Tagged with Politics

Art for the Soul: Vague Suspicions

Ever since I was made aware of her music, I have been enamored by Esperanza Spalding. She is based in jazz, but has soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B infused into her style. In her sone Vauge Suspicions, Spalding examines the violence that is so present in our world and exclaims appeals to God, but at … Continue reading

What I read this week

A brilliant and humbling article about ministry, life, and authentic engagements with poverty that outlines the life Sri Lankan theologian/scholar/community leader Ajith Fernando A conversation with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann about the meaninglessness of our current political narratives  Religious exit polls from the Presidential Election. Some interesting statistics about the changes in religious affiliation and political identification as well as some data representing some strong correlations … Continue reading

Art for the Soul: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

I couldn’t help posting this song given its political implications. The song was used throughout the 2008 campaign and at Obama’s election night rally at Grant Park in Chicago, the song was one of the first of three songs played to warm up the audience for Obama’s victory speech. This election cycle it was also used and was notably present last … Continue reading

Art for the Soul: All Black Everything

Interesting and insightful song by Lupe Fiasco about the impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and a (very) creative) re-imagination of what life would have been like without American slavery embedded in the story of humanity. He speaks in extremes, but the point it delve into this dark spot (of many) in human history, get … Continue reading

Commentary: Evangelical vs. Mainline Politics

Here are some results from some recent research on the political views/actions of Mainline and Evangelical pastors.  A couple interesting things stand out to me: – The collective dip of support of a candidate and speaking up on a political issue in the 2001 – The increase in  Mainline of belief of real devil and the … Continue reading

Commentary:Ron Paul on Wikileaks

Though I do find myself supporting a few (emphasis on few) libertarian ideas – mainly ones against big business, on immigration, and about  some civil liberty issues, I am not an overall supporter of Ron Paul (R-Texas). However, I caught a glimpse of this video of Paul on the floor of the House of Representatives asking some insightful and challenging questions about how … Continue reading

Commentary: Ground Zero Mosque

I am sure most everyone has heard about the potential “mosque” near ground zero – in reality it is an islamic-based community center open to all peoples. Newt Gingrich and other primarily politically and socially conservative public figures have becoming increasingly outspoken about their disdain for this idea and claim that it is offensive and … Continue reading

Cutting Corners, Costing Safety

I get frustrated with buying things that are made in China Mexico or the like, but because EVERYTHING is made outside of the United States it is pretty much inevitable. I try to buy used goods or find things made ethically but it is difficult when the overwhelming norm is clothes made by underpaid workers … Continue reading

Invictus

Here is my review of the movie Invictus that just posted on the Urban Faith website.