Vincent Van Gogh said, “Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.” So I’m going to just throw a few thoughts out here tonight…

1) The kid in Footloose, Ren, is a GOOD kid. Adults in the town gang up on him for various reasons, mostly because he’s a stranger, though. And because he says Slaughterhouse Five is a classic. Ren works hard, does well in school, is respectful to his mom, and is kind to other people…better than most of the kids in that silly town! After his uncle repeats a rumor back to him, Ren retorts back, “You just think that when there’s smoke, there’s fire!” Which is true. That’s how all of them are in the movie. But it’s not too far from reality…

2) I’m reading too many books right now and feel a little overwhelmed. On the bright side, Ann Brashares came out with a new Sisterhood book! They’re all about to turn thirty in this one. I’m about a page into it, but after this post, I’ll read more

3) In the evangelical circles, it’s become very popular to be fans of certain pastors. Some of them are very, very good. But they’ve also been turned into celebrities of sorts, thanks to modern technology. People flock to see them at conferences, buy their books, watch them on the news or catch their sermons online, visit their churches, and sometimes even move to the area where the church is at for the purpose of attending! (No joke) While it is wonderful to have good teaching, I think it’s easy to slip into idolizing. I don’t know where that line is; it probably looks different for each person. There is a certain irony that these pastors are viewed as celebrities, while People magazine is condemned. In my mind, there’s not much of a difference.

4) I read an article about Occupy Wall Street today that I liked… You all may not agree with all of it, but it is still good and affirms many good values.

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