Dave Brubeck Says Hello

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Yesterday marked the passing of one of my heroes. Dave Brubeck was just shy of his 92nd birthday, and a phenomenal influence on musicians of every caliber and genre. He was an arranger par excellance and did almost perfectly what I talked about in a recent blog piece regarding Jazz as an analogy for Christian disciples working together. Here’s the thing: When I was a kid, I thought Dave was a saxophone player. I had fallen in love...

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The Reason We Blow Stuff to “Kingdom COME,” not “Kingdom GO”

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in General Rant, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 4 comments

I remember when I was just a boy hearing people telling me to keep the match out of the tank, the spark away from the gas main, and my lighter away from the big brown bag of fireworks. “You’ll blow us all to Kingdom Come.” I finally figured out what they meant. They were talking about Heaven. It’s the only Kingdom I know that literally comes to us. So why all this talk about “flying away?” Why all the songs...

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