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Re: “Ben Joravsky's Guide to the Aldermanic Runoffs

As a long-time (33 years) resident of the 46th Ward hoping to live in a place both safe and economically diverse, I've long worried that Mr. Cappleman's ideas on "licensing shelters" and overall approach to Uptown's class tensions are wrong-headed. I've posted some of his own comments from a reactionary blog in our neighborhood in a series of posts on my own blog. The comments buttress my contention: http://bluechristian.blogspot.com

Posted by shonkin57 on 04/04/2011 at 4:21 PM

Re: “The Passion of David Bazan

One more thought... I think Bazan's doubt (as is my own) often may be linked to humanity more than God. For instance, I know in my afore-mentioned "abusive" moments -- which we all share, admit it or not -- the sin is almost always one of lack of love. Whether legalism, selfishness, or pride, we wound others and sometimes do it in God's name. Bazan and others can help us enter into a transparent moment where our mutual sins against one another and hurts inflicted by others find expression. Isn't that what art so often does? Perhaps "abuse" is not the right word for the sort of thing I'm talking about, as it can cheapen the word for categories such as violent and/or sexually exploitative abuse by religious figures.

We do sin, however, in the more usual "universal" categories. And, to me at least, those sins of lovelessness seem the greatest impediments to either acquiring or maintaining faith in Christ.

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Posted by shonkin57 on 07/30/2009 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The Passion of David Bazan

Thank you for covering a great artist and fellow struggler with Christian faith. While David may have moved outside the faith tent (or not, his call not mine!), I think perhaps folks' reaction to him is more nuanced, less naive, than the writer thinks. Faith and doubt often live very, very closely together, and (I believe) doubt indicates a mature faith rather than a weak one.

An example how that works: I am a committed Christian, but found myself bursting into tears at the end of the movie "Doubt." Why? Because (for me) the ambiguity of the ending for many wasn't that ambiguous. It seemed to me the main character (spoiler?) was indeed breaking down over her loss of FAITH, not about having misjudged the priest (whom I agreed w/ her was almost certainly a pedophile).

I don't want to get off on a tangent over my interpretation of a movie, but rather the response which for me was beyond the rational and into the guts. I empathized so heavily with her doubt as I percieved it, the brokenness she felt over being betrayed by the Church. I empathized because I have experienced it myself -- from both the abused and abusing end!

When I read that many in the crowd wept over David Bazan's lyric re Genesis and the fall.... of course they did. Like me, they feel the artist's doubt *through* their faith. And they feel, through their faith, his struggles with it. So their tears are tears of recognition, and ultimately, community.

I should disclose I am one of the folks who helps sponsor Cornerstone Festival. And it does make me proud when I read this story to know such moments can happen at Cornerstone.

Blessings, and thanks.
Jon Trott
Jesus People USA / Project 12

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Posted by shonkin57 on 07/30/2009 at 4:55 PM

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