The Rev gets it right

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


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The Rev gets it right

By Dave Carew

Kudos to Rev. Clay Stauffer for his “Message of the Week” in this morning’s Tennessean.  Normally, quoting a minister in Underground Nashville is about the last thing I’d be interested in doing. (I’m interested in the spiritual messages of Jesus, not in the way they’ve been polluted by ministers and “religion.”) But I’ll make an exception here. Although Rev. Stauffer is only thirty years old, he shares, in his column, a litany of spiritual/life insights that generally don’t come until a much older age—if at all. If I suddenly got beamed into a Shaft re-make, I’d be shouting “Right on!” after several of his assertions, including:

* “God is at work in this world in ways that we cannot even begin to understand . . . . God is a mystery and cannot be put in a box.”

* “Materialism and a false sense of self-sufficiency are the greatest threats to Christianity in North America . . . . [Jesus] was right when he said, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ Notice the order. Money makes a great servant but a terrible master.”

* “Technology is a blessing, but it will run and even ruin our lives if we let it. Facebook and Twitter are great ways to connect but can lead to narcissism . . . . helping others is the best way to fight our selfish inclinations.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

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