"Truth in a 'Whatever' World"
by Tom Goodman
September 13, 2006
This Sunday I
want to help you communicate truth to a “whatever” world. Your friends
are looking for someone with conviction, and slam poet Taylor
Mali has found the words to express that longing. Mali was popular
on the opening seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. In his work, “Totally
like whatever, you know?” he wrote:
In case you hadn't noticed,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you're talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you're saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you
have been attaching themselves to the ends of
Even when those sentences aren't, like, questions?
Declarative sentences – so-called
because they used to, like, DECLARE things to
as opposed to other things which were, like,
have been infected by a totally hip
and tragically cool interrogative tone?
Like, don't think I'm uncool just because I've
this is just like the word on the street, you
It's like what I've heard?
I have nothing personally invested in my own
I'm just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?
What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
Have they been, like, chopped down
with the rest of the rain forest?
Or do we have, like, nothing to say?
Has society become so, like, totally . . .
I mean absolutely . . . You know?
That we've just gotten to the point where it's
just, like . . .
And so actually our disarticulation . . . ness
is just a clever sort of . . . thing
to disguise the fact that we've become
the most aggressively inarticulate generation
to come along since . . .
you know, a long, long time ago!
I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION
You have to speak with it, too.
So true. Our new sermon series is designed to help you discover Christian
truth and share it with gentle authority. Join us for the series, or
listen online (iTunes
or website). I’m giving away
my new book, The Anchor Course, to those who attend the series.
If you want copies for friends or relatives who cannot attend the series, we
will have these available for $13 each. You can also order copies
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To learn more about the book, go online to www.AnchorCourse.org.
You can read the introduction by clicking here.
Introduce me to the friends you bring this Sunday!
Baptism This Sunday. If you’re ready to follow Jesus in baptism,
Kilcoyne Commissioning Service. Daniel and Tiffany Kilcoyne have
been accepted by the International Mission Board as new missionaries to France!
We will have a commissioning service for them on Wednesday, September 20,
at 6:30 p.m. Join us!
Links to Your World
I liked the article, “Haunted
By His Absence,” in Focus on the Family’s Boundless webzine.
It’s an article about growing up fatherless, written by Thabiti Anyabwile,
the new pastor of my former church, First Baptist
Church of Grand Cayman.
In the Baptist Press article, “ESPN
reporter grateful for new birth,” learn about how Chris Mortensen found
Did you see, “Prayers
for rain answered in West Texas – and how!” It reports how reservoirs
are overflowing one month after government officials called churches to pray.
The article is from the same journalist who earlier complained that most journalists
referred to the prayer-for-rain story as “quirky.”
You’ll find more articles and commentary at my weblog, “Get
Anchored,” including my reaction to Islam’s
forced “conversions” and a study
on the impulse so many have to literally “wash” away misdeeds. To keep
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