Archive for November, 2007

Daft Punk Live

Daft Punk’s new live CD (1 of the top 25 live CD’s of all time according to Rolling Stone) is streaming online for free right now.  If you enjoy electronic music at all, this is worth a listen.

And if you haven’t seen the video for “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” you have to watch it.


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Rob Bell Review

That’s a misleading title.  I don’t want to review a person; rather, I promised a few notes from my recent visit to Dallas to hear Rob speak.  I enjoyed the talk, and Rob held my interest, but I found the entire thing a bit like Bell’s book “Sex God” in that Rob seemed to suffer a little from the sophomore slump.  “Velvet Elvis” was an amazing book that was fun and different and helped to reform my beliefs; Rob’s first speaking tour “Everything is Spiritual” was likewise fun and different and radically changed some long-held beliefs.  “The God’s Aren’t Angry” certainly had plenty of facts and great stories and the message (God loves you and He’s not angry with you) was well-stated, but I can’t say I enjoyed it as much.

For another review, read this entry on the Out of Ur blog at Christianity Today. 

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Top Albums of 07

Paste magazine has posted their top 100 albums from 2007.  You can find the list here.

I’m somewhat amazed by how many of these artists and albums I have never heard of.  This is the first year I haven’t had a subscription to Rolling Stone or Spin in a long time, and it has definitely skewed my music knowledge.  However, I do have 5 of the top 50 including Ryan Adams, The Perishers, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, and Derek Webb. 

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Home from Mexico

We crossed the Rio Grande around 11:00 AM today after spending 4 days in the Mexican desert.  Our crew (consisting of 13 students and 30 other volunteers) painted adobe houses, did medical and vision clinics, cut hair, served meals, and played with children in the villages of La Rosita, San Miguel, and Eutimias.  I got to sleep under the stars twice, and drive through a part of the world that very few people will ever see.  I had a much better time than I thought I would, and I’m so glad I got to serve alongside of everyone.

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Field Trip!

Only 1 more day until Rob Bell’s “The God’s Aren’t Angry” hits Dallas.  I’ve read reviews, and tried to keep tabs on newspaper articles, and the overall impression I’m getting is that the show should be great.  I don’t expect it to be anything like “Everything is Spiritual,” and that’s alright.

I’d love to post a review after the show tomorrow, but I’ve got to get some sleep.  Saturday morning I leave Athens at 6:30 bound for Mexico, and I won’t even be back in the land of Flush Toilets until Wednesday.  Sometime next week, I’ll post some impressions…it might be partly in Espanol, however.

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Preaching in Mexico

This Saturday, I will load up into the church van and head to the desert in Mexico for 5 days on a mission trip with FBC Athens.  We are going to remote villages that have no electricity or running water, and not too much contact with urban civilization.  There aren’t really roads that lead to these places, it’s more like dry creek-beds, and the villages don’t really exist on maps (La Rosita…San Miguel…Las Eutamias…anyone?).

We have 12 students journeying with us and so my primary job will be spending time with them as they paint houses, play with the kids, and help serve food.  But my secondary job is the “Spiritual Leader” on the trip…I’m in charge of devotionals for our group, and possibly a sermon to the villagers via a translator.  The devotional part doesn’t frighten me too much, but I am petrified about trying to preach to a Mexican village.  What do I say?

I keep coming back to John 10:10 and John 13:35 and John 15:13.  In those 3 verses, we get a picture that Jesus has come to show us the best kind of life to live, and that love should be the foundation for that life, and that our love should be the kind of love that we would lay down our life for those around us.  Does that translate to people who live in the desert?  Will people whose primary means of transportation is a donkey hear something different than I do in those verses? 

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Here is a link to an article in a Grand Rapids newspaper about Craig Gross, the co-founder of and Mars Hill Bible Church attendee.  (Rob Bell has a couple of quotations in the story)

It’s an interesting read about the Porn Pastor.  I’m pretty much in love with what they do, especially the x3 watch software that they have for free on their site.  Rather than blocking websites, the software just keeps a running tally of the websites you visit and then e-mails that list to someone that you choose.  So rather than limiting the internet, it promotes converstaion and honesty about where you choose to go on the internet.  Smart.

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