Thursday, February 05, 2009

How to Look Smart

Found a great place to do the spade work of digging into the ancient text we know as the Bible in preparation for bringing that message forward into the 21st Century. It's a seminary library with great resources.

But just like every place, there are status symbols. Or rather here, smart symbols.

Pseudo-smart. Bible open + notebook with copious notes + thin reference book = smirks of disapproval.



Smart. Bible open + notebook with copious notes + monster thick reference book = eyebrows raised in impression.

The score keeping game is rooted deep in the human heart. Here's to creating the beloved community Jesus had in mind where you are accepted no matter how "thick" your books are.

7 comments:

Cindy M said...

I believe you are on your way!
Sadly, many Christians are never able to grasp this concept. God bless your efforts to develop this type of community.

Juliana said...

Yes, it is difficult to fin a place where there are no egos. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to take mine with me.

Keri said...

Jared always says his time in academia was the most competitive place he's been...

Anonymous said...

Scotty. . .this is probably not the most typical way of finding a classmate but we have been looking for you. This is also, probably not the most appropriate way of contacting you but my emails to you keep getting returned. This is Toni Meek please email me back for reunion details. tmeek@birch.net

Now, I am off to read your blog. . .

Anonymous said...

Scott..

We are ridiculous. How often are the books we carry used as substitutes for substance we lack internally. Looking forward to the journey we started man.

D Harmon out.

Kelsey Ann said...

i feel most prestigious when i have my bible open, along with my journal (with lots of cursive writing inside) and two "jesus" books stacked to the side while sitting at starbucks drinking a latte.. i'll have to try adding a reference book!

urntjerry said...

I doubt I ever look smart, no matter what books are open in front of me.