A La Carte (8/14)
I enjoyed this article by David Sills. He writes about Twitter and other social media: “Someone has said that humility is not thinking less of yourself, just thinking of yourself less. Enter Twitter and Facebook. Humility used to guide believers to wait and let others praise them and not do it themselves. The heroes of yesteryear who reluctantly received the crowd’s adulation have been replaced with shameless personal promoters who peddle their self-made brand to as many as possible by all means possible—under the guise of social networking. I will admit that these folks seem to be larger than life superstars with all the news that’s fit to tweet, if it’s all true, but seriously, all this genuflecting is making my pants baggy.”
Owen Strachan’s article on coffee drinking is worth the (humorous) read. “What you find on many websites is some kind of description like this: ‘I love reformed theology, U2, anything by Steven Soderbergh, and a fresh cup of joe.’ Or maybe: ‘My interests are theology, issues of social justice, Beastie Boys, and an Americano from (fill in neighborhood coffee shop here).’ Or perhaps: ‘Can’t resist a good Bonhoeffer quotation, Edwardsean philosophy, and a venti mocha with light whip.’”
Bonuses Break the Bank
This might make you mad.
Religious Book Sales Fall
“Sales of religious books saw a significant decrease of 22% in June continuing a yearlong trend, as overall book sales increased by 21.5% to $942.6 million, according to The Association of American Publishers (AAP).”