Taking Over the World

September 22, 2008

Siona pointed this out to me after he got it from another blog. Check out this picture from Biola’s website.

The guy on the far right is wearing a Hotchkiss t-shirt.

First, the Cup. Next, the world.

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Blogging at TMC

September 19, 2008

I get to double it up when it comes to blogging this year. Not only will I be contributing to the blogosphere here at Step Onto Liquid, I am also a student blogger for the Admissions Department here at The Master’s College. Five of us students put together a blog for the school that prospective students can come look at and read. Check it out here.

I’ll post most of the blogs at both sites, but this time I’ll make you go check it out. So check it out here.

Until next time…

http://www.masters.edu/admissions/bloggers/

Worship Resources

September 15, 2008

Last week, my life was dominated by Ball Tag (the game formerly known as Gotcha) here at The Master’s College, so I fell behind in my blogging. Hopefully, life will make a move back toward normality this week.

One thing I have been enjoying over the past few weeks is the internet and the worship resources it provides. From music to videos to chord sheets to blogs and articles, the world wide web is a great tool for anyone who leads worship. Here are a few things I found particularly interesting recently:

-Phil Wickham put a free, live worship album on his website. It’s very simple–just him, his acoustic, and the congregation–but the melodies and the sound are great. And did I mention that it’s FREE? Worship leader or not, check it out at Phil Wickham’s website.

-John Piper wrote a good article on “The Importance of Corporate Singing.” He describes his church’s process of deciding how to lead singing and what instruments to use and how they decided that the most important thing was to hear the people sing. A good reminder to a worship leader.

-One cool thing I got to do in Uganda was attend one night at a Passion Conference and see Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Louie Giglio. Redman played one song that I really liked, but had never heard before and could not find anywhere when I got back. Finally I ran into a blog about the song that had a link to the a YouTube video of it. Check it out. It’s called “You Alone Can Rescue.”

OLD Dead People

September 5, 2008

I’m going to be spending lots of time this semester with old dead people. Between Intro to Philosophy, Christian Political Thought, and Intro to Constitutional Law, I will spend many hours reading the thoughts of those who have come and gone a long time ago. Occasionally, I might post some brief thoughts on some of my reading. This is probably an exercise mostly for my benefit to help me solidify what I’m learning, but I hope it will be interesting enough for anyone who might read.

Tonight I read about Tertullian, a Christian thinker from around 200 A.D. (Yeah, that’s a long time ago.) One interesting thing he talks about is Christians in the military. (For those of you who aren’t in “The Master’s Bubble”, my professor is a Christian pacifist, so this is a very debated and interesting topic around here.) Tertullian speaks against Christians in the military, but the interesting thing is that his reason is not the typical “Christians shouldn’t kill” thing. He makes his case on the fact that Christians should wear the military chaplet on ceremonial occasions (probably because of some pagan overtones.) Interesting…

In another work, Tertullian talks about praying for emperors. He says, “We pray for them long life, a secure rule, a safe home, brave armies, a faithful senate, an honest people, a quiet world–and everything for which a man and a Caeser can pray.” I wonder how many Christians will pray like this for Obama if he is elected. And remember that when Tertullian prayed this, Christians were being martyred.

That’s all for now…back to lounge duty.

O Church Arise

September 4, 2008

I have been pretty out-of-the-loop when it comes to American politics over the last few months. Between being in Uganda and camping with high school students, I haven’t had much time or access to the media.

Tonight I was able to catch the network television coverage of the GOP Convention. I was pretty curious to see Governor Palin’s speech. Overall, I thought it was pretty good; she spoke well and made some good points. However, a couple things stood out to me from the broadcast.

First, I couple not help but think how easily she could be the first female President of the United States. If McCain wins (it’s about a toss-up right now), Palin is only a heart-beat away from the Oval Office. And let’s face it: McCain is no spring-chicken. An article I saw in the LA Times this morning basically said that McCain has over a 10% chance of dying in his first term. Could Sarah Palin become the first female president without actually getting voted in as such? Time will tell.

Second, I will never cease to be amazed at how crazy these convention-ites get. From their applause and reaction, I have trouble discerning whether Palin is a politician, a rock star, or the Messiah. They hang on the every word of the speaker. From the comfort of my living room I can almost feel the disgust for anything Obama, Clinton, Democrat, or liberal. I know that any statement that touches conservatism or religion or patriotism or national defense is going to get the crowd hooting and hollering.

And sometimes I can’t help but think to myself, “Wow, this is overrated.”

Let me make some qualifiers to that last comment. I am not saying that as someone who is disinterested with politics or the political system. I am saying that as a Political Studies-Constitutional Law major. I am saying that as the guy who is glued to the TV screen the night of the Iowa Caucuses (hey, you never know when you might miss the next Dean Scream.) I am also not saying that people should not be involved in politics or go to political conventions; those are good things. I’ve even served at a convention before.

But sometimes I wonder if people get too sucked-in to the hoopla of politics. And I especially wonder this about evangelicals.

Where is the hope of the church to change America? Is it in the McCain-Palin ticket? Or is it in the Gospel? Again, I’m not trying to knock McCain-Palin at all; I plan on voting for them. I’m trying to say that the church needs to remember that the only hope for real change and real revival comes through the gospel. I’m all in favor of a conservative government, but having a church that is on fire for Christ is incredibly more important.

After I watched the debate, I listened to a song by Keith and Krysten Getty called “O Church Arise.” Here are the lyrics:

“O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.”

I’m interested in the political process. I’m pulling for McCain-Palin. But I’m desperately praying for a church that lives this song out more than anything else.