Jared Witt l February 22, 2018
[The Lord spoke to Isaiah]
Shout out, do not hold back!
Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people that children are dying!
Announce to this “one nation under God” their sins.
I’m to understand that day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were truly a “Christian” nation
and did not forsake the way of their God;
they presume that their judgments are my righteous judgments,
they claim to be close to God.
They say, “Look, we pray to open up House proceedings. Do you not see?
We place our hands on Bibles, do you not notice?”
Jared Witt l February 15, 2018
“The geeks have inherited the Earth.”
Thus says Justin McElroy, one of the co-hosts of the wildly popular (and wildly nerdy) podcast, “My Brother, My Brother, and Me." He would know. He never expected to become a subculture celebrity when he and his three brothers from Huntington, West Virginia first started a podcast for their own amusement in 2010, where they would provide insincere but good natured advice, "Ask Amy" style, to equally insincere question askers and to somewhat more sincere inquirers on the “Yahoo Answers” platform (the latter remain anonymous, as they didn’t anticipate that their questions would become the fodder for a comedy show).
"MBMBAM" (pronounced muh 'bim bam by its cult followers) now sells out major concert venues in cities across the country and boasts such esteemed guests as Jimmy Buffett and Lin-Manuel Miranda due to a cultural shift, which is tough to prove and yet everyone who has passed from high school into adulthood over the last couple decades is vaguely aware of it: Nerdy = cool now.
Jared Witt l February 8, 2018
Masculinity is a good thing.
Toxic masculinity has become the single biggest threat to all complex life on this planet.
We should talk about that.
I almost feel like, if you’re not already nodding your head, and I still have to define “toxic masculinity,” then I’ve already lost you. But here is the shortlist of its symptoms:
Jared Witt l February 1 2018
You know when you’re learning a second language, and you can’t remember that perfect word for the situation, so you have to piece together whatever you’re trying to say from a bunch of more basic words and call it a day?
My wife and I have the privilege of traveling to Spain in a few months, so I’m going through my triennial cycle where I have enough motivation to blitz myself with language apps, hoping to overcome the two steps backward that I’ve taken since the last go round and maybe even take another step forward. But just when I start to feel a hint of self-satisfaction with my progress, it occurs to me that, while my recognition vocab might be around 5,000 words (I actually have no idea what it is, but basically that of your average five year-old or above average Border Collie) my recall vocab, the words that are actually standing on deck and ready to go to bat for me when I need them to, is probably closer to like 800.
So, when the time comes and all my rigorous podcasting and Rosetta Stone-ing boils down to one moment of truth, let's say, visiting an old monument, and I have the opportunity to wow all spectators by casually spitting out,
How Castle Church is stirring up a new spirit in the church from a brewery in Orlando, FL.