I'll be honest: none of his tweets is striking me as can't miss--none, in fact, lived up to the article's promise of "bold and provocative quotes and pithy one-liners, ... helpful links, how-tos and news." I went twenty or so tweets deep before I moved on. I don't mention this out of disrespect for Bill Hybels; I actually hold him in pretty high regard. He was my pastor for about eight years, and he once gave me directions to a Willow Creek bathroom. But I sort of think that "a little common sense" would have striven for some greater diversity; Christianity is a big tent, a global enterprise. More nonevangelicals, More non-Americans, more nonwhites, more nonmen--these inclusions wouldn't have just been politically correct; they would have been intellectually honest. At the very least, shouldn't the list have included Pope Benedict, who made worldwide news on December 12 when he opened his Twitter account (@Pontifex)? I admit he has fewer tweets (currently 33) than many of the list, but he has more than a million followers (on Twitter; the number of followers at Sunday morning mass is, uh, slightly higher). Maybe the power of each follower is exceptionally low. I'm one of his Twitter followers, so the case could be made for that. Here's a sample tweet from His Holiness:
I have rarely seen people far from God as open to spiritual conversations as they are this year. Let's be ready with words of hope!— Bill Hybels (@BillHybels) December 23, 2012
The pope follows eight people on Twitter. News flash: I'm not one of them. All this to say, I found this list annoying, and I needed to vent about it. How about you? Am I making too big a deal of this? Why? Who would you add to the list? Why?
Everything is a gift from God: it is only by recognizing this crucial dependence on the Creator that we will find freedom and peace.— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) February 6, 2013