Saturday, January 31, 2009

Courtesy of JT

"You could make a cartoon in crayons about a red square that falls in unrequited love with a blue circle, and there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house if you know how to tell a story.”

- Don Hertzfeld

Friday, January 23, 2009

How (Not) to Speak of God, 16 of 23

"In the same way that the sun blinds the one who looks directly at its light, so God's incoming blinds our intellect... While anonymity offers to little information... hypernymity gives us far too much information. Instead of being limited by the poverty or absence we are short-circuited by the excess of presence." p.24

-Peter Rollins, How (Not) to Speak of God

Monday, January 19, 2009

To be in a Band

At the end of the eighties, we campaigned for Martin Luther King Day. I remember, in Arizona, we got into trouble, and we had some death threats. Normally, they happen. But occasionally, you get one that the police and FBI take seriously. There was a specific threat: "Don't go ahead with the concert. And, if you do, don't sing 'Pride (In the Name of Love),' because, if you do, I am gonna blow your head off, and you won't be able to stop this from happening." Of course you go onstage and you put it out of your head. But I do remember actually, in the middle of "Pride," thinking for a second: "Gosh! What if somebody was organized, or in the rafters of the building, or somebody, here and there, just had a handgun?" I just closed my eyes and sang this middle verse [Early morning, April 4 a shot rings out in the Memphis sky...], with my eyes closed, trying to concentrate and forget about this ugliness and just keep close to the beauty that's suggested in the song. I looked up, at the end of that verse, and Adam [Bono's bass player] was standing in front of me. It was one of those moments where you know what it means to be in a band.

-Bono (Lead Singer of U2)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

How (Not) to Speak of God, 15 of 23

"In the aftermath of God, all of our being cries out in response." p.24

-Peter Rollins, How (Not) to Speak of God

Sunday, January 4, 2009

How (Not) to Speak of God, 14 of 23

"The fundamentalist [nature]... refuses to give up its interpretation of God, even in the presence of God." p. 21

-Peter Rollins, How (Not) to Speak of God