I can’t report much progress on the religious exploration front so far. The end of the year was much more hectic than I expected, and I found myself in need of some serious down-time through the holidays as I adjusted to life after a start-up. Excuses, excuses.
Here in the New Year, I would seem to lack for excuses, so I’ve got my mental mise en place in place and am going to start in earnest this week, with my jumping off point being the pile of reading I’ve lined up. Here’s what’s on the menu, in roughly the order I plan to tackle it:
- Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (in progress)
- Lee Strobel‘s The Case For Christ (Via a comment from JC Derrick)
- Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christ by Richard Foster (and recommended by my friend Bill Holston)
- Re-read of Lewis’ Screwtape Letters
I’m having a hard time getting excited about my plan for visiting a panoply of worship houses, partly because our Sunday family routine is so ingrained, and partly because it feels a little futile until I get through a first round of study and thought. (And yes, I’m aware that this likely sounds like a cop-out from a guy who enjoys leisurely brunch while watching CBS Sunday Morning.)
There’s another project I’ve been noodling that creates another venn diagram between this study and my obsession with locality: In a post about attacking local news problems with a vision that starts with covering 100% of a thing, one of the ideas my friend Jay Rosen suggested was a database of local sermons. I’m thinking about seeing what I could cobble together as an aggregator and podcast for the DFW area. If you know of a local church that posts its sermons online, let me know.
Finally, I’ll share this cartoon posted on one of my favorite music Tumblrs, illustrating my biggest obstacle in engaging in religious discussion with True Believers. (Stumbling on it was also a kick in the ass to get started already):
- Christian Apolegetics Books and Authors (compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Of Lewis and Scripture and OCPD (markpenrith.wordpress.com)
- Quotes from Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ” (compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Hugh Hewitt: Reading Lewis (hughhewitt.com)
- Is religion reasonable? (barefootbum.blogspot.com)
- Losing Finding my religion (orrenmedia.com)