Wow! Watch this video. Amazing technology is in play here. I wonder what Dr. Burton would have given him in conducting class?
We may all be replaced one day!
Regardless of what the issue is (be it political or personal) the privilege of standing in the midst of the sanctuary of God's people should never ever be used for 15 minutes of fame or defemation as is the case in this example. Where is the proclamation of the Gospel as he was introduced as being such a wonderful messenger? Where is the teaching of scripture? Where is the exposition of the Word of God? I heard none of this here. I hear political rhetoric in the forum of the church--and frankly it is disappointing and disgusting.
Every church must guard whoever steps into the light of the title-speaker, preacher, teacher. It's biblically mandated to guard the teaching of the church---and I'm afraid that in this instance, the elders, deacons, pastors and leaders who were charged with this mandate were asleep at the wheel.
HT: Chicago Sun-Times
Sorry I'm late to the Chaos today over on Carlos' Ragamuffin Soul--where creative ideas are shared every Thursday.
This is from the Christianity Today series on Intersecting The Culture. You can see the materials here It's a six session DVD with curriculum for small groups to watch and discuss. Very interesting. What do you think?
I found this tonight on You Tube...sing along!
I was excited to see in the latest issue of LIVE DESIGN magazine that the Set Designer for American Idol, Adam Walmsley, uses Google Sketchup for his intial drawings and presentations for his set designs. These are a few examples from his site.
He wrote the new song, CINDERELLA, about his smallest girls (one of them was killed today).More of the story of Cinderella
I look back through Steven's music and I'm amazed at how many of his songs have ministered to me (His Strength Is Perfect, Be Still and Know, and many more). I'm just praying tonight that God is showering he and his family with so much love and grace that they are overwhelmed with His presence. Pray that for them tonight before you go to bed. And kiss your children and tell them that you love them.
In a little over two weeks, we'll be deep into the Vacation Bible School season. This annual event on most every church calendar brings excitement and some fear into many adults who staff and coordinate these events.
Why should I choose CAMP for my church?
It’s kid-tested, and kid-approved!
It’s a volunteer recruiter’s dream!
It’s written by Children’s Ministry expert, Tracy Carpenter
It’s completely customizable, all files are on CD-ROM
Meaningful experiences in every session!
All of it is true! We probably have more people involved in this VBS than any other we've ever staged. Men are a big part of it as they help in cooking, recreation, set up, security and small groups. It's no longer jus the ladies doing VBS. We do it from 5:00 (feeding the kids) until 8:00pm Mon-Thursday night. On the final night we'll do a big dinner for the parents,feeding close to 600, and then finish up with a presentation of the gospel to the parents while the kids finish up in recreation. Our big finale is a MESSY game which finishes with the local Fire truck coming to wash the kids down. Granted, it's not a pretty-VBS, but we have people talking about it for months. It gets us outside the walls of the church to meet people and form relationships.
I don't think we'll ever head back to the days of the stand up, sit down chorus.
This post is part of Water Cooler Wednesday over on Randy Elrod's site, Ethos. Check out what other creatives are talking about.
William Christenberry's work, rooted in his Alabama upbringing, is born of things familiar and deeply felt. Whether in paintings, drawings, sculptures, constructions, found objects, or photographs, each expression gathers meaning from a specific time and place through which we experience one man's collected and recollected journeys. They are meditations on universal themes of loss and isolation, memory and comfort, creation and change.HT: Art Knowledge
I know it's early, but I think I've found my Father's Day 2008 gift. (and a new website)
Here at ThinkGeek we're pretty lazy when it comes to technology. We expect our gadgets to do all the busywork while we focus on the high level important tasks like reading blogs. That's why we hate to have to crack open our laptops just to see if there is any wi-fi internet access about... and keychain wi-fi detectors, we would have to actually remove them from our pockets to look at them. But now thanks to the ingenious ThinkGeek robot monkeys you can display the current wi-fi signal strength to yourself and everyone around you with this stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. Finally you can get the attention you deserve as others bow to you as their reverential wi-fi god, while geeky chicks swoon at your presence. You can thank us later.
Glowing animated shirt dynamically displays the current wi-fi signal strength.
Shows signal strength for 802.11b or 802.11g
Black 100% Cotton T-Shirt
Animated Decal is Removable (with hook and loop fasteners) for Easy Washing
Battery Pack is Concealed in a Small Pocket Sewn Inside the Shirt
Runs for hours off three AAA Batteries (not included)
Listen--and laugh! It's meant in jest--but give you a pause for thought.
Set:Sr. Recognition/Prayer timeBecause of Your LoveThe Solid Rock (1st verse)In Christ AloneThe Solid Rock (last verse)Blessed Be Your NameEnoughAmazed
This came from John Volez's site- Vertizontal. He asked us to Simpsonize ourselves and post about it. You can do the same thing here
I was never a Simpson fan, but if I were--this would be my character.
WASHINGTON, DC - Swiss lighting artist Gerry Hofstetter projected images ranging from abstracts of the Cathedral’s stained glass windows to faces of people of all races onto Washington National Cathedral as a call for national and global unity in a project entitled “Lighting to Unite.” From sunset to midnight on three evenings, May 9-11, the Cathedral’s south and west sides were illuminated in celebration of the Cathedral’s centennial, illustrating its mission of reconciliation and spotlighting its role as a spiritual beacon for the nation.
This video explains a little bit about an extraordinary group of teenagers here in our town who take the summer months to produce 3 productions at our local theater. Yes, you heard that right--all run and organized by teenagers. It's something to see these young and upcoming artists with their zeal for the theater. You can read more here
They run a theater camp (2 week) for Elementary and Junior High and produce a season ending spectacular. I'd say that their name doesn't fit--they are quite ready for Broadway.
This year they will produce: Jungle Book (Elementary); Annie Jr. (Junior High) and Anything Goes (High School and community).
That is 4 productions in less than 2 months. I don't know any Broadway theater that does that. I'll keep you posted in the coming months on these productions and the participants. I'm hoping to blog about some of the kids in these productions and their take on the future of artists in our world--should be interesting.
What about your town? Is theater alive? What are the places where young people can plug in and apprentice in the arts?
I Worship You Almighty God,
Something Old:Man of Depravity: This is the site of Tyler Braun, he's a student at Multnomah Biblical Seminary where he's just completed his first year of study. Tyler always posts something of great depth and interest. He's the praise band leader at his local church. He always catches my attention when he writes something, often which has been piqued by his studies
Creative Worship: Site of Pace Hartfield, Worship Pastor at Fellowship Church in Grapevine. He posts some of the secrets of creativity that FC has stumbled upon in it's years of crafting compelling worship experiences. His Christmas post a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I know it's spring!) was interesting to see the process they went through to give a special TransSiberian effect in their Christmas eve service.
Stephen Lechner Stephen is a truly NEW discovery this week. His post on their set change caught my eye (specially since he likes to "remix" items for use on the stage). He'll be one that I watch for ideas and thoughts on worship.
What about you? What have you found new? What is a treasured "oldie" that you always read?
A visit to the Texas Tech Museum with our Sr. Adult group last week brought me to a new understanding and appreciation of formation of art and artists. The museum had a new exhibit of textile art (subject of a future blog), but also houses one of the largest collections of privately owned art created by Newell Wyeth (early 20th century illustrator)
He also illustrated editions of Kidnapped (1913), Robin Hood (1917), The Last of the Mohicans (1919), Robinson Crusoe (1920), Rip Van Winkle (1921), The White Company (1922), and The Yearling (1939). He did work for prominent periodicals including Century, Harper's Monthly, Ladies' Home Journal, McClure's, Outing, The Popular Magazine, and Scribner's.
Wyeth also gave us our modern day image of Santa Claus.
Wyeth also raised some amazing children who became artists in their own rights.
N. C. Wyeth created a stimulating household for his talented children Andrew Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Carolyn Wyeth, Ann Wyeth McCoy, and Nathaniel C. Wyeth. Wyeth was very sociable and frequent v isitors included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Hergesheimer, Hugh Walpole, Lillian Gish, and John Gilbert. According to Andrew, who spent the most time with his father on account of his sickly childhood, N.C. was a strict but patient father who did not talk down to his children.  His hard work as an illustrator gave his family the financial freedom to follow their own artistic and scientific pursuits. Andrew went on to become one of the foremost American artists of the second half of the 20th Century, and Henriette, and Carolyn also became artists; Ann became an artist and composer. Nathaniel became an engineer for DuPont and worked on the team that invented the plastic soda bottle. Henriette and Ann married two of N.C.'s proteges, Peter Hurd and John W. McCoy. N.C. Wyeth is the grandfather of artist Jamie Wyeth and musician Howard Wyeth.
It was his daughter Henrietta's art that caught my attention at the museum. She was featured along side her dad, and the wall descriptions talked about the creativity that her dad inspired in her. She longed to be one of his students and found her way as such into his studio to learn from him. Look at the other children--all of them artists.
I had to stand there and wonder what kind of impact I was having on my children? ( They are all musical and they love drama--so good, I haven't missed the boat here). But I wonder what I intentionally do each and every day to stimulate their artistry--to foster their desire to grow their craft? Hmm..how are we doing there?
So I was inspired by art from a long time ago and challenged to live my life like Newell Wyeth did--raising up the next generation of artists, beginning with my own.
"I'm giving up my dreams, laying down my rights....for the promise of new lifeI surrender, all to you, all to you."
So, do I give up on the dream... never! I just need to make sure that my faith in God is always stronger than my dreams. He's the dream giver.
Last weekend CNN lead with a big story about James Buck, a graduate student in journalism from the University of
California-Berkeley who was arrested last month in Mahalla, Egyptwhile covering an anti-government protest. Thinking quickly, James was able to send a one-word Twitter update: "Arrested." His followers in Egypt and back in the US reacted by contacting the university and the consulate on his behalf. Before long, James was updating Twitter with another one-word message, "Free."
Over the last few years one of the trends in worship settings has not only been visual, but also including more of the senses (taste, touch, smell, etc)
I've long been a fan of candles in worship. In fact I'm referred to as the Catholic-Baptist because I include candles in just about everything we do.
I've used cheap ones and expensive ones, but I thought today I would share a brand that has been one of my favorites and consistently adds to our worship experiences.
We're using the TYLER CANDLES now--they come in all of these scents
My favorites are: Panache'--almost citrus/sweet
Apple Orchard - A crisp, tart blend of apple, apricot and pear with hints of lime and fresh cut grass! Candle color redBleach Blonde - A crisp, invigorating scent reminiscent of sand, warm suntan oil & sea mist. Very inviting and somewhat overpowering, hence the name
Beach Blonde! Candle color Pale YellowBirthday Cake - Have your cake and smell it too! Rich pound cake fresh from the oven, topped with tons of icing! Candle color White/Pink
TopBlueberry Blitz - Overload on blueberries! Untamed, tart & invigorating! Candle Color Cream
Celebrity - Become your own!!! A sweet, exotic, warm & spicy fragrance that quickly envelopes & creates a mood of excess!!! Candle Color Platinum
WhiteChateau - Set the mood for a genuine moment of tranquility! Relieve stress and create a truly soothing atmosphere with the timelessness of French lavender from the hills of Provence. Simply light, draw a bath and unwind. Candle Color
LavenderCinnabuns - Hmmm..... Sweet cinnamon rolls straight from the oven! Candle color Lt.
TanCowboy - Nearly decadent in its sensuality, loaded with the rugged aroma of leather! Candle Color Leather
Cucumber Melon - Fresh cut melon melded with crisp cucumber - great for summer! Candle Color Lime/Pale Pink
Diva - A warm and complex fragrance overflowing with delicious fruits and rich florals. Rich aromatic chocolate and amber complete this luscious blend! Candle color
EcruDrama - Rich vetiver, sensual jasmine, and feminine ylang ylang create an aromatic feast. Dedicated to those of us who have our dramatic moments & those who deal with them. Candle color Gold
Elevate - Deep sweet fig intertwined with plum & bergamot with an undertone of sandalwood. A fragrance created for those truly on a higher plane! Candle Color Burnt
Mulled Cider--great fall
They are clean burning candles--little to no smoke and burn straight across not down like the cheap ones.
I used them in a retreat setting last weekend--it immediately turned a stale camp ground room into an intimate setting of worship.
We used the Panache candle in a funeral setting a couple of weeks ago. This small candle permeated the room with it's fragrance and took away the smell of "Carnations" at the funeral. I had lots of people comment on it.
You can find Tyler Candle's at most speciality gift shops. They are similar to the Yankee Candle Company (but I prefer Tyler).
Check them out.