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East Of Eden

Are megachurches going the way of CDs?

Outside my dad's church.

 

 

As in an unappealing and outdated relic of the latter part of the twentieth century? Maybe. I know I never felt comfortable in them anyway. I don't need stadium seating where I worship, thanks. From Thom Rainer:

 

Is it then fair to suggest any relationship between the decline of the malls and the future of the church buildings? I think so. To be sure, most malls are adversely affected by the growth of online shopping. There are not too many brick and mortar stores that don’t feel the impact of the Internet.

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DJesus Uncrossed

 

 

While I did see "DJango Unchained," I totally missed Saturday Night Live's spoof, so I found this post by David R. Henson pretty interesting:

 

No doubt, a lot of people are upset, or are going to be upset, about Saturday Night Live’s recent skit “DJesus Uncrossed.” The two-minute sketch lampooned director Quentin Tarantino’s penchant for turning tragic history into gory revenge and imagined what Tarantino might do with the crucifixion and resurrection. (Have they been reading my blog?).

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In ink.

 

 

I walked in to the Ink Spot in a hurry, welcomed by the electric ding of an unseen sensor.

 

Brian, the tattoo artist who would be inking me was standing in the lobby with a woman. He looked up at the ding.

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How cool is Cory Booker?

 

For one, being Cory Booker. Two, for following me (me!) on Twitter. And three, for retweeting the above link to my Galileo post to his over 1.3 million followers!

 

Yes, he is supremely cool. Thank you for all the above.

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11:11 Perfection

 

Editor's note: This interview with Jamila Tazewell, creator of 11:11 Enterprises, was conducted by me in early 2012 for Jumping at the Sun but was never published. Enjoy!

~Alisha

 

 

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Legalism? Nah, it's just liturgy.

 

 

As I mentioned a few days ago, I left a few friends scratching their heads after seeing a picture of me with ashes on my head. Most of my friends are Evangelical/Nondenom Prots, with my family being mostly Oneness Pentecostals. Sure, I've got some Catholics (a great deal of my in-laws are), a sprinkling of Seven Day Adventists, Baptists and such, but most fall into that first group. So they know nothing of ash except soot and Lent is confused with "lint" and they want to grab a roller to get rid of the fuzz.

 

I get that liturgy and set prayers and heavy routine ain't for everybody. Where I see form, many see prison. I get that. I just wish that they would at times consider the positives. This post by Jake Meador shared...

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Purity and perfection.

I could be the poster child for the merits of abstinence before marriage: I am a member of the US evangelical Christian community and remained a virgin until my wedding.

 

I've been happily married to the same man for almost 15 years. We've seen a lot in our marriage: conceived four children, cared for two with severe medical conditions, buried one of them, started and quit jobs, moved houses, changed churches, grieved, and battled depression. We have hurt, misunderstood, under-estimated, and annoyed each other. We're still learning to become good lovers.

 

On more than a few days, we have barely held it together. So what's our secret? It's that we love each other no matter what.

 

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NKOTB, BSB, NSYNC...ROTFL!

After reposting "What Happened to Miss Independent?" last week, I fell into a 90's pop music trance. It started when I clicked on the link to Kelly Clarkson's hit song of the same name, but quickly turned into a good thirty minutes of musical nostalgia featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Jordan Knight. Yes, Jordan "NKOTB" Knight. I only stopped when a not-impressed Zoe demanded breakfast. And maybe the mute button, too.

 

Coincidentally, I saw this collection of "25 Boy Band Shoots That Went Horribly Wrong" and I realized that stylist in the decade of Slick Willie must've been smoking some pretty strong stuff. Check this beauties out:

 

 

 

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Lenten Update: #1

 

After posting the pic of ashes on my head on Facebook a week ago, I caused a minor stir amongst friends who headscratchingly didn't realize I attend an Anglican/Episcopal church, despite my repeated references to doing so. In fact, the inbox and text questions kind of hurt my feelings. Although the iniquisitors claim to read this blog, they didn't get this tidbit about my church attendance? What did they think I was talking about in the post about my last day with Jos?

 

Anyway, past of my sacrifice is skipping meat, sugar and alcohol Monday- Saturday. As much as I like my wine, it's not really too big a deal. The no sugar? It hurts. I've been wanting to rip into the cookies we have in the pantry like everyday. I've seriously...

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Huh?

 

 

I'm with Matthew Paul Turner on Rob Bell's new book promo vid. What the hezzy?

 

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Pictures from Senegal

 

 

My good friend Kandi, now tavelling the world, shares these gorgeous pictures of Senegal on her Instagram page.

 

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Galileo on God

(Brain Pickings Weekly)

 

Starting in college, I began hearing how the Roman Catholic Church supposedly tormented Galileo, religion, of course being the squasher of science and human brillance. It was only a few years ago I started reading that great scientist had remained a Christian throughout his life and held close to his heart the book of Nature and the Good Book.

 

In an essay celebrating his birthday on the 15th (so many great folks are February babies! Today is Copernicus.), Maria Popova at Brain Pickings shares some amazing Galileo quotes on science, truth and yes, God.

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Transforming Blight into Beauty

 

 

Really inspirational video here from Christianity Today on one woman's mission to transform inner city Detroit, one garden at a time.

 

Gardening to Make Beauty Out of Blight from This Is Our City on Vimeo.

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Poetic Motion

 

 

Editor's note: This interview was conducted by me in early 2012 for Jumping at the Sun and first appeared there.

~Alisha

 

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Slouching towards WWIII

(Zazzle)

 

One of the few reasons I remain on Facebook is the equally random and awesome conversations I wind up having, like one I had on Tuesday about North Korea's latest nuclear bomb test.

 

I started it by simply writing, "Really, North Korea?" By the way, I stand by that question. Really, Kim Jong, Jr.? Really?

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To my K...

 

Happy Valentine's Day, Babe.

 

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Music you should hear: The xx

(Source)

 

I'm not sure how I missed them for the last four years, but I'm so happy to have discovered the British indie pop group, The xx. Consisting of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith, the band's vocals are airy, and the tracks, dreamy. Artists as varied as Rihanna and the Gorillaz have sampled them. Check out some of their music below:

 

 

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Mardi, puis Mercredi

Zoe and Callie Cabbage Patch all decked out for Mardi Gras.

 

 

So yesterday we celebrated Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday with fruit filled pastries, beads, jazz, reggae and beans and rice. Although Zoe was a bit much, we had a lot of fun. In the wake of Jos' death, it was the first time I actually set about celebrating. Here are some snapshots of the day:

 

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Post script.

(source)

So the very cool Rod Dreher linked to my post, "Imitation of Life" yesterday, and hundreds of page views later, instead of feeling excited that my little old blog has been eyeballed by so many, I'm experiencing a major let down.

 

First, a caveat or two. I'm just me. Alisha De Freitas (by the by, that "D" is capitalized). I'm a Christian, a woman, Black, a wife, a mother, a sister, college graduate, and such a such, in no particular order. I do not speak for any other Christians, women, Blacks, ect., here. I hate even the perception that I'm some kind of model (fill-in the blank).

 

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An addendum to the "pursuit".

 

 

My friend David passes along an interesting little tidbit on the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" related to my post here. He writes:

 

"During the times of the Founding Fathers, the pursuit of a something meant to practice. There was the pursuit of law or the pursuit of medicine, for example. The pursuit of happiness didn't necessarily equate to 'chasing after'."

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