What I Read Online – 06/06/2012 (a.m.)

06 Jun
    • But, occasionally, what we might call the “arrogance of the urban” can begin to manifest itself.  Those who are a part of urban churches can sometimes project an attitude, even unwittingly, that urban centers are where “real” ministry happens.   The city is where everyone should be focusing their attention.  And slowly this can create a critical sentiment that suburban churches—usually bigger, wealthier, and demographically older—don’t really get it and probably more concerned with comfort than with sacrificial ministry.  Moreover, the suburban churches are often viewed as out of date and out of touch with cultural and social trends.
    • First of all, no one has to pay me anything! I’m so thankful that the church pays my salary so I can counsel for free. Congregants appreciate it too. It feels more in line with gospel ministry (“freely you have received; freely give”) and I think it promotes a less “professional” and more pastoral relationship.
    • We should pray for Stellman’s congregation at Exile Presbyterian Church. I cannot begin to grasp the full extent of the confusion and the betrayal of trust which its members must be feeling at this time.And the rest of us need to examine ourselves to makes sure that our appropriately high ecclesiology does not lead us to identify our own pet issues with the gospel.
    • It is important to understand what Landauer meant. He didn’t mean that it takes energy to erase information. For example, if you want to erase the writing on a whiteboard, you have to expend energy wiping the markings off the board. That makes perfect sense, but it’s not what Landauer was referring to. He said that in order for information to be erased, energy must be released into the environment. The very act information being destroyed, regardless of the method, requires a physical response: a minimum amount of energy must be released. This is because information is a real, physical quantity and is therefore governed by the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
    • However, this has applications to the creation/intelligent design/evolution issue as well. After all, life is all about information. In order for life to exist in the first place, information has to exist. In order for any physical process to change one life form into a different life form, information must be altered. If information is a real, physical quantity that is subject to the natural laws, then any theories that attempt to explain the origin and diversity of life must take this into account.
    • This is not a new predicament, of course. For as long as we have had easy access to cameras and then to video cameras we have been torn between enjoying a moment and recording a moment. It’s difficult to do both in equal measure. Many a father has returned home from a visit to the mountains having experienced the whole vacation with one eye closed and the other eye peering through a tiny little rectangle. Today the sheer ubiquity of cameras has escalated this problem
    • We need to stop believing that everything worth experiencing is worth recording. There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures and shooting video—of course there’s not!—but in all our clicking and in all our capturing, let’s make sure that we’re not missing out on life’s best experiences. Let’s learn to enjoy the moment. Give me one beautiful moment fully lived and fully enjoyed and I will trade it for a hundred moments where my phone stood between me and the source of that beauty.

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