Monthly Archives: July 2012

Band That Name!


I get confused rather easily…  I have liked music for a lot longer than I have really followed it, as such there have been many time when I mixed up artists and bands, here are some examples:

The Cardigans and The Cranberries – Two different bands…who knew?
Michael Bolton and Ray Boltz – Not sure I can be blamed for this one…both born in 1953, both with crazy long mulets, both “mom” music.
Amy Grant and Rebecca St James – It actually wasn’t until a year or two ago I realized these were two different people.  Saw there names on the same article or CD or something…blew my mind.
Journey and Foreigner – I didn’t realize this had even happend until I was telling my friend Scott about the Amy & Rebecca mix-up and he told me he used to get Journey and Foreigner mixed up.  That was a big surprise…like that they were two different bands… big surprise!
Carly Rae Jepson and Lana Del Rey – Cannot be blamed.  Came out around the same time, got famous really fast, 1/3 of each of their names is “Ray”

And this next on is the most emabarssing…don’t judge:

Savage Garden and Soundgarden In my defense…there isn’t one.  However you can imagine my confusion when people kept talking about this seminal band that influenced Nirvana, Soundgarden, and I all could think of was “Truely, Madly, Deeply”…

How about you guys?  Anyone else have some band mix-ups in their past?


Why Don’t We Get Invited to More Parties?


Jesus was at a lot of parties.

This is something that has struck me over and over again this past year. It’s nothing new but for me it’s been a challenge as I think through my life, faith and art.  We are consistently reading about Jesus going to feasts, banquets and parties

Luke 5:29-30 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

And apparently enough so that people tried to use it against him (not that, that probably took much)

Luke 7:34The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

And it’s not that he was there that surprises me.  Jesus was very clear that he came to reach the lost.  It doesn’t surprise me at all that he would go where the people who needed him were hanging out…it surprises me that he was invited.

In the church we expect to be always be rejected, we assume no one wants to hear from us Jesus followers; that no one is open to it.  But maybe Jesus proves us wrong.  It would seem that these people who were not living lives that lined up with God’s ideals were more than willing to hang out with Jesus; and I don’t think it was because he was “a drunkard and a glutton”.

So the question becomes why?  Why did they want to hang out with Jesus?  Why did they invite him into their subculture?

I think it’s at least partly because he clearly wanted to be with them.

Most groups aren’t as closed as outsiders think.  For instance, did you know that every time I have ever started a mentorship program I have no problem finding youth?  Most students are desperate for positive adult relationships!  But yet, the vast majority of the adults are hesitant.  Why are they hesitant?  Because “the youth wouldn’t want to connect with an old person like me”.

A couple months ago, we hosted a metal show at our church site.  There were a ton of people there that many church goers would assume wouldn’t come to something at a church.  But yet there they were. They told me how “f’ing awesome” (my edit) it was, that we would host their scene.  I could also give tons of examples of bands that make a huge impact because engage people honestly in all kinds of venues; but you get the idea…

Maybe people aren’t as closed as we assume.  Maybe they are just assuming we are closed to them.

Maybe we would be invited to more parties if people KNEW we wanted to be there.

What has your experience been?


Social Media as Pets


Last night I was thinking…Attribution Noncommercia lShare Alike - Some rights reserved by joeventures

Google+ is like an annoying Stray Cat sitting on your front porch meowing; hoping if it stays there long enough you will eventually accept it as part of your family.

Which got me thinking abut other animal/social network comparisons:

Facebook – Is like a pet fish.  It was really exciting at first and now, it has just become a piece of the furniture.

Twitter – Is like an excitable pet Dog.  It’s fun and you love it, but kinda wish it didn’t take quite so much attention.

Which led to the inevitable:
Myspace– Is like my hedgehog…who died of cancer.

Can you think of any others?

Trying to decide on Pintrest and Instagram…maybe even Linkedin


The Image In Creation


We were born to create.

Or perhaps it’s better to say we were created to create.

The Bible begins with the words: In the beginning God created.  This is the first thing we learn about God.  God is an artist.  Which is very cool.

But the Bible tells us more about this creative God.  Specifically it tells us that he made people “in his image”.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

God made mankind in his image.  In a way that’s different than all the other animals.  Now, this is a thought that is not popular in our current cultural thinking.  By many it is seen as arrogance that we would assume ourselves to be better than cats, dogs and orangutangs…but God says something different.  He says that he CREATED man in his own image, and therefore that we ought to rule over the earth.  (Note: this is meant to be a caring stewardship not a ruling of an iron fist, if you are interested in things relating to the environment and faith you should really check out my friend Matthew Morris’ blog: www.theelusiveguanaco.blogspot.ca/ it s fantastic)

What I want to discuss is what it looks like specifically to be created in God’s image.  Because that is a huge statement!  What is it about humans that is the image of God?  What is merely our “animal” instinct and survival skills and what is the Imago Dei?  I think we can see lots of thing, but I would like to focus on the aspect of creativity. 

No other creature creates like humans do.  No other creature has a robust need for the arts.  We can train an elephant to paint, but we can all see it’s not the same.  Other creatures sing and we appreciate their beauty, but do they create?  I loved my dog growing up, but he never wrote me poetry or played me a song on the piano.  My daughter tells herself and sometimes the rest of our family fantastic stories.  They come from her mind, she creates them; we have no record of any other animals doing that.

To me this doesn’t seem like an evolutionary issue.  Humans don’t just create better art.  We don’t just have finer motor skills.  We have the Image of God, we have traits of the ultimate CREATOR.  Humans CREATE, we dream of things in our mind and create elaborate art to express it through dance, painting, writing, drawing, music, poetry and theater.  No other creature that I know of does this.


Too Much Pride to Appear Proud


 

Pride.  It’s something I struggle with.  I wish I didn’t but I do, it’s quite easy for me to either:

a) Think I would know how to do (almost) everything better

or

b) Try to save face instead of dealing with my hurt and/or failure

Now, I don’t have a desire to turn this blog into a personal confessional, but as I thought about what to write this week I felt like it’s an appropriate discussion to be had here;  because on the flip side we all face some measure of self-doubt.  That feeling that what we have to offer isn’t really much of value.  That is a portion of the reason I missed blogging the last two weeks.  There is a fear of putting your thoughts out there.  Like I have stated in many blogs, I don’t feel like an expert.  I don’t feel like I have wisdom that comes down from heaven, out my fingers and onto people’s screens.  It feels almost narcissistic to ask people to read thoughts that roll out of my head.

I blog because a couple people I know suggested I try.  I blog because a few people who I really respect (namely Brian Thompson and Michael Hyatt) remind me of it’s potential on their podcasts most weeks.

This is the same with most artists I know.  There is this mix, this tension (have I ever mentioned I think almost everything that matters is held in tension).  People who create need to create and need to show other people their creation, it’s a longing,  a force, a need, a something that’s deep inside.  But yet there’s this tension, because, you don’t want to be shoving your meagre thoughts/creations on other people, you don’t want to be bragging, you certainly don’t want to feel like a three year old showing off their craft to an unappreciative audience.

But I think that’s the pride.

I think there is often more pride in hiding yourself away in the safety of not trying.  Like I said, my pride makes me do two things, think I’m better or try to maintain face.  I think when I don’t speak, when I refuse to let my thoughts/art out, that’s the prideful position.

So, defeat pride.  Say what you have to say, create what you were born to create.

Share and see what happens.

…and comment so I don’t feel lonely.


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