Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

Summer Praise Mix Tape

A suggestion list for a summer praise "mix tape."
(Photo: Aopsan)
If you are of a certain age, you might remember creating mix tapes of some of the best songs you had on hand or borrowed from friends. (If you are not in that age bracket, you might be interested to know that before the internet and CDs, we had to share our music on cassette tapes. If you don’t know what a cassette tape is, stop reading and ask your parents.) Many of these tapes were created during the summer creating fun music to listen to short trips and what not. You get the idea.

If you are like me, you appreciate praise and worship music, but much of what is out there is too slow for a real summer collection. When you’re on the road, you don’t want music that is going to put you to sleep. Here is a suggested list of fairly new praise songs that will keep your toes tapping and give your spirit a lift at the same time.

"Don’t Ever Stop" by Chris Tomlin

Heavy with the electric guitars and synthesizer, this Tomlin tune could be confused with a dance song and doesn’t sound like your typical Tomlin song. It’s a great way to start out.
Sample lyrics: “Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is light, lead me in Your way everlasting, don’t ever stop, don’t ever stop.”

"Thrive" by Casting Crowns

This Celtic-sounding - slightly country song is an anthem and reminder for us to not just settle, but to pursue and stronger, bolder walk with Jesus.
Sample Lyrics: “Just to know You and to make You known - We lift Your name on high - Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide - We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives- Its time for us to more than just survive - We were made to thrive”

"Never Gonna Let Me Go" by Kristian Stanfill

If you can ignore the bad grammar in the title, this catchy song with its repeating chorus will bring back memories of songs around the campfire with your youth group. Bring out the s’mores.
Sample lyrics: “His love breaking through my heart of stone, Love breathing to awake my bones, Love reaching out to save my soul, Love never gonna let me go.”

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