Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Baby, Run

This is for Cathleen:
You think now your job is to be an unpaid doctor, to run around and plug up holes and make everything smooth. I don’t think that. I don’t think that’s your job... [source]
I finally feel inspired to read some Updike.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Secret of the Easy Yoke

So happy and so sad... or just so sad:
"But which should I be more sorry for?"

I once came and talked to him after a show, here in Jax, and said, "Look, I know you like alcohol alot, and I know you kind of like Christianity, so I wanted you to have this book as a gift." And I gave him my copy of Drinking with Calvin and Luther. He thanked me and told me that he really liked "those guys" alot. Who knows what he thinks of those guys now.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mo' Money

I met the most incredible person last night. We had a very brief conversation, but the guy made a serious impression on me.

Many people talk about materialism, and worship of mammon, and all that. But in the real world most people, it seems, have just tinges or shades of this sort of wrongheadedness. Few people would openly confess things like, "I live for money, living from weekend thrill, to weekend thrill, and the only friends I have are fun-lovin' partiers. I'm making so much money right now that I'm going to retire next Fall." When people fully embody such stereotypes, unflinchingly, to such a degree as this guy, I can hardly any longer consider them a full-fledged person - they've become caricatures of men. It was like I was in a movie or something.

I mean, if I ask the guy, "What are you gonna do when you retire?" And the only thing he's got for me is a frank uncertainty that he can only describe as "Have fun?" then I get a little bit worried.

When that guy hits bottom, it's gonna be rough.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jeremiah Commentaries

My dearest let me pick these up for our church's coming venture through the book of Jeremiah: here, here, and here.

Of Prophets and Complicity

The way beyond complicity is neither resignation nor the pursuit of moral purity. It is rather to continue to speak words of resistance and newness in the midst of our own complicity. It is to allow ourselves to be put into question, to insist that every theological critique we make of anything must always also be a critique of ourselves and our practices. [source]

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stevens Briefly on Church Music

How will I get this to Scott Brown?
I’m by no means an authority on the musicology of religious music, or any music for that matter. But I won’t wait around for an honorary degree from Union Theological Seminary to delve into a flighty dissection of the Welcome Wagon’s debut collection of cover songs and hymns, which, on closer inspection, begins to unravel an inspiring excursion through the landscape of the sacred and profane. [source]

Sunday, January 18, 2009

In No Particular Order

Well, things have been stabilizing a bit since the big day almost a month ago now. Plenty of things to write about, but not yet enough time to do so. In lieu of anything substantial, here's a few interesting reads I've come across.

Carl Trueman on Playboy:
There is another aspect to this, however, which is perhaps just as disturbing as what it says about the market for porn in modern society: the slow but steady abolition of the distinction between the public and the private. Now notions of privacy, even sexual privacy, have changed over the years: in medieval and early modern Europe, the wedding night of a public figure, (Luther is a good example) would be witnessed by a thrid party, to ensure that everything was done decently and in order, so to speak. Similar practices of public copulation at the start of married life often took place in peasant societies; and, even subsequent to marriage, a poor family, living in a house of one or two rooms, could scarcely expect the kind of sexual privacy which many of us would now see as the norm. Nevertheless, the public nature of sexual activity in contemporary society is different, driven it seems not so much by social necessity as by moral iconoclasm, hedonism, voyeurism, and exhibitionism. [source]

Some biblical studies professor at Southern Seminary:
Let’s cut straight to the chase: I think the New Testament indicates that the early church took the Lord’s supper every Lord’s day, that is, every Sunday. [source]

Some BH guy on homosexuality:
It is clear that that the ancient world was more pan-sexual than the modern world. The Roman antipathy to homosexuality (in the Republican era) was exceptional. The Greek-Oriental situation was far more common. It is also true that homosexuals of the Oscar Wilde type, as a distinct class (queers, gay, faggots, etc. etc.) as a distinct and completely self contained group is only about 200 years old. Prior to that, human beings appear to have been more androgynous. I would suspect that through most of human history, not only homosexual, but also bestial contacts were not uncommon for many people who were also heterosexual and married. Marriage was far more a “business”, a matter of estates and generational line than of love or companionship. Not that love and romance did not exist before. After all, one of the most famous stories in the world is based on “the face that launched a thousand ships” with Helen of Troy. But it was quite rare, and an aristocratic luxury, and probably did not exclude other sexual behaviors in principle. [source]

And finally, some sarcastic, but apropos comments from the ole Ben Myers about how to suck at being a theologian:
As a theological student, your aim is to accumulate opinions – as many as you can, and as fast as possible. (Exceptional students may acquire all their opinions within the first few weeks; others require an entire semester.) One of the best ways to collect opinions is to choose your theological group (“I shall be progressive,” or “I will be evangelical,” or “I am a Barthian”), then sign up to all the opinions usually associated with that social group. If at first you don’t feel much conviction for these new opinions, just be patient: within twelve months you will be a staunch advocate, and you’ll even be able to help new students acquire the same opinions. [source]

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wedding Playlist - Dance

Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand
Belle And Sebastian - Your Cover's Blown
Black Kids - I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend how to Dance
Cloud Cult - The Tornado Lessons
Copeland - Part-Time Lovers
The Corrs - When the Stars go Blue
The Cure - Lovesong
Dashboard Confessional - Remember to Breathe
Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body
Eisley - The Winter Song
Elton John - Rocketman
Elton John - Crocodile Rock
Elton John - Benny and the Jets
Elton John - Don't Go Breaking my Heart
Fergie - Glamourous
Fergie - Clumsy
Fergie - Fergilicious
The Headphones - Pink and Brown
Heartland - I Loved Her First
Heidi Newfield - Johnny and June
HelloGoodbye - Here (in your arms)
Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
HORSE The Band - Sex Raptor
Iron & Wine - Naked As We Came
Iron & Wine - Teeth In The Grass
Iron & Wine - Freedom Hangs Like Heaven
Iron And Wine/Calexico - He Lays In The Reins
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
Joy Electric - Monosynth
Joy Electric - The Robot Beat
The Juliana Theory - Emotion Is Dead, Pt. 2
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Justin Timberlake - Sexyback
Kanye West - Gold Digger
Kanye West - Stronger
Madness - Our House
Mae - This Time Is the Last Time
Napoleon Dynamite - Nap Dance Bedroom
The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
R.E.O. Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You
Radiohead - Reckoner
Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah
The Shins - New Slang
The Smiths - This Charming Man
Starflyer 59 - No New Kinda Story [C-Sharp]
Starflyer 59 - Fell In Love At 22
Starflyer 59 - This I Don't Need
Starflyer 59 - Night Music
The Strokes - Reptilia
Taylor Swift - Our Song
Taylor Swift - Love Story

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wedding Playlist - Dinner

The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Demo)
Brand New - Luca
Charlie Byrd - Speak Low
Citizen Cope - Nite Becomes Day
Citizen Cope - Penitentiary
Coldplay - Don't Panic
The Cure - Friday I'm in Love
Dashboard Confessional - Anyone, Anyone
David Bowie - Space Oddity
Death Cab for Cutie - Photobooth
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Death Cab for Cutie - Title and Registration
Death Cab for Cutie - A Lack of Color
Eisley - Combinations
Eisley - I Wasn't Prepared For This [EP Version]
Eisley - Memories
Eisley - Trolley Wood
Elton John - Benny and the Jets
Imogen Heap - Headlock
Iron & Wine - On Your Wings
Iron & Wine - Cinder And Smoke
Iron & Wine - Sodom, South Georgia
Iron & Wine - Jezebel
Iron & Wine/Calexico - Red Dust
Johnny Cash - Jackson
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Johnny Mathis - Chances Are
Jon Brion - Get What It's About
Mae - Skyline Drive
mewithoutYou - Son of a Widow
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Sky's the Limit - Nostalgia (Acoustic Version)
Starflyer 59 - The Party [F-Sharp]
Sufjan Stevens - Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day
Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
Sufjan Stevens - Away In A Manger
Sufjan Stevens - O Come O Come Emmanuel (Noel)
Taking Back Sunday - Cute Without the 'E' (Cut From the Team) (Acoustic)
Twothirtyeight - I Pretend to Choke
U2 - 40
Waterdeep - Both of Us'll Feel the Blast