a complete media compendium
001 ► personal beliefs
002 ► hawaii
003 ► the apparent trap
004 ► pregame
005 ► the summit
006 ► senator interview
007 ► new gov idea
bonus ► from last dec, highway to health
I’m not a fan of shops that can begin with an “a”. Like, there’s “a” Starbucks or there’s “a” Cheesecake Factory. I prefer shops that begin with an “I found this little place on Arroyo that is absolutely brilliant, I spend most of my nights there. Animal cracker?”
Settled and sorted in Pasadena. Roomies are fit, all three singer/songwriters, very cool. Matching red guitars all around. Rock shows a-plenty. The Flaming Lips and Emiliana Torrini, Nickel Creek and the Watkins Family Hour at Largo, nonames in the DIY neighborhood on Sunset Blvd.
We follow the list of culturally approved upcomings at goldenvoice.com. Catch subversives when we can.
Meeting, moving, mishchiefing. Yard saling, Craig and his list. Exploring and discovering like Calvin + Hobbes on a lazy Sunday.
To theWELL and Manhattan community, dance party?
I am now in Cape Town, launching a new social business in the slums of the city. It’s been a wild ride.
Our world journey began in Chicago 1 week ago. My brother + his wife threw us a small, but jolly, farewell soiree. After fresh morning pastries, we wandered the Chicago Art Institute’s brilliant new Modern Exhibit, then headed downtown to an avant-garde artistic outlet for inner-city youth called the Gallery 37 Store. Lunch at Ed Debevic’s.
We arrived in London early Tuesday morning and hit Buckingham Palace just in time for the Changing of the Guard. London is hilarious. The autos, the signs, the lack of waste receptacles (pack it in, pack it out apparently). We strolled the cockeyed stone streets to Westminster Abby and Big Ben, spotted a bit of royalty on the terrace (you can mock British guardsmen all you want, but they’re packing major firepower, and they don’t look particularly happy), then followed the Thames to Trafalgar Square.
A new café called The Crypt recently opened beneath St. Matin In The Fields, and though not quite our style, we accidentally caught an unbelievable free string quartet concert in the overhead sanctuary celebrating the work of Haden. Exquisite and electric, hundreds of tears glinted the ivory walls and scattered snatches of stain-glass sunlight as the music settled over us.
Sandwiches + coffee under Trafalgar Square, then back to Westminster for an 8 piece choir that echoed through the ancient stone like a horde of caffeinated monks. A race back to Heathrow. Cramped tube cars. Late to the gate. Roaring through the maze of underground terminal tunnels with giant bags and a desktop computer. 12 hours of night…
It’s interesting to sort the patterns of our lives and attempt to connect the dots. I see a line of fame and failure, the graph points often converging at major moments. Distant mathematical villages somehow mirroring slopes and spikes. Moments of greatest joy embracing moments of greatest pain.
I spent my childhood glued to the inside of a nanoscale set of Superman pajamas. Mild-mannered block-stacker by day, Huggies-clad crime fighter by night. Superman embodied everything I wanted to be and believe, a demigod that shaped my world.
Seven years ago, I decided against radiation therapy and was given six months to live. I wasted time and waited for death. I found other, less honorable heroes to follow.
But I didn’t die. I began to read Foucault, Wilber, Wright, Yunis, Mandela, McLuhan, Zinn, Plato, Thoreau, and Diamond. I began networking feeds from the BBC, Google News, Economist, NY Times, Digg, Diigo, and TED.com. I explored centuries of midrash and tradition. I utilized iTunes University to learn from Stanford, Cambridge, Cornell, Yale, and Oxford.
And the lights came on. God became real, my head popped out of the sand, and ignorance gave birth to awareness. I discovered a God that I could not help but adore. I have joined him.
It took a long time to love you. And honestly, I’m still not there. There are moments when I feel fractured and alone, when I want to melt into the ground at the end of the day, and never return. But after every death, buried beneath difficult interactions or impossible situations, you bring resurrection.
I trust you, and your vision for our splintered world. You are a brilliant mystery, a rhetorical ninja, and I desperately crave discovering you endlessly.
You demonstrate true humanity, our lost Garden state rediscovered and reclaimed, and reveal an existence that pulses with the heartbeat of the universe. I once saw the world as a dichromatic sketchbook, each frame of reality a harsh monograph in white and black. You brought color to my world, and the vibrance of your Way has become my lifeline.
I cannot be alive without You.
My faith has re-framed every paradigm and impulse I possess. When I look at the world, I see a human family with endless opportunities for restoring shalom.
I have led worship, served homeless, launched churches, produced media, and served as lead teaching pastor.
Soon, I will assist urban development in Cape Town by generating community expansion and stress-testing experimental social business models.
I love people easily, and feel at home with a crowd. I understand the dynamics of a smoky bar or wealthy conference room.
I welcome the dialectic tension between truth and grace, confrontation and compassion, transparency and tolerance. Prophet and pastor.
I work to lead with integrity, and crave criticism and accountability.
I create. Film, music, design, poetry, theory and useless humor. I owned a successful video production company for six years.
I journey with others through divorce, doubt, rape, inadequacy, loss, poverty, and addiction.
I feel called to be a pastor.
Church is an integrated pattern of threads that stretch and sustain, a fabric that absorbs pain, dissipates suffering, and distributes love. I attend church to offer and accept the healing power of God.
Fuller will provide an integral and intrinsic corpus of traditional historic scholarship vital for leading and maintaining a dynamic, nuclear community of Christians. Paul was trained by the leading scholars of his day, Moses was handed the knowledge of an empire, and Jesus astounded distinguished contemporaries with nuanced linguistic genius. While it is true that God conquers the mighty with the strength of the weak, he also uses those who have worked to maximized their own effectiveness.
I am called to love God with my whole heart, but also my whole mind. Loving God leads to loving what he has made, and I want to immerse myself in a wide gamut of academic fields and embrace God’s truth wherever it surfaces. I want to absorb the scriptures, unravel sources beyond the Bible, and learn to discern the message of Jesus for Christians today. I want to bring the totality of my being under the reign of God, and that includes education. I believe Fuller will provide the tools necessary for navigating truth both personally and globally.
I believe that the endless midrash of the centuries needs a face. Scholars are adept at generating thoughtful discussions, forging complex connections, and expounding on the mystery of the scriptures. However, high scholarship is largely inaccessible to much of the Western Christian collective. I believe that Fuller will hone my ability to capture the imagination of the masses and serve as an agent of knowledge, relating gospel truths and opening the scriptures in simple and innovative ways. I want to learn the art of ascending to truth by liaising academic theology in a way that allows the Spirit of God to resonate deep within the core of our culture.
I want to contribute to the next phase of Christian thought. Contemporary commentaries outline the flaws in our current Christian paradigm, reveal gross scriptural misinterpretation and misapplication, and unmask systemic oppression embedded within our society. However, moving from ignorance to awareness is not enough. I want to move from awareness to action. I want to conceptualize tangible structures that integrate the Kingdom of God into lifestyle and worldview via direct exposure to genuine, self-sacrificial, Christ-like love. Essentially, I want to create a community that actually does what Jesus says to do.
Fuller will provide the spiritual technology I need to discern truth, apply knowledge, conceptualize change, and align my heart and mind with an active God. In humility and compassion, I want to accurately and compellingly describe the heart of God and revive parts of the Body that have become dead or dormant. As Christians, we are called to the highest standard of life, and the academic dexterity that Fuller maintains is crucial for maximizing my own effectiveness and beginning what I have been created to do.