Jason Farley Author’s Corner

Milton’s Political Uselessness

Milton’s Political Uselessness

In 1652 John Milton went completely blind. His eyes had been waning, the world fading, for some time. The darkening was complete the same year his first wife and only son died at one year old. He was a published poet, but he had spent his energy in English politics...

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Dance with Us – Dance and the Christian Life

Dance with Us – Dance and the Christian Life

Team Farley has a number of Family Rules that are beyond discussion. Rule #1: When Billy Idol comes on the radio no one may leave the car until the song is over. You must respect the Idol. It is our most sacred Family Rule. Rule #2: “Hello,” by Adele, requires that...

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Psalms With a Southern Accent – My Soul Among Lions

Psalms With a Southern Accent – My Soul Among Lions

In my first church job the Pastor gave me a bit of advice that stuck. Children learn most of their theology from the songs that their church sings. They may not remember your sermons, but they will carry the songs they sing in church the rest of their lives. This is...

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It’s Edited: Don’t be Duped by the Newsertainment

It’s Edited: Don’t be Duped by the Newsertainment

Editing is an art form.   My son Cedric was coming in the front door a few days ago when his sister asked, “Did you eat an ice cream sandwich?”  He replied, “Malachi had two.”  That was, strictly speaking, true. Malachi had eaten two ice cream sandwiches. The...

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A Manifesto on Art and the Church

A Manifesto on Art and the Church

The Christian Church is in exile. Not that we are living in tents (though many church buildings may qualify as temporary). Instead, there is a deeper exile. The soul of the American Church is in the plot point of the epic poem in which the protagonist becomes a...

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Marxism is Boring: The Hyper-Politicization of Public Art

Marxism is Boring: The Hyper-Politicization of Public Art

Everyone has to have an overarching story. A mythos that holds what they see and hear together. When I lived in California, I did evangelism on Wednesdays. I hoped to do it other days as well, but Wednesdays I did my sermon prep at the neighborhood park. I introduced...

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Bill Maher and the Impotence of the Tiny Heart-Obama

Bill Maher and the Impotence of the Tiny Heart-Obama

I make my children practice telling jokes at dinner. If I can help it, none of my progeny will have bad comedic timing. The girl that married me, lo so many zodiacal rotations ago, hoped to be a comedian when she grew up. The same skills, it turns out, apply to...

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When the People Cheer – Strip-Clubs and Black Thought’s Poetic Insight

When the People Cheer – Strip-Clubs and Black Thought’s Poetic Insight

On The Roots newest album ‘. . . and then you shoot your cousin,” one of the most powerful tracks is ‘When the People Cheer.’ Each stanza is written from a different perspective. The third stanza, Black Thought’s stanza, is written from the perspective of a sex addict that has reached both a financial and existential low because he is enslaved to sexual pleasures. He knows that what he is doing is wrong, but he can no longer resist the strip clubs. He turns in to an after-hours joint to blow his last dollar on a lap dance.

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