Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1000 Forms of Fear (Sia): Music Album

From the movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire I liked Elastic Heart.  I also like David Guetta's Titanium. I like these two songs very much. Not just for their catchy tunes and disco dance beat but for their meaningful lyrics. Both songs are the product of Australian singing sensation Sia. Now, Sia's album 1000 Forms of Fear is the Number One album on the Billboards (I believe). I am surprised because songs I like, typically, don't climb the charts :).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Common Villages, Next Door

Common Villages is one of the more unusual of our presbytery's new church developments; actually most of them are pretty unusual :). CV began 10 years ago as Village Pres. Church of Ladera Ranch. In 2014, they redefined themselves. They are now in the process of becoming a wall-less church - an idea that I totally embrace. I've worshipped with them a couple of times. The second time, recently, thanks to Minda Schweizer their intern (candidate for ministry) I learned about Next Door that uses social networking to connect people who live close by to build up communities in their geographical neighborhoods.  Woot! I thought.I bet you are wondering why!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Would you step into my shoes and walk with me just one mile?

"In Matthew 5, Jesus instructs that if someone makes you go one mile, go with them two miles," 21-year old Matthew Vines of Wichita, Kansas, said on his video that reportedly went viral in 2012. Then, he asked: "Would you step into my shoes and walk with me just one mile, even if it makes you uncomfortable?" (Btw, Matthew's video has over 15,000 comments on YouTube!) I decided to give this young man a little bit of my time and listen to his video (1 hour 7 minutes long). I hope you will too.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Building Bridges Of Love

The Summer conference Building Bridges of Love continued on Saturday and closed today with an exhilarating communion worship service exalting our Lord and Savior Jesus.

I blogged the Friday plenary presentation as my way of taking notes! Diverse activities (drawing, cutting, pasting, crafts, visualizing, observing), presentations, meditations from Scripture and original poetry, and songs, used the engineering/construction metaphor in five different sessions. The titles were: 1) Leveling the Ground; 2) Laying the Foundation; 3) Placing the Support Beams; 4)  Securing the Planks; and 5) Walking the Bridge.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sarah and Hagar: Not Models

Sarah and Hagar in the Bible are not models for bridge builders, i.e. those who build bridges of love.  'Building Bridges of Love' is the theme of the conference.