Tag Archive | Ephesians

Should We Teach Our Congregations New Songs?

Music is one of the great gifts from God. I love music and surround myself with it. As I write this I have my headphones in my ears, comforted by the sounds pour out of my iPod. When I was younger, the first thing I did when I got my hands on a new CD was to lock myself in my room, crank up the stereo and pour over the lyrics printed in the CD booklet. When a song I love is playing in the car I’ll be singing along, despite the protests of my passengers. I clearly can’t sing and I can’t play an instrument but I still love music.

Singing together is one of the many things I love about church. Doesn’t matter if it’s old school hymns on the organ or more contemporary stuff with drums and guitar. Love it.

But there’s something about singing in church that’s had me thinking lately. Should we teach our church congregations new songs?

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Sermon: Chosen From The Beginning

What Has Happened To MeAt St Luke’s, we’re going through a sermon series called “What Has Happened To Me?” based on 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15.

“Chosen From The Beginning” uses Ephesians 1:3-12 as a jumping off point.

Preached at St Luke’s Liverpool on Sunday the 5th of May 2013.

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The Impossible (2012)

the-impossible-poster06The Impossible 
Rated M
Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor
Boxing Day, 2004. A massive tsunami swept through South Asia, leaving devastation in its path  It’s one of those big events. The kind that you remember exactly where you were when it happened. For me, I was sitting in my cousin’s living room. We sat and watched the news in silence as the chaos unfolded. Hundreds of thousands dead. Even more injured and left homeless. To say it was a traumatic event for many is an understatement.
There are many stories that can be told from the Boxing Day Tsunami. The Impossible is the true story of separation and reunion of the Alvarez family, caught unawares by the tsunami as they holiday at their Thai resort. The story of this family is an emotional roller coaster. If you’re after that kind of movie, there’s a lot to like in The Impossible. However, just below the surface, there is something troubling going on. Something that is unintentional by the film makers but says something quite troubling about us as a movie going public.

Men In Black 3 (2012)

Men In Black 3

Rated M

Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

Flashback to 1997. For some of you this will be easier than for others. There was this movie called Men In Black. And it was huge. Will Smith had a hit single with the Men in Black rap song. Every optometrist was advertising Men In Black Ray-Bans. A cartoon series based on the movie. At least one out of three blokes rocking up to a fancy dress party that year wore a black suit and a pair of sunglasses (and yes, I was one of them). The original Men In Black really captured the public attention. And then 2002’s Men In Black II was released.

Cue the sound of chirping crickets.

Yeah, Men In Black II wasn’t exactly the best movie. So it’s not a surprise that it took another ten years to try again. To see if the Men in Black magic could be bottled once more and splattered across the cinema screen. I’m going to say it. I know it will be a controversial statement but I’ll say it anyway. I think Men In Black 3 is not only a great movie, but even better than the first Men in Black film.

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Mixed Messages

The Greyson Chance review I published is now up on Fervr. I liked how my editor reformatted the article, so I thought I’d share it here. There’s not difference in the content from yesterday, just set out differently. Enjoy!

Who is Greyson Chance?

Over the last year or so, Greyson Chance has been positioning himself as the younger, cuter, and newer version of Justin Bieber. At 14, he’s a Youtube sensation and has his own album out. Unfriend You is his latest single. It’s your stock standard song about teenage heartbreak clothed in enough modern day lingo that it appears fresh and speaks to a new generation. And while there is nothing remarkable in the lyrics or the film clip, it’s the marketing of Chance and the part he plays in current trends that has me concerned.

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Unfriend You by Greyson Chance

Over the last year or so, Greyson Chance has been positioning himself as the younger, cuter, and newer version of Justin Bieber. At 14, he’s a Youtube sensation and has his own album out. Unfriend You is his latest single. It’s your stock standard song about teenage heartbreak clothed in enough modern day lingo that it appears fresh and speaks to a new generation. And while there is nothing remarkable in the lyrics or the film clip, it’s the marketing of Chance and the part he plays in current trends that has me concerned.
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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

Battle: Los Angeles

Rated M

Starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez

Some movies you see because they have a message you should hear. They use characters and situations to shed some light on the human condition and challenge your perceptions. Other movies you watch because things blow up real good. Battle: Los Angeles is the second kind of movie.

An alien force has begun an assault on planet earth. Key cities around the globe are being bombarded with meteorites, which, once they make contact, reveal they contain hundreds of alien soldiers ready for a fight. We follow a squad of Marines as they are tasked to rescue some stranded civilians in the city of Los Angeles before the Air Force comes and bombs the city back to the stone age. There is doom and gloom while things go boom. And that’s about it really.

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