Justin and I could be in the New York Times!

Oh, I forgot to mention this before:

TrashballsThe week or so prior to going up to DC, Justin had sent me this article about a DC Guy Selling Plastic Balls of Trash via gumball machines. One day (Monday?) while I was up there, we drove around looking for one of the machines. We finally found one at Busboys and Poets and we walk in and find the red metal trash dispenser. However, there was two people casually leaning in front of it. Justin politely says, “excuse me, we’re trying to get to the trashball machine,” much to the surprise of the fellow in front of it: Christopher Goodwin himself. The person he’s talking to is a reporter from the New York Times.

Trashball Machine“Did you really come here for the trashballs??” Goodwin asks us, astounded.

My reply was, of course “I came all the way from New Orleans to get a trashball.”

The reporter was about to have an orgasm. “Chris, did you set this up?!”

I don’t think Christopher knew what to think.

So, we were asked a bunch of questions by the reporter, which was cool. He said the article was going to come out sometime this week!

Christ Among the Partisans

A coworker of mine forwarded this excellent editorial from the New York Times entitled Christ Among the Partisans. It quotes a bit from Matthew that I’ve always liked, “”When you pray, be not like the pretenders, who prefer to pray in the synagogues and in the public square, in the sight of others. In truth I tell you, that is all the profit they will have. But you, when you pray, go into your inner chamber and, locking the door, pray there in hiding to your Father, and your Father who sees you in hiding will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).” He uses this bit to illustrate how Jesus wouldn’t nessisarily be for prayer in schools, although I’ve always saw it as a condemnation of organized religion as a whole.

“The Romans did not believe Jesus when he said he had no political ambitions. That is why the soldiers mocked him as a failed king, giving him a robe and scepter and bowing in fake obedience (John 19:1-3). Those who today say that they are creating or following a “Christian politics” continue the work of those soldiers, disregarding the words of Jesus that his reign is not of this order.”