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I’ve been tagged by J-Marie

posted by xscot mcknight

On one of the comments on my post response to Jordon Cooper, I was asked these questions by J-Marie:
Who prefers which news channel?
We tend to skip around, but I think Kris prefers FoxNews a little and I prefer CNN, but we’d rather find a rousing debate than a soft-pedaling and politically correct description. We don’t watch MSNBC very often. We don’t watch the local news very often anymore, either. On Weekends I like FoxNews early morning because they’re horsing around some. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, whom I like, is a little too serious. I liked it when Jack Cafferty was grouching about something.
Any favorites/unfavorite news personalities?
I like Jack Cafferty and Wolf Blitzer. I like Julien on Sat morning’s FoxNews. I liked Paula Zahn on the morning news but don’t care for her so much in the evening. We sometimes watch Larry King. Kris likes Anderson Cooper.
Any special salad recipes?
Here’s my standard:
Spinach leaves cut and sliced into small pieces.
Dice carrots
Dice onions
Tomato diced
Broccoli florets
Key for me: put this all in a bowl, put the dressing on then, and mix it up thoroughly so that it is not all gobbed on the top. Cracked pepper. Sometimes I add a little Romano or Parmesan.
Is your weekend schedule any different?
Weekends when we are home and I’m not speaking…. well, they begin on Fridays around here. By the way, my general rule is that I do not go speak somewhere if Kris is not part of the deal. (M-Th Kris works, of course, so she doesn’t go with me if I’m speaking out of town.)
We get up early on Saturday (as always). By 8am we are off to Independence Grove to walk; we stop at MacDonald’s for a cup of coffee; walk around the Lake. Back home. Kris runs errands and I work some — writing or reading — or swiff or vacuum or mow the grass. We attend Willow on Saturday evening. Sundays are much the same. I rarely write much on weekends, and never at night unless a publication deadline is imminent and I’m not going to meet it unless I put in some extra hours. Kris shops for groceries, and doesn’t trust me at the store.
Lots of variety: sometimes we go to a movie on Friday night (Kris generally chooses); we go out to eat on Sat evening for dinner with family or friends; we do different things in the afternoons — go to the City, run errands, take a nap, watch the Cubs or golf or basketball or football. We do a little gardening. Some house projects. Trips to Freeport to visit our parents.
What is your next book?
A Communty called Atonement (Abingdon, due out next spring I guess)
The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus (Paraclete, due out in December)
In August I have a few little articles to write, and then I return for 18 months to James for Eerdmans (NIC). I expect to be done by Sept 1, 2008. Nothing else.
And are you getting ready for which classes in the fall?
I do class stuff all the time; syllabus Aug 1; but the courses are mostly ready.



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Bob Robinson

posted July 29, 2006 at 1:17 pm


I find this interesting:
You were the first Christian that I ever met in some form of “authority” (since you were a professor at TEDS) that actually challenged the standard “I’m a Christian so I must also be a conservative Republican” line. I distinctly remember sitting in your Synoptics class and your telling us that Christ may not line up with the Republican platform–and that he may even be a pacifist. My jaw dropped.
And now you’re telling us you actually like Fox News?
Hmmm…
What happened?!?!
:)



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Scot McKnight

posted July 29, 2006 at 1:21 pm


Well, Bob, I like to think of myself as an independent. I watch FoxNews at times, not always, because Kris likes it and because they get into fisticuffs about issues. Are any two journalists more predictable than Hannity and Colmes? Hence, a debate each time from a specific standpoint. I think we can learn more from hearing two sharp views that one softened view, and I also think we learn more from the opposite that constantly reading those with whom we agree.



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Bob Robinson

posted July 29, 2006 at 6:01 pm


I don’t think I agree.
I think we learn very little from pundits. I’d rather watch someone with a “softened view” (read: well-thought out, nuanced, and has grappled with the grays of the issue at hand) than the “sharp views” offered by today’s cable news talking heads. Hannity, O’Reilly, and Brit Hume have become, in my view, caracatures of the right. Have you very often heard anything come out of their mouths that would not have come off a Republican Talking Points sheet?
But then again, you don’t see Bush tapping any reporters from CNN or CBS to be his Press Secretary. And I think Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) is just a little left leaning!



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Scot McKnight

posted July 29, 2006 at 8:35 pm


By and large I enjoyed listening to Kerry yack; he was verbose and wandered, but he had nuance. I don’t think anyone who is a talking head news pundit, that sits at the desk to report, is paid to give nuance. So, I don’t look to them for that.
I like opposing points conversations. Just do. I can make up my own mind that way.



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J-Marie

posted July 29, 2006 at 10:40 pm


EXCELLENT article to read re: Can Christians Be Democrats?? And what effect that standing up for a neutral/or different view other than the Republican view can have on a congregation.
I was raised to be purple. (which I think in this day and age is rare, & a credit to my parents)I tend to vote red, occaisonally blue, but I never vote based on party.
http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/disowning-conservative-politics-is/20060729195809990004
If the link doesn’t work try:
Disowning Conservative Politics Is Costly for Pastor
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times



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RJS

posted July 30, 2006 at 9:02 am


The article that J-Marie refers to is very interesting and well written. It was in yesterday’s NY Times – available online. The article is entitled “Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock” This article is about a sermon series by Greg Boyd at Woodland Hills Church in Minnesota – where he basically says Christians shouldn’t be Republican or Democrat. Basically while he is in his own words, no liberal, he says that when Christians win the culture wars they inevitably lose. It is an interesting article. Take a look.



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John Frye

posted July 30, 2006 at 1:07 pm


Scot,
Do you and Kris eat much fish? And if you do, what do you like best and how do you prepare it?
John and Julie



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Brian

posted July 30, 2006 at 2:50 pm


Bob,
Off the top of my head, in the past several months I can remember Bill O’Reilly criticizing George Bush on multiple occasions for poor planning in Iraq, failure to lead on immigration reform, and for failure to respond to high gas prices. I don’t see enough of Hannity or Hume to say anything about their reporting.



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Scot McKnight

posted July 30, 2006 at 4:41 pm


John and Julie,
We eat fish twice a week or so. Salmon is usually just cooked in a pan with a little olive oil.
I often do white fish, as I am tonight with Mahi Mahi, by doing the above but at the end of the time putting some Marinara sauce and veggies in the pan — turns out to be a good concoction for us.



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