On the faith and culture front
*I hope you had the time, means and opportunity to patronize a Chick-fil-A near you on August 1st. Sadly, being a Yankee and all, I’ve never even tasted the stuff. I had to cheer y’all on from a distance. Meanwhile, I was appalled to read this piece by Barnabas Piper (and many other pieces like it) making a sour lemon face over the movement because it might come off as “territorial,” “divisive,” etc. Yeah, you know just the thought of some homeschooling family with 21 kids showing up to buy chicken sandwiches terrifies me. Seriously, what a wimp. I have no idea why people are acting like this guy has any valid points whatsoever. Maybe it’s just the old man’s name making people pay attention to him? As far as this issue is concerned, everything he and his ilk are bothered by is stuff they shouldn’t be bothered by. Number one, it’s actually a scary thing to see ostensible conservatives shaking a finger at their fellow Christians for just about the most peaceful form of support you could imagine (seriously, wasn’t Gandhi all about this kind of thing?), and number two, there’s nothing wrong with “swagger” and “one-upmanship” when we’re one-upping evil. Although in one sense I’m not happy about the boycott because it always depresses me to see evil people making strides in the harassment of good people, I also get a kick out of a headline like this. Presumably that makes me an ungracious, confrontational Christian. I don’t give a waffle fry. MOR CHIKIN!
*Denny Burk had a good article about a young Olympic gymnast named Gabby Douglas and how her Christian faith has been suppressed in the press.
*Speaking of Christians at the Olympics, three cheers for Missy Franklin! She’s also representing her country and her faith with class and excellence, and just yesterday she won her third gold medal while setting a new world record. Here’s a Crosswalk feature on her. An added poignant touch to Franklin’s story is that she is from Aurora, CO, and she’s stated that she hopes to “shine some light on Colorado and make them proud” in the wake of the massacre.
On the Southern Gospel front:
Slow news week, but here are a few tidbits I collected from various SG artists’ visits to Chick-fil-A.
Bryan Walker posted a pic of his double order of nuggets (my mouth watered).
Gerald Wolfe gave running twitter updates on Greater Vision’s looooong wait inside a mall in Missouri (over an hour). In response to Walker’s photo, he said, “I had 2 of those, plus a Chikin Sandwich, then bought nuggets for 3 people who had never had ChikFilA before. My pleasure!” Chris Allman put a video on Socialcam.
My favorite was Lauren Talley’s novel idea for the upcoming election: “I say this coming November, we place polling booths inside Chick-fil-A.”
And from Karen Peck Gooch: “God bless Chick-Fil-A!!!!:)”