:: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 ::

Shaving by candlelight. Thunderstorms killed our electrical power early this morning. Fortunately, Dyann has plenty of Yankee Candles to light up the house. It was still difficult to shave by candlelight, with tepid water.

From Holy Weblog comes this story about StandUP, the latest spectacle from Teen Mania Ministries. StandUP is old-time religion, supersized. It's the big-league venue, packed to the rafters, with headliner acts and superslick packaging. It moves at channel-surfing speed, its production sophisticated, its message driven home on – among other things – sweatshirts, visors, CDs, videos, and books. But what might look like x-treme evangelism is at heart a new-millennium packaging of an old-millennium message: The world and its vices may seem like salves for life's wounds, but only a friendship with Jesus saves.

It's been a few years since Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire conferences have been to St. Louis, the nearest and most practical locale for our youth group. But I always like to take the teens to these events whenever possible. I realize that Ron Luce, the president of Tean Mania, uses the power of spectacle to tug on teens' heartstrings and get as many of them as he can to sign up for a short-term mission trip, but I figure everybody needs a bit of spectacle in their lives every now and then.

Speaking of spectacles, my ambitious plans for a knock-their-socks-off presentation at Search Party 2002 may be scaled back. I'll be presenting to something like 20 people in each session. Do I really need a big screen and a sound system for a workshop for 20 people?

:: Andrew 12:09 + ::

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