The Psychic Soviet and Other Works by Ian F. SvenoniusLike Ian Svenonius now-disbanded rock outfit the Make-Up, there are things to take seriously about The Psychic Soviet and things to disregard. Just as the Make-Up half-ironically fused gospel and punk with liberation theology, the essays of The Psychic Soviet meld Marxist theory with pop culture, and the results are sometimes interesting and sometimes silly. Svenonis displays a formidable intelligence in using historical materialism to critique the eugenic subtext of Bram Stokers Dracula, draw parallels between religion and rock n roll, provide a revisionist protest against Bob Dylans going electric, and expose the exploited gay roots of punk. But he also offers lines like The smell of coffee is the odor of the Sandinista hospital, maimed by Contra bombs. Ice-cold vodka is the blood of the Russians, raped and murdered by capitalism, or Of course, Seinfelds characters are supposed be read as the four principle psychological components of one person, with Jerry as the ego, Kramer as the id, George as the unconscious, and Elaine as the rationalizing superego with a straight face. Still, a lot of The Psychic Soviet is also genuinely funny, as in the essay A Warning to Swedish Girls, which cautions young, provincial Scandinavian women interning in London away from their British pursuers. In the process Svenonius lays waste to all of Anglo culture: [The gay managers of the great British rock groups] whispered conceptual tidbits into the ears of their dashing young pupils, who would have otherwise have been exposed as crazed brutalists. In all, The Psychic Soviet is a rare example of critical thinking from the indie rock world, with Svenonius willing to engage history and myth where most would willingly ignore it. Oct. 1, 2007
BT Daily: What Does God Require? Part 2 - Love Mercy
How to Love Mercy
This is the second post in a series on commonly misunderstood Bible passages. Previously I discussed Psalm Where God has spoken, it is important we listen carefully. We do not have the authority to add to his word or to take away from it. My goal is to deepen our understanding of God and his word by examining it closely on its own terms. Today we will look closer at Micah 6.
So now we are required to do what may seem like the opposite of what is just and fair. We are expected to opt for mercy. To illustrate, think about the following examples. Who would you prefer to see receive justice? Who should receive mercy? God, however, wants us to think in a different way.
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Topical Bible Studies. Love Mercy By Lance Mosher. Would it please you to know exactly what God wants from you? Sometimes, people look at the Scriptures, and they are frustrated that the expectations of the Lord are not as "clear" as they think they should be. Instead, God's commandments are separated with stories of people's lives, reasons why certain commandments are given, and warnings to those who don't heed the word of God.
And what does the Lord require of you? When it's within our power or right to punish or harm someone but we show compassion and forgiveness instead, we're demonstrating mercy. When a Hollywood studio needs a film that will generate quick income, they look for a good revenge story. They know that the public will flock to a story about a mild-mannered person pushed to seek his own justice. We live in a culture that's obsessed with retaliation and comeuppance, even when it's in the form of a wisecracking protagonist that derides a stupid question or statement with a verbal uppercut.
ESV - 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is. Login or Sign Up to view the rest of this answer. A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.