Josh Brage


News Talk Radio
March 30, 2006, 3:59 pm
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Well, I am back in the swing of things. I had been avoiding talk radio for a while. I am not really sure why, I think it just has something to do with trying to keep my life simple and my mind clear. However, I am back. 710 KNUS has been made a standard for Emily and I on our way to and from work. That generally means Laura Ingraham and Hugh Hewitt, with the occasional Dennis Prager at lunch. I haven’t listened to Rush for a while, when I do I am usually on a road trip deep in the heart of ‘Red America.’

People ask me why I am not more politically outspoken. I have opinions and a lot of them, but I don’t talk about them very often – I am not very ‘active’ politically. Two thoughts about that: one, I do not see political or social activism as the route through which I am going to live out my Christian calling/existence. (No offense, Bono.) Second, I think this is changing in my life. I am feeling more of a passion to be involved in what is going on around me. Not just in my common, natural circles of life, but in new spheres and new places with new people. We will see, but bottom line, I am listening to talk radio once again. “Morning Glory and Evening Grace to you.”

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To my Homies in the Northwest!
March 29, 2006, 4:39 pm
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This is just a standard shout-out to all my friends up in Seattle Washington!
I am desperately in love with Denver, however there are two cities that I most want to visit – the first is Chicago (Wrigley field is the draw for me) and Seattle, pretty much just because it seems cool. I will be coming up sometime soon! Be ready for me! Thanks for reading!



You Say You Want a ReVolution!
March 29, 2006, 3:54 am
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Well, my letter has changed. It used the be the ‘X’ now we are on to the V. Come on somebody.

This weekend I went to see V for Vendetta. This movie was immensely moving on a lot of different levels for me, some positive – some negative. Ultimately it kept me up until 4 in the morning writing and thinking about how to change the world. Let’s talk about this movie.

The first thing that I want to point out about this movie is that it is almost complete anti-American and anti-Bush propaganda – I don’t even feel like they tried to hide that fact. From the way that the evil chancellor talks and looks, to the orange vests that Evey wears during her torturous episodes – this movie slams my country. At times the hair on the back of my neck stood straight up and a good solid roll of the eyes accompanied by a good ‘HuRumph’ were present.

My good friend Stetson brings a very solid perspective on this propaganda on his xanga. Stetson on Xanga

So why go see it and how can you enjoy it? Well, here is my way of looking at movies. I go into them expecting the propaganda to be blatant and agressive. What else is Hollywood there for? I gave up a long time ago the hope that Hollywood would pay attention to the real world, let alone look at it from an unbiased point of view. So with that expectation level, I go in and basically ignore all of that and do what I can to see the deeper levels of meaning. (Even a squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Or something like that.)

V fired me up! Point blank. I left completely ready to lead a revolution! To be honest, I identified with Evey more than anyone else. Close to the troubled revolutionary, but sometimes unsure of what or how to actually think. V was troubled, yes. Vigilante, completely. He was also cool, funny, eloquent and terribly bad to the bone with a knife. V was a lot of things, but he definitely was a revolutionary.

There is a revolution stirring. This revolution has nothing to do with politics, government, school systems or any other cultural element. This revolution is spiritual through and through. His Kingdom is coming! I can FEEL it!

How do I know? Jesus said that they Kingdom does not come with observation. You can’t say look here or there. Because the Kingdom of God is inside of you and me. (Luke 16) And as I look around, talk to people and listen to them – I hear the same story over and over again. A messed up life, a messed up heart. People have hurt them, the church has hurt them. They are lonely, confused, disillusioned and at times in despair. But I also hear at the end of those conversations, “but God is working in my heart.” I hear at the end of those conversations true honest questions that are being asked of God and He is answering! It isn’t loud or very exuberant. But over and over again I am seeing people’s lives being impacted by the love of God. Not in a service or by a ministry, but by the Holy Spirit in that still, quiet way, placing the pieces of thier hearts and lives back into place.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the revolution. The revolution is a young man who fell straight, flat on his face. His heart got ripped apart by a lack of character and the devil himself. He hurt those closest to him. He lost those things which were most dear to him. But he is still in the fight. He has allowed God to pick him back up. God is working in his heart, putting it back together, not the same as it was, NO, but more mature, seasoned, thought-out, sensitive, caring, WHOLE. That God is healing those people that he hurt.

God is restoring that young man to Himself, piece by piece. This is the revolution. It isn’t fancy. It isn’t loud. It doesn’t have fancy lights, funny announcement videos or the greatest bands playing the greatest music. But it is a revolution that is completely changing one young man’s life, heart and destiny forever. You want a revolution? I am the revolution.



Gain a Little Perspective
March 22, 2006, 3:45 pm
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My friend Allyssa recently went to New Orleans and she brought back pictures, commentary and a changed heart for people. Great post, Allyssa! Thanks for posting it!

Allyssa’s Xanga

How short is America’s attention span? Politics and blame aside, in MY country there are people living like this! We need to do something about it! But we are. Thousands of people, just like Allyssa, are still going down there to help. Millions of dollars are being poured into that city. Thank God for the church stepping in! Thank God for a great country that takes care of their own people! Thank God!



That’s a Good Dad!
March 21, 2006, 4:04 pm
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Let me tell all of you out there about one of the best dads in the world. Mine.

You know what makes a good dad? It isn’t that he says or does everything exactly right. It isn’t that we have never fought. It isn’t that we agree on everything that the other does his life. None of that matters.

Let me tell you what makes a good dad. He talks about my blog on his blog. He scrapes the frost and ice off of my car early in the morning, not because I couldn’t, but because he could. He gets excited about baseball, when it is time to get excited about baseball, even when I am not quite yet excited about baseball. These are things that make a good dad.

He isn’t perfect, but he doesn’t pretend to be. We may fight, bicker and disagree on a lot of things. But you know what a good dad is? He is a dad who you know no matter what happens in your life, you can knock on his door at 5 in the morning and he will welcome you home. That is a good dad.

Dad, thanks for being a good dad! Happy birthday too! (you aren’t old, just ripening!)



The Funk and My Messy Room
March 21, 2006, 4:20 am
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The Funk.
So what do we do about this funk? Is this funk bad? How long is this funk? What do we do while we are in the funk? Do you talk more or less? Do you pray more or less? What are the rules? Are you supposed to think more or try and go out and have fun? What are the rules of the funk?

This is a sermon that I would listen to:The Rules of the Funk. Why? Because I do not feel that I was adequately prepared for this funk that I have now found myself in. But then I realize how much we talked about wildernesses and things of that nature, maybe I just didn’t realize what it would actually BE like.

I don’t know, I am not depressed. But it is a definite funk. You know where I have seen it the most? In my room. In the cleanliness level of my room. I am not happy or content to be in my room. So when i am in it, it seems to be just long enough to sleep and change. I don’t care about living there at all. This to me is showing an unrestfulness in my life.

I have discovered that my outlet/escape for stress or whatever is that I just keep moving. I don’t rest, relax or anything like that – I just work harder at whatever. Not always in a productive way however.

These are just little things in my life that I am learning to watch for. I don’t always know what to then do with that knowledge, but at least I have it. We all have these things. Watch for them. Little indicators that would tip us off to the real status of our worlds. It is all about the small things.



How Long?
March 20, 2006, 5:56 am
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“For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head. Therefore my heart fails me! Be pleased O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!” (Ps. 40:12,13)

“Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1)

“God, why are you avoiding me? Where are you when I need You?” (Ps. 10:1; Message)

“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?” (Ps. 13:1)

“Long enough, God – You’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain.” (Ps. 13:1; Message)

“Be kind to me, God; I’ve been kicked around long enough.” (Ps. 9:13)

I am adapting these prayers in a lot of ways. Not out of complete dismay, but out of a realization that it is ok to pray these prayers. It is ok to ask God where He is and how long He is going to stay there. It is ok to be a Christian who doesn’t really know all of the answers. It is all ok.