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That Daystar Mess

It's been a while, but the following news item had a way of reminding me that there were still some newsworthy items to blog about ...

» Dallas Morning News: Exclusive: Former employee sues Daystar founder Marcus Lamb over his extramarital affair with another employee
» Dallas Morning News: Daystar founders Marcus and Joni Lamb discuss infidelity, alleged extortion plot on 'Good Morning America'

Make of it what you will. I'm not sure that I'm totally accepting of either the original lawsuit or the Lambs' rush to the spotlight in order to make their first impression the lasting word on the topic. I can't help but think that I've seen this play out before. None of us is perfect and there's something to be said for ministering through the trials of your own life. Of course, there are also points where we say to ourselves that we need to just remove ourselves from a certain situation and it's more than curious that very few people that are in this kind of situation ever seem to say that. All the more problematic is that the video below has the Lambs headed straight to one of the most sympathetic interviewers and audiences imaginable. Not exactly facing the fire.

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I wish there was a really cool, polished video for this song. But here's hoping the music and lyrics are strong enough to convey something meaningful for today. Enjoy the holiday y'all.

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The Advent Conspiracy

Leave one church that's known for making news and join another that .... well, just watch and see for yourself.

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Welcome Back, Blogger

Apologies for the delay in checking back in. Election work is now done. It didn't go quite as hoped, but live and learn. I've had it on my to-do list to get back in the blogging habit with this fair blog, but I've been bogged down with wrapping up the last gig and switching gears for the next one. The other blog has also gotten a bit more attention since it may very well be part of that "next one."

One of the other things I'm in dire need of rectifying is getting back into the podcast habit with sermons from around the world. I've managed to catch some sporadic updates from Greg Boyd, Rob Bell, and Joel Hunter, but it's been hit or miss. As luck would have it, I've brought in a bit of the computer equipment I normally stash at the office and set it up at home. Now I'm wondering when I'll ever leave home. In fact, I have yet to turn on the TV here at home thanks to Hulu being a lot better with my big monitor.

In between sitcom reruns, I've been plodding forward with some missed sermons. First up, is an August sermon from Rob Bell on aging. Not exactly one of those messages that I look forward to. And also one that contained a lot of unanticipated pleasure in listening to. One of the examples Bell offers on the wisdom of age is set up with a video of Johnny Cash covering a song written by Trent Reznor ...

Bell's postscript to the video struck me as something worth remembering in the aftermath of my 43rd birthday.

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Revising Barton

» Tablet Magazine: History Lesson: Glenn Beck’s favorite ‘historian’ enlists the Founding Fathers in a battle against diversity (Michelle Goldberg)

Re-igniting the meme I'll be getting back too sooner or later, here's another backgrounder on David Barton.

In recent years, Barton has pioneered a new kind of historical revisionism, one that absolves conservative Republicans of any complicity in American racism, which he lays entirely at the feet of Democrats. He points out, correctly, that before 1964, many of the country’s most virulently racist politicians were Democrats. He neglects to mention that they fled to the GOP en masse after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Indeed, in one astonishing document, he attributes Strom Thurmond’s break with the Democrats to his “dramatic change of heart on civil rights issues,” as if the former Dixiecrat had turned Republican out of outrage at segregation. In an equally audacious reinterpretation of history, he paints the founding era as a golden age of racial comity, denying that racism was ever an essential part of America’s DNA.

Such rhetorical maneuvers have been particularly useful to Beck, obsessed as he is with secret histories and a prelapsarian version of the American past. Over the summer, Beck hosted a series of shows he called “Founders’ Fridays,” revisionist forays into American history guided by Barton. Under the guise of teaching black history, Founders’ Fridays argued against the idea that black people had been oppressed by the Revolutionary generation. On July 5, for example, Barton presented a newspaper from the late 18th century that featured the obituary of a black man who had fought in the Revolution. The obituaries, Barton pointed out, were “not broken out black and white. … It’s telling you who’s died, didn’t matter whether were you black or white or anything, you’re a citizen.”

Denying the racial sins of the Founding Fathers makes it easier to deify them—and, in turn, to promote faith in America’s Christian destiny. “In learning about the founders and seeing the heroes that were involved, it only strengthens my view that this was a divine document, the Declaration of Independence,” said Beck at the end of one show.