I'm still hoping someone will tell me this isn't a legit ad by the Obama Campaign. But it is. I get that it's supposed to be funny-ish, but...well, but nothing. It's bizarre someone created it as an official message of the Campaign, and that President Obama approved it.
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Interesting thoughts from Jon Lovitz as he was interviewed on my favorite local sports radio show. Listen to the whole thing or you'll miss pieces (13 minutes), but his thoughts on stand-up & politics, Clint's empty chair, and what a real liberal is are worth hearing.
This is a must see. Remember the 1991 song by Sophie B. Hawkins, "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover?" Go refresh yourself if you need to. I remember the cool beat, and I remember thinking "Are you allowed to say 'damn' on the radio?" I guess so.
Do you ever wish people could just leave those memories alone? Well, Sophie B. Hawkins had to go and jack it all up by putting together this tragic remake for Hillary's campaign, "Damn, I Wish You Were President." True story. Honestly, if I were Hillary and this is the kind of things people did to support me, I would cry after every primary too. Don't miss the chance to buy your "Damn, I Wish You Were President" T-shirt. Ugh.
I'm getting a lot of hits from Spero News.
Have you been listening to Ken Myers' podcast from Mars Hill Audio? It's called Audition, and it's a great free resource for provoking thoughts on theology & culture. And if you don't subscribe to Mars Hill Audio, I recommend it. At least get a free sample issue to try. It's a key resource for stretching me beyond my current intellectual boundaries.
I've gotten through part of the Book TV discussion with Andrew Sullivan and David Brooks. The conversation focused on Sullivan's new book The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How We Can Get It Back. I originally caught some of the end of the show on TV. It is intriguing concerning political conservatives and evangelicals. You can also get at least some (maybe all?) of the video at YouTube, which has worked better for me than the Book TV video. Al Mohler just had Sullivan on his radio show as well.
Speaking of evangelicals and the political world, I'm very interested in the recent comments of David Kuo, who is currently a columnist at Beliefnet. Kuo served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and has written the new book Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction. I just bought the book and look forward to reading it in the next couple of weeks. I was introduced to Kuo by watching Charlie Rose's interview a couple of nights ago. Here's the Google Video of the program, and the Kuo interview begins at around the 35 minute mark. Justin Taylor points to the Books & Culture review of Tempting Faith.
I'm already tired of the online discussion about Ted Haggard, and find Stephen Shield's post on the matter very helpful. Mark Driscoll's good advice in his post on the subject are must reading, though nothing profoundly new (a typical sign of most good advice).
The late Mitch Hedberg has some important thoughts for us as Thanksgiving approaches.
I don't listen to country music, but the new CD by Alan Jackson is really good. It's called Like Red On A Rose.
I'm finishing up preaching Colossians this Sunday. I've enjoyed N.T. Wright's commentary (TNTC) the most. Then I'm taking two Sundays off for vacation and a planning retreat. Tim Etherington will be preaching for me from Jude.
Does Obama have these qualities of real leadership? We will find out if he runs for president, or at least I hope we do. He has a lot to offer to a nation that hungers for a new kind of leadership.