This is one of my favourite songs off what is possibly my favourite rap album of all time. I know rap/hip-hop isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but this is a really good track and the lyrics are especially provoking.
Lovers of all things good and holy, beware of the following video.
A while back I mentioned a Chicago pastor who was writing about mission and the LGBTQ community. I really feel strongly that this is an important issue. For too long the church has been at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the LGBTQ community, either “welcoming and affirming” or “welcoming and not affirming.” David is arguing for a third way, “welcoming and mutually transforming” and I think he’s doing a fantastic job.
His latest two posts have been great:
You can check out the entire series thus far right here.
*It should be noted for those of you reading who wouldn’t identify yourselves as “within” the Church/Christ that this discussion might not make a whole lot of sense to you and that is completely understandable.
“How proud we often are of our victories in the war with nature, proud of the multitude of instruments we have succeeded in inventing, of the abundance of commodities we have been able to produce. Yet our victories have come to resemble defeats. In spite of our triumphs, we have fallen victims to the work of our hands; it is as if the forces we had conquered have conquered us.
Is our civilization a way to disaster, as many of us are prone to believe? Is civilization essentially evil, to be rejected and condemned? The faith of the Jew is not a way out of this world, but a way of being within and above this world; not to reject but to surpass civilization. The Sabbath is the day on which we learn the art of surpassing civilization.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (p.27).
Christians of all shapes and sizes could learn much from this old Jew. The faith of the Christian is not a way out of this world, but a way of being within and above this world.
There is a new(ish) push on to get major electronics companies to trace where they get their minerals from and to inform the public whether or not their laptops, mp3 players, cell phones etc. are ‘conflict free’. This, I think, is worth supporting. Check out the following links and articles to see what you can do.
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/16/the-genocide-behind-your-smart-phone.html (thanks to my good friend Andy for sending me this article).
I’ve been listening to a lot of really great music lately (in my subjective opinion anyways). I figured that some folks who check out this blog on occasion might appreciate some of it if you’re not already listening. So this is a new segment (that’s right, I have segments) called ‘Heavy Rotation’ where I’ll fill you in on some of the wonderful tunes that I’m listening to consistently.
First up, is my hometown of Newmarket’s own Tokyo Police Club. I love their new album ‘Champion’. I kid you not, every song is really, really good. I could literally put it on shuffle and whatever song came on I would be pleased. Super happy-feeling, make-you-want-to-boogy, summer-time music. Here’s one of their songs called ‘Big Difference’. But like I said, I could have put any song on here and it would have been fun!
MANIFESTO: THE MAD FARMER LIBERATION FRONT
By Wendell Berry
Love the quick profit, the annual raise, and vacation with pay.
Want more of everything made.
Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery any more.
Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something they will call you.
When they want you to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute.
Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace the flag.
Hope to live in that free republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot understand.
For what man has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium.
Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant,
That you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees
Every thousand years.
Listen to carrion–put your ear close,
And hear the faint chattering of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world.
Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable.
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap for power,
Please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head in her lap.
Swear allegiance to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and politicos can predict the motions
Of your mind, lose it.
Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn’t go.
Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary,
Some in the wrong direction.
*Thanks to my friend Andrew who linked to this poem as quoted on a sermon from the Imago Dei Community in Portland.
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