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Date: Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 22:00

 Andrew Perriman:

Jesus promises to be with them all the days until the end of the age. The end of the age (hē sunteleia tou aiōos) in Matthew is not the end of the world. It is the moment when Israel will be judged - when the weeds will be gathered out of the kingdom and destroyed (13:40-42), when the good fish are separated from the bad (13:49-50), and when the stones of the temple will be thrown down by an invading army (13:2-3). Jesus’ assurance at this particular point in the narrative is a limited one: he will be with his disciples every moment, no matter what they face, until the Son of man is vindicated for his radical departure from tradition when the armies of Rome raze the temple of Israel’s God to the ground; and because they are the community of the Son of man in Jesus, that moment will also be their vindication.  The not so Great Commission | P.OST


On the strength of the authority that he has received as the suffering Son of Man, the resurrected Jesus sends his disciples out into the nations. He promises that he will be with them not until the end of the world—or the new creation—but until the “end of the age” of second temple Judaism. This is the not-so-great-commission. Given the post-resurrection perspective here, this could perhaps be stretched to include the eschatologically related defeat of pagan empire and the confession of Christ as Lord by the nations. But Matthew would still have in mind the presence of the one who suffered and was vindicated with his disciples, who would likewise suffer and be vindicated in the lengthy historical process by which wrath came first against the Jew and then against the Greek (cf. Rom. 2:6-10).  = link, full article  The Gospel of Matthew and the horizon of the early church
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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 12:31
I'm sure I'm way late to the party; but I was just introduced to the band James (via a U2 fan )with these two songs; quite intrigued.    They have a song called "God only Knows," but I didn't know about them until now?(:

One fan writes about frontman Tim Booth:

Tim’s greatest asset to me is his intelligence that he brings to his writing. He is brave enough to explore the spiritual (not religious) side of life and to try and educate his audience about what he has discovered. He writes about politics, war and then about his most vulnerable moments in his own life. He’s a proper artist who is willing to let his audience in to his own world and most bravely in to his own mind. By doing that he lets his audience understand their own better.   link






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Date: Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 20:55
"I like the idea of breaking down boundaries"-Mike Gordon


Go to This Concert and Prepare to Play With the Band

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Date: Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 11:12
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 11:25
Richard Beck comments:

...A couple of years ago it was my extreme pleasure and privilege to co-present with Walter Brueggemann at Rochester College's Streaming conference.

Now I'd consider Walter Brueggemann to be one of those popular, celebrity type people. And I didn't know what to expect from Walter Brueggemann. It's hard to predict the egos of high-profile academics. A lot of elite academics--being huge nerds--have pretty poor social skills. And they tend to be introverts, a prerequisite for a life of scholarship and writing. And being used to being the smartest person in the room they can also be prima donnas.

So while I was very excited about meeting and presenting with Walter I was also a bit apprehensive. What would he be like?

My fear was that he'd behave like a Christian celebrity, that he'd do the talks he was paid to do and leave, not interacting much with the conference.

The exact opposite happened. Walter stayed for the whole conference. He worshipped with us. He listened to the other speakers, taking notes for himself. He stood in the cafeteria line with us. Took his tray to a table and sat with us. He stood around and talked like everyone else between sessions.

Listen, I don't have a huge behavioral sample of Walter Brueggemann. You might have had very different experiences with him. And maybe Walter just particularly enjoyedStreamingStreaming is a really neat venue and experience. (BTW, Greg Boyd and I are speaking at Streaming this year. Details to follow.)

But my point is this: that weekend Walter Brueggemann showed me clearly what Christian celebrity is and isn't.

My other example here is Rachel Held Evans.

I've seen Rachel up close and in person when she visited ACU. And she was tireless, after a whole day of speaking, in standing there and giving her full attention to a line of undergraduates. Students not just wanting an autograph, but wanting to share their story or seek spiritual counsel. And I know for a fact those brief conversations with Rachel had a profound spiritual impact upon those students, especially the female students.

Rachel Held Evans is a writer and a speaker, yes, but she's also a pastor, the pastor of a large church sprinkled across the US and the world. And the reason she's become a pastor for so many--from taking confessions to weeping with the broken to giving spiritual counsel--is because she makes herself available. Even when she's exhausted.  LINK< FULL ARTICLE
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 11:03
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 19:38
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 18:07

NY Times review


The author was on Colbert a few years ago:
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 18:00
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 17:56
I didn't even know this  1993 album existed...but sometimes you take a chance at the thrift store.   Don't mistake the cover  (not safe for church) for Viva La Vida (:....but the title ("Divine Comedy") its reference, and the cover art (she's naked, reaching to heaven, but held down to earth by a snake) lets you know this is not the throway pop album by someone known primarily as a model/actress/designer.

Milla , a spiritual Russian Orthodox (ish), played a haunting character in Bono's screenplay, "The Million Dollar Hotel," and the album  (written  when she was 15) sounds Godhaunted so far.  Besides, it has an ethereal Sinead O' Connor/Kate Bush vibe..

Rolling Stone review:

To study Milla Jovovich's face at age 12 was to confront a Lolita even Nabokov could not have imagined. The Russian-born model projected an intensity that was smoldering and mysterious. Her inscrutable pose hinted at unknowable depths - and made you hunger for a glimpse of that knowledge.

That said, it remains a stunning surprise to discover the stylistically exotic and all-out soulful The Divine Comedy, Milla's remarkable recording debut. Now 18, all American and would-be poster girl for the X crowd, she is no crossover opportunist or vacant pretender. She is a natural poet and melodist. Produced by Rupert Hine and Richard Feldman, The Divine Comedy is strikingly mature and rich in invention, counterpointing Milla's lovelorn, angst-laced poetry with vivid melodies and arrangements that find a common spirit in synth pop, European folk and psychedelic dream rock. Chiming dulcimers, sawing fiddles, mandolins, harmoniums and hurdy-gurdies coalesce in atmospheric settings that are alternately dramatic, exultant and carnivalesque.

Milla's post-mortems of failed love affairs ("Gentleman Who Fell", "It's Your Life") and spasms of existential grief ("Clock") are free of neurosis and gratuitous detail. That life's a bitch is a given for Milla's generation, and this fluent relationship with crisis informs her blunt verse, airy vocals and overall precociousness. "No, I haven't seen the flowers yet/From the broken seeds I'd planted/But the ground is still too red/From the wickedness you did," she sings with lite vulnerability on "You Did It All Before". "Ruby Lane" and "Bang Your Head" cut their grim messages with arrangements that are - as the titles suggest - trippy fun. And on "Charlie", Milla - whose voice synthesizes two obvious influences, Kate Bush and Sinead O'Connor - dismisses a junkie boyfriend with Dietrichlike whimsy: "Oh Charlie, a boy and his toys/Hands could never comfort you, not the way that steel could do."

Dante's Divine Comedy chronicled a turbulent journey through the afterlife. Milla, like the rest of us, is stuck negotiating the far-too-harrowing here and now. Still, she has had the imagination to turn her dark visions into music of idiosyncratic beauty. Therein lies the solution to the mystery: What was lurking behind young Milla's smoldering eyes? The burning intelligence of an artist.  link
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 01:01
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Date: Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 07:40
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Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 22:42
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Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 22:30
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Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 22:30
James Martin comments:
Just one of the guys. I've been thinking about this photo all day. Pope Francis is shown here praying with members of the Vatican Curia at the beginning of their annual retreat. The Pope has not taken any place of honor, and earlier in the day a photo showed him aboard the bus with everyone else, and carrying his bags off the bus, along with everyone else. (Notice also the relatively simple dress that the bishops and cardinals are wearing.)

I don't think I'm breaking confidence to say that I showed this photo to Cardinal Dolan today, and he was genuinely moved, and said, "The more he humbles himself, the more people love him." Amen.

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Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 17:16
U2 song lyrics often work on several levels...and one level in most (all?)  every song is, of course, the spiritual, God/Jesus story.

It's ironic that in U2's ironic era (the 1990's), many fans thought they had lost the faith, and ditched the spiritual lyrics.

 But just check out "Discoteque."  Read the lyrics BEFORE watching or listening to the song. 
What's it's ultimately about?    What..or Who..is "it" in the lyric? (see"What the hell is IT"?)
 How obvious..and evangelical..is a line like  "It's the way you don't pay that's okay, 'cause you can't earn it."  Any card-carrying evangelical knows the "saved by grace and not by works, salvation can't be earned"  motto (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Bono has said the song is "a little riddle about love."  And it works on  that and other levels, as Bono admits in the same interview.  Just google the song interpretation; is it about  music?  U2's style? drugs? romance? the search for salvation?  All that and more..

The haunting background vocal, "you want heaven in your heart" is really brought up in the mix (and therefore the meaning) in some remixes of the song

Cleverly disguised as a disco song, it subverts the genre; making fun of "bubble gum" music/salvation while using bubble gum music and scenario.  But, as if to sneak "fish in the sand" yet again, Bono sneaks in some more soteriology in the outro: "I can't get in, I paid, it's not enough"

(Interesting that in some "live" versions, Bono adds a litany about things that enslave..even that we are  "slave to Rome")

Also note: this is pretty much the same story as "Vertigo."  Bono has said that song also takes place in a club, and the temptations along the way to salvation.  ("I was thinking about this awful nightclub we've all been to. You're supposed to be having a great time and. and the character in this stares at the cross just to steady himself").

Bonus: "you want heaven in your heart....but you take what you can get" connects to U2's "The First Time"..another controversial 1990s song.. in that the character doesn't choose salvation; settling for something else/less, and the song almost celebrates that poor choice, even as it mourns it  (see  cursing God's staff and revisionist U2 history and  Well-Ended Stories That Don't End Well).  Not to mention the "I want to get it wrong/Can't always be strong" of "Ultraviolet"...

Bonus: a reference to The One, two years before The  Matrix popularized that phrase (BTW, Not a bad translation of "Christ" ..." the Messiah, or the one;   "the one called the Messiah" as  NLT translates) .  How about a use of "Boom!" years before that became common slang..

Let's go to the discoteque:

You can reach but you can't grab it
You can't hold it, control it, no, 
You can't bag it
You can push but you can't direct it
Circulate, regulate, oh no, 
You cannot connect it

You know you're chewing bubble gum
You know what it is but you still want some
You just can't get enough of that lovie dovie stuff

You get confused but you know it
Yeah, you hurt for it, work for it, love, 
You don't always show it

Let go, let's go, let's go, 
Let go, let go, go go, 
Looking for The One 
But you know you're somewhere else instead
You want to be the song
Be the song that you hear in your head

It's not a trick 'cause you can't learn it
It's the way you don't pay that's okay 
'Cause you can't earn it

You want heaven in your heart..

You know you're chewing bubble gum
You know what it is but you still want some
You just can't get enough of that lovie dovie stuff
Let go, let's go, 
Go go, go go
Love, love
Looking for the one 
But you know you're somewhere else instead
I want to be the song
Be the song that you hear in your head

Love, love, love
You want heaven in your heart
Heaven in your heart
The sun, the moon and the stars
But you take what you can get 
'Cause it's all that you can find
And you know there's something more 
But tonight, tonight, tonight

Boom cha, boom cha
I can't get in, I paid, it's not enough
Boom cha, boom cha
I paid, get in I can't, it's not enough
Boom cha, boom cha
I can't get in, I can't, it's not enough
Boom cha, boom cha
Boom cha, boom cha
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Date: Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 13:23

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