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News That Illustrates: November 8, 2010

Lessons from an Obituary Writer
CBS's Sunday Morning is a wonderful little show that I suspect you miss each week because it airs on … well … Sunday morning. If you've got a DVR, record it. Seriously. Just about every week there's at least one story that could work as an illustration. Take for example the recent feature story on obituary writers. Fascinating. And in the midst of the story, one of the writers (Jan Hoffman) offers a piercing question ("How would you capture your life in 200 words? What would the people who love you say about you?") and a telling observation ("What I found [when gathering information to write a person's obituary], the singular quality that stays with me, is that almost no one talked about that person's job. It was about love. It was about singularity. It was about connection.").

Your Eschatology Is Showing
How choppy are the waters of politics! But seeing as the last two major election seasons have been so monumental for our country, I'd say it calls for some reflection. In 2008, Scot McKnight posted a thoughtful, challenging post on the Out of Ur blog about how our response to election results provide quite a bit of insight into our eschatological convictions. He tweaked the post a bit so that he could he could re-post it last Tuesday. Now that the dust has settled on the 2010 election—and now that we've seen a stunning overturn in the House—perhaps this is a way to help people pause and reflect on what they're feeling/thinking, why they might be feeling/thinking that way, and how they maybe ought to feel/think in other directions. But I'll end with how I started: How choppy are the waters of politics!

For Halloween We Went As …
Halloween has come and gone, obviously, but you might be interested to see the top ten costume trends of 2010. Boy, Lady Gaga was popular—and so was the cast of Jersey Shore. For those keeping track at home, that's not necessarily a good thing. But then again, don't we tend to dress as those we see as silly or beyond reality? But then, why do we listen to them or watch them if they are so silly or beyond reality? The whole costume thing really does raise interesting questions, if you probe deep enough.

The Things You Would Have Said
It was while working my way through Phyllis Tickle's collection of prayers for the Daily Office that I learned to request forgiveness on a daily basis for "things I've done and the things I've left undone." I've realized how many different variations I can offer of that request. Mainly, "Lord, forgive me for the things I've said and left unsaid." I thought of that prayer—and the burdens we all carry for things said and unsaid—when I read about a new website that has been launched where you can deal with all your "nagging feelings about what you wanted to say but didn't" by posting the unspoken messages online. This one left me a bit rattled—if only for the samples displayed in left sidebar. Some of them are just devastating to read. A piercing look at the weight we often carry …

The Beauty of Insignificance
Well, this isn't exactly "news that illustrates"—i.e. a link to a news story or news feature—but there's just too much to work with here sermonically to pass it up. Check out Mark Galli's Insignificant Is Beautiful. Wonderful thoughts on a life of service, pride and humility, and even the pettiness of how we categorize generations.

Religion Is Not Hazardous to Your Health
According to a recent Gallup report, the most religious Americans show the highest levels of well-being.

What the Bible Really Says About Sex?
Author Michael Coogan has a new book out. The title? God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. This one is getting quite a bit of press—and just recently I saw a bunch of copies propped up in the front shelf of Borders. Maybe we're staring at a possible bestseller. So maybe it's worth figuring out if what Coogan says the Bible really says is what it says. Here's a an interview with Coogan to help you get a feel for the direction he goes.

The Beauty of Insignificance
Well, this isn't exactly "news that illustrates"—i.e. a link to a news story or news feature—but there's just too much to work with here sermonically to pass it up. Check out Mark Galli's Insignificant Is Beautiful. Wonderful thoughts on a life of service, pride and humility, and even the pettiness of how we categorize generations.

Religion Is Not Hazardous to Your Health
According to a recent Gallup report, the most religious Americans show the highest levels of well-being.

What the Bible Really Says About Sex?
Author Michael Coogan has a new book out. The title? God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. This one is getting quite a bit of press—and just recently I saw a bunch of copies propped up in the front shelf of Borders. Maybe we're staring at a possible bestseller. So maybe it's worth figuring out if what Coogan says the Bible really says is what it says. Here's a an interview with Coogan to help you get a feel for the direction he goes.

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