Monday, March 31, 2008

Pop Culture Quote Monday

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.


It may not technically be "pop" culture, although the book the quote comes from is a blip on our popular culture screen, several times in the last 20 years or so.

(FYI, I am in awe of this author.)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Conservative Republican Endorsement

Say what you will about the three remaining candidates running for president, but no one can deny this election year has changed everything. Read this and tell me I'm wrong.

HT to Landon.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Another Evil Involving Wal-Mart

Ya'll know I hate Wal-Mart. Here's another log to throw on the fire. (Scroll down to the video titled Wal-Mart is suing a disabled woman.

Think the title is bad? Wait until the end of the video. It gets worse.

I take back the credit I gave them last October. Wal-Mart sucks.

Pop Culture Quote Monday

This movie was on TV last week, so it's in my head. A classic.

Strap, God wants you on the floor.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Dilemma for Good Friday

In my effort to build a Good Friday service with the theme of "by his stripes we are healed", I have hit a dilemma.

Here is my order of service:


Video “Resurrection”
Reading of Isaiah 53
Crimson (Vocal Solo)
Reading: John 18: 1-18
#302 Lamb of God 1, 2
Reading John 18: 19-40
#323 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed 1, 2, 3, 5
Reading: John 19: 1-16
Love Song (Vocal Solo)
Reading John 19: 17-42
#324 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 1, 3, 4
Video “A Better Way”
Cross Painting/Communion
Prayer


All of the readings have music in the background, mostly stuff from "The Passion" to create a mood of sorrow and awe at the same time. Both vocal solos are focused on Jesus very intentionally, as are the videos.

For communion, my idea is to have a small bucket of paint sitting at the foot of the cross. As we all come forward for communion, we will have the chance to paint a stripe on the cross, to remind us of the price Jesus paid, the "stripes" if you will. During that time, I want to have music, specifically something with words to add to the mood. I originally planned "Healed" by Nichole Nordeman. But after further reflection, I am really falling in love with the idea of "Ten Thousand Angels" by Caedmon's Call/Derek Webb.

Both songs emphasize healing, but Nichole's song is a little more accessible than the other song.

Any opinions? If you don't know the songs, you can google for the lyrics in a heartbeat (in order to help a girl out.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

You

I know I haven't been posting much of substance lately, but this video has more substance than I could write in a year. Enjoy. And bring Kleenex.

HT: Shane

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pop Culture Quote Monday

What do you do for recreation?
Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I Saw What I Saw



It doesn't get much better than this...

Immersing Myself

I'm a tad obsessive.

My sleep patterns are all out of whack due to sickness, vacation, and this stupid time change. So I'm still awake, and working on the Good Friday video I posted on Wednesday. I had already put hours of work into it (due to a slow computer and the evil mignon that is Windows Movie Maker) but I just didn't think it was ready yet. But now it is. I did this video because I am passionate about music and how visual arts can help us sort through our own emotions and our own junk. It was exhausting watching the whipping, Jesus carrying the cross through the streets, the crucifixion... Over and over I cut snippet after snippet, timing it just right. My eyes are red from the repeated tears from watching what Jesus went through.

I'm singing in the Messiah this weekend at the performing arts center. And I was telling my friend Steph (the very steph!! who often posts comments here) on the phone tonight about how wonderful the music is, how stunningly crafted and how great it is to sing with such an amazing group of vocalists. On Sunday at rehearsal I couldn't sing at full voice yet so it gave me the chance to pay more attention to the crafting of the music in harmony with the notes written. And at one point I was moved to tears.

I had to get the video just right, my slight OCD just wouldn't have it any other way. In the midst of all this Easter preparation, I find myself immersed in the events of palm Sunday, holy week, the last supper and the day of crucifixion. It will be like this until Easter morning I will rejoice with my church, leading songs such as "In Christ Alone" "Mighty to Save" and "There is Power in the Blood". And all these tears will be wiped away.

This is the heart of an artist, a heart I've posted about before. I feel things far too deeply, I cry far too often, I see things in a different way, and I love it. I wouldn't have it any other way. "To engage wholly or deeply" is the way I approach many things in my life. I get immersed and hopefully come out the other end a person more like Christ.

The beating and abuse Jesus took on is often referred to as "The Passion". Passion is powerful, oftentimes unstoppable, and Jesus' passion was a suffering greater than anyone else has ever endured. He did it because he loves us all. He took my sin and your sin and paid the price so we wouldn't have to. He immersed himself wholly and deeply in this world, and showed me how to live my life.

And he saved me. There's something pretty passionate about that.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Good Friday Video

video

For Landon...

"Ask and you shall receive"

I'd be happy to ftp it if anyone wants to use it at their own service.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Good Friday weirdness

I've been working on our Good Friday service over the last few weeks, which I decided to based around the theme of "By his stripes we are healed". I've been working on a order of service, videos, background music for the scripture readings and what have you.

Tonight I finished the final video of the program, which we'll show after communion. Then I began to work on choosing the background music for the reading of Isaiah 53, where "by his stripes we are healed"" comes from. So I grab my nearest bible (it happened to be the New American Standard translation) and began to read through the passage while the "Mary Comes to Jesus" music from The Passion of the Christ movie played. (I wanted to see if it could be timed right.) When I got to verse 12, I stopped.

Why?

Therefore,
I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.


Y'all!?! The word
booty is in the bible!

I typically read from the NIV translation, and so even though I've read this passage a number of times, I've never been able to makes this acclamation. The NIV translates the word as "spoils". I think the NAS is much funnier, which I'm sure is exactly what Isaiah intended.

I never thought I would find a connection between the bible and the reality show So You Think You Can Dance, but I just did.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Antiboidics and Pantry Beetles

My visit to the doctor confirmed that while I do not have strep, I should not be around people. So I'm pouting, staying at home today, despite feeling pretty good. I just have a sore throat with yucky white specks. Blech.

One of the lovely things that greeted me when I returned from vacation was pantry beetles. It's the grossest, more revolting thing I've encountered in a long time. I threw everything but my canned goods out, vacuumed, then scrubbed everything twice. And I still have the willies. So my kitchen is a disaster. Nothing has gone back in the cabinets yet. I'm just not ready. Yuck. I know that it's common, and typically enter the home through a product purchased at the store. But I still feel like the worst housekeeper in the world right now. And I'm just... so grossed out.

Welcome back, me.

The Return of Pop Culture Quote Monday

Karen: He likes to butt things... with his head.
Nathan: How proud you must be.


I love this movie. Soooo funny.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Reflections on My Vacation

General observations:

Midwest airlines really is the only way to fly. Warm chocolate cookies and a round trip ticket to Seattle for $180? Come on. The only inconvenience is the 6 hour drive to Kansas City, which is hardly an inconvenience at all. And one of my closest friends is moving to Kansas City in a couple of weeks, so how great is that?

Although it rains a lot in Washington, the wind there is sooooo much warmer than here.

My family is a little crazy.

85 people is a big wedding up there. Here, 200 is average. No wonder I feel more at home there than here.

We are all vanilla. But I can look around there and see orange sherbet, rocky road and fudge swirl just walking down the street.(I came up with this metaphor Friday night at dinner with my friend Shannon who lives up there. Her friend who joined us for dinner thought this was hysterical. But Shannon totally knew what I meant.)

The food there is so much more interesting. Not necessarily better, although the salmon pesto sandwich I had the Boundary Bay Brewery was incredible.

More to come.

Cart Whisperer



This is seriously hilarious. And I realize the fact that I find this funny makes you all aware of just how weird I am.


... but most of you already knew anyway, right?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Sick

I'm back from vacation and I'm sick of being sick.

I'm off to pout about my sickliness.

I hate this.