Watched the new documentary on fallen pastor Ted Haggard the other day. It was created by the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, Alexandra. Here’s an interview with Pelosi on the film. It is a well done film that follows Haggard through till last year while he and his family were still in Arizona trying to sell health insurance to survive. (while it was playing, I checked online and found out that the Haggard family are back in their Colorado Springs home where Ted continues to sell life insurance).
One theme that quickly jumped out to me was this: I found it interesting that the evangelical pastors who preach against “sin” (in particular homosexuality) claim that the message of Jesus is one of judgement and condemnation. Then, after their own “sin” is revealed, the message of Jesus quickly shifts to one of mercy, grace and love. Over and over again we’ve all witnessed this. Of course, these men have stared into the face of their own depravity and have at last heard the message of love that so many who are shunned by their churches crave to hear. Yet, so many continue to only preach this message of love and grace when it applies to themselves. Why can’t this message become what we preach?
This next Tuesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. If you didn’t know, this is a big deal in my house (Mel’s a HUGE fan of buddy’s). I just wanted to pay tribute to Rock and Roll’s godfather.
According to this site, my blog is quite gender neutral! That’s actually comforting for me to know.
We guess http://chadfarrand.com is written by a man (51%), however it’s quite gender neutral.
Is this correct?
The new Coldplay video just came out. It makes me almost as happy as President Obama.
There’s a change about to take place in America. Not only do we (as of noon tomorrow) have our first African-American President, this will be the first non-southern President we’ve had since Ronald Reagan. This is the first Democratic President in the 2000’s…and the first Democratic majority in Washington along side the President for a LONG time (I think maybe FDR…which is kind of poetic since we’re pretty much in the same boat as the Great Depression like he faced). This is the most America has ever spent on any inauguration of any President, ever. (estimates are at over $160 million dollars) and they are predicting the greatest turn out to the event…ever in history.
I don’t expect that there will be sweeping changes in Washington as of Wed. morning…in fact, I think we are going to face an incredibly difficult year, perhaps harder than 2008 economically speaking. Yet, I join the 80% of those people who were polled today in Washington DC by CNN who are optimistic about America’s future – as well as the 75% of those who are pessimistic about their own futures. I don’t peg the whole shift in America on Obama, but am hopeful for the first time in a long time…because of Obama. I pray for our new President, his family and our government and for the well being of our country.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the new U2 song released today (“Get on your boots”) – here’s Bono singing “MLK” from Rattle and Hum