letter from the editor

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

I got back into an old habit that I’d fallen out of earlier this year…. and that’s podcasts! I seriously love my Anderson Cooper podcast. For starters, I’ve noticed my productivity instantly increases when Anderson is on. If I could hire him (I can’t afford him) to stand behind me and talk all day, I’d surely be that much better of a publicist. But secondly, it’s been impossible to get a copy of either AMNY (my fave) or Metro NY at my train stop recently and I once again rely on Anderson to break the news down for me on a daily basis. My only beef is that the podcast is only 30 minutes long, which forces me to play it over and over again to get my fix.

I’ve also been searching for more Christian blogs this week, but have been making slow progress in finding what I’m looking for. Yesterday morning, when I was standing on a packed L train surrounded by people with iPods, I had an epiphany. If I’m not reading the news on the way to work, I could at least be listening to it. Which then led to the epiphany that I could also be listening to Christian podcasts… of which I know none outside of those made by the church I attend.  I did a quick search in the iTunes store while I was updating my CNN podcasts and found a couple Christian podcasts that I subscribed to.

So far I’ve only had the chance to listen to the first 7 minutes of Mark Driscoll’s latest sermon on Peter from Mars Hill Church. I read Driscoll’s Vintage Jesus in a book club last summer, but had never heard one of his sermons before. I only caught the opening of the lesson before I had to shut down for the day, and he was talking about how to really understand the particular passage, we have to understand that Jesus’ work for us (dying for our sins) and the Holy Spirit’s work in us (changing us from the inside out once we accept Jesus) will allow God’s work to flow through us and out of us into the world around us. Then he said something along the lines of (and I think I’m quoting here) “If you don’t get this, you’ll just assume Christianity’s all about what you do for God. It’s not. It’s about what God does for you in you and what God does through you in relationship with you,” and I like where it is heading.

I feel like this message in particular has been hitting me over the head from several different directions lately, and I’ve been meditating a lot on Isaiah 6:8. I’ve read this verse probably dozens of times, but recently it’s made a big impact on me – just imagining how Isaiah, who already was close enough to God to hear his inspired word, was so blown away by seeing him that when God asked “Who should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for me?” he said “I’ll go, Lord. Send me!” And I’ve been thinking that I want to be like Isaiah and just say “Bump that” to the world and say “Send me!” to God and get out there and passionately change the world into a better place the way Jesus would have me do.

So more of that later! Tonight I’ll be hitting Royal Oak with friends and preparing for what will surely be another amazing Big Apple BBQ tomorrow (I’m eating at LEAST 2 plates). And just because a girl can never have too much BBQ in her life, I’ll be continuing the summer in BK weekend tradition and hitting a G-Funk BBQ b-day party later in the day followed by a rooftop BBQ back in Williamsburg. Delish.