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peace itself is the way

“how we gonna fight war with violence?”

Kanye West. Being a little more real than his fans realize.

So i’ve been pretty impressed with Mr. Kanye West in a lot of ways. He’s an incredible artist who is pumping out some crazy orignal stuff. His newest album is a blast to listen to while being completely different than his previous albums.

Sure, he’s got some junk in his life that would qualify him as less than perfect, but so do i (luckily, i’m not a celebrity and most people don’t know my junk).

But i can’t get over the song in this video. In this song he seems to be vocalizing some real hurt and stress. He’s talks about wanting to be a “real boy.” He just wants to be a real person. He asks his listeners, “Do you really have the stamina. For everytime they see you they say ‘where’s my camera.'”

i can’t even imagine what a guy with that sort of fame goes through. I can’t imagine how hard it is for him to build authentic relationships. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have thousands of people screaming for you while you’re singing a song about how lonely you are.

be thankful you’re not famous.


a friend of mine is running a women’s conference at Taylor University. She emailed me for some ideas that may help guide a time of discussion. the interesting thing to me, as i thought about the concept of beauty was this:

beauty is different for different people. it is very, very relative. it changes based on your gender, your past experiences, your hobbies, your age, and your location in the world. beauty is so hard to pin-down. Sure, a dictionary might say something about it, but come on, really……

so below was my response. i broke up my ideas into two sections: one was for truth and the other was for misconceptions. keep in mind, these ideas are specifically for a women’s conference.

  • truth
    • beauty is fleeting
    • guys can definately tell if you don’t think you are beautiful
    • the definition of beauty will change over the course of one’s life.
    • you’ll never look like her (everyone is made up differently: personality, physical build, genetics, etc so it is pretty rediculous to compare yourselves and wish that you looked like her)
    • beauty encompasses all you are as a woman. not just looks. not just your face. not just your eyes. but the way you treat people. the type of stuff you do with your time. etc.
    • health is still important regardless of what you look like (you can be “skinny” and attractive and beautiful even if you don’t work out or eat right. however, it is still important for ladies – as an individual – to workout and eat right. those things are for health, not just weight loss).
    • true beauty isn’t always the first to get noticed. but sometimes it is…..
    • beauty is relative: what might be beautiful to one person is not to another.
  • misconceptions:
    • beauty is simply tied to your physical appearance.
    • beauty = hot
    • guys are attracted to beautiful women (true, some are. but you’ll find a large crowd of dudes surrounding a very “Hot” girl, but not always a beautiful girl

The Dark Bailout

This video made me laugh. But also made me a little sad. But then i saw the creativity and innovation that the creator of the video put into it, and he/she didn’t make a dime for it….

the art of storytelling…

Ira Glass from NPR talks about the art of storytelling. Christians could tell our story in a way that more accurately reflects the story’s awesomeness if we picked up some wisdom from Ira.

bono: interviewed

read this and see what you think…

Is Bono, the lead singer and songwriter for the rock group U2, a Christian? He says he is and writes about Christianity in his lyrics. Yet many people question whether Bono is “really” a Christian, due to his notoriously bad language, liberal politics, and rock star antics (though he has been faithfully married for 23 years). But in a new book of interviews, Bono in Conversation by Michka Assayas, Bono, though using some salty language, makes an explicit confession of faith.

The interviewer, Mr. Assayas, begins by asking Bono, Doesn’t he think “appalling things” happen when people become religious? Bono counters, “It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma.”

The interviewer asks, What’s that? “At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one,” explains Bono. “And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. . . . Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.”

The interviewer asks, Like what? “That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge,” says Bono. “It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.”

Then the interviewer marvels, “The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that.”

“The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death,” replies Bono. “It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven.”

The interviewer marvels some more: “That’s a great idea, no denying it. Such great hope is wonderful, even though it’s close to lunacy, in my view. Christ has His rank among the world’s great thinkers. But Son of God, isn’t that farfetched?”

Bono comes back, “Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn’t allow you that. He doesn’t let you off that hook. Christ says, No. I’m not saying I’m a teacher, don’t call me teacher. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. I’m saying: ‘I’m the Messiah.’ I’m saying: ‘I am God incarnate.’ . . . So what you’re left with is either Christ was who He said He was—the Messiah—or a complete nutcase. . . . The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that’s farfetched.”

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