You know you're getting old when... the punk and new wave bands of my youth dominate the list of 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to The Clash, The Police and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
:: Andrew 12:05 + ::
:: Friday, November 08, 2002 ::
Top 10 Signs You Grew Up in Church in the '80s:
10. You couldn't wait til Petra's new album came out.
9. You weren't allowed to play Dungeons and Dragons (your mom told you the story of the boy who committed suicide when his D & D character died).
8. You weren't allowed to hang out with the pastor's kid!
7. You weren't allowed to watch "First Blood" because it was "R."
6. You remember being bummed because Terry Bradshaw said the "S - H . . ." word in "Cannonball Run."
5. You remember the first week that you didn't sing a hymn, because there was a new thing called a praise song, handwritten on a transparency on the overhead projector.
4. You wrote a bogus name on a registration card and dropped it in the offering plate.
3. You were made aware of all the evils of backward masking.
2. You still have a Bible you caught at a Stryper concert.
1. You remember someone singing an "El Shaddai" solo at church every week.
From The Source for Youth Ministry newsletter, March 28, 2001.
:: Andrew 08:10 + ::
From the "this Internet ain't big enough for the two of us" department: Say hello to Bloggety Blog, from Oz, whose author, Jen, is understandably outraged that this blog exists. After all, she was here first. I am but a mere interloper. She also thinks organized religion sucks. Sometimes I would tend to agree with her.
:: Andrew 13:00 + ::
:: Thursday, November 07, 2002 ::
Steve Camp on "corporate" worship. In this open letter to the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) Community, CCM recording artist Steve Camp criticizes GM's sponsorship of the Michael W. Smith/Third Day/Max Lucado worship tour (link via RockRebel; also mentioned by this blogger here). Camp is not only concerned with corporate sponsorship of a Christian worship experience. He's also concerned about charging admission for worship and preaching (something many of us have accepted; these tours aren't so much ministry as they are Christian entertainment, and we're accustomed to paying for our entertainment), purposely soliciting from unbelievers to finance the work of the ministry, and other aspects of the tour. Says Camp:
I am concerned that there exists in CCM today a pervasive growing attitude of unteachableness, unaccountability, and a lack of submissiveness to the Word of God and the authority of the local church. It seems today that anyone who challenges the CCM industry as to its current practices and alliances according to the standard of God's Word is labeled as divisive, condemning, and unloving. While those that are constantly operating outside of the purview of God's Word are labeled as innovative, visionary, and kind? Tolerance is not a spiritual gift; it is the distinguishing mark of postmodernism; and sadly, it has permeated the very fiber of Christianity. Why is it that those who have no biblical convictions or theology to govern and direct their actions are tolerated and the standard or truth of God's Word rightly divided and applied is dismissed as extreme opinion or legalism?
Hmmm. Do you think he's just doing this to sell more records? (Yikes. Bad, cynicism. Bad! Get thee behind me!) Also, I wonder what all the postmodernist bloggers think about Camp's comments on postmodernism? Link via ChristianityToday.com Weblog, which also reports on The Evangelical Environmental Network's concerns about this form of "corporate" worship. (See What Would Jesus Drive?)
:: Andrew 08:55 + ::
:: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 ::
Technogirl, interrupted. From today's Hooked on the Net. (I'm directing visitors from this site, which averages more than 50 click-throughs a day, to my newer site, which averages only 10. How pitiful am I? How starved for attention? Somebody help me, please! You can help by clicking here.)
:: Andrew 11:34 + ::
:: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 ::
Googling for God.
god is light" flash movie
god is groovy
god is love; his true character as demonstrated through hsi
god is dead
god is still
god is living in japan
god is me
god is for gays home page
god is more vicious? quiz
god is love/god is liefde
god is revealed to the rational skeptic
god is faithful
god is a bullet by boston teran
god is awesome
god is not in the
god is our ceo"
god is one in the holy trinity
god is my partner
god is not responsible
god is near
god is love
god is a little like
god is a playtpus
god is not a pit stop
god is known
god is a thug
god is good
god is first
god is in control
god is awsome" delcares baptist youth pastor
god is great
god is good' by gaither vocal band
god is in the city
god is light
god is 4u
god is marching on"
god is a killer
god is impossible
god is living in japan now
god is me exposes a new meaning and plausible purpose for our existence
god is my co
god is within you
god is a lie
god is for gays
god is not enough
god is eating well
god is more vicious? is
god is love website is about baptism
god is that of human consciousness
god is a masturbator
god is faithful º¶
god is a bullet by boston teran in order to view this website
god is for us
god is eternal life through jesus christ our lord
god is an awesome god
god is not in the constitution the government cannot endorse any or all religions june 28th
god is ever present and lovingly
god is our ceo"
god is calling"
god is "only a theory" by michael shermer i've given more thought to the creationists demand that evolution be stricken from public school science classes
god is one
god is one and not three? attachment vs
god is a platypus
god is love receipt
god is with you
god is not dead
god is making two list
god is a big nascar fan
god is one lord
god is in control with the arrival of a long
god is great how about a few words on one of my least informed subjects
god is a dj on the abc
god is made of soap
god is a consuming fire
god is the manifestation and revelation of his love"
god is greater
god is in this? i was listening to a radio preacher the other night and he was talking about adversity
god is marching on
:: Andrew 13:03 + ::
postmodern_theology: a community blog. John O'Keefe of Ginkworld has opened up a new community weblog for those interested in postmodern theology. The site's purpose is "to be a place where people can write, and publish, ideas centered on theology and ministry in the emerging church." If you want to join in on the fun, e-mail John and he'll sign you up.
:: Andrew 08:23 + ::
The urge. While all of nature prepares for the dormancy of winter, I've been getting the urge to resume a writing project I had more or less abandoned some 18 months ago. Over the weekend I revised the preface, introduction and first couple of chapters to a little allegory I call Awakening Samuel. I think there's a book in there -- I've felt it for a long time -- but while I was working on Hooked on the Net, I set this other project aside. But for the past several weeks the hankering to get back to writing has been all over me. I finally quit ignoring that urge and did a bit of writing this weekend.
Writing is a lot like exercise. If you don't exercise regularly, you get out of shape.
Several years ago I wrote down some of my favorite quotes about writing, and I take them out to look at from time to time. Here are a few of them:
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. -- Pliny the Elder
Writing is not a McDonald's hamburger. The cooking is slow, and in the beginning you are not sure whether a roast or a banquet or a lamb chop will be the result. -- Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Devise, wit; write, pen; for I am for whole volumes in folio. -- William Shakespeare, "Love's Labours Lost," Act I, Scene II
How forcible are right words! -- Job 6:25
:: Andrew 07:55 + ::