‘…your lyin eyes’

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What We Rehearse Is Who We Are
(c) August 2009

This is a satirical parable composed for the annual first major religious event of the school year at Pine Forge Academy. The event is call “Singsperation.” The term “singsperation” has cultural significance among black Seventh-day Adventists; it simply means inspirational concert. I told the story to suggest to my students that what we rehearse matters and to encourage them to create art that reminds them of what matters.

The one thing I neglected to do was make the explicit connection between the student in my dream (who tried to substitute songs for substance on his quiz) and those of us who spend very little time rehearsing the way of Jesus, but we love our music about the person of Jesus.

The Fisher King
(c) Jan 2008

This is footage of a story I told at Indiana Wesleyan University on the MLK holiday 2008 to an audience of about 3000 students, faculty and guests. I was invited by a dear friend of mine, Pat Hannon, who is the Asst. Dean of Chapel at IWU. I ended up doing 4 presentations that day (one only tries that once and that only because he’s too fool-hearty to know his limitations :-) ). I was EXHAUSTED! Listeners assured me I was relatively coherent, for which I am grateful. May it implicate you for the good.

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