Monthly Archives: July 2012

Five Guys, One Piano … and the Church

I came across The Piano Guys’ version of “What Makes You Beautiful” last week. Five musicians—one piano. They aren’t playing conventionally, either; simply plonking the keys wasn’t enough. What had started out as a brainstorming session turned into a collaboration after one of the guys became distracted and began flicking a piano string.

“Since all of us are poster children for ADHD,” they wrote in the video description, “it wasn’t long before ALL of us had joined in–banging out a beat, plucking a string, or hitting keys. The brainstorming meeting had been sabotaged beyond repair, but another music video idea was born!”

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N.T. Wright: Building God’s Kingdom

“The point of the resurrection … is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die … What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it … What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.”

— N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

This first video for this week’s Intermission reminds me of my older son when he was young. (Actually … I’m not sure how much of this he’s outgrown…)

CREATE – A stop motion short by Dan MacKenzie from Dan MacKenzie on Vimeo.

And today seems like a great day to visit the beach. Enjoy!

Stinson Beach Bubbles (canon 550D) from markdaycomedy on Vimeo.

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Skit Guys: God’s Chisel

YOU are God’s original masterpiece.

 

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome! Time to take a break from the busyness of the week with your Thursday Intermission.

I recently heard a radio clip of Bob Newhart–a very funny guy. So I found a YouTube video of him doing the sketch, this time with Dean Martin. This was the era of live TV, so when Dino starts laughing, there are no retakes. The impromptu asides make the routine that much better.

And this is your reminder that people are awesome … and sometimes a little insane. Do NOT try these stunts at home–or anywhere else, for that matter.

Thanks for joining me. See you tomorrow!

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Ad Campaigns and Fan Clubs

In case you’ve somehow missed it, Shell Oil has been having a bit of a PR fiasco, with the Internet laughing at its attempt at crowd-sourcing its ad campaign.

Shell’s “Let’s Go Public! Ad Contest Gallery” was meant to be a social outreach campaign, similar to many that have been successfully run by other companies. They provided some photos for which participants were to add captions, with the winning ad to be printed and posted in worldwide locations. According to their website, “With your help, we at Shell can tell the world how pumped we are about Arctic energy, and take the Arctic Ready message to Arctic-enthused drivers everywhere.”

They did get some creative entries:

Photo of an Arctic fox: “You can’t run your SUV on ‘cute.’ Let’s go!”

Photo of a group of narwhals: “Narwhals are the unicorns of the ocean. We provide the rainbows via oil slicks. Let’s go!”

Photo of mama and baby birds: “Birds are like sponges … for oil! Let’s go!”

There are pages of similar entries. People have definitely taken the opportunity to let Shell know exactly how “pumped” they are about Arctic drilling.

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Forgiveness: It Isn’t About Changing the Past

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forgiveness (Photo credit: cheerfulmonk)

We were at a church group meeting, working toward a particular goal. Changes were being made concerning how we would accomplish a task. It wasn’t going terribly, but it wasn’t going smoothly, either.

I tossed over what I thought was a helpful piece of advice to the group leader–something that should have helped the situation, based on past experience. We kept on working, the problem was addressed, and we went on to the next item. So everything was fine, right?

Except it wasn’t.

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