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

A friend just called and asked how the writing is going¢â‚¬¦ I said the book is either nearing the finish line or about to go off a cliff and I’m not sure which!

I’m out to the cabin for what is supposedly one final shot at my next book. As you already know 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.

Here today are some more 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.)

QUOTES FOR SECTION IV: Skilled in relating faith and culture

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes – the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing that you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.” 1997Apple Computer ad

If you’ve had a freakish education, use it…. An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. J. D. Salinger Franny and Zooey

Life as art Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets. Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas

We make, but Thou art the creating core. George MacDonald

Dylan Thomas is come and gone, come and gone, come and gone, Dylan Thomas is come and gone his blood turned to words. Mason Williams Phonograph Record,

One of the jobs of art is to inspire discussion, and it (Brokeback Mountain)certainly has done that. It’s like a window and a mirror. You’re looking through a window at lives you may or may not have experienced. But it’s a mirror in the sense we’ve all felt lonely; we’re all, at one time or another, looking for and hoping for love.” Diana Ossana, nominated with Larry McMurtry for writing “Brokeback Mountain,”

Without the ugly there Is No beautiful. Melanie Doane

The knowledge of different literature frees oneself from the tyranny of the few. Jose Marti Jose Marti

“Can’t you see you’re not making Christianity better, you’re just making rock n’ roll worse.” – Hank Hill, of “King of the Hill,” when his son Bobby joins a Christian rock band

I always loved books where people tell the truth. When people tell the truth, it’s like finding an English language station in Morocco.
Anne Lamott

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

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