Random Thoughts for the Weekend

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1. Isn’t it something when Jesus says, “I am making all things new?” He could have said any number of meaningful statements. But this one statement really does open up the world. For if this is a vision of the Kingdom, we know from the beginning that the Kingdom is now among us. And if that is true, then in a real way, he is already making all things new through his redemptive work in the hearts of his people. But also through their work in their various vocations. All things new. Not just the spiritual stuff.

2. In fifth grade I discovered the power of the poets. But it was a lonely discovery. And has been for the most part a lonely treasure. I haven’t minded too much. Earlier this week I heard “To All the Poets” by Andrew Peterson for the first time. That loneliness and the treasure of poetry I could never put into words. Glad he did.

3. Every loss is a sermon.

4. A good book ends only in the most shallow sense. The good ones continue to stretch out beyond the back cover to the end of our days.

5. I have a heart that looks for loopholes.

6. It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking a news story is the story. When we stop to think about it, we know that’s not true. For Christians, this should always be at the front of our minds. Not because of “fake news” but because we know God is always doing more than we can see in our kids, in ourselves and everywhere else.

7. Not sleeping well reminds me of my bone to soul-deep desire for the rest that is coming.

8. Again, we all need space where we are not marketed anything. No one is trying to sell us anything. Nothing. The church needs to be that space.

9. This is going to seem like I’m contradicting my statement above but I’m not trying to sell anything. At least for my own benefit. Bill Mallonee is simply the best songwriter out there these days. He has over 80 albums. Some are fully-produced full band albums and some are just him playing all the instruments with his wife Muriah helping out. Some are just him and a guitar and they sound so rough and so beautiful, like the New Mexico land he lives on. But they are all worth your time. I’ve been listening to him since ’93 and there may be no one who has influenced me more (maybe I should write about this). I just bought two more albums yesterday because he’s selling all the download versions for 50% off. Go here to listen and purchase. I’m telling you this because he lives off this. He’s not rich. He needs the money. And aren’t we all a little tired of singers who don’t?

Feel free to leave recommendations of his albums to others in the comments and ask for recommendations if needed.

10. Listen.

5 thoughts on “Random Thoughts for the Weekend

  1. Jeremiah July 15, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    It’s wonderful to have you back and blorging!

    And with a Bill Mallonee post to boot!

    My first encounter was via V.O.L.’s Blister Soul album (96-97ish for me maybe?) and it was formational. I haven’t stopped listening to the album for 20 years.

    I haven’t come across an album he has made that wasn’t worth the time or effort. I love that he still makes music. Joyful, broken, world-weary, hopeful music. He is a treasure.

    Side note: a friend of mine posted on facebook a few months ago about his “friend” Bill Mallonee’s new album urging people to buy it.
    I commented that I was so happy Bill was still making music and what a treasure the man is to the Church.
    Not even an hour later Bill Mallonee left me the most humble and genuinely grateful response, thanking me for taking the time to listen to his music… The man is the genuine article. What you hear on his albums is him.

  2. Jeremiah July 15, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    That said – you can’t sell or buy Bill Mallonee’s music – You invest in it and like a pearl of great price it will yield dividends far beyond whatever you paid for it.

  3. Dan from Georgia July 16, 2018 / 1:35 am

    Re your number 8: I agree. Church should be a place of soul rest and refreshing. It shouldn’t (in my view) be a place of recruitment. Yes, churches do need to ask for help with some things like the nursery or funding a food shelf, but when you are exhausted after the 10 minute announcement section of the service…

  4. 2charp July 16, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    #1: Think I need to be reminded of this every week. Thanks.
    #10: YUP!
    I agree with Jeremiah…glad to have you back blogging consistently. A breath of fresh air…amidst the stagnation.

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