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David Vandervelde // Music Monday 28.0


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I thought about trying to come up with some more good tunes to share and i could but honestly i’m listening to Olafur Arnalds on repeat. So good! Have you listened yet?

So instead of new tunes i thought i would post this little video that i came across a few weeks ago. I had a note to blog about it… so here goes.

THE STORY
I was sitting in a little coffee shop in town and a song came on the radio as i walked in. It was a track from one of Rob Bell’s Nooma videos, i noticed and asked the barista what radio station or CD she was playing. She went into the back room and gave me the name of the artist, David Vandervelde. This is the fellow who is playing the piano on the Rhythm video that Rob did. Great little ambient tune, i immediately recognized it and began to do a little google action on the fellow singing.

I found some decent music, i found the track from the Nooma – Rhythm video ( Moonlight is the name of the track ) and i found this little video he recorded at SXSW. It was interesting to me and a great conversation piece or Christians i thought.

“We’re kinda seriously writing for Christian songs now. You can make a butt ton, a *&$% TON of money.” “We’re not about making money off Christian music we’re about praising the Lord.” (WARNING :: A high level of sarcasm is used, if you’re allergic don’t watch. There is also a few four letter words. You’ve been warned.)

So i’ll follow that quote by saying i really do think there is a place in the church cynicism. We (Christians) have deserved some skeptical eyes being shined on us, especially in the music industry.
I thought this little video was funny. The song could TOTALLY be a CCM hit! And the questions of this guys spiritual leaning is intriguing to me, after all he was in a spiritually charged short film!

Any thoughts?

I’ll be honest. I kind of like it. I think there needs to be more cynicism given (in healthy, small doses). Christians need to hear what people are saying and joking about and take it seriously. We need to own up to the fake persona many of us professional Christian have dished out over the years. And we need to start paving paths of honesty and generosity instead of simply reacting and being pissed about a video and cynicism like this.

Those are my thoughts.

Oh and also thought… man, i need to write a Christian song! I could use a butt ton of money!!!   ;-)

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Some more Rob Bell…


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If you’re patient it won’t take long before Rob shows up on the controversial Christian map… again. Well here he is again. His newest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God (which i’ve haven’t read yet but i’ve heard him talk about and seems great) has kinda been overshadowed by his recent pro gay confession. I could go into that but i won’t. It’s a way more complicated and textured conversation that most people are willing to have. I’m not sure i’m where Rob is but i sure do understand the desire to show ALL people the love and hospitality of our good God.  I’ll post a little video below of Rob having a conversation about this. Some really good questions…

BUT the reason i wanted to post this blog is because i wanted to post this link to a interview with Rob on the podcast You Made It Weird with comedian Peter Holmes. This is why i love Rob. He’s honest, refreshing, he circles around authentic faith and tries to burn down the pretentious bull &*!% of much of the Christian culture and faith. This pod cast has a lot of language not suitable for young folks, which wouldn’t normally be on my radar but for a recent conversation. I get that, so be warned. But if you’re looking for a really authentic, honest and hilarious conversation on faith you should check this out.

LOVE IT!


Here is the video of Rob debating and talking about his views on homosexuality. I think some really good questions are asked in this interview. I don’t think many answers are given but i like questions better anyway!

Enjoy the conversations and be open to the God who comes and is probably more generous than any of us.

Grace and peace

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A Week of the Disciple…


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So this week is the week of the disciple.

I gave a talk last Sunday to a group of 20 or so parents on discipleship. The talk had a specific angle and i’ll share more about that later this week but preparing for this, thinking & praying, really got me thinking about discipleship! How it works, who is suppose to do it, who is suppose to be it, why would we even want it… etc.

All things disciple
… this is the week of the disciple!
So let the conversation begin!

To start off the week i have started a little tumblr website entitle Dusty Discipleship

This site is all think discipleship. Really i wanted to post a talk by Ray Vander Laan, which is in 14 parts and i was trying to figure out the best way to do that… Tumblr it is!

so CHECK OUT THIS TALK!!!
It’s about an hour long and it’s in 14 different 7-10 minutes chunks on the Dusty Discipleship page.  I know that’s a little annoying but it will be well worth. Life changing even. I try and listen to it AT LEAST once a year if not more… so challenging and good!

ALSO… here is a short video by Rob Bell entitled DUST.
I’m pretty sure Rob took his content and ideas from the RVL (Ray Vander Laan) talk i just mentioned. They actually both lived in Grand Rapids and were friends. But no doubt RVL is the source here.
But if you want to watch the short, trendy version here it is… and it’s good!

ENJOY…
and come back for more tomorrow. This is the week of the disciple!

 

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Living the Resurrection…


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Welcome to Eastertide…

Eastertide is the time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost. Pretty much it’s suppose to be a party. Every Sunday is Easter Sunday during this time. I like that idea!

Here are a couple video’s to think about as you embrace the resurrection / our risen Lord!

[ this first video was made by a friend of mine, Jeremy Cowart. It’s some modern day iconography, maybe even digital iconography and i have a print of this image in my office. It’s awesome! I love it! So take a look and remember HE IS RISEN! ]

[ I’ve also posted this second video before on my blog. Now think what you want about Rob Bell but this video is solid and i think inspiring. And in my opinion lacks controversy, i think. Remember, HE IS RISEN! ]

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Ben Rector—Suburban prayers // Music Monday 20.0 [ tuesday edition ]


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I’ve been listening to this song on repeat today,
a suburban prayer of sorts by Ben Rector…

“I want to live until i die
don’t let the devil bury me alive
when my heart stops let me go home
don’t let the suburbs kill my heart and soul.”

Along with thinking about Peter Rollings talking about how we all make “ironic gestures.”

So listening to this song while i sit at St. Starbuck with the queen of the suburbs, a very ironic gesture if you ask me. Thinking, praying and wondering  how i live a less ironic kind of life.

 

 

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Palm Sunday


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To begin with celebration and adoration of Jesus, the “Hosanna in the highest!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” And then to swiftly move toward denial and distain, shouts of “crucify him.”

This is Palm Sunday. And this is Holy Week.
This is also our story. At least if your honest it is.

I once heard Peter Rollins, an author and theologian tell a story about being asked if he affirmed or denied in the resurrection of Jesus. His response was powerful. I actually found it on youtube, check it out…

It’s true right, we all deny the resurrection and we all, WAY to often yell with our lives “crucify him.” Often right after we have publicly ushered him in as savior, yelling “Hosanna.”

God forgive me and fill me with your grace and spirit so that i might die with you and to my selfish denial of you. By your grace enable me to not just affirm or believe in your resurrection but participate in it.

This is the journey of Holy Week. 
May we follow Jesus to the cross, so that we my participate in his resurrection.

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.:: RESURRECTION :: Eastertide


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Welcome to Eastertide…

Eastertide is the time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost. Pretty much it’s suppose to be a party. Every Sunday is Easter Sunday during this time. I like that idea!

Now, i just blogged for 47 days straight, this is 48 — definitely a record! So i DO NOT plan on blogging everyday throughout Eastertide but i will post some reflections here and there.

Here are a couple video’s to think about as you embrace the resurrection / our risen Lord!

[ this first video was made by a friend of mine, Jeremy Cowart. It’s some modern day iconography, maybe even digital iconography but i love it! So take a look and remember HE IS RISEN! ]

[ i posted this second video last year right after Easter because that’s when it was first released. Now think what you want about Rob Bell but this video is solid and i think, inspiring. And in my opinion lacks controversy, i think. Remember, HE IS RISEN! ]

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Hell // What Rob Bell will say…


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Here is a little video of N.T. Wright talking about hell. This is pretty much exactly what Rob Bell is going  to say… i think. And if you want more detail read Surprised by Hope  BY N.T. Wright. Really great book!
(and if your following along with this blog’s Lenten readings… sorry i’m got a late start today. Todays reading will be posted soon! Enjoy!)

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Rob Bell // Drops Like Stars


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So i went to see Rob Bell the other night. His current tour is called Drops Like Stars. It’s an attempt to look at suffering differently, to change the question a bit.

It was good, not mind blowing or anything but really good. I could unload on you all my thoughts but instead you should just go get the book. Word on the street is that the book and the tour are the same things. I plan on reading the book.

So, here you will just get some of my thoughts that i wrote (on my iPhone) while Rob was talking.

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(this is an image i took while Rob was talking about Jonny Cash at the Viper Room in LA)

// my notes //
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//Insulators / The box
– When the box is crushed, something random is done or happens, that’s when we realize there is no box / or our box is destroyed.
– How can we smash the box?

// Telling people “i’m fine” and suffering behind the curtain.
– How to live honestly?

>> The Art of Honesty

// “There is no way to God except through trouble.”
(This was a quote from somebody but i don’t remember who. I’m sure it’s in the book.)

// The heart of the gospel is the cross.
– The heavenly incarnational “i know how you feel”

// Art and Feat :: a book
(i made a note cause i’m interested in reading this book he spoke of)

// “This to will shape me”
(this is something Rob said that noted)

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Well those were my notes. Obviously he said a lot more than that but those are the few thing he said that i wrote down. He did say one other thing that has stuck in my head. It was pretaining to his words on the “art of elimination” which is the section in his talk where he has us hold a bar of soap and talked about the time he invited sculptors over to his house to sculpt bars of soap.
The point was that some things will need to be taken away, eliminated, in order for you to see the potential in your “bar of soap” / your life.
Extremely sold point and illustrated with absolute creativity. I LOVE IT! i will probably steal the idea in the future!

So that’s my Rob Bell / Drops Likes Stars love for today.
Go read the book!
(here is a good review of the book if your interested)

And just incase your not familiar with Rob Bell (which, how could you not be)  he’s the dude who does the little 10 min video called nooma. As i was looking for a Drops Like Stars pic to post uptop i found this nooma. Enjoy!
(it’s old Rob but good!)

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Sermon on the Mount…


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I’ve been studying the Sermon on the Mount with some regularity for quite a few months. I spoke at a camp this summer, August, and shared some of my initial thoughts on the Sermon on the Mount. Specifically I shared thoughts on the beatitudes, and what it means to be salt and light.

I confessed to my congregation (the camp) that these were initial thoughts and that the Sermon on the Mount was really working me over and giving me a hard time.

I continue to study it. Currently I am reading some of St. Augustine’s thought and some his old sermons on our Lord’s sermon. I’m reading some studies by John Scott and still thinking HEAVILY about the words offered to me by Dallas Willard, NT Wright and Brain McLaren.

BUT STILL… The Sermon on the Mount is hard! It’s been hard to study, it’s been hard to land on an idea, a theology, a simple reading that I feel confident in when it comes to The Sermon on the Mount.

So I continue to study, read and now, listen to thoughts on The Sermon on the Mount.

I say, “and now listen” because just this past weekend I listened to a couple sermons from Mars Hill Bible Church on The Sermon on the Mount. First Rob Bell on “Blessed are the poor in spirit” and “Blessed are the meek”. And also Father Sirico who preached on “Blessed are those who mourn” which he cleverly entitled “Whistling past the grace”.

The messages were REALLY good. REALLY encouraging. And really on (if you ask me). Maybe not conventional readings, interpretations, or messages on this famous message of Jesus but very good in my opinion.

And to me very affirming.

I preached a message on what it means to be “blessed” (which I previously blogged about). I made the point that I think blessing (largely based on Jesus’ usage of the word) might be more about God’s presence than it is about God’s gifts. Rob, in quoting Fredrick Dale Bruner says, “To understand blessed it to understand a divine ‘I am with you’” and in his message Rob translates the term “fortunate” instead of blessed. I love it!

Well I would encourage you to listen to a few of these messages. Be encouraged that even at your lowest God is with you, i.e. you are blessed!

Grace and peace
Erik

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