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Dress Down Friday | Anne Lamott, Grindhouse, Ok Computer and Twitter

Well despite my ibook going down on me yesterday it’s been a good week.

Emily, Cate and I all went to see Anne Lamott at All Saints Church on Wednesday. Her new book “Grace (Eventually)” came out. If you ever get a chance to see her in person it’s really worth it. She read a chapter from the new book based on an early article she wrote for Salon called “Let’s Have A Revolution! Does July 14th Work for You?” You can read the article on Salon, you just have to wait through some of the ads.

Found this New Lovedrug Music video for “Ghost By Your Side” on youtube the other day.

Because I am a Quentin Tarantino fan I’ve been on the lookout for his new movie Grindhouse coming out, it’s in the B-rated horror genre and I can’t wait to see it. Here’s a movie poster I found online.

Burnside Writer’s Collective posted 5 ways to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of OK Computer, one of my all-time favorite albums. My favorite suggestion is #2, I would really like to go and get it on vinyl.

I forgot to mention earlier, when I was chatting about Elvis that we also saw Let’s Go Sailing. I enjoyed their music and think they’d be worth checking out, the only problem is I totally forgot about them till today due to the fact that they got lost in Elvis’ wake.

For those of you, who like myself, have really gotten into Twitter Maddness, here are a couple cool apps, etc. Twit This – is a way to share links via twitter. Twitterlex is an easy dashboard widget for posting to Twitter (though I normally use either a Flock plugin, 30boxes and Quicksilver to post). And Alex King has a great Twitter plugin for wordpress called TwitterTools.

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Sad day for my ibook G4

Well – I my ibook G4 kicked the can today.  Or so I think – I am going to take it into the genius bar tomorrow at the apple store – but it looks like it’s going to require some serious cash for repairs.  As far as I know it’s a power management problem, it won’t boot up, the screen’s all waky when it does, and the fan likes to buzz really loud.  It looks like it’s having a panic attack.  This comes at a really bad time.

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Trends within the Convergent Friends Conversation

Last week I went to a Friends conference (FWCC) in Rhode Island, and have already talked about it at some length. But the point of this short post was to point out a number of trends, or characteristics that I saw beginning to frame the overall conversation of convergent Friends.

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Burnside Review: Lovedrug – Everything Starts Where It Ends

Screenshot 1-16 Burnside Writers Collective has written a worthy review ofLovedrug’s new album – Everything Starts Where It Ends. Even though I am friends with a couple of the guys in the band I really like Lovedrug’s music and their new album. This review shows I am not the only one.

As a sidenote I found this quote on their website from Michael Shepherd, front-man of the band, and thought it was a great comment about all the illegal downloading of music happening on the web.

If all of you out there in Download-ville WANT me to break up the band, then by all means illegally burn copies of our record and download them to your heart’s content. If you DON’T want me to break up the band then PLEASE, have a heart and buy it. Tell your friends to buy it. Have your dog buy it. Have your dog’s kids buy it. Every time someone out there burns a copy of our record (even if you are spreading the good word, which we appreciate) you should definitely keep in mind that you are not “screwing a record label”, you are not “sticking it to the man”, you are not “beating the system”, what you are doing is slowly but surely putting me and my bandmates out of a job… and when that happens… we won’t be able to make records anymore because we won’t be able to afford to. This might sound like elitist artist bullshit.. but I assure you it is not. You can’t possibly fathom just how close to starving WE really are. Thank you for your cooperation.
Sincerely,
Michael and the gang

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Making Our Homes Centers of Missional Activity

My good friend and collegue JR Rozko recently wrote an article for Mere Mission called Missional Home Makers.

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Elvis Perkins @ the Echo: Already Looks Like A Classic

This past Friday night I went to see Elvis Perkins with Emily, Cate and Bob. Recently, I found out about Perkins through Paste Magazine. Their review concluded with a statement that grabbed my attention. They said though this guy hasn’t been around long, and it may be too early to tell, the album feels like a classic. Hisdebut album “Ash Wednesday” has only been out a couple weeks and he’s making quite a stir with it.

I purchased the album directly after reading the review from Paste and I think they may have even understated just how good this guy really is. I’ve been hitting play and repeat on my ipod for the couple weeks as if I were trying to overdose on his music. And it just keeps getting better.

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FAQ: Are There Modern Day Prophets?

Frequently Asked Questions (of a theologian) is a series I do from time to time as a means of answering good questions that come across my desk. Sometimes I answer the questions, sometimes others do, if you’re interested in seeing some other Q & A’s check it out here.

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Dress Down Fridays | Video Edition: Chris Rock, Bionic Burgers and GodTube

This week I’ve got some really funny videos here.

  • First, thanks JR for sending this link of a video with Chris Rock talking about some of the differences between Hilary and Obama.
  • If you find yourself craving a McDonald’s burger, consider ordering the Bionic Burger. It has a long lasting taste…
  • In a ever-increasing attempt to get really lame there is a new Christian video website called GodTube.
  • I think it would be really fun to watch a video on this!
  • Okay so this isn’t a video but it’s really cool.

  • And this is absolutely crazy!
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    An Emergent Manifesto Of Hope: A Brief Review

    A couple days back I purchased all my books for next quarter (or at least most of them) and one I am really excited about is “An Emergent Manifesto of Hope” coedited by Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones. The book is a collection of essays from emerging church leaders, the essays tend to be theologically focused and help to get at some of the main themes and ideas that run behind these young churches. I purchased the book for a couple of reasons: Ryan Bolger, Barry Taylor, and Adam Walker Cleaveland all have an articles in the book. I am also curious as to what a number of these other leaders have to say about other topics covered in the book: leadership, inclusion, parenting, creativity, orthodoxy and orthopraxy, Karl Barth, activism, sexuality, economics, and even pentecost!

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    Online Communities and Radical Reformation Perspectives

    Today the Urban Connection of the Mennonite Mission Network has published an article on web communities. I am really excited about the article, Online Finds: Web Leads to Real Communiy by Ryan Miller, for a couple reasons. First it shows that the Anabaptists are also asking questions about the global information culture and implications for the church. And second, Ryan interviewed me and used some of our conversation in the article!