September 2007


general25 Sep 2007 04:35 pm

items i mentioned were coming up in the last entry…

APPLE AFFECTS THE WHOLE BUNCH

As always, Apple went and revamped their product line and sent shockwaves throughout the world of technophiles with their latest gadgets and innovations… the result: iPod Nanos that play video on their 2 inch screens, 160 Gig iPod “classics,” a $200 price drop for the iPhone and, as expected, a new product, the iPod Touch… While i’m not in the market, i do like the idea of 160 gigs of storage on an iPod and i’m glad that they didn’t release them a month or so after i bought one… and it’s hard not to be impressed by the nanos though, they’re not exactly practical from my perspective…

the real “headline” from the keynote is the iPod touch… and i’m not at all interested in it… from my perspective, much like the iPhone, the benefits do not justify the cost or the downsides… more specifically, a 16 gig limit outweighs the cool factor of the touch screen and severely downplays the wifi capability and ability to download songs directly… maybe i just don’t have the desire to spend my money chasing the cult of cool anymore…

GOD WARRIORS

So, i managed to catch a CNN Special Report called “God’s Warriors” which was a three-night series based on the three major world religions – Judaism, Islam, and Christianity… i only watched the one about Christianity and i suppose i shouldn’t have been surprised, but i was a bit aggravated by the tone of the piece… if you don’t think there’s a media bias, here’s a chink in your belief… a perfect opportunity to prove that a “reputable source can address Christianity with an unbiased, “just reporting, not commenting” manner… or not…

First off, the terminology chosen for the title and used througout the piece is polarizing… right off the bat, Christian fundamentalists are tossed into the same light as violent extremists from other religions… we’re cast as an aggressive activist group looking to wage a literal war when more accurately the “war” that we “fight” is an internal battle… perhaps that’s a little touchy on my part, but i believe that the subtext is intentional…

of course, on the flip side, we have brought it on ourselves to some extent with groups like Battle Cry which was highlighted in the piece and a number of other groups and individuals who fully embrace the terminology of warfare as part of their daily Christian stand… i think that’s an utter and abominable misrepresentation of the Gospel, but perhaps that’s a conversation for another day… moving on…

The second thing i noticed was that anytime a Christian leader was mentioned by name, it was followed by the phrase “who came from a troubled past”… now this may seem harmless, but the subtle implication that struck me is the painting of Christianity as a crutch… having just watched the likes of Michael Vick come out and say that he’s “found Jesus” – and maybe that’s true, but it seems more like a plea-bargain tactic than anything else – it struck me that Christians are viewed as people who are trying to escape their past… truly, we are people who have been delivered from our sinful past, but the report seemed to put more of an emphasis on the hiding that past for political gain or those who may have been coerced into Christianity when they were at a vulnerable time in their life… sadly, i suppose there are plenty cases of both, i just think it’s a shame that they get the spotlight…

Anyway, there were a few other things that bothered me… let’s see, there was the depiction of homeschoolers as a means of limiting a child’s education for the sake of raising up ignorant footsoldiers in this war on the rest of the world… and then there was the applauding of Jimmy Carter for having the courage to join together with Bill Clinton to help “redefine” and “reimage” the Baptist denomination, to save it from being “too fundamental,” which i assume means believing that the Bible is God’s Word and that it accurately and relavently speaks to today’s day and age… and finally, the heroic portrayal of Greg Boyd – who, by the way, i have mixed feelings about – for pronouncing that Jesus didn’t have any political opinions and that the church shouldn’t either… well, in so many words… While i applaud Boyd’s refusal to blindly toe the RepubliChristian party line as he claims he was asked to do, i have to disagree with his assumption about Jesus and politics…

anyway… interesting show… left me with a lot to think about…

THE JOB

for a while, i was considering a job that would potentially make this blog disappear suddenly… i may still be considering it, but perhaps i’ll be able to provide a fair amount of warning before anything like that happens…

anyway, i’m still at my day job… still writing here and there on the side… but both of my resumes are updated and ready… (both being a writing and a technical)… the last few weeks have been alright since i’ve been pretty much by myself at work and very able to manipulate my schedule such that it accommodates little boy’s bus schedule… i like that… it’s great to be able to pick him up from the bus stop and hang out with him a bit…

in other job news, i’ve done something i didn’t think i’d do again… but it’s a pretty funny little story about redemption…

Anyway, now that i’m caught up, i need to move on… plenty more to talk about, but there’s some other stuff that needs tending to… let’s not wait so long between entries next time, okay?

peace… love… bdg…

front page&inTRuviews&iTRu-nes&reviews&walkTRu20 Sep 2007 10:43 am

it’s been a while since i spotlighted what’s going on over on the main section of theTRu, so here’s the latest few updates for your peeping pleasure…


– inTRuview with Flatfoot 56, everyone’s favorite Chicago punk group over 6 feet tall…


– a Walk TRu with David Crowder Band’s latest gem… a ten-track worship album called Remedy


– Ever wonder what happened to Knowdaverbs? Well, he’s back and we’ve got the lowdown on his new album and what he’s been up to the last few years…


– The latest edition of the iTRu-nes playlist… 20 tracks that are happening right now and a brief commentary on each one…

and last but not least… i posted a new album review… yeah a full-blown album review for the Neon Horse album

okay, get to clicking, these things won’t peep themselves…

peace… love… bdg…

news&web13 Sep 2007 10:30 pm

Just an FYI for those who care…

I took a few minutes to glance through last year’s winners and i think we can all do better… I’m not lobbying for anyone in specific, but if you want to make your voice a.k.a. vote heard, then here’s your shot…

CCM Reader’s Choice

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed13 Sep 2007 01:55 pm

If i were writing this book, i think i might have started with preparation… probably just because preparation usually comes first… anyway… clearly David chose to close the book out with preparation for a reason and that’s fine… regardless, we’ve reached the end of the book and it’s been a fun journey, right?

This chapter’s about how the importance of someone affects the way we plan for their arrival… David uses the word pictures of a red carpet and refers to the passage where John the Baptist calls us to “prepare the way for the Lord”… i think that the point can be made in something as simple as cleaning up the house before a guest arrives or maybe clearing out your garden area before planting the seeds…

He goes on to share a story about waiting for the Queen to make an appearance in London and the ultimate disappointment of a full-blown preparation ending in a breif, non-lasting encounter… i remember standing at the gates of Buckingham Palace for a picture – still have that picture with a random Asian woman who decided to pose for us in it, too – and the flag was up, which apparently means that royalty is in the house… i stood around for a little bit hoping to catch a glimpse of them, but i quickly lost interest… I’ve also been in the general vicinity of the White House a number of times, but i don’t have too many exciting encounters with Presidents to talk about either…

Anyway, i relate to this concept most when i think of roller coasters… whenever i go on a roller coaster – you know the lines are always atrociously long – i spend the whole time leading up to the ride in anticipation, both eager and cautionary, because i never know what awaits me once i’m strapped into that contraption… then, after an hour or so of waiting in line, sweating, and anticipating this event, the ride lasts all of a minute or so and i don’t remember much about it 15 minutes later…

the point is that the anticipation is a testimony of the potential greatness of the ride/experience… Since being in the presence of God is the most exhilerating experience imaginable (extending far beyond our imagination), our anticipation for that – as well as our preparation – should be equally telling of our excitement, hence, reflective of God’s glory… and eternity is a lot longer than a roller coaster ride…

and with that, the book abruptly ends… Clearly David is leaving room for a sequel (or not), but perhaps this is a book re-reading and rehashing as life progresses… hope you enjoyed this discussion…

peace… love… bdg…


Glory Revealed by David Nasser is available in stores everywhere

for example:

CBD/ChristianBook.com
and
Amazon.com

Free Music&news12 Sep 2007 09:59 am

…by iTunes and many others.

Currently, this week or however long it lasts, iTunes, BEC Recordings, and Mainstay are offering a FREE Discovery Download of “Become Who You Are,” the title track to Mainstay’s upcoming sophomore release…

Get it while it’s hot… and try not to drop it…

peace… love… bdg…

general05 Sep 2007 10:22 pm

MOTIVATION, WHEREFORE ART THOU?

hopefully i’ll find out tomorrow… as i’m heading to a pretty interesting conference called GET MOTIVATED! tomorrow… speakers include Zig Ziglar, Steve Forbes, and Sugar Ray Leonard… the big fat huge downside is that i have to be out of the house before 5 AM to get there… i suspect that’s the first test/lesson of motivation… anyway, i’ll be offline all day tomorrow and i should make this short and get to bed… hopefully by this time tomorrow, or maybe the following morning, i’ll be extremely motivated to accomplish great things again… that’s the plan anyway…

SCHOOL DAYS…

well, little boy has successfully started off his Kindergarten career… my goodness… i can’t believe how big he is… the first day went relatively well… shot some video footage – interviewed him and littler boy, followed him to the bus stop, and got some footage of him climbing up onto the bus and driving off towards the school – and lots of photos… (i’m such a parent)… two days are completed and he’s still quite excited about it… so far so good… littler boy starts preschool on Monday and Mrs. Me will be teaching again as well… they’ll both be doing three afternoons a week… i feel very much like i’ve failed my family in that my wife has to work again, but she wants to go back and we will make ends meet again as God provides and sees fit…

COMING SOON

Well, i need to wrap this up and get to bed, but i have some things coming down the pike… comments on Apple’s new stuff, God Warriors, new job pursuits, and plenty of unfinished writings… for now, check out… ahem, i mean, peep the David Crowder Band – REMEDY Walk TRu

peace… love… bdg…

news05 Sep 2007 05:27 pm

They just announced some new dates for the fall edition of the Glory Revealed tour… looks like mostly southern states, but if that works for you… you should definitely check it out…

this will probably help me get in gear and post the concert review of when i went…

Check the site for the tour dates

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed04 Sep 2007 01:09 pm

Oh yeah, we’re still on this book too… i’m about ready to start up with two other books here on the bookshelf and i realized that i didn’t cover the last two chapters of this one… and good grief it’s already September now… so let’s talk about chapter 19, shall we?…

This chapter starts off with the tale of a brush with fame… David gets to meet Billy Graham, an icon in the religious world, and a personal hero… and he’s speechless… i’ve been there… and i felt pretty silly afterwards… it’s a story that’s easy to relate to, but it’s not the point of the chapter… the point is more that Billy Graham has served as an arrow pointing the masses in the direction of Christ…

Now i’ve mostly heard this description in reference to Rich Mullins… i mean, his biography is titled “An Arrow Pointing to Heaven“… but i suppose it’s a really great way to have your life described… what i find even more interesting in this chapter though is the question posed… “Are you getting in the way of pointing others to Christ?”…

For me, there’s no greater illustration of this than when Jesus visits Jericho and the chief tax collector wants to see Him… Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he… so we all know the story, Zacchaeus is short and he wants to see Jesus but, as the account says in Luke, “on account of the crowd he could not (ESV)”… now, who’s in the crowd?… well, that would be the followers of Jesus, the “believers,” the Jews, the religious folks, and yes, the curious kind – like Zacchaeus but perhaps a wee bit taller… i remember reading this passage and focusing on Zacchaeus’ height issues and the fact that he climbs up a tree to catch a glimpse of it, but one day it occurred to me that the “religious folks” of the time were selfishly denying Zacchaeus access to Jesus, denying him (as best as they could) the opportunity to become saved himself… and i wonder how many times i’ve done that…

i know that it’s human nature to be competitive and strive to get the best things for you and yours… but that’s not the way we’re supposed to act… left to ourselves, it’s not good enough to have something good, we have to make sure that no one else has that something good too, otherwise it’s not as “special”… this is the logic behind all the “limited edition” and “special release” versions of DVDs, CDs and such… we feel like we’re getting something that other people can’t get… and that’s selfish… that’s a broken arrow…

peace… love… bdg…


Glory Revealed by David Nasser is available in stores everywhere

for example:

CBD/ChristianBook.com
and
Amazon.com

general&web02 Sep 2007 04:05 pm

Remedy, the next installment from David Crowder Band is set to release on September 25th and now… oh, i know you’re anxious, but now, you can check out what’s in store by simply taking a peek at the fancy, schmancy eCard

peace… love… bdg…