I have cheated on Lent. This is particularly embarrassing following my previous Lenten post. I have cheated in two ways. Once was completely accidental… initially. The second was completely willful. Continue reading
This is my favorite song of the bunch. I love that it locates the material within a narrative structure instead going straight into exposition. This was both the hardest and the easiest song to write. There are a lot of bits of songs that I couldn’t quite developed tucked away in it. Those bits were time sinks, I had specific ideas I was trying to reference, but I couldn’t develop the ideas. Continue reading
This song also took shape from Christ the Center (I am constantly drawing ideas from Bonhoeffer!) and a lecture.
Basically the idea is that all the gospel events took place in real time at a real place, and the disciples didn’t really know what to do with it. Even after the Resurrection, they were still going back and saying, “oh wait- when he said that he meant this.” Some of these theological concepts (such as the notion of trinity) took hundreds of years of reflecting. There had to be a discussion as to what constituted Scripture. The Creeds and Confessions were birthed out of prayer, contemplation, and discussion (and a lot of argument). Understanding takes time. Revelation often does not happen all at once.
I was pretty intrigued about this quote in Christ the Center, “in Christ the divine Logos enters the human logos; that is the humiliation of Jesus Christ” (Bonheoffer 49). This song is an attempt at trying to articulate some of the concepts regarding that. Continue reading
I began the blog last quarter as a project for my Practicum. In my Practicum, I had to show some sort of articulation of the content of my classes in the wider world. So I started the blog, which was a lot of fun. However, this quarter I decided to do something different. Because of the time involved in my new project, my blog posts have slowed down considerably. I’m still keeping the blog, but I have to admit it’s low on my list of priorities.
Ok , that’s the back story to my current project. I have been working on creating a series of songs based on the concept of hypostatic union, i.e. the union of God and man in Jesus Christ. I was able to complete four, though I have odds and ends of a few more that may be developed at some time. Continue reading
I have never participated in Lent. Actually, I don’t think I even knew what it was until my mid-20’s. It probably took another five years or so until I decided I wasn’t against it, but even then I remained deeply skeptical. I just didn’t understand it. Most of the churches I have participated in weren’t big into the liturgical calendar— so the whole thing sounded foreign. Continue reading
Back in high school, I remember talking to a friend about what they had studied in youth group on Sunday. His answer shocked me; he said they talked about me. I didn’t really know what he meant by that so he laid it out for me. He said most of the Sundays I wasn’t there (he was probably exaggerating) they talked about me. The other kids didn’t really like me, they thought I was weird and kind of out there. I was loud and obnoxious and didn’t act right. Needless to say I was crushed.