Sunday, September 23, 2007

St. Thomas' Anglican Youth: Sept. 23/07


With John & Robin Peace, guest missionaries


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Kent Brockmanisms

Is there a website that collects these? Anyway today Shane Judge said (but I don't know who wrote it) on CBC One (local) something like

"You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs -- but you wouldn't want to break eggs on an off-duty policeman's car."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Delia's 2nd Birthday Party: Sept. 18/07


Big sisters have taught her well.

Dora the Explorer

The boy friends

Looking cool in Crocs.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

St. Thomas' Anglican BBQ: Sept. 16/07



Birthday Weekend: Sept. 2007


Party for Greg at Ulrichs', Sept. 15/07 (for the 17th).

Mr. Bunny Potato Head.

Sept. 16/07: Lots of birthdays, but had it not been for Tom,
we'd not have raised much money for Bibles.

Kristian reads the Birthday Tin
(or else he wants his twenty cents back).


Friday, September 14, 2007

every absence makes room for growth
tissue, scars or cancer
are you willing to say the same of yourself?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Beware of Proverbs

Yes, you CAN have your cake and eat it, too. We say "Have some cake." meaning "Eat some cake." So there.

And I've tested it more than once now and a watched pot does indeed boil.

John and Bob's Set List

Beyond Belief
Trading My Sorrows (Evans)
Bob's talk
Just Reach Out
We Fall Down (Tomlin)
Here I Am to Worship (Hughes)
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (Founds)
Enter In
John's Talk
Lord, Reign in Me (Brown)
Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)
Bob's talk
Not of This World
Why Should the Father Bother?
Sign Unseen *
It Is Finished *
Jekyll and Hyde *
Show Your Power (Prosch)

* = Drop D tuning.
The uncreditted songs are by Petra, but I've not bothered to find the exact composers and lyricists.

I was puzzled by the absence of copyright info in the II Guys CD (all cover worship songs, except Judas Kiss). Robin pointed out that in the early days of cassettes they used to have very little info, just the album cover and list of songs. So it's probably not illegal. Still a bit odd.

In getting the composer names for this post, I found (as I have before) that lyrics and chord websites often pay NO attention to who wrote the song and the copyright info. However, I found that does.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

II Guys From Petra: Sept. 7 & 8/07

I can't be the first person to sing "Jesus Christ Superstar" along with the "Dance Dance Dance" part of Petra's "Dance".

The last time we met: 1989 in Duluth.

The next morning was a workshop at Central Free: Q & A on worship leading, songwriting, joining Petra, kicking Louie out of the band and what's wrong with Stryper.

Lunch at the Hoito.
(I just tagged along.)

I should be clear that overall I liked what John and Bob are doing now as II Guys From Petra and found them friendly and fun to hang out with. That said, I don't really get the (albeit brief) rant that John made about Stryper, not that I feel any need to defend the latter (or Petra either). Those things used to be so important to me, but not any more.

I don't think John was criticizing Stryper's music, but something to do with the whole Metal look and secular touring and label perhaps back in those days. I don't really know. I know I was disturbed when -- at the Hoito -- I told him about Taize worship music and he got this disapproving look on his face, saying "That sounds...." and asked Bob ("the quiet one") "What's that term?" Answer "New Age." "Yeah, sounds 'new age' to me." with a dismissing gesture.

Well, I allowed my awe of my heroes of the 80's to intimidate me -- or perhaps just the prudence of not jumping into a debate pitting my minute knowledge of Taize against his total absence of knowledge about it.

But later they were telling me about their critics who picket their concerts: "You can't use logic or Scripture with them. You can show them the backstage counselling sessions and they still don't get it. It's just prejudice." The penny didn't drop in my mind until I got home though as to the parallels.

Admittedly, he wasn't picketing Taize services or "praying against" them, but still I gather that his view was that you can't use "New Age practices" (assuming that the "New Age Movement" invented repetition) in service of God. Haven't we heard that somewhere before?

Cover of one of John Schlitt's pre-Petra albums:


Wednesday, September 05, 2007