Through the looking glass: Derek Webb on “Christian Art”

A partial cross post from my other blog. I don’t really like the term ‘Christian Art’ as it is almost always far too narrow and generally ghetto-inducing. This is a great quote from Derek Webb on the whole issue, where he articulates a very good point: the job of any artist is to look at the world and tell you what they see. Every artist, […]

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Fledermaus Promo Video

I was supposed to be singing tonight, but sadly had to cancel due to coming down sick. Here’s the promo video for our production of Die Fledermaus – I didn’t do the Premiere, so I’m not in it:

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Halleluiah, the King is here

Born in Bethlehem (by Third Day): Baby Jesus, born in a stable, humble Savior’s birth. You left your throne in Heaven above, to live here on the Earth. Baby Jesus, lying in a manger, crying for the world. The Angels told the Shepherds of the Good News for us all. Halleluiah, the King is here, given for all men. For today the Holy Son of […]

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Messiah fail

A Christmas-eve treat:

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The Nativity: facebook style

Just in case you haven’t seen this:

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LORD and Lord and the divinity of Jesus.

I had to excise this from my sermon last Sunday, as it was too much of a tangent, but it’s interesting, so here’s the same idea modified to blog format. Have a look at  Romans chapter 10, where Paul writes: [9] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you […]

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Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum

The Crossway blog points out why gold, incense, and myrrh were appropriate gifts for the Magi to bring the baby Jesus: Gold: It is easy to see why gold is an appropriate gift for Jesus Christ. Gold is the metal of kings. When gold was presented to Jesus, it acknowledged his right to rule. The wise men knew Jesus was the King of kings. Incense: […]

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An artist writes to the western church

A few weeks back I blogged about Makoto Fujimura, the renowned NYC artist creating a new Illuminated Book of the four gospels. He’s written a wonderful piece in the style of the letters at the beginning of Revelation entitled A letter to North American Churches. He writes on the marginalisation of artists in the church: An artist’s relationship with you has not been easy; we […]

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Dickson: The way we believe

RZIM has an extract (the opening chapter?) of John Dickson’s latest book Life of Jesus: Who He Is and Why He Matters. It’s good stuff (read the extract here), and over the next few days I’m hoping to highlight some quotes which I like, such as this one: The Way We Believe Aristotle said that people form their beliefs on the basis of a combination […]

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Learning to lay-preach (+ Luke 2:8-20)

Not only did I make my debut as Falke this weekend, I lay-preached for only the second time. The previous time was several years ago in Sydney where I had pretty much no idea what I was doing. This time round, when asked a few weeks back to fill in for the pastor who would be away, I realised that I had no idea what […]

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la la la la Batman!!

I make my role debut tonight as Dr Falke (aka Dr Fledermaus) in Staatstheater Nürnberg’s new production of Die Fledermaus (the bat) by Johann Strauss – the waltz king. It’s a great show, and I’m really looking forward to singing and dancing in my biggest professional part yet! Jochen Kupfer (Eisenstein), Rainer Zaun (Frank), Me (Dr. Falke)

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How to keep from getting your bike stolen

Ingenious German engineering..

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