“Maybe those of us in the church might get a better response if we took him off the cross more often and let him shoot hoops and laugh once in a while.” Jesus Junk: My Take on Christian Memorabilia
This little gem—or bijou, if you prefer—comes from Steve Case on the Youth Specialties website. He’s actually making an unusual case for the irreverent gimmicks like Jesus action figures and bracelets and coffee mugs with smiling saviors on them. I thought it made a good point. Changed my cynical perspective a little. But not too much—don’t worry.
Excellent submissions so far of unsafe Christian communications. Keep ’em coming! I’m going for at least one thing from everyone.
I met with a bunch of fellow editors from around town today to discuss, of all things, fiction. One of our number had just been to the Don Miller conference at Glen Eyrie and was depressed that he didn’t accept her proposal of marriage. Apparently, he gets that a lot, girls, sorry to burst your bubbles.
We talked about his new books, future things with NavPress, other books we’ve got in the works that “break the mold,” and all manner of other trivialities that just gear me up for the rest of the day so I can’t work. We talked about the revolution and complained about how slowly it’s coming about, how little really good books we’ve gotten to work on recently since our hands are tied by our respective programs, etc., blah-blah, sha-bup.
As conversations started splitting off, I mentioned to my friend how I’ve been getting the sense that this revolution is like any other. When it’s best, is just like love or a good diet. It comes on slowly as a completely transforming life-change, almost so you barely even feel it, until time passes and one day, you stop and catch yourself in the mirror and you suddenly realize—you’re old! No. You realize the change has happened. And you thought it never would.
I met Greg Wolfe at the last Glen conference in Santa Fe and bought his wife’s book, The Unveiling. I read it quickly and loved it. She turned me on to Time Traveler’s Wife and other literary/popular books that really don’t seem to know which camp they’re in. It’s been an amazing year, book-wise, to see all that’s coming out, sticking its neck out, risking things to show us the view from the top of the wave in CBA. It’s inspiring and, I think you’ll agree, about time.
And finally, I think I should go ahead and speak for all editors to say to you, thank you. It’s only possible if we work together to hone the craft, keep abreast of the gradual changes, and learn about this big industry together. I’m very grateful to you all.
Bring me those great unsafe writers!