This year, as we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are too often tempted to celebrate what has been achieved rather than examine what God continues to call out of us. Hopefully we know that there is no such thing as "post-racial," even after the election of an African American president.
Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving them two essays, as I couldn't quite decide which I thought was "worse."
There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that elicit fandom, and none of them have anything to do with his music:
- He still uses a CD walkman
- He lives rent-free in a church in Berkeley, California, where he serves as the custodian.
- He often attends two to three church services a Sunday because he loves the art of sermonizing.
- He is a nice guy.