In an extended radio interview with Focus on the Family, U2 frontman and humanitarian Bono discussed his marriage, fatherhood, personal insecurity, faith, salvation, Jesus' "justice agenda," and why being an advocate to the poor is so important to him. Among some of his more notable quotes from the interview, Bono says he relates to David because of his musicianship, and called the Psalms "gospel and songs of praise,” saying they are like “the blues." In discussing Christ, Bono said he respects Jesus’ ability to confront people with truth, calling His frank-but-still-loving attitude “punk rock.” When discussing activism, Bono said differences in theology and beliefs shouldn’t prevent people from uniting on causes that help the suffering, like The One Campaign. “People don't understand in that scripture, the Samaritan was at odds with the ideology of the person he stopped on the road for. This is why we call it The ONE Campaign” … Discuss
This August, various social justice organizations that you know and love—or don't know but would probably love if you did—are going to be meeting up in Los Angeles for an event called Fourth Estate Leadership Summit. Basically, it'll be a network of students, groups, leaders and causes for what they're calling a "Common Good Exchange," which sounds like the best possible kind of exchange. Invisible Children will be hosting the event, and it's going to be featuring some other great people: charity:water, TOMS Shoes, TWLOHA, The Giving Keys and dozens of other great organizations will be showing up. And, yes, we'll be making an appearance ourselves and, frankly, we can't wait. If you want to go, just head over the site and apply. Applications are due May 15, so you've got plenty of time weigh the pros and cons—particularly since there are so few cons ... Discuss
The Atlantic Weekly has an interesting story about the curious plight of Burma, a country that has been under military rule for almost 50 years. However, in 2012, the country got its first democratically elected leadership, and their first bit of media reform goes into effect on April 1: newspapers. For the first time in half a century, the Burmese people will be allowed to print and read actual journalism, and there are a handful of citizens working around the clock to see to it that they put their new freedom to good use. A ragtag band of journalists have been creating their own personal newspaper for some time now and, come April, they'll start publishing the The Yangon Times for the masses. But, until then, they've got a lot of learning to do. The paper's chairman, Ko Ko, said that "The people are now realizing that initially there is a big dream, daily newspapers is a dream. Now the dream's come true and they started to realize this is not an easy job" ... Discuss
As we roll into 2013, it’s interesting to notice that a new year’s reboot often involves cutting out the bad more than adding in the good. Some of the most common resolutions reflect this, as people annually pledge to give up extra calories, smoking, overspending or other bad habits.
Christians often bring this avoidance approach into their faith, as well. We often define the heart of God by what ought not be done, while leaving undone the many things that ought to be done. Read More