Here's what's up...
First of all...to Bishop Tommy Smith in the Philippines...I got your message, and I'm glad that you all liked the "He's Got the Whole World" videos (especially the Adidas one...it was my favorite, too). For some reason I can't return your call or text you, so let me just say, if you're reading this, that the dates for November are fine, and we're already working on it (let me know if you saw this...)
Speaking of the Philippines...P. Joshua Foster texted this to me earlier, "Hey, I just got off a 14 hour flight from LAX to Taipei. Only nine more hours til I reach Manila and a twenty-two hour layover til I reach Ozamiz. I'm almost there! Love you Bishop"...to which I responded, "Hang in there. You will fly and not be weary, you will layover and not faint!"
Last night, Debye and I went to see James Baldwin's classic play, The Amen Corner , at the Alliance Theatre, featuring our own Chandra Currelley (thanks, Chandra, for the tickets!)...and let me just say that you all need to go see it if you can. It's really, really good, and Chandra is incredible in it. We all know what an amazing writer and singer she is, but she's also a very fine actress and comedienne (it's certainly not a comedy, but some of it is very funny, and she gets some of the biggest laughs in it). It plays through Sunday the 3rd. Weekday shows start at 8pm, and weekend shows are Saturday at 2:30 and 8, with one show on Sunday
The story is about religion, and how it often affects relationships (and vice versa)...some of it is very poignant, especially in regards to questions we all have at times about the will of God, and why things happen in our lives the way that they do. In the end, the message is really about the healing power of love vs. the oppressive force of religious bondage.
As a matter of fact, during a part of the show I had my Blackberry on (on vibrate), and I was putting some of your, shall we say, very interesting comments through to the blog, and it was very, well...interesting...even ironic...that on many levels, some of what some of you were saying was in sync with what the play was saying. I finally had to turn it off because I was distracting people, and I didn't want to be rude to the excellent cast.
While I'm on the subject, let me say (as I've said before), that because this is my blog, with my name on it, I reserve the right to post (or not post) anything that comes through, without explanation or apology. But, for the most part, I put everything through, even if it doesn't necessarily reflect a viewpoint of mine. If the comment is in the form of a question, I may wait to publish it until I can find the time to write an answer to it, but I don't mind answering questions, especially if I think that there's a larger purpose met in answering a particular individual.
Then, as in the case of my many deletions of comments on a particular article post a few weeks ago, I also reserve the right to remove something if I feel so inclined. And as I've said before, if you send a comment and don't see it published fairly soon, relax. I'm not at the computer 24 hours a day, and when I'm very busy, I can't even be putting comments through on my Blackberry. If you do see that your comments are appearing almost immediately, it means that I'm online, and the blog is then more accessible. When it's like that, I don't mind if you use it as a kind of chat room...just be cool when you do. "Edgy" is fine, "funny" is great, even "controversial" is usually OK...but "disrespectful" is discouraged. Capiche?
On the other hand, if you don't see things come up quickly, don't keep resending. When I'm in a meeting or appointment, and I have my Blackberry, I just put the comments through from names that I recognize as I'm doing other things. I don't have time to read them until later, so if you keep sending the same comments, I just inadvertantly keep posting them.
We'll be in Washington tomorrow and Friday, so I may not post anything until we get back. I don't know. Sometimes I think it's good for all of us here to take a little break and regroup. "Could be...could be not." But, one way or the other, if you have something to say, feel free to send it, and I'll be happy to put it through. Maybe...Probably...More than likely...
I may start a new series tonight out of the first chapter of Ephesians. I've been meditating a lot lately on the phrase "...the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him" (v. 17). In my own life right now I am learning many things about the difference between wisdom and revelation, and why both are important. As for me and my house, revelation is needed these days more than wisdom...how about you? Whatever the case, I hope you'll be a part of tonight's experience.
One more thing...I really do love and appreciate you all, and I enjoy having you here every day.
Walk in the light as He is in the light today...