This page has been silent of late, leaving my hopes for a once-a-month update unfounded. Nonetheless, I thought I’d give an update of what I’ve been up to, as well as some random thoughts.
– Summer stuff gets in gear at New Life. Mostly that’s code for: everyone’s going on vacation so the offices are awfully quiet.
– Went on a sweet trip to the Bay Area. Tina and I blitzed around Berkeley to find my favorite college meals. We accomplished very much in 24 hours. Also, got to see Chais, Karen C, Olivia and Jono, Jean, Tina, Wangs, and Sid in the South Bay. Had a fabulous time with the Haas-Koshland folks. These people are so generous and loving. We were beyond humbled… and blessed. Delightful.
– Officiated Raquel and Ian’s wedding. They were both weeping when the got to the altar. To clarify, they were tears of gladness.
– I’ve been more active on twitter, although I still don’t update much. By active, I mean checking the twitter feed. I’m curious how long twitter will last, and if it will last.
– I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago. NYC is a difficult place to be limping around. I grieve for older folks and those with disabilities – this must be such an unfriendly city.
– Are people at New Life really transformed? How do we help facilitate God’s working in people?
– Excited about Journey through the New Testament. Very excited.
– Is the divide between MySpace and Facebook revealing of social/racial divisions? See link here. From Pete Scazzero via Christy Scazzero.
– Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about race/power/Christianity issues, mostly spurred on by this man, Soong-Chan Rah. His book is about freeing the church from white, western, cultural captivity. I’ve been having conversations with people left and right about the topic. You should pick up a copy if you have a chance.
– The MJ coverage has been unreal. It goes without saying that his life had a profound impact on many people. Just thinking about all the money that was spent for the memorial, as well as the droves of people who came to celebrate his life, has made me reflect on the importance of art.
I once had a discussion with someone about the “importance” of art and recreation. Okay, it was really a debate about the importance of sports, but I lumped art and recreation in the same category. 🙂
The gist of the debate was this – how important is sports in light of hunger, famine, and disease that is ravaging the world?
I think it’s a good question to ask, and I know people immediately see the disproportion of passion related to MJ’s death and what’s happening in ethnic clashes in China. Even the media seems to focus on one more than the other, much to my dismay.
At the same time, I think there’s something profound about how music can touch so many people. No, it’s not at the top of the list of Maslow’s heirarchy of needs, but it’s still profoundly impactful to the human experience.
Even people in impoverished countries find ways to play ball, tell stories, and sing songs. It’s difficult to weigh the relative importance of arts vs. physical needs because they’re BOTH uniquely important.
Do people get overly fanatical about sports? Certainly.
Is the amount of devotion and capital invested in sports and MJ a bit ridiculous and over-the-top in light of the physical suffering around the world? I think it’d be foolish to suggest otherwise.
But that doesn’t mean arts and recreation are unimportant.
Okay, this turned into another blog post so I’ll stop.