Posted on December 4, 2013 by Bob Bixby
There are two monster problems with the pontifications on rap that you probably intuitively know but haven’t yet put to words. And intuitive knowledge is a grace given to average people like you and me as well as people with doctorates in culture and musicology. They are:
- People talking about things that they do not understand end up saying dumb things. We all understand that intuitively.
- People pontificating about things that are non-obvious actually concede the most damning fact: their point is, well, not obvious. And this point (that the their point is not obvious) is something relevant to matters of worship, gospel, and spiritual life.
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Posted on December 3, 2013 by Bob Bixby
Edited from original posting (12/2/13) to take out distracting statements that were too “personal” and unhelpful to a larger audience and to add a few sentences defending the cui bono query. 12/3/13
Robe-wearing, pasty white, academic conservative and classically trained musician Presbyterian minister Ligon Duncan, and genius never-out-of-a-suit cultural critic, Albert Mohler, have opined on the off-putting panel discussion on rap music by the NCFIC speakers and have, in various ways, said the same thing that Thabiti Anyabwile tweeted: “It’s a digital monument to the intractable idiocy and nearly invincible ignorance of folks almost entirely irrelevant.” And a guy named Mike Cosper nails down the best response of all, I think. However, a good summary of the online debate can be found here. (more…)
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Posted on April 2, 2012 by Bob Bixby
*I wrote this in 2010 after an upsetting experience in a Rockford coffee shop. In light of the Trayvon Martin death and subsequent discussion nationally I’m sharing it here. (more…)
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Posted on March 23, 2012 by Bob Bixby
In case you haven’t read it, John Piper’s book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is a painfully transparent effort on the part of a conservative Christian pastor on the topic of racism, particularly white/black tensions in America. It’s a must read for conservative Christians and for anyone who would like to see how thoughtful Christians think through theology and social issues. John Piper has agonized long and hard over the topic and confessed his own racism. So, his take on Trayvon was something I wanted to see. Read it here.
As one might expect as soon as one opens his mouth about the topic of racism, John’s work has been criticized. But no critic that I have read so far has doubted the sincerity and earnestness of the author and all seem to recognize a passionate desire for God’s healing in our land in this particular area.
Here’s an excerpt from the blog post that I think corresponds with my effort to say that we should empathize.
Of the dozens of things that Christians need to be thinking and saying about this, some are awakened by what the Bible says in Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those who . . . are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
In the context, this probably refers to persecuted fellow Christians. But notice the nature of the argument: You also are in the body. The appeal is to heartfelt empathy with the mistreated, because you have a body!
Not a white body. Not a black body. Just a human body. This is a cry for Christian whites and blacks and Asians and Latinos to feel the human flesh on their faith in Jesus.Trayvon’s flesh. His dad’s flesh. George’s flesh. His dad’s flesh. That kind of getting in their flesh will yield a long night’s groaning.
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