Archive for the ‘Video’ Category
The longer I live the more convinced I become that all of life is worship. The only thing that changes is the object or subject of our affection. With such a view in mind, you begin to see liturgies emerge in common cultural forms. Liturgy is just a fancy theological term for a customary worship service. This post is the first of a series of posts examining several common secular worship services in America. Later posts will examine the Superbowl, the Oscars, Disney, and college football.
I caught the lion share of the 2014 Grammy’s after the fact, hence the tardiness of this post. I’ve never been super big on all the hype, pomp, and patting on the back – not to mention the huge amounts of filler, commercials, and non-musical content. What was particularly interesting was the sharp focus of the Grammy liturgy. The whole show was bizarre, raunchy, and exactly what you would expect as a liturgy of the secular decline of the West. Pop culture in particular has embodied the descent of Western civilization back into a season of sensate culture. The liturgy roughly follows something of Western Christian worship service:
LL Cool J rehashes more or less the same speech he gave last year about how music unites humanity.
Call to Worship
Beyonce – Drunk in Love. Visuals are inappropriate for print here. Suffice to say that it is an ode to drunken fornication. Beyonce’s visuals matched the raunch of the lyrical content. More of the same Cold War sexual arms race for Western attention.
Worship in Song
Katy Perry – Dark Horse. This performance was equal parts Illuminati (cue the conspiracy theorists) and witchcraft. It featured more of the same attempts to distance herself from her evangelical upbringing by summoning disparate and cliche ridden neo-pagan mixed metaphors.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Madonna – Same Love. The sermon came from Queen Latifah. The concert hall is visually transformed into something like a cathedral and a kind of wedding ceremony ensues. We are invited to take part in the sacrament of the 33 heterosexual and homosexual couples as they exchange their wedding vows. You can watch it here:
Nine Inch Nails – Copy of a. This final performance was drenched with irony from Trent Reznor. The lyrics heavily resound with a scathing critique of our sensate culture and reverberate with echoes of Ecclesiastes:
I am just a copy of a copy of a copy
Everything I say has come before
Assembled into something into something into something I am never certain anymore
I am just a shadow of a shadow of a shadow
Always trying to catch up with myself
I am just an echo of an echo of an echo
Listening to someone’s cry for help
There is nothing new under the sun…
Check back for the next in the series.
This is an intentionally dark and eerie allegorical short film well worth your time.
In honor of this time in our nation’s history spend a few minutes of your weekend watching this special by National Geographic:
Thorough article analyzing “Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science” (HT: Nancy Pearcey)
Scathing anecdotal piece of UCC minister complaining about all the conversations with people who are “spiritual but not religious”
Thank you for sharing, spiritual but not religious sunset person. You are now comfortably in the norm for self-centered American culture, right smack in the bland majority of people who find ancient religions dull but find themselves uniquely fascinating.
Sad but true comic: “The Evolution of Intellectual Freedom” (HT: BL)
I always look forward to 9Marks eJournals, this one entitled, “How Much Should You Pay Your Pastors?” was particularly good.
NYTimes article, “One Size Fits Nobody” on the crazy world of (women’s) clothing sizes
Thrice new single, “Promises”
ps. Sorry it has been forever since posting… for the handful of you that find these posts interesting
The End of Church Planting? Interesting article that isn’t as provocative as the title. Definitely worth a read and a place at the table for missiological theory of church planting, challenging the dominant paradigm of the entrepreneurial paid pastor/planter.
How to use rewards/frequent-flyer credit cards to create a self-fulfilling profit loop (buy certain gold coins, get rewards/miles, deposit gold in bank, pay off credit card with gold deposited into bank).
Third Millennium Ministries has its own iPhone and Android apps. The content of ThirdMill is truly top shelf. I am of the opinion that Third Mill is probably one of the most important ministries of our time and all on a shoestring budget. If you care at all about the Gospel and the future of the church you ought to donate to them. I am thankful that there are actually some forward thinking strategists that are creating excellent scalable content capable of penetrating that glaring lack of theological training of pastors worldwide.
The Decline of the Nuclear Family. Some pretty staggering statistics and commentary on the status of family in the U.S.
Mayim Bialik (Blossom, Amy Farrah Fowler) of Big Bang Theory is actually a PhD and published in Neuroscience (HT: BL)
Centrist Tom Coburn has an interesting debt proposal – I was definitely not expecting a proposal from one of the ‘Gang of Six’
An interesting piece giving some provocative thoughts regarding the Cosmological Argument
There are several layers of awesome to this Pepsi ad (coming from a staunch Coca-Cola fan):