February 23, 2011

this week's round-up (february 23)

Mike Slaughter on Meaningful Worship.

Roger Olsen asks, Why Do Conservatives & Liberals Worship Differently? identifying an interesting paradox theologically conservative congregations (generally) tend to be more open to experimentation in worship, compared to more mainline/liberal churches.

Essential reading from Donald Miller, especially as the UMC prepares for another General Conference: How Infighting will Kill the Church.

Seth Godin on Bankruptcy. Draw your own conclusions between this and the previous link.

Also may or may not be related, another post from Miller, How a Consumer Thinks.

I discovered the guy I used to play ultimate frisbee with back in high school now is a journalist specializing in foreign policy. Here's a great piece he's written on  Organizing the Egyptian Rebellion, noting that it seems to be a product BOTH of new social media, but also built up traditional structures of social organization (unions, community groups, etc.).

Just because I find this kind of stuff fascinating: What Not to Bring to Egypt.

Friend, Bri, reminds us to Do It Today.

8 Ways to Know It's Time to Quit.

Reasons to Not Think Outside the Box.

Slacktivist on the Politics of Spite.

Craig Groshel on not just building the local church, build the kingdom:

There's a really important message in there, but as much as I believe it, I also struggle with it... I'm continually tempted to want "my church" to be a little better than the one down the street.

On a much less serious note - real life Mario-cart!!

New music from Danielson on the way. Ships doesn't have the appeal that it once did for me, but I'm looking forward to see what this new one will bring.

February 7, 2011

this week's round-up (february 7)

Everything is a remix. It's an interesting look at how ideas are borrowed and reapplied - the first two videos look specifically at music and film (especially Star Wars). I wish it would go further to examine both the creative process dependent upon collaboration and obstacles presented by laws surrounding intellectual property, but it's still worth a look

Seth Godin on being Unreasonable.

Jen Lemen on What Can Happen When Things Fall Apart. Simply written, simply beautiful (like most of what Jen puts on her blog).

I've just started following Anne Jackson's blog but found this post about her divorce to be especially honest, brave and well written.

Jeremy Smith addresses the topic of prayer - What does "I'll pray for you" mean?

Julie Clawson on the Contemplative and Active Life.

Jordon Cooper put us a moving and concrete reminder of what "Poverty Is..." Take a good look at this list, then ask yourself how many of these painfully simple things could the church help with (and do it in a way that doesn't make the kids feel even more alienated).

The Lifehack editors offer their list of favorite gear and tips. The main one I immediately pulled from this is to actually start using Dropbox to sync files across computers & onto my iPod (and yes, Eric, you told me to start using it months ago, sorry for not listening).

Wil Willimon on Church Planting - as we look to becoming more serious around planting churches we have to be prepared for a significant number to fail, but that shouldn't stop us from pressing forward.

Rasmus' Church Growth Tips

Loved the Chrysler ad, and glad to see folks outside Michigan like Jordon Cooper and Jay Voorhees did too).

Sorry to see the White Stripes call it quits, but I do appreciate their commitment to leave while they were still on top, instead of just going though the motions and leaving us with a handful of half-hearted, mediocre albums that would have made them a little richer. I am fascinated by their closing statement:
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”
I like how it honor the community that supported them in making great music, but I also wonder what would happen if they really did give the band to the community - to the degree of releasing all copyrights and making audio stems available for people to play with and remix to their heart's desire.

Anyway, thanks Meg and Jack for the great music.