Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Have you ever asked yourself what you would get if you held a private house show and asked for a household lamp as a cover charge? Thank God Wore It Deep by The Tree Ring can help us answer this question, and with a lot of awesome mustache and violin action.
L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah and the Whale. Yup. It always does.
Doorways by Radical Face. Invisible Children said it best in their blog: "If this song doesn't make you want to stand up and start running somewhere, I don't know what will. Watch it. Be inspired. The sky is the doorway."
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they
met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but "must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard
from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And
When they were together for the last time they asked, "Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?"
He told them, "You don't get to know the time. Timing is the Father's business. What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the
These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, "You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left." (Acts 1:1-11)
I absolutely love reading these words and relishing in the urgency, adrenaline and excitement that is the backbone of the early church. Men who had given up everything for something more, promised by a man who was leaving, were being sent out in love and chaos to take on the world. You can so clearly see the line, that crucial point, where they have to just rise up, because life, humanity, hope...it's all been trusted into their hands. There's such a strong sense of expectancy, of raw emotion--every emotion, and passion to live for this new reason, the salvation of the world brought by their friend, their God. Certain that they had encountered and been loved by the one person that could save our broken world, they were going out into constant uncertainty and facing up against fear, doubt, apathy, rejection. But they were not alone! They had each other, a community based on love and action with bonds stronger than anything the world could throw at them, because they had lived in epically.
I really think that this is the moment were a revolution took off, and it is beautiful! The realization that the kingdom wasn't just coming, that it is here, and it is now -- it changed us forever.
We are no longer of this world, but instead we are for it. And so we just go...everything else falls along with us. What a battle cry...