Part II. The Culturally Savvy Christian. Extinct Like an Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

This week I’m heading out to the cabin for what is supposedly one final shot at my next book. The working title is “The Culturally Savvy Christian” the primary theme of which is: 1) There are none; 2) There need to be.

Finding a CSC should elicit the enthusiasm like that of rhapsodic ornithologists who recently sited an ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct. One compared it to “finding Elvis alive” (the bird was seen in Arkansas) and another said, “It is the most beautiful bird we could imagine rediscovering. It is a magical bird.

Over the next few days I thought I’d post some quotes triggering my thoughts. Read between the lines and see if you can tell where this book is going. (And if you figure it out, let me know!!!) AND if you get really excited about the release of this book, go to amazon and add it to your wish list—you’ll be notified when the book is released. (Scheduled for January 2007.)


Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next. William R. Inge

It is available twenty-four hours a day, everywhere. There is the stereo in the home, in the car; there are concerts; there are music videos, with special channels exclusively devoted to them, on the air nonstop; there are the Walkmans so that no place–not public transportation, not the library–prevents students from communing with the Muse . Allan Bloom, Commenting on our culture’s obsession with music, The Closing of the American Mind.

I find that depressing. There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there’s just no point to remakes. Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around? Robert Redford, asked about rumors that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be remaking “Butch Cassidy”

It would probably require a stopwatch to clock the lag time between sin and redemption lately, as media disgrace is transformed into a bargaining chip in a celebrity’s career often before a bad boy or girl has stumbled home from the crime scene and showered off the taint of shame. What seems evident is that public humiliation has lost its barb. There might have been a time when being caught on camera in flagrante delicto or hoovering up lines of coke would have ended a career. But as Paris Hilton proved, being videotaped by one’s boyfriend in a zonked-out state and naked on all fours does not put a hitch in one’s five-year plan. If anything, the bubble-gum divinity apotheosized on the basis of a homemade pornography loop, a moronic catchphrase and a mental vacancy cavernous enough for storing yellowcake appears set to enjoy a media half-life about as long as that of a spent plutonium rod. About Kate Moss recovery from cocaine scandal.

People can create their own lives¢â‚¬¦.I decided that I’m going to create, for myself, who I am, not what other people say I should be. I’m entitled to that. Tom Cruise, life philosophy.


You are near in their mouth and far from their heart. Prophet Jeremiah

If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.Virginia Wolfe Virginia Wolfe December 7th, 2005

So fallen culture meets imitative culture and everybody gets rich and goes to the bank and I’m supposed to be excited about this¢â‚¬¦ WHY Dick Staub

According to a study by the market research publisher Packaged Facts, a division of, domestic sales of religious products are likely to grow to $9.5 billion by 2010. Movies like “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” reached a mainstream Christian audience in the theater, and sales of books, DVD’s and other merchandise followed.The film market has been supplemented with music, computer software and newer products like Christian video games, a niche that opened up in the late 1990’s and now includes about 100 active game developers, the study says. Books that appeal to a Christian audience, like the “Left Behind” series, have a commanding space in the market. (It may require a divine act to remove “The Purpose-Driven Life” from the New York Times best-seller list, where it has been for 170 weeks.


The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair. Walker Percy

In Africa, they say there are two hungers, the lesser hunger and the greater hunger. The lesser hunger is for the things that sustain life, the goods and services, and the money to pay for them, which we all need. The greater hunger is for an answer to the question “why?” for some understanding of what that life is for. Charles Handy

The greatness of the world he thought is not in anything man has done but in what God has done. And this made him remember a long time ago. It was a simple memory, but he loved it, and recalling it he felt the color of his life. Mark Helprin, an eighty-year old man living in a home for the aged is reflecting on his life, recalling a summer visit to his grandfather’s timber forest in Russia. First Russian Summer

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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