. Lewis wrote “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight” (C.S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters. 1941, p. 3). 
  2. Selections from The Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels (InterVarsity Press, 1992).  Thank-you Google Books ;-)
    1. Angels
    2. Demon, Devil, Satan
  3. Articles from Bible.org 
    1. Survey of Bible Doctrine: Angels, Satan, Demons. In outline form.  Easy to scan and return to sections.
    2. Angelology: The Doctrine of Angels. Although a long article, it is well worth the read. The piece begins by briefly discussing cultural concerns and turns to biblical teaching.  Note:  You can skip through parts which are duplication of other material.
      1. Definition given to angelsAngels are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him, though created higher than man. Some, the good angels, have remained obedient to Him and carry out His will, while others, fallen angels, disobeyed, fell from their holy position, and now stand in active opposition to the work and plan of God.
    3. For more articles on demons visit here.
    4. For more articles on angels visit here
    5. For more articles on Satan visit here.
  4. Standing Against The Wiles Of The Devil. a pre-Halloween message, including a handout of selected scriptures reviewing the significant place that  Satan had in the writings of the New Testament (Richard James. 10/26/97)

The foolish versus the wise

Posted by tom | Oct 14, 2010
"There's so much suffering and loss in trying to hold onto things that are not of ultimate value" -- From a Westminster College alum speaking at last weekend's Homecoming. 

HT to a my faculty friend Miller, who shared the quote and that it reminded him of Jim Elliot's quote:

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

I've been thinking a lot about wisdom during an adult elective based upon Dennis Hollinger's Head, Heart & Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought, Passion And Action (tied to the Christian Scholar Series hosting Hollinger on 9/26).  Last Sunday, one of the passages referred to was Psalm 111 (NIV). Note how the passage builds to the concluding verse.  A teaser.  More coming ...

 1 Praise the LORD.

       I will extol the LORD with all my heart
       in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

 2 Great are the works of the LORD;
       they are pondered by all who delight in them.

 3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
       and his righteousness endures forever.

 4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
       the LORD is gracious and compassionate.

 5 He provides food for those who fear him;
       he remembers his covenant forever.

 6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
       giving them the lands of other nations.

 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
       all his precepts are trustworthy.

 8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,
       done in faithfulness and uprightness.

 9 He provided redemption for his people;
       he ordained his covenant forever—
       holy and awesome is his name.

 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
       all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
       To him belongs eternal praise.

 

Hipster Christianity

Posted by tom | Oct 6, 2010

Poser Christianity: A Review of Brett McCracken’s Hipster Christianity by James K. A. Smith (10/4/2010).

"But his analysis only works if, in fact, all hipsters are really just posers. That is, McCracken effectively reduces all hipsters to posers precisely because he can only imagine someone adopting such a lifestyle in order to be cool. Let me say it again: this tells us more about McCracken than it does about those young Christians who are spurning conservative, bourgeois values."

Amen!  That is, with regard to Smith's article and critique of "Poser Christianity" alongside its misattribution to all "those young Christians who are spurning conservative, bourgeois values."   I'd still like to read "Hipster Christianity" for myself and gather my own thoughts, particularly its relevance to my "Theology of the Church" paper regarding "peace-making" at Elizabethtown College. 

Maybe future ESN posts on the topic should place "peace-making" in the context of "culture-making" (Click here for the first post, second post in composition). Is it too strong to say that without a "theology of culture" rooted in one's relationship with God the Father through Christ by the Word and Spirit as part of the people of God through time, space, and reality, one truly is a "poser." Hmm. ... am I up for rewriting what I've already worked on and turned in Friday? I guess deepening thought/reflection in Christ as part of the shared learning community of the Body of Christ causes one's past work to become drafts which are built upon, filled in, or even tossed(!).

A book discussion on one the pieces referenced in the post would be excellent.  Any takers?

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community (New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1954).
  • James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Press, 2009).
  • Tullian Tchividjian, Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2009). This would be a first time for me.  I think that I have a booklet, not a book, by Tullian on this topic.

Community ... Trust ... Embracing the Story

Posted by tom | Sep 18, 2010

Thank-you to the daily asterisk* for reminding me of the below quote.

If a community withholds trust, it withholds membership.  If it cannot trust, it cannot exist.

Wendell Berry
Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community

 

As my pastor recently wrapped up a study of Nehemiah, I've been thinking about whether one can enter a community unless one embraces a community's way of life and story. Many spend their time trying to find communities (educational, home, religious, vocational) which will meet most (if not each and every one) of their needs/desires/wants.

Yes, a community should reach out and extend hospitality, but that is not the same as entertaining, appeasing, selling out in order to twist oneself in every way possible to meet each and every need/desire/want of all who consider becoming part of a community or live within a certain geographic area. A community must locate itself in the unique call which it has been, e.g., what happens to a Christian college which bends over backward to open its door to students of all faith traditions. ... What happens to the people of God when they forget their call before God? ... More on this at another time.  Must attend to other matters.   Much on the plate today.  Pray for wisdom and discernment in a number of conversations.

Simplicity and complexity

Posted by tom | Sep 2, 2010

Quote came to me via the daily asterisk*.  Like it ... how about you?  Expresses what I found when submitting to God and the way of the cross. ...

I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
qtd. in The Blue Sweater

Singing at the Meetinghouse

Posted by tom | Aug 29, 2010

Last Thursday night's singing at Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse provided a unique opportunity for Amish participants.  This morning, they'll either be worshipping with other families at a farm or with their own family in their home (i.e., if it's an off week for their district).  Their several hour district gathering focuses upon preaching from the Word.* At the singing time, songs were offered/announced and then led by the leaders sitting at the table in the center of the meetinghouse (note:  rows were set-up on three sides of the table and a bench against the wall which served as the 'front.'  I'll look for a picture on meetinghouse layout). 

Typically only the first two of many verses were sung.  As there was no music for most of the songs (and no accompaniment, setting of the pitch by pipe, or 'going over the tune'), my best guess (if it wasn't a 'Gospel' tune) came during the second verse.  Some songs had a slower Amish version, similar to a Gregorian Chant.  These were requested after the first two verses.  Many times only the Amish sung these verses.  Line singing was tried several times, but didn't have much success.  More verses were sung of "popular" songs with a lead out after the given before the offering of the next song.  Sometimes particular later verses with special meaning were chosen.  Note:  Interested in samples of this style of singing? Click here.

At various times, respected members of the communities shared thougths regarding various songs.  Toward the end of the meeting, John Ruth was asked to share the Anabaptist story through the lens of his recent travels to Europe.  More coming. ...

*Note:  Interested in learning a little bit more? Visit http://www2.etown.edu/amishstudies/Religious_Services.asp.

Amish singing

Posted by tom | Aug 28, 2010

On Thursday, I picked up some Amish for a night of acapella Ausband singing at the Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse.  It was a long drive from the Oxford, PA, area, for them to be with some of their Mennonite friends [particularly from Franconia Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)], but they didn't want to miss the opportunity for this annual event.*

Sitting among and hearing the songs of these brothers and sisters in Christ brought forth a beautiful vision of the countercultural nature of the Kingdom of God.  And I really enjoyed the rich travel conversation regarding daily life and the laughter over some English-PA Dutch cross cultural encounters (including language slips).  What a way to cap off several days engaged in "Theology of the Church" (Brethren in Christ Core Class). 

Hoping for future opportunities to serve the Amish culture, maybe in relationship to the work at PSU-Hershey.  You might find of interest that I was picking up the tunes and the pronunciation -- at least that was what I was told by an "English" neighbor."  Will this inspire me to return to learning German (or PA Dutch)?   More reflections on the evening and thoughts regarding the Amish coming.

*Note:  Interested in samples of this style of singing? Click here.

More on the Christian Hipster

Posted by tom | Jul 22, 2010
Not surprising, I came across Hipster Christianity on Facebook.  Here's a post which exemplifies the push of a new release (8/1/2010):
This week is "Know Your Christian Hipster History" week... Throughout the week, if you re-post a FB item from Hipster Christianity (tag Hipster Christianity in your post) or tweet a link to a Hipster Christianity post (tag @brettmccracken on Twitter), you'll be entered in a drawing for a free autographed copy of the book. 5 books will be given away on Friday!

Still not convinced of and/or have the time for twitter, so hope this post places me in the running ;-) 

More seriously, a few more thoughts on Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide (Brett McCraken. Baker Books. 2010), http://www.hipsterchristianity.com/about.php to add to What's your Christian Hipster Quotient?  Note:  As with the first post, the material is an adaption of a BIC-TALK post.  This post touches upon how Hipster Christianity overlaps with fashion/looks and whether the whole thing is just a joke.  As you may guess, concerns stemming from taking the quiz, http://www.hipsterchristianity.com/quiz.php ;-)

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Yes, in some ways Hipster Christianity is a joke or at least a concept which deserves a ;-)  Below's part of the author profile, http://www.hipsterchristianity.com/about.php, which helpfully shares the genesis of the book.

Brett [McCracken] got the idea to write about this topic after witnessing the curiosity of "cool Christianity" firsthand through involvement with Relevant, education at a Christian college [Wheaton College], and a childhood within the evangelical Christian subculture, where he observed a gradual shift away from the "stained glass and steeples" old guard of traditional Christianity to a more unorthodox, stylized 21st-century church. This raised questions in Brett's mind: What does it mean when Christianity becomes cool or strives to be fashionable? Are there inherent contradictions in the term "hipster Christianity?"


Yes, there are some "looks" which have become more acceptable to "cool Christians" in Evangelical circles, e.g., http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=10278&id=112719812101235&ref=mf, http://www.hipsterchristianity.com/anatomy.php, but I don't think it's about 'the look' as much as 'Evangelicalism's younger generation's' journey, attitude, issues, and questions in relationship to the mid-to-late-20th Century/21st Century Evangelical subculture.  I think that the issues are probably different for those born-and-raised in the Evangelical subculture versus those who entered in as 'adults'

[e.g., Some such as myself have a stronger critique of the larger American culture which we left (e.g., "American Dream," "Amusing Ourselves to Death," "Consumerism," "Cultural Relativism"/Tolerance, "The End of Education," lack of "Creation Care," etc.) and don't quite 'understand' a lot of Evangelical subculture (the pieces of 20th Century and 21st Century wider Evangelicalism with which we didn't interact with as children and have concerns regarding its purpose/direction).  The point is to embrace, be continually present in/transformed by, and share the salt, light, and leaven of Christ to the glory of God through all of one's person as a member of the people of God directed by the Word and Spirit of God]. 
In addition, I think that Evangelicalism has more of a range than the Evangelical and popular press acknowledge (by denomination, colleges/seminaries, geography, family).  Question:  How does your local congregation/denomination currently relate to the 'Evangelical subculture' as widely understood by the Evangelical and popular press? 


As I've been rooting around the author's blog, http://stillsearching.wordpress.com/, I found a number of posts to help frame Brett McCracken's perspective.

http://stillsearching.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/scratching-where-they-itch/ (Note:  seeks to address the question of what it means 'to serve our audience')

The Facebook page ... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hipster-Christianity/112719812101235 ;-)
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