June 5, 2008Sports)
"I don't think anybody really watches hockey any more."
-Golfer Tiger Woods when asked if he was rooting for the Detroit Red Wings or Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Woods responded that he didn't care and then asked if they could talk about the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Star Tribune, June 3, 2008)
June 3, 2008Spirituality)
"A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me. There was a stark change between the culture of the '50s and the '60s--boom--and I think there's change happening here. It seems to me that there's a Third Awakening."
–President George W. Bush talking about spiritual renewal in the U.S.
(Washington Post, Sept. 13, 2006)
"I believe that God created the beauty of a flower blooming from a seed. I believe that science is of God. That everything is of God. People just forget. They try to separate the two. That sort of stuff bothers me. When people are closed-minded, I get bummed out."
–Musician Ben Kweller (Relevant, November/December 2006)Materialism)
"I don't think it is a sin to be rich, it's a sin to die rich. I want people to make as much money as they can as long as they give it away as much as they can."
–Rick Warren pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life. (Sydney Morning Herald, July 4, 2006)Celebrity)
"I see the gospel as the antithesis of what happens on stage. We have it all wrong in a lot of respects where we interview the people who are up on stage when I truly believe that what happens off stage is more important."
–Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman (Christian Music Today, Nov. 27, 2006)Artistry)
"Sometimes I feel like control is this illusion we have--we all think we have control, but in reality, life can end at any second. But we do have control over who determines our self-worth, and if we're letting other people determine what we think of ourselves, that's a really dangerous place to be as an artist because suddenly you're totally vulnerable. This record was about not really caring what people think anymore, getting back to the roots of who we were as a band and experiencing the joy of playing music for the heck of it, because I feel like that's when you're making your best stuff."
–Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman (MTV, October 30, 2006)
June 2, 2008Appearance)
"My high school days were definitely not the best days of my life. I think everything you learn in high school, you have to spend the rest of your life unlearning. A lot of what high school was about for me was not being myself. It was about hiding all the things that made me different and trying to fit in somewhere. I didn't know who I was. The pretty and popular girls just reminded me that I wasn't pretty and popular, and the nerdy and studious ones reminded me that I wasn't smart enough. I didn't conform in high school, wear all the right clothes, or fit in. But I think the truth is that whatever you're wearing on the outside doesn't change the fact that most people--even beautiful girls--feel the same doubt, fears and insecurities on the inside."
-Actress America Ferrera from TV's Ugly Betty (Cosmo Girl, February 2007)
"I do have an issue with this kind of image of perfection that a movie can put across. You want to say to people 'Stop! Stop! It's not real. We've been in makeup for two hours. We don't really look like that.' I mean, I'm living proof that we don't really look like that."
-Actress Kate Winslet (Time, December 4, 2006)
"There's such a facade that we [Christians] have all our crap together, that we don't wrestle with what other people have to wrestle with. And that's just not true."
-Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine (Argus Leader, March 8, 2007)
"I have a hard time getting my head around the cultural terms. I've never seen why there should be a separation. Much of my life, I've been asked, 'Why doesn't your music proclaim Christ?' I say it does! Does nature scream the name of Christ? Creation has its own proclamation within the majesty of it. I'd like to think our music has the same qualities to it. I always get shifty with that [label,] like there were [supposed to be] compartments in your life. When I read Scripture, there are no compartments to your life."
-U2 front man and activist Bono (CCM, Feb. 2007)
"When people find out what we're about, they are very respectful, as long as we're not hypocritical about it. A lot of them look for that and watch everything we do and everything we say, and, then, they ask us what's different; why we are the way we are. We tell them and are really honest about who we are. We don't act like we have it all together. We're not Jesus. We're screwed up people that have been saved by Jesus. We have a reason to try to love, and we didn't before. As soon as they see that they're like, 'Yeah, I wish I'd heard that before.'"
-Lacey Mosley, lead singer for Flyleaf (CCM, Feb. 2007)