Monthly Archives: May 2007

The Worship Industry – Brian D. Mclaren

My friend Brian has some good challenges to the contemporary worship “industry” here.

He talks about the rat race of the creation of worship consumers and how they put all this pressure on the worship leader to give them a certain experience or high. (I wrote an article entitled “Pavlovian Worship” in 2001 with these same ideas, I’ll try to track it down…)

This turns “worship” into propoganda rather than art.

Please do yourself a favor and watch this video.





I love the show “House Md.” We watch it all the time. We own the first two seasons on DVD and have it TIVO’d so we have all of this season as well. Last night was the season closer and all three of his team are gone! I don’t know if they’ll come back or if he’ll get a whole new team for season 4. I know that I am alone in this, but I don’t care either way. I mean, Hugh Laurie is the show, and his three docs under him support the show but aren’t the center.

It was an “ok” season ending, far less shocking than him getting shot…nonetheless, we look forward to new shows this fall.

I know that it seems dumb and lowbrow to be this big of a fan of just a TV show, but I don’t care. I love this show. I love this show like I loved MASH when I was a kid. I love it like I loved Seinfeld as a younger adult. This is OUR show (mel and I). Tuesday nights are almost exclusively ours. Rarely will we schedule things on it.

I don’t know if it’s because he has a cane, or if because he’s so damned smart and almost always right or because I love brits (cheers to my mate Jason!), I just love it.

Cool interactive Web radio

I just came across this cool web-radio. Try it out!

It’s called Musicovery.

Running to stand still

One time in my life I loved soccer. I spent day after day practicing kicking, running  and most importantly catching as I was a goalie. As a soccer player I was fairly good. More importantly I had a great coach, and a great team. In fact, my team was so good I would go whole periods without needing to save shots on goal.

I remember lying in bed a night with my soccer ball and throwing it up in the air and catching it till I fell asleep. I think I got inspired by this after seeing the “Pistol Pete” story on tv. There’s a scene in that movie where you see pete maravich as a kid dribbling his basketball in a movie theater.

I don’t know why I was thinking of that today, but I was. I find myself having more and more dreams of myself running, and all the while knowing that I can’t anymore. It isn’t the running that feels so good, but rather the freedom and ability to run that does.

Once you loose the ability to do something, you are haunted by the memory of it I guess.

A dear friend (which is a cheap word for her) told me about her experience recently. She somehow hurt her foot and had to use a wheelchair to get around a mall. She noticed how no one would look at her – or the one’s who would, they would look away when she made eye contact. Then, she noticed how people would clear the aisle rather than acknowledge her. It was an interesting peek inside the small world of the disabled.

I’m still getting used to it.

Practicing "Church"

For years, I’ve been uncomfortable with phrases like “going to” church and “doing” church and so on. I think that a better phrase is “practicing” church. To me, this works in two ways.

1. Just like doctors “practice” medicine, we too are called to be experts in ecclesiology and continually refining our craft, pushing ourselves to grow as experts and to offer a healing, hope-giving, practice of faith.

2. Taken literally, we must “practice” church for we fall so short of “doing” that at best we practice.

As a drummer, I practiced daily, and I mean DAILY. In high school, there wasn’t a class that I wasn’t either practicing or writing. Then, I would spend hours at home honing my skills. I wanted to be the best that I could (truthfully I also wanted to be the best period, but I grew up). After high school, I continually learned and grew as a drummer. I added kit playing, hand drumming, xylophone, marimba, all sorts of percussion. Then, I dove headlong into learning to play jazz, the blues, country even polka. I knew that without being able to play in different modes/feels, I would never be able to rise above my limitations.

The church is more than what we do, it is who we are. We are the bride of Christ, we are the whore who continually rejects their husband for “far less affectionate lovers.” We are (for good and for bad) one body that is Christ to the rest of Creation. I truly believe that we must move beyond programs and services and into “practice.” Our organizations should feel more like hospitals than self-help seminars. They should be an oasis for the thirsty, a resource for the poor and a food pantry for the hungry. The church needs to be the welfare system of the world. It has been said that the church is the only institution that exists for its non-members. That is true.

We have forgotten our first love, and traded it for ourselves. Look at most “churches” today and you’ll find 5 steps to … but you’ll rarely find a homeless person who has found a home.

Technorati tags: , ,

Instant Karma: Save Darfur


This is a promo video of the new project by Amnesty International called “Instant Karma.” It is a 2-CD set that has 26 John Lennon tracks done by various artists (including u2 – of course).

Just thought we could remember others during Memorial Weekend.




1. a person who shows zeal.
2. an excessively zealous person; fanatic.
3. (initial capital letter) a member of a radical, warlike, ardently patriotic group of Jews in Judea, particularly prominent from a.d. 69 to 81, advocating the violent overthrow of Roman rule and vigorously resisting the efforts of the Romans and their supporters to heathenize the Jews.

Ok, so I was called a “zealot” tonight by someone who knows me almost as much as my wife, after I called myself a “heathen” (or maybe “heratic”). I don’t know if I am one or even like that monocle. Maybe I am zealous about certain thing, but I am not warlike nor part of a patriotic group of Jews in Judea. I am fanatical about some things I guess: jesus and the church, good coffee, good books, good movies, good music, apple computers and ipods…gee, maybe I am a zealot. What do you think?

It’s weird, I actually feel more comfortable when people call me a heratic. There’s something wrong with me.

Oh, by the way…Eric and I got some free passes to the screening of “Evan Almighty” today! So we are taking the wives out for a couples night out! That has absolutely nothing to do with this post…but I just wanted to share.