Sunday, September 10, 2006

Uncool 2.0

Originally uploaded by Obi-Akpere, ObiAkpere.

Show and Tell!

Cool - and Uncool - is too fun (and too important) a topic to be dealt with in my book alone. I would love to talk, and laugh, and debate, and explore with you.

To that end, I've created several places to take this conversation further. Come on and join me!

Join the Uncool group at Flickr - share your worst teenage moments and discuss.

I've also started an Uncool group at Youtube - we can also use this one to discuss culture and so on. I've got video of Elvis Presley. That should count for something.

If socializing is more your cup of tea, join the Myspace Uncool group, and meet others chewing on the same issues.

Not to leave out Xanga, I've started a Blessed are the Uncool blogring you can join.

Finally, since we're not alone, we who want to move beyond a cool faith, tag the uncool world at and help us find the truth, or at least stay abreast of it.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Stir the Memory Pot

Immigrant SignImmigration is traumatic. Slavery is traumatic. Human history overall is traumatic. The story of cool is, to a significant extent, the story of young people burying the stories of their families.

But the God who leaps out of the pages of the Bible is not afraid of the suffering of life: in fact, Jesus was God choosing to take on the human condition and live with us--and ultimately, to save us.

As followers of Jesus, we don't have to bury the past. We don't need to resort to as weak a defense as cool. As followers of Jesus, we can search out God's presence in our family stories. And we can belong to our families, without shame.

Are there corners of your family story you want to reclaim for the church?