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Online Worship – Things to Think About

April 19th, 2020 No comments

I liked these two brief videos about producing online worship because they suggested taking a step back and thinking first about goals. (Don’t get me wrong: I’ve appreciated all the great content that bypasses that, for people who just want to do something. But with Easter behind us and no clear timeframe or picture of how the Covid-19 lockdown’s going to end, we need to look at the bigger picture.)

The first video asks you to consider what works best in the online realm. Are you trying to replicate online what you’ve been doing on Sundays, or are you (virtually) inviting people over to your house, like you would for a small group?

The second video picks up from there. Now that you’ve decided how you view the online medium, the next thing is to consider your objective. Why do you want to have worship online? There are lots of possible reasons. Pick one and go from there. (The video gives some ideas if you just can’t settle on a single objective.)

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Methodists and Same-Sex Unions

May 21st, 2014 No comments

From an unlikely source comes a surprisingly good (fair) explanation of the situation in the United Methodist Church regarding same-sex unions:

(The source is non-sectarian public-policy think tank, and I think they should be congratulated for wading into a theological argument to try to help explain it. Their position seems to be pro-SSM but they are reasonably fair in explaining, or at least briefly summarizing, the anti-SSM position.)

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C. S. Lewis – Where to Start

August 7th, 2013 No comments

Have you ever wondered what makes C. S. Lewis such a great writer? Or would you like to get started reading him? In this video, John Piper and Tim Keller talk about how to get started with Lewis:

(Via.)

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Piano Man

May 16th, 2012 No comments

Here’s something pretty special:

I also like Ethan’s rendition of the pipe wrench song. (Via Forward Progress.)

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Something Wonderful – Hallelujah

December 19th, 2011 No comments

Somebody on Facebook pointed this out to me. I love it:

I especially like the interpretation of “forever and ever” about 2:05 in.

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Reminder: Some People Are Jerks

June 15th, 2011 No comments

The other day, I watched this video on YouTube. It’s amazing. I can’t imagine how much effort went into filming it. The song itself is fine, but, frankly, I heard it enough a couple of decades ago to last me. I’m not sure what it has to do with Grand Rapids, but, whatever. (According to Wikipedia, when he was asked what the song’s lyrics meant, Don McLean replied, “It means I never have to work again.”)

Anyway, I went to crowd-source my opinion and noticed the ratings. About a million people had seen it by then, and of them almost 15K had “liked” it (the long green bar under the photo). But 320 had “not liked” it (the short red bar). Why?

Screen Capture: American Pie Video on YouTube

I know it’s a cliché to ask “what’s not to like?” (#67 on this list) but, well, what’s not to like? With the video, I mean. You might not like Grand Rapids, but why down-rate the video for that? Or maybe you hate the people who shot the video. But do you judge a movie just because you don’t like the director? If so, where do you stop? Suppose you like the cast and the director, but not the key grip or the best boy. Do you rate the movie a dud for that?

Some people just don’t like anything. In the church, we call them E.G.R. or “Extra Grace Required.” It’s a shame they are so damaged and bitter that they need to spread their bile all around them. But I challenge them to read about Barnabas:

For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.—Acts 4:36

Obviously, the people around them much prefer the Barnabas types to the E.G.R.s. But I suspect the Barnabas types enjoy themselves a lot more than the E.G.R.’s do.

Anyway, a final observation: The ratio of people who liked the video to those who disliked it was about 46:1. So when you bump into someone who seems positively determined to suck the joy out of your life, remember there are probably 46 normal people who aren’t. Try to spend more time with them, and less with the jerks.

Seventy Times Seven

April 2nd, 2011 No comments

I stumbled on this video (unofficial/fan) for the David Meese song “Seventy Times Seven.” I haven’t heard the song in 10 years, but the message is evergreen.

Hearing the song started me thinking: I believe I have a David Meese album. So I checked, and, yes, I do: three, in fact — but I never ripped them into iTunes. Well, that would explain why I don’t ever hear this song any more.

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Does anyone still have a Hi-8 camcorder?

June 7th, 2010 No comments

Does anyone has a Hi-8 camcorder I could borrow?

I’ve got some old tapes I’d like to convert to DVD. Our Hi-8 camcorder is busted, so there’s no way to play the tapes back, and that’s step one of any conversion.

I don’t want to pay a service to convert them. I’d rather borrow a camcorder and do it myself. I’d even buy one, if the price weren’t too horrible.

If you can help, comment on this posting. (You’ll have to set up an account, but then you can comment on any posting.)

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More Catalyst Nuggets

May 12th, 2009 No comments

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the material at Catalyst West 2009.

I wasn’t able to carpool today to Presbytery due to a scheduling conflict that made it also my day as chaplain at the local hospital. But the upside was that, when I did drive to Presbytery, I got to listen to 1.5 hrs of Catalyst (actual Origins labs) material. Here’s a pithy quote:

All we need to help somebody find God is already inside them.–Erwin McManus

(Beside Erwin McManus, I also heard an excellent discussion of entrepreneurial leadership from his associate Rick Yamamoto, and another discussion by Dan Kimball about having a missional posture in your life (and therefore in your church).

On the way home, I took a break from Catalyst stuff and listened to a sermon by Jim Burgen of Flatirons Church. (Podcasts are how this pastor hears sermons. I don’t know what I did before I got my iPod, but I must have been one miserable pastor.)

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Susan Boyle is a Reminder

April 16th, 2009 No comments

Today I heard about Susan Boyle, the singing sensation who wowed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent. (Her story is summarized here, and it’s worth reading.)

It’s a touching reminder how much we judge people. All the time, and to our shame.

But God is good, and occasionally lets us see in one person, like Susan Boyle, the potential that is in everyone. And what a joy it is when we do get to see it.

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