Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Thus & Such, Vol. 23

1. Here's one of the more fascinating things I've run across on the internet lately.  I spent quite a bit of time scrolling through this scale model of the universe, down from the smallest particle to the largest galaxy.  Isaiah 66.1: Thus says the Lord, "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool."

2. "The frontrunners in worship music do not adhere to most of the best practices that have long defined the songwriting craft."  Here's an interesting article that ponders whether modern worship music is more like good hockey or bad painting (it will make sense when you read the article).

3. In most conversations about worship, an obstacle stands in the way of understanding: you.  Whether you know it or not, intend it or not, you carry a deep well of ideas about what worship is, what it looks, sounds, and feels like.  You've built this knowledge over the years and decades of your life, adding to it each time you've gathered with the church."  What does the way you worship say about your church?  The gospel?  It communicates something, but what is it?  Check out this article.  

4. As a minister, I've often thought about the effects of my job on my kids.  My wife, a pastor's daughter, was often told as a child that her behavior would reflect - either positively or negatively - on her father and his ministry.  Here's a new take at that line of thinking, and how pastors and their families  work together to display the gospel to their churches.

5. What is the state of the Bible in 2013?  Here's an infographic that will give you all the information.

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