Friday, June 29, 2007

Holding Pattern

My new ECC blog post. Enjoy!

I'm currently blogging from my new MacBook Pro. It's wonderful, but my browser (Safari) isn't cooperating with Blogger right now, so I don't know how to imbed a link. You will have to manually cut and paste... sorry about that.

[Edit 7/1/07: Thanks to Zanne & Glenn/Jenn Wong, I now have Firefox, so voila! A link!]

Monday, June 25, 2007

ECC Worship Blog

I'm now an official blogger on the Evangelical Covenant Church worship website... I'll be posting on Fridays. Check out my first post here.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sweet Jane

I've been a Jane Siberry fan for a while now. Her album When I Was a Boy is a masterpiece, and its opening trio of songs, "Temple," "Calling All Angels" (featuring k.d. lang) and "Love Is Everything," still knocks me out every time.
I wouldn't go as far as some... There's a whole community of people who think she's a goddess (some, I think, literally). But I think she's a unique voice... truly like nothing I've ever heard.
Jane is also a bit of a strange bird... She certainly follows her own muse wherever it may lead her. Lately it's led her to sell all of her possessions, change her name to "Issa" and establish a "self-determined" pricing policy for downoading .mp3s from her website.
I think it's pretty revolutionary, and I think you should check it out. Here's her statement about what "self-determined" pricing is all about. She writes, "You decide what feels right to your gut. If you download for free, perhaps you'll buy an extra CD at an indie band's concert. Or if you don't go with your gut feeling, you might sleep poorly, wake up grumpy, put your shoes on backwards and fall over. Whatever. You'll know what to do." And later... "Things to ponder. Not too long, though. Life is out there waiting.I am making a choice to work this way and take full responsibility for whatever it may bring to me. You make your own decision and stand by it, too. This is not a guilt trip. Feel no pressure."
Funny thing; I downloaded her entire catalog (I had 2 of her albums already), and I've been sleeping like a baby. I guess that "feels right" to my gut.
So, go check it out. Thanks, Jane... uh, I mean Issa.

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Singing this song at Sunday At 6 was completely inspiring and humbling. May these words be true in my life and in the collective life of the Body of Christ at PCC.

Words & Music: Charlie Hall/Matt Redman

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

You're the center of the universe
Everything was made in You, Jesus
Breath of every living thing
Everyone was made for You
You hold everything together

We lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

If only I could learn, really learn to "wrap my life" around the Life of Christ. What would that look like?
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