links // life, love, and other musicals


I would hope that I could start off this recap in a different way than last week. But, sadly, it’s still applicable. This week was rough. It’s the sort of week where you question the sanity of the world and then think, this is why people can’t have nice things, or guns. Definitely that last one. I mean, if one kid can’t have peanuts, the whole school goes peanut free to save the one kid — just saying. It has been interesting to watch responses from the “religious communities,” I specifically am not calling them the Christian communities because the “pastors” who said made offensive statements about how this was what God intended because the victims were gay does not serve the same God I do. So needless to say when a trending topic on Facebook was how Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, wrote a blog post regarding Orlando, I visibly cringed in fear. What was he going to say, was I going to feel sad because i love Veggie Tales, I had a lot of questions. But it was actually good. And so I leave you with my favorite part of the post:

But my prayer for the rest of us – especially those of us who call ourselves Jesus followers – is that we would resist the siren song of fear. This side of heaven, security is an illusion at best. We are never more than one drunken driver or cancer diagnosis away from a life-altering or life-ending event. Never. And yet paradoxically, as followers of Jesus, we are always secure. The love of Christ is all we need, and no event on Earth can take that away from us. As followers of Jesus, we are safe. Always. In all neighborhoods. In all circumstances. At all times.

And so it falls to us to demonstrate fearless living to our friends and neighbors. As Justin Martyr before the Romans, Deitrich Bonhoeffer before the Nazis, Martin Luther King Jr. before the racist whites of Birmingham, we have access to supernatural peace. A peace that allows us to stand before the threat of the sword, the gallows, the firebomb, the terrorist, the cancer diagnosis, and respond as all those saints before us – with love. Supernatural love that comes from supernatural peace. Supernatural love that drives out fear. Supernatural love that is the key to showing a frightened nation a better way. — Phil Vischer

And in addition to the above, a few random reads for the week and a whole lot of feel-good Tony Awards news.

TONY AWARD EDITION: All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).

There are so many feelings on the theater world in this post-Tonys moment. From the opening to the other opening to the closing and everything in between (yes, each one of those is a different clip). Hamilton won 11 Tonys. Renee Elise Goldsberry, aka Angelica, made me cry. Lin-Manuel Miranda gave the most amazing and delightful speeches. All of the actor winners in the musical category were persons of color (say what?!). There was audience karaoke during the commercial breaks (are we surprised since this was in fact hosted by James Corden). And, the #HamilDoc is coming to PBS in October (Happy Birthday to me).

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