Jennifer Knapp's management has confirmed to Patrol that she is "starting to write and record again." There are "no major plans" to announce at the moment, and no shows scheduled after the L.A. show we reported last week. Updates will appear online, and "I'm sure there will be select shows popping up in the coming moments," Maximum's spokesperson said.
Since hearing the news on my way to work yesterday that Edward Kennedy passed away after battling brain cancer heroically for a year, I felt the immediate need to say something, to somehow eulogize the man who has been my senator from Massachusetts for the entirety of my life and most of my parents' lives as well.
Last night my wife and i watched a special on television that further solidified what I'd always known about the man, he was a fallen, broken human being and a transcendant, idealistic poltician. It is clear that after it became clear that he would never be President of the United States, something shifted or something inside him rose to the service and that part that wants to climb to the ighest position in the land was supplemented by the genuine desire to serve the people of this country.
Anyway, there's so much I'd like to say about the man, and so many ways in which I don't want to feel like I have to defend him, so I'm going to defer to somebody else's words to say what I myself am not up to.
You can argue the politics if you like, declaring the government shouldn't care about racism, or gender equality, or health care, that the extent of their 'intrusion' should be to pave our roads and provide an army, leaving us to fend for ourselves with the rest of life. You can point to his failures. But what you can't do is declare that he didn't "give a damn" about the least of these. As the church has, in recent years awakened to her calling to care for those who can't care for themselves, we've been reminded that caring for those on the margins is our calling precisely because such acts of mercy make the character of Christ visible.
Click the link above to read the piece in its entirety and take a moment to thank God for putting people like Teddy Kennedy on the planet, fallen, broken people who he still chooses to use.
Jennifer Knapp, whose career in Christian music we lovingly eulogized a few months ago, has come out of hiding at last. Her official website, which has been down for years now, was updated with a new design, and her three-month old MySpace profile got a new a look as well. But best of all, she has listed a show: she's playing September 24 with the recently-returned Phillip LaRue at Hotel Cafe, a well-known acoustic venue Los Angeles. Her website lists information for new management and booking agents, so we know she is planning to go back into music on some scale.
So this is completely unexpected, but we couldn't be more excited to hear it. And most of all to hear where Jen has been, what she's been doing, and why she's back. All when she's ready to talk about it, of course.
The message delivered by Breitbart, Sean Hannity and other conservative commentators doesn’t merely misinform—it feeds a victim mentality on the right. In the talk radio telling, the liberal cultural elite isn’t merely wrong—it is nefarious, and it hates “real Americans.” That Breitbart calls the cultural left “totalitarians” is instructive. The word implies that the left is supreme, ruthless, and all-powerful. Pushing back from within existing cultural institutions is futile; conservatives might as well withdraw into an ideologically safe dugout, nurse their resentments, and pretend that the height of courage is picking off the least careful leftists with the rhetorical equivalent of sniper fire.
This needless retreat is among the biggest obstacles the right faces as it attempts to engage American culture on a more equal footing. Reversing its course depends on providing young conservatives with a less hysterical, more accurate assessment of their prospects: Ignore Andrew Breitbart! Should you pursue your living in entertainment or the press, you will be outnumbered ideologically. But so long as you conduct yourself professionally, possess talent commensurate with your peers, and produce good work—behaving as a professional, not a propagandist—you’ll go far whatever your personal politics. You’ll also meet a lot of nice people, many of them liberals, who’ll help you along the way.
A tornado hit downtown Minneapolis yesterday afternoon, destroying parts of the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Central Lutheran Church next door. It happened that strong winds were sweeping across the nation, knocking down trees in Central Park and dramatizing an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska.
But John Piper, on his blog this morning, focused on another aspect of the Minneapolis calamity: it hit the Convention Center right as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America commenced its discussion of whether or not to allow homosexuals into the ranks of their ministry. After laying out the strange circumstances of the tornado, he says he will “venture an interpretation of this Providence with some Biblical warrant.” Oh no.
Why I have a huge problem with this is after the jump.
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