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"Everything's amazing and nobody's happy"
Louis C.K., a comedian, talks on the Conan O'Brien show about the problem of nongratitude/nonwonder in our society. So funny and so true.
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"Tell him he'd better kill me good with the first shot..."
A scene from the movie, The Kite Runner, that really connects to many of our hearts about how we want to live life... "I'll take a thousand of his bullets before I let this indecency take place."
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"I've been to the mountaintop"
On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech in Memphis, Tenn. He was assassinated the next day. The speech has been hailed as an eerily prophetic declaration of King's very own death and mortality. But it is also a call to all of us to live for a much greater purpose than a long life, fearlessly living for the glory of God. This is an "auto-tuned" version of the speech.
"I know this is not going to be the end"
Nate "OTEKA" Henn worked with "Invisible Children" for a year and a half. He traveled around the United States, advocating on behalf of children in East and Central Africa who had been affected by Joseph Kony and the LRA’s atrocities. On July 11, 2010 he was killed by a terrorist’s bomb in Kampala, Uganda. He was 25 years old. Nate left behind a legacy of honor, integrity, and service. He lived a life to be emulated. At the 50 second mark of this video, Nate is seen playing with Willow Glenn, Lucas' daughter. That connection to Nate further inspired our community to be involved in making the lives of children in central Africa better.
"How can I live the "American Dream" knowing that in Swaziland people are dying ?"
College buddy of Lucas, Dennis Brock, has dedicated his life to improving the lives of children in Swaziland. Lucas says that one thing he is most thankful for in his whole life is the moment he silently prayed for a friend headed to Swaziland, and felt like God say that this friend should take Dennis with him. That small suggestion played a part in Dennis going to Swaziland where he is now doing great stuff, which is featured in this video on NFL.com. You never know what a little prayer can do.
"Do I know anything about your life because I read Oliver Twist?"
WARNING: SOME EXPLETIVES
Matt Damon sees a painting in Robin Williams office, who plays his psychiatrist, and assumes he knows everything about Robin by just looking at it. Needless to say, Robin Williams is pissed, and this is their next meeting. He explains to him the difference between being book smart and being wise, between knowing about and knowing through experience. The kind of faith that Jesus pitched seems to be all about relational/experienctial knowledge rather than just theoretical knowledge.
"Why I Think This World Should End"
Prince Ea shares beautiful and challenging thoughts like, "Instead of trying to change others, we can change ourselves, we can change our hearts."
"M. Scott Peck's Stage Theory"
A good friend of our church, Dave Schmelzer, talks about a theory that has been extremely helpful for many of us in understanding the secular and religious cultures around us.
"This is Water"
WARNING: SOME EXPLETIVES
This is audio only of David Foster Wallace's talk at Kenyon College's 2005 commencement. Wallace was an atheist and a writer that offered many helpful insights to our world. Quite sadly, he committed suicide in 2008.
"The Power of Vulnerability"
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Benjamin Zander is a teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music and conductor of the Boston Philharnomic Orchestra. He is a long-time advocate for embracing life’s possibilities rather than living in the “downward spiral” of negativity.
"'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community"
Stanford anthropologist professor, Tanya Luhrmann, embedded herself in two Vineyard churches for two years, for the purpose of researching what happens when people try to 'experience God'. This is her interview on NPR. Really interesting!
"The Search for the True Self"
Father Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest, popular author, and mentor of Lucas, shares the main ideas from his best selling book, "Immortal Diamond".
Father Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest, popular author, and mentor of Lucas, shares the main ideas from his best selling book of the same title in which he tries to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up."