Friday, June 26, 2009

Daily Mug Shot


this insight that was tweeted last night from Andrew Sullivan says it all:
There are two things to say about him. He was a musical genius; and he was an abused child. By abuse, I do not mean sexual abuse; I mean he was used brutally and callously for money, and clearly imprisoned by a tyrannical father. He had no real childhood and spent much of his later life struggling to get one. He was spiritually and psychologically raped at a very early age - and never recovered. Watching him change his race, his age, and almost his gender, you saw a tortured soul seeking what the rest of us take for granted: a normal life.

But he had no compass to find one; no real friends to support and advise him; and money and fame imprisoned him in the delusions of narcissism and self-indulgence. Of course, he bears responsibility for his bizarre life. But the damage done to him by his own family and then by all those motivated more by money and power than by faith and love was irreparable in the end. He died a while ago. He remained for so long a walking human shell.

I loved his music. His young voice was almost a miracle, his poise in retrospect eery, his joy, tempered by pain, often unbearably uplifting. He made the greatest music video of all time; and he made some of the greatest records of all time. He was everything our culture worships; and yet he was obviously desperately unhappy, tortured, afraid and alone.

I grieve for him; but I also grieve for the culture that created and destroyed him. That culture is ours' and it is a lethal and brutal one: with fame and celebrity as its core values, with money as its sole motive, it chewed this child up and spat him out.

I hope he has the peace now he never had in his life. And I pray that such genius will not be so abused again


Earlier this week I referenced an article by Ben Arment titled " Modern Day Multitude Makers" Here's an excerpt " The spiritual impace of his ministry goes without saying, but there were social forces at work that gathered the crowds. Multitude -making is a social phenomenon, not a spiritual one. And if we overlook tht truth, we do stupid things in the name of faith" page 76 Multitude Makers.
http://www.collidemagazine.com/

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daily Mug Shot



Today's daily mug shot is a re post. This picture captures me. As I let my mind wander...is it excitement, exhaustion, extreme sweating? What does it say to you? Can you see yourself on her face. I can. I've been running hard, to earn & learn vs leaning in the past two days...will slow down today and build MOR= margin of reflection...taking in nothing new and processing only what I have taken in from the past week. Pray for me this will be a challenge!

In honor of this day of MOR Margin of reflection: here's few day worth of tweets links & the link to stir you up....

From Collide Magazine: Prophetic= to communicate the heart of God...... I don't think it is the job itself that gets boring it's our approach to it.

From givelovecoffee twitter profile:

@Mark Batterson: Many people feel like a failure-simply because they haven't defined success.

@Steven Futrick: Faith is not a drug to sedate you through life you have it's a force to transform you to another realm of reality.

@curtstweets: Character is what emerges from all the little things you were to busy to do yesterday but did anyway Mclaughlin

Monday, June 22, 2009

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