One of the first “contemporary Christian groups” I listened to when I was young was The Imperials. When I started listening their lead singer was Russ Taff. Not long after that, Taff went solo and had some great songs and albums.
I never knew what happened after that, but this documentary on his life fills in the rest of the story. It’s on Amazon Prime now, if you subscribe. It is a heart wrenching story of early abuse that then grows into his own personal addictions. In all of it is the grace of God, the strength of a family, and the beauty of the Body of Christ.
It is so easy to pick on immigrants from a majority white congressional district. It is so easy to blame “the other” when you’ve never sat down with someone “in opposition” to you and had an actual conversation. These are the challenges… and too often we are not up to these challenges. (And social media makes it SO much easier to stay in opposition without getting to know someone else of a different status or opinion.) What we don’t know, or WHO we don’t know, we fear. Then, we create hyped up scenarios to then generate hyped up solutions.
“Our busyness can blind us to other people or at least make us feel less guilty for turning the other way and walking past someone who needs help. When we create margin, we give ourselves the opportunity to notice and truly see people. The way we spend the margin we have affects the people being pushed to the margins themselves.” — Terence Lester, I See You
I lost a hero today. In the past couple of weeks the internet has exploded with grief over lost controversial figures and then poured out remembrances of great entertainers. Today I lost a hero of mine.
“The main thing is never to get discouraged at the slowness of people or results. People may not be articulate or active, but even so, we do not ever know the result, or the effect on the souls. That is not for us to know. We can only go ahead and work with happiness at what God sends us to do.” — Dorothy Day, from The Reckless Way of Love