:: Saturday, November 09, 2002 ::

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 + ::

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 + ::
:: Friday, November 08, 2002 ::

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 + ::

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 + ::
:: Thursday, November 07, 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 + ::
:: Wednesday, November 06, 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
    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 + ::
:: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 ::

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 + ::

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