Why do so many of my fellow Christ-followers behave in such an un-Christ-like way?

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today when I came across a post from someone I haven’t met IRL, but whose take on issues I’ve learned to appreciate.  It read (and I’m deliberately not linking to the original post, lest the original writer get slammed):

It appears yesterday, being Good Friday, was a free day for Christians to bash non-Christians on FB. At least on posts I saw. Is this new?

The first response was also not encouraging:

But in general, vitriol between Christians and non-Christians is pretty par for the course on the web.

I replied to both of the posters thusly:

wish I could refute your comments about vitriolic Christians, but the evidence is overwhelming.Don’t condemn all tho

(The joys of being limited to 140 characters.)

To which the reply from the original poster was:

Nope. Just the behaviours.

Now, the original post was seven hours ago, and I’ve found my mind circling back to it throughout that time.

Why do people who purport to be ambassadors for Jesus “bash” people in a “vitriolic” fashion (and I could think of even stronger terms to use)?  Are they unaware of how poorly they’re living out the faith (I hope) they’ve been taught?  

I know I’m privileged to be attending a church that is part of the Anabaptist tradition, where bashing (physical or verbal/textual) and vitriol are not part of the DNA, but if anyone reading these words was among those harangued by these people, please let me extend my sincerest apology.  

Please don’t judge us all by the yahoos among us (and I guess I’m guilty of judging them).

Do You Want to Be Made Well?


Excellent piece, particularly poignant for me as two years ago today was when I was transferred to the rehab hospital after almost three weeks in ICU and hospital.

Originally posted on chaplainjesuslady:


Sometimes I get to the point where I think I’ve seen it all. And then I walk into a patient’s room to see several leeches on him. I’ll admit, I got a little woozy. In theory, I knew that leeches are still used in modern medicine, but I had never actually seen it until recently. I’m guessing this is not what the patient expected when he checked into a Western hospital in the year 2014. But healing can take some unexpected, and rather uncomfortable, paths.

In the fifth chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus encounters a man who has been ill for thirty-eight years, and asks him what always seemed to me a ridiculous question: “Do you want to be made well?”Um, of course he does, Jesus! That’s why he’s there with all the other sick people at the pool that’s supposed to have magical healing properties. I mean, honestly, what…

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Twitter for BlackBerry 10 Updated


The Joys Of Technology: It’s really encouraging (NOT) to check out this blog post on an update I installed the other day, only to see that it has issues and has been withdrawn. I’m glad that Blaq is my preferred Twitter client on my phone, or I’d be pursuing the “downgrade”. (I believe this is the first time I’ve used that particular word in this context.)

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:

Twitter v 10.2.2 is now available for download in the BlackBerry World storefront — 02/06/2014

The Holidays are an important time for communicating. Whether you’re checking in with loved ones, or staying connected with friends around the globe, we’ve updated the Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 to make it that much better. Designed to be the best way to stay connected to Twitter on your BlackBerry 10 device, the Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 v10.2.2 comes packed with new features:

Twitter v 10.2.2 Highlights:

Twitter Screenshots for BlackBerry 10

  • Home Timeline Photo Preview – Tweets with Twitter photos let you be part of the moment. Image thumbnails are now displayed on the Home timeline for all pic.twitter.com images – just tap the image to reveal the full screen version.
  • BBM™ Connected – If you love BBM and Twitter, you’ll love this update. Now Tweet and update your BBM™ status at the same time.
  • Reply within…

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How to make Twitter EXPLODE!


Today in social media: Hard to disagree with Tim Burrows’ (@T_Burrows) take here, and let’s hope that this doesn’t represent the views of a public relations professional.

Originally posted on Walking the Social Media Beat:

Holy crap…you want to see Twitter explode in negative feedback?  Try making a Tweet like this…

@JustineSacco 10:19am from Hillingdon, London

@JustineSacco 10:19am from Hillingdon, London

OK…so this is an ignorant piece of work that no one should give the time of day to and should just be ignored right?  Maybe, maybe not…let’s look closer.

Head of CorpComms at IAC??? WTH

Head of CorpComms at IAC??? WTH

OK…so she is a professional communicator for IAC, InterActiveCorp.  Google also has her listed as the head of PR for IAC.  Well, since she is the head of PR, I will assume that she has an awesome plan in place for this type of instant crisis communications that she has just created.

Google also has all the latest and greatest blog posts that have gotten all fired up in the 7 hours since the faux pas.  Click here for the highlights

So, lets consider this for a minute before we jump to conclusions.

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In praise of detective fiction

“…detective fiction …  is a pleasure much indulged in by scholars, pastors and theologians. Gabriel Marcel always insisted that we have to choose whether we treat life as a problem to be solved or as a mystery to be entered….” — Eugene Peterson, Living the Message:  Daily Reflections

As a former associate pastor, that might help explain my fascination with this genre.

How not to respond to a customer service inquiry, Starbucks

Weekdays, I pick up coffee at one of three Starbucks locations, always to go, and to be consumed on the subway.  My preferred size is 20 ounce (“venti” in Sbux-speech).  When I’ve been in a lineup, I have scanned the refillable containers in the stores, and never saw one for hot drinks in the venti size.  One day, when I was refilling my Starbucks card online, I took a look through what was available through the website.  Again, smaller sizes available, but not venti.
So, yesterday, when I was again refilling my card, I clicked on the contact us link and sent a short note:
Wondering why there do not seem to be any refillable venti-size containers for hot beverages. (I transplant my daily order into one of your competitors’ cups, which is less than ideal.)
I was underwhelmed by the response, which may as well have been generated instantly by a bot (and to be fair to the CS rep, I have removed her name):

Hello [blank space where no name inserted] ,


Thank you for contacting Starbucks.


I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback regarding Venti sized refillable containers.  I want to assure you that I’ve shared your comments with the appropriate team for their review.


We’re always excited to receive feedback from our loyal customers about your Starbucks experience.  You know better than anyone else what you want from Starbucks.  We are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our products and service to create enthusiastically satisfied customers.


With that in mind, I also invite you to visit http://www.MyStarbucksIdea.com. This website is a forum where you can share your ideas, tell us what you think of other people’s ideas and join the discussion that will help shape Starbucks future.  Many of the ideas shared have already been turned into action.

If you ever have any questions or concerns in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.





customer service


Somehow, I won’t be in a hurry to contact them next time I have an issue.

As for me, I have to decide whether to switch to grande, or continue transplanting.