Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Don't make me say this again. READ LARRY JAMES'S BLOG! It isn't fun, funny, or witty. It is a daily body-slam. Maybe you don't need that, but I do. The easiest thing for me to do is to cocoon inside my comfortable little middle class America world. Americans have mastered the art of carping about how awful it is out there with tax-and-spend liberals, won't-get-off-their-butt poor people, and the French. That's ever so much easier than facing the plight of the poor among us. Larry James refuses to let me do that. His is a prophetic voice I have to hear. I know he's shouting loudly, but I'm a bit deaf when it comes to leaving the shell of my self-centeredness, so I rather appreciate it. Even with the decibels I sometimes manage to tune it out . . . but at night there is a ringing in my ears to remind me that there was something I was supposed to listen to. If you read just one blog a day, I hope it isn't this one. I hope it's Larry's.

8 Comments:

  • I have seen Larry's link on your Blog page, but today is the first time I have clicked on it. Thanks for the much needed kick in the gut, I'm going to go get some spiritual ice to ease the swelling, but I will continue to go to his site to never forget the pain that for many is caused and could also be prevented by the church, apart of which I claim to belong and have been added to. Thanks Mike for your continued example and keeping your spiritual ear to the ground. Continued prayer for your family and the others, as well.

    By Blogger Donald Philip Simpson, at 2/24/2005 07:27:00 AM  

  • I just got back from Barnes and Noble with Jim Wallis' book "God's Politics" in hand.

    Due to your recommendation a month ago, I have been a Larry James faithful blog fan since that day. He writes incredibly powerful words I believe are straight from God. He stokes the fire within me to take up a strong position for the poor not just here in America but around the world. My prayer is that this is the beginning of a movement for the global poor that will be bigger than King's civil rights movement.

    By Blogger Clint, at 2/24/2005 08:03:00 AM  

  • I too have been a faithful reader of Larry's blog. He is a daily voice inside my head and an encouragement to me to be Jesus to everyone, not just those in my life circumstances. A few weeks ago he pointed out the scripture that tells us that the poor will always be with us...hard to swallow and understand, but good stuff. There's no fluff here! He doesn't just complain about the poor and homeless, he offers hope and solutions and gut punches when we need them. Kind of like you Mike! Thanks to you both for challenging me to be a better person.

    By Blogger Niki, at 2/24/2005 08:19:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Crista, at 2/24/2005 08:27:00 AM  

  • Hey Unlce Mike, I went to the thing at OCC last night and it was awesome. My youth minister's cousin was the speaker for the adult session, so all of our youth group skipped out on the teen session and went to the adult one. Even though the speaker, John Weece, was very good, I really wish that you could've been there! It would've been so good to see you. I am thinking about going there (OCC), so are a lot of people in my youth group...so we'll see. Sorry, this kinda went a long with yesterday's blog, but I didn't read it until today. I love you and give my cousin a kiss for me.

    By Blogger Crista, at 2/24/2005 08:29:00 AM  

  • I've been reading Larry James's blog since you recommended it and it is so awesome. I'm careful to read it only when I can handle it, but that seems to be everyday.

    By Blogger Brandon Moore, at 2/24/2005 08:53:00 AM  

  • My Dear Crista -

    Thanks for the note, sweetie. Glad you went to Ozark Christian last night. And now a question for you: How can you leave a post at 10:29 a.m. since YOU'RE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL (for 3 more months).

    Uncle Mike

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/24/2005 10:09:00 AM  

  • Okay, so I just started reading your blog today. I don't why it has taken me so long to get on, but I am touched by all your thoughts. I especially enjoyed your comments about Valentine's Day. They made me smile because yours and Diane's marriage has always been a testimony to me. You're still like second parents to me! :) And I will always think of Chris as another little brother. Thank you for sharing your family with me for so many years. I love you! Heather Alkire

    By Blogger Heather A, at 2/24/2005 11:40:00 PM  

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