Tonya Harding, Premium Mediocre, The Underground Railroad - Stuff We Like #2

Because you're just too busy to comb through culture on your own, so your pastors do it for you. ;) 

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Articles I Like

Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now

I saw "I, Tonya" in the theaters and stumbled on the above NYT interview with her. I've only known this woman as a dark stain on American Olympic history, hyper-competitiveness gone horribly wrong. Yet as with most things, reality is more complicated than that. No happy ending here but the revelation that most people's life stories are a lot more complex and messier than we often realize.

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It's like putting lipstick on a pig but only if that pig has taken a nice bath and received a nice massage first. A hilarious way to look at the by-product of gentrification and corporations trying to keep it classy for the faceless masses. As one who goes to Crossfit classes (premium mediocre fitness) and swears by Chipotle (premium mediocre fast food), I'm quite a fine consumer of this lifestyle and perhaps more millennial than I confess to be.

Books I Like

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

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Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner but more importantly, 2016 selection to Oprah's Book Club. (As Jeff Locke often says, "If it's good enough for Oprah, it's good enough for me." Or not.) A fictional book written so realistically that it felt biographical. A literal interpretation of an actual underground railroad system, it follows the plight of Cora, a slave outcast by her own people, who flees a plantation. Engrossing for the vivid pictures of pre-Civil War slavery and glimpses of what it means to be African-American today. It's a book that magnetically pulls you in by how uncomfortable it makes you. 

Jesus, Continued - J.D. Greear (available at the book table!)

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I know Jeff already shared this. But let me just say how complete and yet accessible a book this is for those who want to understand the third person of the Trinity. It didn't just instruct but led my heart to worship at certain points in light of new and fresh realizations that I've ignored or not known for too long.

Music I Like

Since I'm writing a sermon this week, this is a little of what's on rotation.

Explosions in the Sky - Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

Not feeling too motivated? Feeling like what you're doing doesn't matter? Just play this album in the background. Never has dish-washing or data entry been so heroic.

Nujabes - Aruarian Dance

They finally put his stuff on YouTube. Mellow beats for smooth afternoon. Won't let you sleep but keeps you from getting too hyped.

Poetry I Like

W.H. Auden, For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio

Amid the craziness of American and world politics, a helpful reminder of what matters and where our allegiances ultimately lie. Come Lord Jesus come.

 

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