imus, music, culture, trends

16 04 2007

so, i typically avoid blogging too much about the mainstream media stuff, but I found this to be interesting…

with the recent events that have taken place over at MSNBC and CBS Radio regarding Imus, now there’s an uprising where people are seeing the hypocrisy of some of the mainstream music out there – i won’t restrict it to just rap however, as most in the media are doing, because it’s really across the musical spectrum.

for once in my life, i’m going to say i agree with the reverend al sharpton with this statement alone – “The Reverend Al Sharpton, talking about Imus and other entertainers, says it’s time to show the media and the public that it is not necessary to be misogynist and racist to be creative or to be commercial in this country.”

thanks to mark batterson for providing this quote – “Give me the making of the songs of a nation and I care not who writes its laws.” – so true…

also, written by an 18th century Scottish thinker – Andrew Fletcher…isn’t amazing how in the 18th century that was true as it is today – will we ever learn?

think about it…let me know what you think.


creating culture

16 04 2007

Mark Batterson always challenges me – this is a guy that you must add to your RSS feeder or Bloglines list if he’s not there already.

Below is a quote from his blog today – this is timely and timeless information.

Church and Culture

As I see it, the church has four options when it comes to engaging culture: 1) ignore it, 2) imitate it, 3) condemn it, or 4) create it. And each option leads in polar opposite directions.

We can ignore culture, but the byproduct of ignorance is irrelevance. The more we ignore culture the more irrelevant we’ll become. And if the church ignores the culture, the culture will ignore the church.

We can imitate culture, but imitation is a form of suicide. Originality is sacrificed on the altar of cultural conformity. If we don’t shape the culture, the culture will shape us.

We can condemn culture, but condemnation is a cop out. Let me just call it what it is: condemnation is spiritual laziness. We’ve got to stop pointing the finger and start offering better alternatives. If the church condemns the culture, the culture will condemn the church.

Those three options will lead the church down a dead-end road to irrelevance, but there is another option–the only option if we’re serious about fulfilling the Great Commission and incarnating the gospel. We can compete for culture by creating culture.

In the immortal words of the Italian artist and poet, Michelangelo: criticize by creating.

At the end of the day, the culture will treat the church the way the church treats the culture. And we’re not called to condemn. We’re called to redeem.

Enough said…

teary-eyed and rattled

12 04 2007

it’s not my intent on this blog to simply promote the content of other blogs all the time…

however, this post by perry this morning brought tears to my eyes and conviction to my heart – it rattled me in a really good way…this post is priceless and the timing of it for me personally is perfect…

more later on the purpose of this blog…get rattled!

check out time…

10 04 2007

Just came across this on NewSpring’s website – what a great thing!

Yet another church opening up their experience and their resources to serve the Body of Christ – I love it!

If you have time, check out the two main sessions that Perry teaches on video, there’s also some of their music and prayer time on there if you want to enjoy it. Thanks Tony for making us aware of these things…really, and I mean REALLY appreciate the heart that these guys at NewSpring have for the Body of Chris.

Here are the two video links:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

And, here are a ton of resources that are pdf’s available for download – as I always say, skim over the top of it and pick up the nuggets that are best for your situation:

Breakout Session PDF
Blogging and Communications
Creating Excellent Experiences for Children
Creating Community in a Large Church
Financially Equipping Your Congregation
Production Team FAQ
Senior Pastors Only
Staffing for Success
Student Ministry
The NewSpring Experience
The Volunteer Experience

communication breakdown

4 04 2007

first, you have to get past the zepplin reference…

here’s a great post about communication from michael hyatt – the prez of thomas nelson (a Christian publishing company).

i love the detailed description of what he calls cascading communication – you’ve got to read this – think about it – and skim the principles from the top of the that are applicable in your situation.

if you’re not reading this blog, you need to sub to it now – always meaningful and great content – thanks michael (if he ever reads this).

for what it’s worth, this is one of the major areas churches need to constantly work on – every church that i’ve ever served in could’ve use this wisdom. not saying they were all bad, just saying this is a skill that must constantly be evaluated and improved.

lion-chaser manifesto

2 04 2007

I’ve mentioned it here before, but there’s a great book out by a guy named Mark Batterson called “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” – you can purchase it here. Mark’s a church planter in DC planting a multi-site congregation called “National Community Church”. NCC is A/G congregation that has a vision to plant multiple congregations across the nation’s capitol meeting a Metro stops – what a vision!

Below, I’ve pasted the “Lion Chaser’s Manifesto” from his site that he’s been sharing with men’s groups and college/university groups across the nation – read and think about it…

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

easter eggs, peeps, thorns, the cross and cars

28 03 2007

enjoyed a little quiet and down time this morning…in doing so i spent some time doing a little forward-thinking about the next couple of weeks…

this friday i’ll hang out with my daughter at her easter egg hunt at school – i love these! there is something remarkable about watching a child’s face light up when they FIND the easter egg – there’s a ton of fun watching them HUNT the easter eggs. it’s neat to see them explore, follow in one another’s tracks, neat to watch the parents gently guide them to “finding” the easter eggs – it’s all just so cool – it’s all just so childish can’t we be like that? do we have to have it ‘figured’ out before we start (speaking volumes to myself right now)? God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us into ‘finding’ what God’s plan is – I’m looking forward to that visible, tangible reminder in a couple of days – Easter’s here!

then there are peeps – did you know that the amount of peeps chicks and bunnies eaten this year could circle the earth’s circumference? did you know that peeps are the best selling easter candy (non-chocolate) for the past decade? did you know there are websites dedicated to demented research on peeps (hmmmmm)? btw, i like peeps…

but, moving on, there is the issue of thorns and the cross at easter! of course, in recent years there’s been an uptick in the media trying to discredit or bring speculation to the meaning of easter – they’ve tried to discredit that Jesus was ever a real person, that perhaps the crucifixion/resurrection were just a hoax, and now they are claiming that Jesus was really married – i’m not going to launch into an apologetic here because frankly that’s not my gifting. this i know…Christ is real, i’ve experienced His redemption and His grace, Christ is arisen and there’s reason for hope. Hope! Hope, there’s a word that people all around us could use…imagine if hope were as prevalent as peeps. ok, seriously, our world is full of people without hope…then there are people like ‘salavat.’

spent this morning doing a quick read of the latest issue of voice of the martyrs magazine i received this week in the mail…’salavat’ is a Christ-follower in uzbekistan – he’s been imprisoned countless times for the message of the gospel. recently he was imprisoned for six months! during this time his wife and 5 children were basically neglected by the church because the other Christians were afraid of coming around for fear of imprisonment. during his time in prison, he was to beaten by the other inmates – they spared him – favor of God. upon release, his family had little food, but lots of hope. his 7 year old daughter asked, ‘dad, when are we going to eat again?’ – think about that for a moment moms and dads…imagine your children asking that question – not, “when can we go to mcdonalds?”, but “when can we eat again?” – ‘salavat’ told his daughter soon because he had hope…hope…hope that God would provide. the next morning they got up at 5am to work the fields when a car drove up to their home and two ‘people’ got out of the car – they stated that they weren’t supposed to be here, but that God had sent them…they handed ‘salavat’ $200, returned to the car, and drove off. when ‘salavat’ and his daughter went to thank them, they looked up and the car was gone! no dust, no tracks, the road looked as if it hadn’t been driven on for months – hope showed up in a car!

that’s how it is with God, He shows up!…He shows up in a car, in a friend (through a word or a challenge) and sometimes in an easter egg hunt!