The Good News is Supposed to Be Good

And Jesus said “the time has been fulfilled.  The Kingdom of God is has come near. Repent, and believe the good news.”

“Master,” they said, “what is the good news? Tell us, so that we might believe it.”

And Jesus answered them:  “the time has been fulfilled.  The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent, and believe the good news.”

And Jesus ministered in Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.

First Blurb for Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

From 2012:

As I’ve said before, Kyle Minor is the hardest working man in fiction right now. If you aren’t following his career, you’re missing out on the chance to watch a great artist in the processing of becoming famous for his work. If you’re an emerging writer yourself, his successes are good markers for your own trajectory. More than that, he’s a hell of a writer and a generous, gracious guy. Be inspired by him.

Until the Sea Shall Free Them

Reminds me of “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen. Excerpt:

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

That’s Why He’s The Boss

I swear it’s not about being a cliche or being read like some rust belt book, young American men and their patron, prophet, saint. I swear it’s not that we inherit quiet desperation, that we’re destined by our chemistry toward being hung up, that it happens less with age and with what we’re calling care of self. I swear it’s none of those things. I swear Bruce Springsteen has me figured out.

Who’s Coming to Dinner?

And Jesus said “Give away your power.  Give away your wealth.  Believe in God.  Believe also in me.  Believe in people. Proclaim good news to the poor and justice to the oppressed.”   And they opened their homes to him: tax collectors, widows, men and women of little means, immigrants and foreigners and heathens. Homeless, Jesus lived and preached among them.  “Believe in people,” Jesus said, “believe in God.  Believe in me.”   Offered power, he refused it.  People sitting in high places were enraged but Jesus mounted no defense.  And he went to die without a protest, like a lamb lead to the slaughter.  And he continued to confound them.