2.8.3 :: mark horvath (remix)

mark horvath

due to the continual overwhelming popularity of our interview with Mark Horvath (which was originally published in two episodes) we’re re-releasing the interview with Mark in it’s entirety in one complete episode.

Mark Horvath is a homeless advocate whose using twitter and other social media to increase awareness about the growing issue of homelessness here in America. not only does Mark see these issues daily on the streets, he’s also lived them himself.

Mark admits that some of the stories he shares are offensive — but he hopes they make the viewers mad enough they’ll get up and do something.

From invisiblepeople.tv ::

On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God; “Why did you permit this? Why don’t you do something about it?” For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly:

“I certainly did something about it. I made you.”

I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “what! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!”

It isn’t hard to comprehend this man’s slow spiral into invisibility. Once on the street, people started to walk past him, ignoring him as if he didn’t exist — much like they do a piece of trash on the sidewalk. It’s not that people are bad, but if we make eye contact, or engage in conversation, then we have to admit they exist and that we might have a basic human need to care. But it’s so much easier to simply close our eyes and shield our hearts to their existence.

I not only feel their pain, I truly know their pain. I lived their pain. You’d never know it now but I was a homeless person. Fourteen years ago, I lived on Hollywood Blvd. But today, I find myself looking away, ignoring the faces, avoiding their eyes — and I’m ashamed when I realize I’m doing it. But I really can feel their pain, and it is almost unbearable, but it’s just under the surface of my professional exterior.

if you’d like to listen to this podcast in it’s original presentation check out part 1 and part 2.

related ::
mark’s blog
mark on twitter
invisiblepeople.tv
invisible people on twitter
mark’s first night homeless
watch mark’s story
we are visible – mark’s latest project

music ::
fast distance – heaven’s melody
derek webb – a king and a kingdom
brian lee and his orchestra – wake up
dave andrews – let justice roll

one year recaps :: bonus episode

Adrien's first birthday candle

over the last few episodes, stewart, thomas and jonathan have shared some of their favorite moments from the something beautiful podcast.

we’ve complied them together into a bonus episode for your listening enjoyment.

thanks again for listening and we look forward to sharing another full year with you!

related ::
kevin hendricks on the sbpodcast
ron buford on the sbpodcast
andrew jones on the sbpodcast
trucker frank on the sbpodcast
tribes discussion on the sbpodcast
mark horvath on the sbpodcast
adele sakler on the sbpodcast
lindsay cofield on the sbpodcast
max fincher on the sbpodcast
micah davis on the sbpodcast

music ::
great lake swimmers – i am part of a large family
spiritualized – shine a light
castanets – sway
tripp fuller – in your people

photo from koalie

mark horvath pt 2 :: 2.8.2 ::

mark horvath

in this episode we continue our talk with Mark Horvath, a homeless advocate whose using twitter and other social media to increase awareness about the growing issue of homelessness here in America. not only does Mark see these issues daily on the streets, he’s also lived them himself.

Mark admits that some of the stories he shares are offensive — but he hopes they make the viewers mad enough they’ll get up and do something.

From invisiblepeople.tv ::

On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God; “Why did you permit this? Why don’t you do something about it?” For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly:

“I certainly did something about it. I made you.”

I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “What! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!”

It isn’t hard to comprehend this man’s slow spiral into invisibility. Once on the street, people started to walk past him, ignoring him as if he didn’t exist — much like they do a piece of trash on the sidewalk. It’s not that people are bad, but if we make eye contact, or engage in conversation, then we have to admit they exist and that we might have a basic human need to care. But it’s so much easier to simply close our eyes and shield our hearts to their existence.

I not only feel their pain, I truly know their pain. I lived their pain. You’d never know it now but I was a homeless person. Fourteen years ago, I lived on Hollywood Blvd. But today, I find myself looking away, ignoring the faces, avoiding their eyes — and I’m ashamed when I realize I’m doing it. But I really can feel their pain, and it is almost unbearable, but it’s just under the surface of my professional exterior.

note ::
some of our listeners have requested we break our weekly shows into shorter segments. so this week we’re experimenting with a two-parter. so be sure and listen to both 2.8.1 and 2.8.2 and then let us know what you think. drop us an email, call our listener line, or send us a tweet and let us know what you think. thanks again for your input thus far!

if you’d prefer to listen to this interview in one full mp3 download, you can do so via 2.8.3 :: mark horvath (remixed)

related ::
mark’s blog
mark on twitter
invisiblepeople.tv
invisible people on twitter
mark’s first night homeless
watch mark’s story

music ::
brian lee and his orchestra – wake up
dave andrews – let justice roll

mark horvath pt 1 :: 2.8.1

mark horvath

this week we talk with Mark Horvath, a homeless advocate whose using twitter and other social media to increase awareness about the growing issue of homelessness here in America. not only does Mark see these issues daily on the streets, he’s also lived them himself.

Mark admits that some of the stories he shares are offensive — but he hopes they make the viewers mad enough they’ll get up and do something.

From invisiblepeople.tv ::

On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God; “Why did you permit this? Why don’t you do something about it?” For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly:

“I certainly did something about it. I made you.”

I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “What! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!”

It isn’t hard to comprehend this man’s slow spiral into invisibility. Once on the street, people started to walk past him, ignoring him as if he didn’t exist — much like they do a piece of trash on the sidewalk. It’s not that people are bad, but if we make eye contact, or engage in conversation, then we have to admit they exist and that we might have a basic human need to care. But it’s so much easier to simply close our eyes and shield our hearts to their existence.

I not only feel their pain, I truly know their pain. I lived their pain. You’d never know it now but I was a homeless person. Fourteen years ago, I lived on Hollywood Blvd. But today, I find myself looking away, ignoring the faces, avoiding their eyes — and I’m ashamed when I realize I’m doing it. But I really can feel their pain, and it is almost unbearable, but it’s just under the surface of my professional exterior.

note ::
some of our listeners have requested we break our weekly shows into shorter segments. so this week we’re experimenting with a two-parter. so be sure and listen to both 2.8.1 and 2.8.2 and then let us know what you think. drop us an email, call our listener line, or send us a tweet and let us know what you think. thanks again for your input thus far!

if you’d prefer to listen to this interview in one full mp3 download, you can do so via 2.8.3 :: mark horvath (remixed)


related ::
mark’s blog
mark on twitter
invisiblepeople.tv
invisible people on twitter
mark’s first night homeless
watch mark’s story

music ::
fast distance – heaven’s melody
derek webb – a king and a kingdom
derek webb – a consistent ethic of human life