Religion & Spirituality
What do brick walls, American Idol and ministry have to do with each other? Read on . . .
Lately, I’ve been watching American Idol. Now, in truth since my daughter was born, I nearly gave up television altogether. The TV in our living room (only the second one we’ve owned in all our married lives), goes months and months without coming on. The World Series, the Grammy’s, the Emmy’s. A game or two of college ball. That’s pretty much it.
But then we found out Walker Burroughs was auditioning for Idol. We could not resist. I’ve known his parents, David and Colleen Burroughs since before they were married. I’ve worked with Passport Camps in many roles since they began the camp in the mid-1990s. I remember so well when Walker, and his twin sister Milligan, were born. Through social media and fewer visits in person I’ve seen Walker grow up and heard him sing. Always fun!
And now he’s made it into the top 20. Of American Idol. Katy Perry thinks he’s dope. Luke Bryan says “so professional” and Lionel Richie (my first stadium concert) thinks Walker is awesome! Sunday night he was in the duets round, singing with Jason Mraz. The whole moderate and progressive (mostly white) Baptist world is abuzz with Walker’s success, hoping to cheer him on and vote him to success.
Tonight I stood up and cheered when he made it through to the next round of 14 singers. And next week we get to vote!
Episode 38: Action + Reflection in Preaching
Episode 37: Salience
Episode 36: Improvisation
Episode 35: Overcoming Isolation
Episode 34: Action + Reflection - For Beginnings
Episode 33: Cultivating Questions
Episode 32: Learning Goals, Part 3
Episode 31: Learning Goals, Part Two
Episode 30: Learning Goals
Episode 29: Apprenticeship
Episode 28: Thinking Theologically
Episode 27: Prayer and Preaching
Episode 26: Future Stories
Episode 25: Examen
Episode 24: Vocational Discernment
Episode 23: Sabbath
Episode 22: Transforming Injustice
Episode 21: Practicing Resurrection
Episode 20: Identity and Place
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