Wednesday morning I, along with my good friend Yasir Qadhi, were interviewed on the Eye on Memphis radio show hosted by Lexie Carter and Cheri DelBrocco on KWAM, 990 in Memphis. Of course, we shared a lot with them about the loving relationship between Heartsong and the Memphis Islamic Center. I didn’t know Yasir was part of the interview until he walked in the door. What a joy! Our time on the program was scheduled weeks ago, and it was only on the drive to the station that I learned what had happened at the embassy in Libya. We both shared our views about everything asked, and while I was thinking of my answers and waiting my turn to speak I was also struck by the vast wealth of knowledge, deep understanding and creative way of expression possessed by Sheik Qadhi. I was both teacher and student, and as a student I was fascinated by what Yasir was saying and how he was saying it. And I found myself being deeply grateful to God for nudging me out of my comfort zone-really out of being paralyzed by fear and ignorance to reach out a hand of neighborly love to our Muslim neighbors next door at MIC. Had I not, my experience of this life would have been much poorer, much more narrow in understanding, and I would have missed knowing so many wonderful generous kind and loving people. My world would have been much more provincial; much more parochial; much smaller. My world will never be as vast and wonderful and deep and wide as the actual world. But never do I, nor you, have to settle for keeping our world the size it already is. God is ever ready to introduce us to new people with new ways and new ideas that will expand our world. All we have to do is smile, say a word of greeting, reach out a hand-and watch and listen, learn and grow.
Hey All you Heartsong faithful! I guess if there is going to be a “Steve’s blog” button on the table I need to blog something more often than once a year. Honestly, I set out to be a frequent blogger, but find myself getting caught up in so much “tyranny of the urgent” that I don’t get to it as much as I want to. And then there is the issue of me (occasionally) saying something provocative and before you know it folks are taking off on what I’ve (innocently-ha!) said and I totally lose control of the discussion. But actually I do like to stir things up. What I like to stir are ideas and “facts” that are taken for granted as central to the “Christian” life when in fact they have no biblical basis-no grounding in the life and teaching of Jesus. I’m his man. Though I find other purposes in life, none of them are as important as following him and all of the other purposes I have are not worth having unless they are a subset of following him. That goes for parenting, grandparenting, being a good life partner to Mary or anything else. That’s enough for now. I’ll try to check in more than once a year. :>)