Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Vocal Percussion and Enterpraise

I had an awesome experience at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, OR on Sunday evening. Enterpraise was leading worship for a group of about 300 teens that are used to a full band with guitars and drums and stuff, and we went in there with 9 people and no instruments and led them in worship. I was able to do mostly vocal percussion and some bass and lead, and we did our normal high energy/quality thing and they seemed to really love to experience. A few of them asked us if we were coming back next week to fill in for another one of their bands (they have two).

Now what would happen if some of them brought in their amps and drums and plugged in at one of our a cappella congregations? I think I know the answer, but it's a shame that it is such a difference in reaction. For them, it was simply surprising to see that you don't need all the gear in order to worship God. For most Churches of Christ, however, the reaction would probably not be shock, but horror and condemnation. Shame on us for being the weaker brother for so long. As usual, I pray for unity in God's church.

This will be one of the last times I will be able to lead with Enterpraise for a while, since I'm moving to Salem in a month to become a worship minister at Cascade Hills church of Christ. I'm looking so forward to serving and ministering to the people of South Salem, but I'll miss singing, vocal percussion, and leading worship with a group of people that just plain rock. I'll have to get EP down to Salem to show them what's up.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

THE NEXT LEVEL IN A CAPPELLA MUSIC

I haven't written a post about this, but I got a plug from my brother about my website, so I figured I might as well do it as well. WWW.VOCALPERC.COM is a website dedicated to vocal percussion and the art as it is related to a cappella music. There are links to other vocal percussion and beatboxing sites, a cappella artists, a calendar of what I'm doing, a media section with audio clips, pictures and desktop backgrounds, a forum to talk about all this stuff, and T-shirts for sale.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

People Want Love

My brother wrote a post about a post on another blog by Wade Hodges. (I know, talk about round about). I think it is a good explanation of why people of the emerging generations don't respond very well to traditional evangelism.

For them, you have to prove things with your life and through a relationship before they even want to hear about Jesus. The love of Jesus is shown through our actions. Our words are simply there to back it up. Maybe normal non-Christians would be more willing to listen if there were more homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, poor people, orphans, etc. in the pews on Sunday morning. Grace seems to only be extended by us to those with the right answers.

God shows grace to everyone through Christ. Our lives are forever changed, but always falling short of perfection. Christ comes constantly on our behalf to make up the difference. Why do we pretend that we have God figured out or that we know who is worthy of His grace? I say it is our job to show love to everyone, especially the unloveable.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Spiritual Diaper Rash

Sometimes I get tired of the whining and complaning that goes on in churches. The most complaining happens when there is a slight change in a program that makes people uncomfortable and they don't know what to expect. It makes them actually think on Sunday morning instead of just going through the motions. It causes them to step up and be stronger brothers and sisters and make them grow and develop in their faith instead of letting them dwell in what they know, thinking they have already arrived and need not go any further.

I think of this as a spiritual diaper rash.

Diaper rash is something that is usually nothing more than sensitive skin rubbing against a diaper and rubbing with chemicals and bacteria. It's a simple rash that is easily treated and is more a nuisance than anything. Most change in churches is nothing more than a small change in structure or order. The changes that happen have no bearing on whether or not someone will go to heaven, but usually are to streamline a service or to get more people involved. Spiritual diaper rash is only a slight irritation, but causes people to cry and complain like it's the end of the world.

Jesus is the ointment. He showed love regardless of what people have done. He didn't command orders of worship or set boundaries for the power of God. Be more like him, and grow up.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Can't talk...playing Halo 2...

Ok...I may not post for a while. I just picked up a copy of Halo 2 and I can already surmise that it's going to be taking a lot of my free time now. It was nice knowing you.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Man Tries To Convert Lions

I imagine this is how non-Christians view some of us when we force religion onto them.

Man tries to convert lions to Jesus, gets bitten

We look like idiots and kooks to the world. God was the one in power, not Daniel, when he shut the lions' mouths. Let's not try to be the driving force behind all we do. Let God be in control and show others we are Christians by our love.

Fundraising for Cascade Hills

I found out the other day that my fundraising is actually going a lot better for Cascade Hills church of Christ, the church plant where I am going to be and already have begun as Worship Minister. A couple of people have made some donations and a couple of others have pledged a sizeable monthly support.

One thing that I proposed/was encouraged to do by my team is to write some new worship songs. The Churches of Christ haven't had too many songs written by them in the past, and so it's been sort of a thing of mine that I think more people that have the ability should be writing songs that fit to their heritage, or more importantly, to their church community. My team has begun bugging me more and more about it, and I'm having trouble finding time and inspiration.

Father, please give me the words and the music to reach out to the community of Salem and to share with all my brothers and sisters throughout the country and the world. May it be a beautiful worship to You. Amen.

Friday, November 05, 2004

J.S. Bach's Faith

I thought this might be interesting to some people. I know that I found it interesting. It is evidence of J.S. Bach's faith in God through Christ, and also further rejects the idea of those who believe instrumental music is wrong, especially in worship. I guess they'd better stop listening to Bach. On many of his pieces, he put the initials S.D.G. which means Soli Deo Gloria, which is a Latin translation of Romans 16:27 or literally Glory to God alone.

Another thing he wrote in assisting his eldest son copying eleven preludes which became known as Clavier-Büchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is J.N.J. and stands for In Nomine Jesu which means In the name of Jesus.

Bach scribbled this canon (left) on the flyleaf of a notebook owned by Johann Gottlieb Fulda (1718-1796), theology student and some-time player in Leipzig's orchestras. In Fulda's notebook the canon is accompanied by two cryptic inscriptions: Symbolum Christus Coronabit Crucigeros "Symbol: Christ will crown those who carry his cross" and Domino Possessori hisce notulis commendare se volebat J. S. Bach "J. S. Bach wanted to commend himself to the lord possessor by means of these notes." Bach's reference to the "lord possessor" obviously refers to the owner of the book (Fulda), but also to the Lord God: i.e. "By means of these notes J. S. Bach wanted to commend himself to God."