Stories I’ve Found, 8/30/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

This Religion News Service article reminds us the portions of Dr. King’s “I Hard A Dream” speech that have been left unfulfilled.

Omid Safi tries to connect the dots of Martin Luther King’s triple giant of Evil: Racism, Materialism, Militarism

I’m not saying anything about Miley Cyrus at the VMA: it’s too easy to ridicule and condemn it. Drew Dixon at Christ and Pop Culture has Four Things Miley Cyrus Twerking Tells Us, and it’s a searing indictment–of us.

National Catholic Reporter is sharing a new correspondent this week who has a clear and interesting perspective on things: Robert Christian He shares Three Options for the Countercultural Catholic, an excellent summary of three major positions of the Church toward culture (to my mind, the third is the only viable one),  and Four Themes to Help Young Catholics Retain Their Beliefs, he shares his experience as an 8th grade Religion teacher, which is very valuable.

Peter Greer talks about the Spiritual Danger of Doing Good.  It’s a lesson for all of us, that would shouldn’t let our good deeds give us a license to neglect other parts of our faith lives.

Gun Laws Won’t Impact Us, is a four part series about young men and their families seeking to transcend their rough origins on the Chicago streets that comes from the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation.

Evidence that The Power of Forgiveness has extremely positive physiological effects.

I couldn’t resist the title, The Church Needs More Innovative Pastors Like MTV Needs More Twerking, and although this article is a bit more technical than I like, its points are well made, especially about pastors spending social capital too soon in a creative process and why they (usually) shouldn’t be the agents of innovation.

From my other life, I have a new collection of sacred music videos on Vimeo.  This is all music I’ve written, inspired by the Spirituality of the Precious Blood.

eScapegoat may have an appeal that reaches beyond Judaism.

In South Africa, the Salvation Army is going to be at a sex fair, not to preach or condemn, but just to be present. They say Jesus would have been right there beside them. Interesting concept, but not really sure about this one.

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