The Bible and I have an on again, off again relationship. I enjoy thinking the two of us go through periods of getting along; that is, as long as I do well managing to ignore large sections of it (namely the Old Testament) in favor of the more palatable, relatable (Jesus) parts.
As the adage goes, “you are what you eat.” And there is of course wisdom here, even if those who take it as a rally cry for their New Year’s resolution forget it by January 2nd. We heard it growing up, mostly in regards to nutrition, but perhaps regarding violent video games and cursing in movies and music. Most of us probably still find ourselves siding with this way of thinking, if not as a source of wisdom, then as a source of guilt.
If you grew up going to youth group in the early 2000s like I did this bible passage probably makes you think of a certain song. Remember, it was written by that tall, scrawny, furry dude named David Crowder.
In the Gospel of St. Mark, a common theme is that of a king returning to his kingdom to find it overtaken and invaded by enemy forces. In this sense, according to Mark, the Gospel of Jesus can be summed up in this: “Satan, your kingdom must come down. The Kingdom of God is at hand.” Mark’s Gospel is this “return of the king” narrative, as he walks through the country casting out demons who have taken over, bringing the sick back to health, and the dead back to life. Look at what Jesus does and you can see what His Kingdom is intended to look like.
"The Bible is not a book about God; it is a book about man. God’s dream is not to be alone, to have mankind as a partner in the drama of continuous creation. By whatever we do . . . we either advance or obstruct the drama of redemption; we either reduce or enhance the power of evil." - Abraham Joshua Heschel
Since we successfully funded the Kickstarter (wahoooooo!!!!) we have been hard at work. We learned right off the bat that summers are busy and we have no time to waste in getting this recording going. We’ve decided to record June 17th-22nd and found a great studio called Fastback Studios. It is a large, fully stocked studio right in our North Seattle backyard, only minutes from where many of us live. We made a down payment this week.
This day, Ash Wednesday, is a signpost on a journey. Well, two journeys, if you will. Locally, for Coastland Commons this day marks a sense of beginning, so let me begin by speaking about the things we are looking forward to.