Month: May 2010

listening to music this morning….


and pondering entertainment vs. substance.

sometimes i like to be entertained.  i’ll watch a brainless movie with only the expectation of laughing.  i’ll read a fiction book for pure entertainment.  i’ll listen to music that is fun to dance to or brings fond memories of the past.

sometimes i like substance.  i want what i’m watching or listening to to mean something or have some artistic merit.  i want the movie to have a message.  i want the book to challenge me to change.  i want the music to have great lyrical depth and musical sophistication.

i got to thinking why do these two things have to be mutually exclusive.  often they are.  i mean something can’t be entertaining and deep right?  or can it?

what prompted this question?  well i was listening to this guy…

i’m highly entertained by Frank Sinatra.  his songs make me happy.  i sing along…yet, his artistry is amazing.  the level of quality that the arrangements and vocals display are still the standard even today.  i mean for goodness sakes people compare Jay Z to him (although i think that is a stretch)

then i got to thinking about this guy….

John Mayer is able to transcend this entertainment vs. substance idea.  he is loved by critics and soccer moms alike.  his ability to rip on guitar impresses musicians and his songwriting is par excellent.  his boyish looks and interaction with fans makes him accessible to everyone.

so who do you think can pull this off.  which artist, movie maker, author, musician can be both entertaining and yet retain artistic integrity and substance?

let me hear your thoughts.

i’m really excited…


what started my excitement was this.

then i saw this.

yes, it’s the World Cup.

i enjoy Soccer (or futbol as it’s called in the rest of the world) in 2006 i watched many of the WC games.  there was this amazing national fervor from the teams competing that i found fascinating.  one of my favorite things was during the pregame introductions when the teams(and the crowds) would sing their national anthems.  amazing.

(side note: i think it’s a shame that American athletes in international competitions rarely sing the Star Spangled Banner.  that should be required homework to be on the national teams.  i’m not a zealous flag waving patriot, but if you are going to represent my school or my country, you’d better know the song)

i’m hoping to watch at least a game or maybe even two with my good buddy Kit Taupin.  Kit will be rooting for his beloved English Footballers, while i of course will be pulling for Team USA.  in our discussions about soccer, terminology often comes up that maybe would be confusing for the casual American soccer fan, so i thought i would include some European (British) soccer terms so that we all might understand better.

kit=uniform

pitch=the field

footy=soccer

match=game

club=team

keeper=goalie

boots=soccer cleats

striker=forward

middy=midfield

back=defender

side=team

treble=winning 3 trophies in one season.

and speaking of  “treble’s”, here is a short video of Argentinian star Milito scoring the two goals in Inter-Milan’s UEFA Cup win over Bayern-Munich.  enjoy,  especially the “Goooooooooooaaaaaaaallllllll!!”

this song has been on my heart a lot…


Jon Foreman-Your Love is Strong (i love Robbie Seay’s cover too)

Your Love is Strong by Jon Foreman

Heavenly Father
You always amaze me
Let your kingdom come
In my world and in my life
You give me the food I need
To live through the day
And forgive me as I forgive
The people that wronged me
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one

I look out the window
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune
Or out of place
I look at the meadow
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl
On her wedding day

So why do I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need

Chorus (3x):
Your love is
Your love is
Your love is strong

The kingdom of the heavens
Is now advancing
Invade my heart
Invade this broken town
The kingdom of the heavens
Is buried treasure
Will you sell yourself
To buy the one you’ve found?

Two things you told me
That you are strong
And you love me
Yes, you love me

(Chorus 3x)

Our God in heaven
Hallowed be
Thy name above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us wicked sinners
Lead us far away from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons

we have architectural projection in our worship space…


you may have seen it in some of our videos from Easter.  it was set up by my good buddy Camron Ware.

but this….this is a whole notha level from anything we have done.  all i can say is

WOW!!

one of my favorite artists…


is a guy named Chris Rice

he’s most famous for “The Cartoon Song” but limiting him to that is like saying Bobby McFerrin’s greatest triumph is “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (McFerrin wishes he had never recorded the song)

Chris is an amazing songwriter, and writes wonderful thought provoking songs.  i heard a story once about a girl singing one of Chris’s songs at a conference that John McArthur was speaking at.  She sang the song “Big Enough” and when she finished, McArthur got up to speak and rebuked the song saying, “He can assure everyone that God is there.” this story was relayed to me by a guy in a church we once attended who certainly thought he had all the answers.

i think that is what bugs me about “scholastic theology”.  in the search for truth, we gain knowledge which puffs us up with pride.  with that pride we begin to think we can know everything about God, and if we are prideful and know everything about God well then we certainly can’t have any doubt now, can we?  how is it that we have lost the awe and mystery of God.  even David, the man after God’s own heart questioned throughout the Psalms.  the disciples cut and run, would you call that doubt?  so i can’t possibly explain it all and i don’t think that Dr. McArthur really listened to the lyrics of the song becuase “God if you’re there” is only part of it, and taking lyrics out of context and quoting to make your point.  i’m glad that you are so sure of the workings of God and the universe Dr. McArthur.  your faith is certainly greater than mine, but sometimes i feel like David and other times i feel like Chris, but i “Figure He’s big enough”

Big Enough by Chris Rice

None of us knows and that makes it a mystery
If life is a comedy, then why all the tragedy
Three-and-a-half pounds of brain try to figure out
What this world is all about
And is there an eternity, is there an eternity?

God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough

Lying on pillows we’re haunted and half-awake
Does anyone hear us pray, If I die before I wake
Then the morning comes and the mirror’s the other place
Where we wrestle face to face with the image of Deity
The image of Deity

God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough

When I imagine the size of the universe
And I wonder what’s out past the edges
Then I discover inside me a space as big
And believe that I’m meant to be
Filled up with more than just questions

So, God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
‘Cause I am not big enough

i’m trying to spend more time in the bible than in other books…


Psalm 6 is speaking to me today

1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage.
2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3
I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love.

5 For the dead do not remember you.
Who can praise you from the grave?[b]

6 I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
7 My vision is blurred by grief;
my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.

8 Go away, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.

10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.
May they suddenly turn back in shame.

how many times have i prayed th0se words at the beginning, but failed to believe the end.  God hears us and will answer.  what do you need rescue from today?