Thursday’s Random Thoughts

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1. i’ve been reading Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis. This is probably my fourth or fifth reading of his memoir of his early life. But it’s the first time I’ve really felt the power of his discovery of joy. I get it now. The stab. The inconsolable longing.

2. No one sits around and talks about great literature. They sit around and talk about TV shows. And we wonder at the trajectory of our culture.

3. If we are going to use the phrase “the binding of conscience” in the church, it must have some meaning in our criticism of the phenomena. It must mean a believer has a conscience totally separate from that of the leaders or peers and should be respected in matters where there is no sin and liberty is given. Without this, it has no teeth.

4. The older I get, the more I look for beauty in the things that will occupy me. Beauty like Auden. Not red carpet beauty.

5. Will the Flannery O’Connor stamp be sold as wallpaper? What about a mug?

6. It is amazing how we expect people who have been abused to act. We criticize their tone as shrill, bitter. Require them to act rationally when challenging those in power. All the while, believing the worst of them and the best of those with the power who have abused them or shielded the abuser.

7. When power, acclaim and, influence coalesce onto one person or one institution, “service” can turn into control very quickly.

8. After all these years, I still foolishly look at my wife and her wisdom with amazement.

9. This morning I’ve been struck by how much The Village Church trusts the decision-making abilities of a confessed pedophile but not the wife who he admittedly and succeesfully deceived for years.

10. There are a lot of problems with social media. But giving a voice to the voiceless, when before only the powerful and influential had a voice, is not one of them.

“Another Good Lie Coming Down On Your Daddy’s Soul”

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Another Good Lie

Darling when I was your age 
I could do anything 
There were days of rock ‘n roll 
And lunar strolls and friendship rings 
And baby I told myself 
I’d follow my deepest dreams 
Knowing if I did my best 
Success would always follow me

It was another good lie 
Coming down like a freezing rain 
From a hot blue sky 
Another good lie 
Coming in like a crosstown hurricane on fire 
Another good lie 
Coming down on your Daddy’s soul 
‘Til it made him old 
Another good lie

Darling they all told me 
That they would do anything 
Climb the highest mountain 
Swim the ocean 
Do the damnedest things 
And baby then they took my heart 
And vanished like a memory 
Leaving it to time and circumstance 
To come deliver me

It was another good lie 
Coming down like a freezing rain 
From a hot blue sky 
Another good lie 
Coming in like a crosstown hurricane on fire 
Another good lie 
Coming down on your Daddy’s soul 
‘Til it made him old 
Another good lie 

Baby I’m just one man 
And my world fell apart long ago 
I guess I’m still in shock 
It shouldn’t have been like that 
I guess I still hope for deliverance

Darling when I was your age 
I could do anything 
I could be a restless heart 
A social force 
Or just genuine 
And baby don’t our dreams die hard 
In the ashes of destiny 
I wish that I could lay to rest 
The bitterness that keeps telling me

About another good lie 
Coming down like a freezing rain 
From a hot blue sky 
Another good lie 
Coming in like a crosstown hurricane on fire 
Another good lie 
Coming down on your Daddy’s soul 
‘Til it made him old 
Another good lie 

– Mark Heard

Thursday’s Random Thoughts

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1. Every news story you hear should be listened to with ears attuned to the story of Redemption.

2. My new glasses are a pain behind the ears.

3. I don’t like the protest culture of the left or the boycott culture of right.

4. I miss being at the beach surrounded by friends and food.

5. There is something to be said for listening to artists/musicians you can personally communicate with.

6. I love how much Flannery O’Connor leaned on C.S. Lewis’ writing as she was dying.

7. I see you not caring about Baltimore any longer…

8. I’ve never thought of myself as a magician but when I think about how many applications for jobs I’ve sent into the ether only for them to disappear, I think again.

9. What if the signs of the decline of our culture are just as much about how much we spend on TV as sexual ethics? What if we ushered it all in by preferring sitcoms to books?

10. I’m sitting outside listening to Sandra McCracken’s new album Psalms, waiting on my wife to get home. The air is pleasant. The Privet is fragrant. A few stars flicker gently. The crickets sing in time and I wonder how such grace is mine.

Thursday’s Random Thoughts

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1. Baseball is poetry.

2. (unmentionable thought about my wife on her birthday)

3. Allow me to say it again, when you hear someone say “Every Christian needs to read this book,” you are dealing with a legalism, expressed in hyperbolic marketing. There are no must read books.

4. I can truly say, “my wife makes the world a better place.” Through unnoticed and often unappreciated (by me) deeds done wholly for others.

5. I’m reading Law & Gospel again. And in the midst are the shootings of police officers and a lot of negative feelings towards them. And I’m wondering who they’d call for help. What about me? The very law I despise I will use against others.

6. (Looks forward to seeing wife in bathing suit at the beach)

7. If you pay attention, the marketing of Christian books has a certain legalism and optimism built-in. Add the celebrity endorsements and…

8. Listening to Bethany laugh till she can’t breath and/or snorts is one of my absolute favorite things.

9. On vacation I plan to eat all the shrimps.

10. Everyone is marching all over the world trying to have all these incredible experiences because they’ve never sat next to my wife in our front yard just before dusk and watched the sunlight push through her hair and seen the reddish hues.