Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Band of Horses!

If you didn't know that there was a band called "Band of Horses," that title would definitely make no sense....

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Христос Воскрес!

Воистину Воскрес!

Forgive me, I stole this from Michial Farmer and the Christian Humanist blog.  But it is incredible.

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that–pierced–died, withered, paused, and then regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.
- John Updike

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Crowder and Dylan: Performance and Worship

In a pairing that many say was destiny waiting to happen, Bob Dylan and David Crowder join forces at the Jaded Conference to present a provocative session on the "Death of Performance Worship."

It is rumored that Bob Dylan will provide a stirring indictment of worship music, and how it is becoming less and less about the performer and performance.  Instead of drawing people to the musician's myspace page, performances have steadily been drawing the audience to worshipping Christ.

While Dylan will speak more of the performer, Crowder plans to emphasize the audience, and how to focus them on the performer.  Providing layouts and schematics not only demonstrating the setting of a church performance (mirroring that of a theater or stadium), Crowder also provides blueprints to for lighting and stage setup.  He even plans to give meticulous detail of how to utilize facial hair to bring the audience to awestruck attention.

"Since childhood, I have been inspired by Bob Dylan's hair," Crowder recalls.

Though no one is certain of Dylan's religious affiliation (though most believe it's Judaism), the Jaded Conference allowed him in on the technicality that he did just release a Christmas album.