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The Evolution Of The Geek

21 Oct 2010 Leave a comment

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Answers

07 Oct 2010 2 comments

Thanks to everyone who sent me replies. The winner was my favorite Nazarene, Brannon Hancock. Here are the correct answers:

  1. D (Elevate) – I can’t believe no one got this right.
  2. B (60 minutes) – 4 songs, prayer, sermon, closing song. Nice.
  3. B (75 minutes) – And it was this long only because it had a 5 minute coffee break in the middle of it.
  4. A (100 folks) – It was an 8am service, what can you expect?
  5. B (500 folks) – All crammed into a high school auditorium.
  6. D (67%) – Yeah, I barely knew any of the music I sang. And if you exclude one of the services, the percentage goes up to 90% unknown. Interpreting what that means I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader.
  7. D (105dB) – And it was mixed incredibly well. I loved it (just wish I knew the songs!) Incidentally, I’ve had complaints at EBC for sound levels a full 10 dB less than that (i.e. about half the perceived volume).
  8. D (All 3) – Makes me thankful for the folks at EBC who work hard to not make mistakes in this critical piece of Sunday morning ministry.
  9. D (All 3) – No surprise there.
  10. C (2 of 3) – Perhaps I need to show them my tiny rubber band trick.
  11. C (twice) – Really liked the method of serving done at Flood.
  12. D (All 3) – Natch. This is California.

In completely unrelated news, I’m now on my 5th book of the trip. Here’s what I’ve read:

  • Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry (9/10)
  • Sin Boldly – Cathleen Falsani (8/10)
  • Through A Screen Darkly – Jeffrey Overstreet (7/10)
  • The Air I Breathe – Louis Giglio (4/10)
  • Dune – Frank Herbert (in process)

Good times. But I trade them all for a kiss from my wife and a hug from my girls. Thank God for Skype!

Categories: Books, General

Bullet Points

29 Sep 2010 Leave a comment

Don’t feel like spending a lot of time on this post, but don’t want to miss a day, so here’s some random thoughts:

  • Great day to be a Red’s fan
  • Giovanni’s Pizza in San Diego is awesome
  • I’m reading a book called Sin Boldly
  • Said book is amazing (go read it now)
  • Still not adjusted to Pacific time
  • Work is seriously busy, but that’s a good thing

Have a great night y’all!

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Patron Saints

07 Sep 2010 Leave a comment

“I don’t deny that there should be priests to remind men that they will one day die. I only say that at certain strange epochs it is necessary to have another kind of priests, called poets, actually to remind men that they are not dead yet.” – G.K Chesterton

Most churches are no longer patrons of the arts, and that’s a real shame. It’s easy to poke fun at the quality of much of modern Christian art, but honestly, can the artists be blamed when no serious effort is made by organized churches to fund them?

That’s just one thought I had relative to the epic discussion of art and money going on at the Rabbit Room. Last week I posted links to the first two articles. Here’s the next three. Read, enjoy, and most importantly, take action!

Money, Part 2: The Extravagant Gamble

Money, Part 2.5: A Response to Some Comments

Money, Part 3: Suggestions To Chew Upon

If the church as an institution has given up on the artist, I suppose it’s now up to individuals, and I for one am willing to take up the call. Anyone with me?

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Trying To See Farther

24 Aug 2010 2 comments

I love to read books. I also love to talk about them. And what better way to do that than via the blogosphere, right? (irony moment: WordPress’s spell check doesn’t like that word). Where was I? Ah yes, books. I’ve consumed a whole bunch of them this summer, but what I’ve recently discovered is that I’m having a hard time retaining much of what I’m reading. The creation of this site is an attempt to change that.

Most of what I post here will simply be quotations from what I’m reading. It’s my hope that by doing so I’ll be able to keep a record of what I’m (hopefully) taking to heart, and maybe, just maybe, there will be readers out there who will find it interesting as well. Because just about everything gets better when shared with others, eh?

If you find yourself in the above category, do leave a comment and say hello. I look forward to sharing with you some quotations from George MacDonald here in the next day or so. What a fascinating guy. I can’t believe it’s taken me 31 years to discover him.

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