I recently paid Telkom for a DSL top-up, because we had run out of Internet
bandwidth, but it wasn’t credited, so we still don’t have web access. Ususaly
I enter the credit card number, say how many gigs I want to buy, the bank
send a one-time pin, I enter that, and it is paid. I did that, but Telkom say
they have no record of the payment. The SMS from the bank saying the amount
has been debited to my account has two phone numbers, one marked for queries
about the payment, I dial the number. “The number you have dialed does not
exist”. I dial the other one, “The number you have dialed does not exist”.
What can have happened? One possibilitiy is that the banks telephone lines
have been nicked by cable thieves, which would explain why Telkom didn’t get
notified of my payment and I can’t contact the bank. The other possibility is
that it is a new scam of some kind…
So if you were worried about corruption in South Africa, take heart, we’re not alone.
I’ve ysed Tumblr as a way of aggregating posts from my various blogs, but it
seems to be broken:
Catching up with the Sandercock family
Next attempt in 30 days
30 days ago
A couple of Ellwood mysteries
Next attempt in 3 months
3 months ago
And so it goes.
A couple of years ago I came across an article on Hipster Christianity,
which, it seemed to me, was pretty wide of the mark. It linked to a quiz,
which purported to show whether you were a hipster Christian, and dropped a
bunch of names I had never heard of.
About 50 years ago I was a proponent of hipster Christianity, which was
nothing like what was described in this article;.
Yesterday, however, I came across another article, here:
which seemed to come a lot closer to the mark.
The article is written by someone who rejects that culture but some aspects
of it at least are recognisable. It also seems to have something in common
with the “emerging church” fad that was popular some 5-6 years ago, and
seemed to fall into the category of “Stuff White People Like”.
One of the features this article ascribes to “Hipster Christianity” is an
interest in the works of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, though no
mention of other Inklings, such as Charles Williams. .
I think the article is worth reading, and would be interested in hearing what
others think of it. How well does it describe you. Where does it come close
to the mark, and where is it far off the mark, and why?
I think it is related to the whole “Gospel and ‘our’ culture” thing that was
being promoted by fans of Lesslie Newbigin about 10-12 years ago, though
again, it is not something one hears much about nowadays.
I’ve written a few thoughts about it here:
with links to some of the other articles on the topic, and I’d really like to
discuss it. And what does it have to say about the gospel and Western
culture, or about evangelising (or re-evangelising) the Western world?
I’m hoping that people will discuss it in the Christianity and Society forum, and if you are at all interested in the topic, I invite you to join us there
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