It has been awhile since I’ve written anything here so I thought I would just start writing and see what happens…
We could discuss the difference between talking about things that are immature, crass, offensive, and things that are criminal assault and deception. There is plenty that could be said about respectful (or lack thereof) discourse. We could say much about the intersection of faith and politics or the rise and fall of “the evangelicals.” I don’t want to talk about any of this here.
I am proud to say that I have had grandpas, uncles, cousins, and a father in-law who all served in various branches of the United States military in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East. I believe this is important to note as I write what follows.
I really enjoying going to concerts. Almost any concert really, almost…I draw the line at country. Here are a couple shows I’ve seen recently and thought I’d recommend giving a couple of these albums a spin if you haven’t yet.
I saw David Wax Museum play The Vogue here in Indianapolis and they were great! A fun sound with lots of energy.
My surprise band of the summer was Kaleo. I saw these guys at The Lawn at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis and they were fantastic. Such a great, strong sound. Their whole album has been solid to listen to all the way through.
I’ve had the chance to see The Head and The Heart a number of times now and each time they have not disappointed. The most recent show this summer was an interesting one. They are in the midst of some transitions as a band and despite that, I thought they sounded perhaps that best I’ve heard them sound. Their rendition of ‘Rivers and Roads’ at The Lawn at White River State Park was the best I’ve ever heard it. They have a new album dropping in early September.
Once again our collective heart breaks for the loved ones and family of the most recent victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. Let us be clear that this act of violence was an act of hate and evil. God did not need nor cause this tragedy to happen. (I wrote about this a few years ago because of another, now becoming all too common, act of violence) This act of violence has us talking a lot about rights; “our” rights, “their”rights, “my” rights, which rights should be changed, which rights should stay the same, the requirements for having such rights, etc. Who has the Right of Way?
Today is the day the state of Indiana votes in the Primary Election. It is one of the later states to vote for the primaries and often times has little impact on the overall primary race. Not today. The voters of Indiana have an opportunity to not only make their voices heard but to actually add to the conversation.
Happy New Year! Believe it or not, 2016 is actually here. “Time is a train, Makes the future the past, Leaves you standing in the station, Your face pressed up against the glass” (U2, “Zoo Station” from Achtung Baby). So as the train keeps moving, how are you looking forward into the new year?
A few days ago I received this question on Facebook, “If Gateway [our church] was attacked by ISIS and I jumped up and shot them all dead… Would God be mad at me for not shooting them with my prayers only? Your thoughts?” What follows are some of my thoughts.
Our world continues to see devastating violence all around us. These acts of violence have displaced millions of men, women, and children throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and beyond. These individuals, of various ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, are on the move seeking safety, stability, and survival knocking on any door that might let them in. What happens if they knock on your door?
I’ve thought it for some time and even mentioned a few. I believe addiction is the silent killer of the affluent. Now, before you yell at me about how addiction crosses every social, economic, physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. line, I want to say that I am aware of that fact. My thought is specifically around a silence that I believe the affluent, those with resources and knowhow, are able to maintain when it comes to addiction. A recent report out of Princeton from Ms. Case and Mr. Deaton highlights the increasing death rate for middle-aged white Americans and suggests that the increase is a result of prescription drug overdoses, suicide, and liver disease. Mr. Zumbrun from The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece related to this study highlighting the economic insecurity that may be causing individuals to fall into the trap of addiction.