The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 3.7 billion miles from Earth, making it the furthest photograph ever taken. Carl Sagan quoted on this photo: “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Continue reading
“Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.”
John Stott (1921 – 2011)
“The Man Comes Around” is the title track from Johnny Cash‘s American IV: The Man Comes Around, released in 2002 It is one of the last songs Cash wrote in his life. Both sung and spoken, the song makes numerous Biblical references, especially from the Book of Revelation. The titular “Man” inferentially refers to Jesus Christ and the Second Coming.
The chorus contains the words “the whirlwind is in the thorn tree”. This reference is explained in Cash’s 1997 autobiography. He writes that Queen Elizabeth II appeared to him in a dream and said “Johnny Cash, you’re a thorn bush in a whirlwind”. Cash later found the same reference in the Book of Job, and was inspired to write thirty-three verses of what would become “The Man Comes Around”
Sit back and invest five minutes of your life in this song. You will not regret it…