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Archive for February, 2009

It’s hard to believe that this week’s Throwback is over 15 years old. I present to you the Spin Doctors’ hit, Two Princes, which hit #7 on the charts in 1993 when I was a mere lad of 7 years old. Enjoy.

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Okay, so this video is a little weird, as is the song itself, but I must admit that something about it is infectious. Kate Bush is an English singer-songwriter who was the first woman to have a self-penned song reach number 1 on the charts in the UK. This is the song that got her there, Wuthering Heights, released in 1978. This song might not be a throwback for you, but it is for thousands of others. So sit back and enjoy what modern dance was in the 70’s, all the while wondering either why you haven’t heard this before, or “Brian, Why have you just wasted 4 minutes of my life?”
If you can’t quite handle the first video, check out the second one which is a cover of the song by Hayley Westenra.

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2271963883_4ecebeb0e32Here’s an encouraging illustration from the sermon entitled Justification: God’s Covenants are Not Annulled or Added to, preached by Ryan Fullerton yesterday at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Let’s say you have two jobs, and both of them at a restaraunt called “Charley’s.” One of them is in the West End and the other is in the East end. At both Charley’s you have the exact same job. You are a cook, “short order”, making fish n chips, club sandwiches, fries on the side, cleaning the grill, cleaning out the grease trap, taking out the garbage. . . you’re a cook. The kitchen at the Charley’s in the West End is just like the kitchen in the Charley’s in the East End. You are a cook in both places. But at one Charley’s your boss is a guy named Moe (short for Moses). Moe is excruciatingly fair. He tells you everyday when you get into work, “You do everything I tell you, and you will keep your job, and if you don’t your outta here.” And he’s not overly rigid, but he expects perfection. He is righteous, and he is fair. And on your best days you want to do a good job for Moe, you try but even then you are messing up the pickles, messing up the fries, you are getting the orders wrong, and then some days you are just livid with Moe, you could care less what he thinks, you are just sneaking out back for an extra break, you have no interest in even obeying him. And everyday at the end of your shift he reams you out and wails on you. . . perfectly fairly. . . and tells you all the things you know are right and true. You are a bad worker, and he ought to fire you on the spot like he promised, and he will fire you…very…soon.

Shifts over. . . And it’s hell and misery.

And you drive across town to the other Charley’s, where your bosses name is Jesus. And he tells you, “you worked a terrible shift last night. But I stayed late and cleaned up your mess. I covered everything you did wrong, and my Father who owns this place is delighted with you and your work. And I want you to know that you will never lose this job, and you are gonna own the restaurant some day. And now I want you to get to work and clean the grease trap, clean the grill, make the orders and get to work.”

In both places you are called to do the same things. And under Moses and under Christ, though there were differences, at the end of the day you are called to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. What you are actually called to do is the same but the boss you are under is completely different. The covenant you are under is completely different. You are not under Moses who says “do this and live,” you are under Christ who says “I promise you I’ve done everything for your justification, I’ve done everything to earn your inheritance. You are my family, my offspring…now love. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal, don’t murder. . . love me and love the brethren and fulfill my law.”

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To the Point: John

the-bookDo not love the world or the things in the world. “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17

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My Morning

Snow, a press of Guatemala, Bon Iver, Hebrew, Sunergos, Debussy. . . not bad at all.

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Coachella 09

I don’t expect many of you readers to be able to go to this years wonderful, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, but check out the awesome lineup below. I also encourage checking out the artists, and using this list to find some music you have never heard before.

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