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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Malcolm Gladwell: He is just so cool

... Few should purport to engage seriously in Christian work in our culture without consulting Malcolm Gladwell (New York Times writer, guru of modern culture, and true scientist of the mysteries of the human person) qua his definitive ground-breaker The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, or his latest chic hit Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.

I have read both of these titles, and after finishing them, congratulated myself on becoming much more of a sleuth regarding Christian duties in relation to our world's phenomenae. I love this guy. And Joy of Joys, I have just discovered that he has a blog!

...For a taste of the way this youngish genius approaches matters relevant to this humble forum, consider his New York Times article of September 12, 2005: The Cellular Church: How Rick Warren Built His Ministry. Here's a snippet:

"We are so accustomed to judging a social movement by its ideological coherence that the vagueness at the heart of evangelicalism sounds like a shortcoming. Peter Drucker calls Warren's network an army, like the Jesuits. But the Jesuits marched in lockstep and held to an all-encompassing and centrally controlled creed. The members of Warren's network don't all dress the same, and they march to the tune only of their own small group, and they agree, fundamentally, only on who the enemy is. It's not an army. It's an insurgency."

Read the rest here.