Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

slow-church-bookAs I shared before on here, a couple of months ago, I received a review copy of a new release from IVP. The book is Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, co-authored by Christopher Smith and John Pattison.

I can truly say that this is one of the best books I’ve read in my 17+ years as a Christian, for it captures a lot of what I see the church called to in the present-day.

What is that call? Let’s explore through the lens of Slow Church. Continue reading

C.S. Lewis on Poetry

reflections on the psalmsFor my birthday, I was given a gift card to Barnes & Noble. It’s great to know the people in my life know me so well – coffee, beer and books. I’m pretty easy to please!

So I stopped in to Barnes & Noble over the weekend to browse the shelves to see if I might find a candidate worth purchasing with my gift card. I did find something. My choice fell to C.S. Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms. I decided on it because a) I’m teaching Old Testament Survey this semester, and we’ll take a whole 3-hour session to cover biblical poetry and the Psalms and b) knowing I teach at a creative-hub, such as Visible Music College, it seems appropriate to share C.S. Lewis’s thoughts on the Psalms. Here was a creative and imaginative giant. More a philosopher and story-writer, over and above being a poet. Yet still, I believe he’ll have some beautiful thoughts to offer on the Psalms.

Here’s something I came across in the Intro chapter on God’s desire to speak, or incarnate, through poetry: Continue reading

The Great C.S. Lewis on Desire

weight-of-gloryMany might have read or heard this quote before from The Weight of Glory, but below is a stirring quote by the great C.S. Lewis on desire.

Perhaps every desire that does arise within, even every wicked desire, is simply calling us towards he who is The Desire. Maybe we should not immediately suppress, push away these desires, but rather ask why such desires truly exist.

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Visible Music College New Campus – Chicagoland

It’s that time of year – kicking off a new academic year! With things launching as usual at our Visible Music College main Memphis campus, we are now launching a new Chicagoland campus this academic year. To see learn a little about that new campus site, check out the video below.

What is Visible Music College – we train and equip musicians, technicians, and business professionals in skill and character for effective service in the music industry and in the church.

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The Soundtrack of Life

I’ve written about this subject before, but I was taken back to the concept recently as I was driving down the road.

You know our favorite movies – maybe The Lord of the Rings trilogy or Gladiator, maybe Inception or Star Wars, maybe Pride & Prejudice. And there are a host of others. One of the special things about these movies are the soundtracks, the music, the songs. Memorable, stirring music that invites us into the story. We are outside the narrative story within a particular movie. However, when particular songs start playing (like when the fellowship first leaves Rivendell), something makes me want to jump through the screen and join Frodo and Samwise. Continue reading