Praise and Worship Song for Today
Canta al Señor ("Shout to the Lord" in Spanish, en Español). Very beautiful!!!
Articles of Interest
From bulletins to Web sites—why the medium sometimes matters as much as the message.
"Reconsider your church publications, worship graphics and images, product packaging, television programming, Web sites—anything you create—with a new attitude toward design. Rethinking the design elements of a project isn't merely a "cosmetic" issue—it's a fundamental way of looking at communication that connects with the audience or customer on a very deep and significant basis." (Continued)
The Tree of Life (Christianity Today movie review)
Malick's magnum opus about the beginning and end of the universe, and a Texas childhood in between.
"The Tree of Life manages to showcase both man's glory and his inestimable smallness. Life, in the end, is not about us making a mark. It's about tuning our ears to the symphony of life around us, paying attention to the bigger story, and doing our best to love each other and receive grace in the time we've been given." (Continued)
"So, if unfulfilled prayer is not the result of our failure to live for Christ or unconfessed sin in our lives or inadequate faith, then what are we to make of the fact that our prayers are sometimes unanswered? Perhaps the answer is not found in what we do wrong when we pray, but in our failure to understand what Jesus meant when He said that we could move mountains and have whatever we ask for if we pray with faith." (Continued)
"Finding “Christ figures” and “redemptive themes” in the movies can be overdone and convoluted, but if ever there were films where it was appropriate and natural, it would be Malick’s films." (Continued)
"But we rarely have thoughtful dialogue among these extremes, and thus are sorely lacking in any sort of useful, progressive engagement with cinema. If you propose in academic or professional film circles the notion of “Christian film criticism” as a serious discipline (in the sense that black film criticism or feminist film criticism is taken seriously), you will probably be laughed off. Thankfully, we are taking steps to change that." (Continued)
Wooing the arts (Thunderstruck.org)
By Steve Beard
"God still gifts people with the creative arts. This is the way they are wired. They might be involved in drama, cartooning, architecture, landscaping, painting, sculpting, recording, designing, editing, writing, photography, or filmmaking. Pastors and parents need to encourage the emerging Bezalels in their gifting the same way they would if someone sensed a call to be a pastor or missionary." (Continued)
Religious mystique endures (Christianity Today)
By Michael J. Gilmour
Bob Dylan "still points us toward that vague Other," says author.
Through the 1960s, Bob Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock 'n' roll—at least by those who forgave him the heresy of having "gone electric."
But when rock's best-known Jew famously declared Jesus to be the answer, many fans turned on him. For five decades, Robert Allen Zimmerman, who turns 70 today, has shocked, mystified, baffled and intrigued fans with songs rife with biblical references, both Jewish and Christian, and no shortage of religious imagery. (Continued)
What's the Point of Worship? (Relevant Magazine)
Some of the most influential worship leaders weigh in on this vital question.
"Glorifying God is about praising Him through the warm, fuzzy feelings and the stark, mundane moments of worship. When the high becomes the norm, that’s not true worship—that’s manipulation. It’s why Christians are called to worship even when they don’t feel like it. In the moment, it can seem inauthentic—like going through the motions. But if worshipers open their hearts to the Spirit, this dynamic exchange—over time—can and will change them." (Continued)
"Why should twentysomethings not give up meeting together as the Church? The short answer is that the Bible says not to (Hebrews 10:25). But there are plenty of other practical arguments for the necessity—and ultimate privilege and thrill—of being a part of the Church." (Continued)
Web Sites of Interest
It’s the time of year moviegoers can leave their brains at the box office, buy some popcorn, and sit back and enjoy big-budget blockbusters with alien robots, crystal skulls and that kind of stuff.
International Justice Mission is a Christian human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.
Leading a worldwide effort to eradicate sexual slavery...one life at a time.
An interdenominational Christian organization with a vision for aiding Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ.
Your involvement is evidence to our persecuted family that they are not forgotten. Often the oppressors try to brainwash imprisoned persecuted Christians into believing that they are forgotten, that they are not loved and that no one knows about them.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience "living water"-the gospel of Jesus Christ which alone satisfies.
ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease.
An exploration of the arts, music, and the Christian worldview
I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living.
Philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, trends, breakthroughs, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, disputes and gossip
New Testament Gateway is an award winning Web directory of Internet resources on the New Testament.
Movie, music, concert, and film reviews from a contemporary Christian perspective.
A truckstop for the soul
Next-Wave is an ezine about church and culture.
The new magazine-style format features daily content from “fresh voices” around the globe. Through articles, video interviews, visual arts, and a new podcast, we are exploring the areas of spiritual growth, theology, culture, church, arts, causes, and family. Our deepest desire is to see new levels of collaboration emerge between authors and community members in the months go come.
Tribal Generation is made up of a network of relationships where Christians forming new expressions of church in the emerging generation can hear one another's story and ideas, share resources and learn from each other.
Christian News and Magazines
Where Media and the Church Converge
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