Allow Me to Re-Introduce The Christ
August 28, 2009, 4:01 pm
Filed under: church, culture, gospel

Britain’s Talent Just Keeps Getting Better…
April 27, 2009, 3:33 pm
Filed under: culture, music

By now, everyone has seen the surprising Susan Boyle perform on Britain’s Got Talent.  She made headlines and was all over the internet a couple of weeks ago.  Well, just one week after she appeared on the show, an amazing 12-yr-old boy named Shaheen Jafargholi sang and stole the limelight from Susan Boyle :

Well, I don’t know if you’ve kept following it, but here’s the latest phenom who came on the show a week after Jafargholi.  Her name is Hollie Steel and she’s only 10 yrs old.

My theory is that it’s staged so that ratings and publicity go up for the show.  But that being said, you just can’t deny the impressive God-given talent that these three people have.  Wow!

Flutter…the new Twitter?
April 19, 2009, 3:27 am
Filed under: culture, technology

From Xanga to MySpace to Facebook to Twitter to…Flutter?
I thought this was pretty funny and points to the potential of getting even further away from genuine community…

A Christmas That Can Change The World
December 4, 2008, 9:25 pm
Filed under: church, culture, family, gospel, ministry

I came across this well-made video :

I find that  it’s hard for some (or many) Christians to break out of their excessive Christmas consumerism because of long-lasting family traditions that  occupy the central place in their Christmas “celebrations”.  I face the same pressures myself as I’m expected to participate in gift exchanges or grab bags because “that’s what we’ve always done”.  Having kids makes it even more complicated because within our culture, they grow up feeling entitled to “gifts” at Christmas time.  Furthermore, gift-giving is often rationalized because “God gave us the best gift in Jesus…” and so all the more, we ought to give gifts…

As the leader of my family, I want to take a stand this year and hopefully change the trajectory of how we celebrate this Christmas and future Christmases.  I want to be more in tune with Jesus than with the culture, and I want to raise my kids in that way too.

Now, I don’t know about specifically supporting the cause of the video, but I am going to put some serious thought into applying it’s message to my own situation.  I especially liked how the video put it : give presence.

Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy
November 25, 2008, 3:26 pm
Filed under: culture, gospel, technology

I came across this video and thought that it might give you something to think about during Thanksgiving.  Are you thankful?

“…you’re sitting in a chair…IN THE SKY!!!”  It’s all a matter of perspective.  More than the incredible advancements in technology, the awesome work of Christ in the Gospel is something that ought to cause us to say “Wow!” and that has the power to transform a self-centered heart of entitlement and complaining into one of humble amazement and gratitude.

Convention Speeches on Wordle
September 10, 2008, 4:12 pm
Filed under: culture

In a recent sermon, I introduced the Wordle concept to the Immanuel congregation. Wordle is a website that takes any block of text that you give it, and it creates a graphic called a “word cloud”. Within the word cloud, words that are repeated more get more prominence. For example, here is the word cloud generated from 1 Peter 2:4-10 :

Check out the recent convention speeches on wordle. Pretty neat!

Keller on Missional
February 7, 2008, 3:29 pm
Filed under: church, culture, evangelism, gospel, ministry

Tim Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.  He is jokingly considered the “Godfather” of the Acts 29 Network’s church planting movement. Here he shares about “Characteristics of the Missional Church”.