Things have been a bit quiet round here lately, and are likely to stay that way for at least the next week or so. Busy at both work and home.
I’ve still had time to read other people’s blogs via my Google Reader feeds, however, and have now added a feed to my sidebar showing my “shared items” (currently under the heading “Read elsewhere”, though I may change this).
The first item is a great post by Ben Myers applying Suzanne Vega’s song “Pornographer’s Dream” to contemporary evangelical worship’s search for a Deus nudus and the resulting stream of disillusioned evangelicals finding their way into the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Church (though some of us end up in the Lutheran Church instead!). As Myers writes:
Where every church service becomes the opportunity for a life-changing experience of the divine presence; where every song and sermon and prayer is designed to produce immediate emotional impact; where the whole Christian life is transformed into the pursuit of a “naked” experience of the divine – here, the final outcome can only be a profound and paralysing boredom. And for those subjected to such boredom, the only remaining spiritual desire is for a mysterious God, a God not merely naked and exposed, but clothed in ritual, sacrament, tradition.
Or as Myers puts it in the next paragraph: “a more modest, and therefore more sexy God.”