I was recently having an IM conversation with Tony , who really wonders about me sometimes. We were talking about the new "Currently Reading" feature and "Books I highly recomend" link that I've added to the blog and specifically the fact that Tony never likes any of the books I reccomend to him. Here's a sampling of the conversation (as you read, remember that we are very good friends and both somewhat sarcastic):
Tony: thanks for stearing me away from your reading list. for a moment there, I thought about checking it out. who knows what might have happened if I wandered into such a trap! thanks man! you saved me!
Adam: you never like anything I reccomend
Tony: because, for the most part, I don't find much value in the reading. sorry. I don't perceive the problems that you do.
Adam: I know. I find that facinating
Tony: to be honest, I think some of the problems you perceive are manufactured by the bias of the reading you do.
Adam: I think that's probably true, but I don't think it's a bad thing
Tony: your addmitance of this manufacturing is facinating to me.
Adam: lol manufacturing/enlightening/whatever
Tony: "enlightening". I feel a not-so-subtle jab there. an implication that I'm living in the dark ages of naivete. "Oh, if only Tony would wake up and smell the coffee made by the barista in the church foyer!"
Adam: not necc. I think that context and calling are important. This stuff may be neither for you, although it is both for me
Adam: I think God calls people to be different kinds of ministers. I believe I am called to be that kind of minister in the Cof C. I think you are called to be a more pastoral minister in the c of C
Tony: I question your calling. but I'm glad you feel this.
Adam: of course you do
Tony: why do you say, "of course I do"?
Adam: there exists a natural tension between the roles but both are neccessary. It's sort of a Batman/Superman kind of thing (wow, that was nerdy) I would say that you are more superman and I am more batman
Tony: LOL. I would too although I don't know why. explain
Adam: There is a tension that exists in the comic book world between Batman and Superman. Superman questions Batman's methods. Batman thinks Superman is too much of a boyscout. To the reader it is obvious that both are good/right.
Tony: boy, that was nerdy. but I see your point. which makes me nerdy, too. so I'm the boy scout, and your methods are wack
Adam: in your view, yes
Tony: in my view, because there are no absolutes (this is fun!)
Adam: no, you stinking boyscout. In your view b/c it's not compatable with your role i.e. the lenses you look at it through
Adam: now, tuck in your cape and go check out the list on my blog
Tony: wow, don't get your bat suit all in a wad
Adam: it rides up something awful
This whole Batman/Superman thing was stirred in my thinking when I was listening to a CD of a lesson Tony Campolo was doing at a convention. He said that in the OT there were 2 kinds of ministers/pastors: prophets and priests. The priests lived with the people and did the weddings and funerals and cared for the people. The prophets came down from the mountains and pointed toward the Kingdom of God. Campolo then suggested that in our times we have tried to merge these roles (out of neccesity) into one. The problem is that these roles conflict with each other. My theory is that each minister is wired to be primarily one or the other: priest (Superman) or prophet (Batman). I'm working on developing more "priestly" qualities, but I am Batman.