An Encouragement for #Socality

Dear Socality,

Some of you may have seen the recent articles that came out yesterday and today, of SocalityBarbie and the lampooning of all things deemed pretentious, fake, and hipster. I reckon you’re probably not thrilled to have your name tacked right on the front. There seems to be a lot of bashing on desiring to “live authentic” and appreciate your surroundings, to enjoy well-made things, and to actually follow Jesus as a young person. The things that do well eventually are mocked – it’s the envy of human nature. But I’ve seen other Christians making fun of you, claiming that you’re promoting a cheapened form of “cultural Christianity” and mocking the things you enjoy and like. Maybe it’s to seem cool. Maybe it’s a legitimate theological beef. Regardless, I want to leave you a brief note of encouragement. Continue reading “An Encouragement for #Socality”

Lions

You know lower standards will lower the culture. The Roman Empire was destroyed because of lower standards and moral decay. You know they fed each other to lions for entertainment – humans, when left to their on devices, seem to be hopelessly selfish and bent on their own destruction. It seems that unless a power greater than us captures our hearts, nothing will change that trajectory – wealth, knowledge, success – seems to only feed the beast.”
– Propaganda

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My Favorite Things – Cover by Pomplamoose

Sound of Music had a bit of a revival when NBC decided they wanted to do a live televised performance of the show starring country music star Carrie Underwood in the lead role of Maria, in which she did a reasonably good job, despite the rest of the production being quite unexciting.

Drawing on similar old news here, from the ripe antiquity of the year 2008, I recently revisited a YouTube cultural sensation, Pomplamoose (not the fruit) and have been enjoying their music and particular brand of videos, dubbed VideoSongs – as opposed to a music video – due to every instrument being presented at some point and the recording being, more-or-less, live.

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We Are Still In The Wilderness

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.'” – John 1:23

Our culture has an infatuation with the apocalypse. I have a lot of theories why, but I believe it comes down to fascination and fear of judgment. That, or the idea that after the apocalypse, somehow, God’s judgment is finished – that God is dead – and those left behind are free to make their own moral code free of God’s natural law, living in something of a metaphysical badlands that the world forgot. Perhaps it’s seen as an exciting frontier, or an amalgam of purgatory and hell where interesting stories happen, free of God’s infringement of any kind of rational order and justice.

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