The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 3, 2019
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Three years away…on my “want” list now
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Joshua Harris, post-Christian
A former pastor who wrote a bestselling book on traditional relationships has confirmed the end of his marriage, apologized for opposing LGBTQ rights and announced he is no longer a Christian.
Joshua Harris’ book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” which railed against sex before marriage and homosexuality, sold over 1 million copies and became a fixture in Christian youth groups after coming out 22 years ago.
But Harris now says the 1997 work “contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry,” and that he has “undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus.”
Writing on Instagram, he added: “By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”
“I have lived in repentance for the past several years — repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few,” Harris wrote in the post.
When fundamentalists fall, they can fall hard.
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Questions of the Week
What does an invasion of locusts look like?
With a font made out of preposterously drawn congressional districts, of course!
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Another Question: Who’s in John Dillinger’s Grave?
This week I did a funeral in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Crown Hill is the resting place of many famous and infamous people, including Mooresville, Indiana native, Depression era bank robber, and Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger.
Or is it?
But his bank-robbing career came to an end when police and federal agents ambushed him outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934. Chicago FBI Chief Melvin Purvis told reporters Dillinger turned to run while officers surrounded him.
Dillinger took three bullets. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
However, in the 85 years since, historians and enthusiasts have debated whether it was Dillinger or a doppelganger, citing inconsistencies between Dillinger’s physical appearance and the body in the morgue.
And now, Dillinger’s family wants to finally know for sure. In June, they obtained a permit to exhume John Dillinger’s body. The exhumation will also be part of a forthcoming documentary on the History Channel. Retrieving the body will be a chore, since the crypt contains two and a half tons of concrete in order to prevent grave robbers from snatching it. No exact date has been given.
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Love baseball, hot dogs, and ice cream. Not sure about this.
This day in music…
Remarkably, Innervisions is Stevie Wonder’s 16th studio album. It is the album that best celebrates his musical maturity and completes the transition from Little Stevie Wonder to the grown-up artist with an active imagination and burning social conscience. Coming just nine months after Talking Book, Innervisions is Wonder at the absolute peak of his powers, a 23-year-old man with the world at his fingertips.
After the release of Talking Book, Wonder said: “We as a people are not interested in ‘baby, baby’ songs any more, there’s more to life than that.” As a result, Innervisions is like a snapshot of America in 1973, seen through Wonder’s mind’s eye.
Today, enjoy this live performance of “Living for the City,” from this amazing collection of music.