Sunday, May 25, 2008

Internet!

The internet is back!

Let the rejoicing begin!

And my feet hurt.

That is all.

Monday, May 19, 2008

No internet again

So, I am without internet again!

I had all these plans for blogging! They are now thwarted!

I will be posting my summer reading list very soon...once I finish the list...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thoughts?

A recent Dairy Queen commercial disturbs me at many levels.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

God and Dog Take 2

This is the second draft of my video for class

For my classmates

So, after class, we sat around and talked about various shows that are coming through the Twin Cities. Wicked is coming this next season.

There are two shows that have brought me to tears through the tv, Lion King (the Broadway musical) and Wicked.

Here are videos from Wicked. The first video is Defying Gravity, which still brings me to tears.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Jesus Christ Superstar

On Sunday night, I had a convergence of three HUGE interests of mine: Broadway, Pop Phenomenon, and Theology.

I saw Jesus Christ Superstar. I love that show. I saw it 15ish years ago, with Ted Neeley as Jesus. Ted Neeley plays Jesus in the 1973 film. This tour is being referred to as the "Ted Neeley Farewell Tour." When I saw him in high school , he sounded tired. Last night, he sounded AMAZING. Corey Glover played Judas. Corey Glover was the lead singer of Living Colour. He was amazing as well.

Such a good show.

I got so much more out of the show now than I did 15 years ago. For starters, I now have 6 years of formal theological education under my belt. I'm also older (and hopefully) wiser.

I saw the show with my friend Erica. She had never seen the show before. She talked with her mother before coming and picking me up. Her mother was asking about controversy surrounding the show, specifically the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

When I saw it before, I didn't like the Mary/Jesus relationship. I also didn't like the songs that Mary gets to sing (Everything's Alright and I Don't Know How to Love Him). Being smarter and wiser I get it now.

Webber/Rice wrote the show with the understanding that Mary was a woman of ill repute. (In Luke, Jesus exorcises seven demons, but there is no proof of this.)
I Don't Know How to Love Him is sung with Jesus and Mary on stage. Jesus is asleep.
Mary is trying to figure out what she's been experiencing while she's been around Jesus. She explains that Jesus is unlike any man she has ever met. She also wonders what she should do and how she should react.

Webber/Rice fully captured the angst that Mary and the other disciples could have felt, knowing that Jesus was something special and different.

Had I been there what would I have done? How would I have felt?

I tried to find a video of this song, and I couldn't find one on my very short search. I did find the Tony Award performance from 2000.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Emotional Story

I have been fascinated with the story of Randy Pausch. He's a college professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is dying of pancreatic cancer. His last lecture (which can be watched here) has become famous, being featured on Oprah and the Today show.

His lecture is about saying good bye when you know it's going to happen.
His lecture has become a best selling book as well. Jeffery Zaslow is the co-author of the book. He has an interesting op-ed article about co-writing the book. The article can be found here.

In the words of Christina Yang from Grey's Anatomy, there is a club of people who lost their parents. My father died when I was 5. It was a month before Kindergarden. It was quite sudden.
His story seems like a good way of saying goodbye, along with preserving memories for his young children. I wish I had something like this from my dad.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Unexpected Grace

Grace has been a theme of this week. Grace has been a very visible thing. Grace has come in tangible things! Grace came in my mailbox multiple times!

This morning I turned on my TV to watch the Today Show. Neil Diamond was the concert of the morning. He began with "America," in honor of Matt Lauer's "Where in the World?" series. Then he sang a new song. I was shocked (in a good way) with what I heard. The album drops on Tuesday, and when it's released on iTunes, I will be buying this song.
What caught me was the second stanza. (love in the midst of chaos, calm in heat of war)

The video is available on Amazon, but it's a bad recording.
Here are the lyrics.

Pretty amazing grace is what You showed me
pretty amazing grace is who You are
I was an empty vessel
You filled me up inside
and with amazing grace restored my pride

Pretty amazing grace is how You saved me
and with amazing grace reclaimed my heart
love in the midst of chaos
calm in the heat of war
showed with amazing grace what love was for

You forgave my insensitivity
and my attempt to then mislead You
You stood beside a wretch like me
Your pretty amazing grace was all I needed.

Stumbled inside the doorway of Your chapel
humbled in God by everything I found
beauty and love surround me
freed me from what I fear
ask for amazing grace and You appear

You overcame my loss of hope and faith
gave me a truth I could belive in
You led me to a higher place
showed Your amazing grace
when grace was what I needed

look in a mirror I see Your reflection
open a book You live on every page
I fall and You're there to lift me
share every road I climb
and with amazing grace You ease my mind

Came to You with empty pockets first
when I returned I was rich man
didn't believe love could quench my thirst
but with amazing grace You showed me that it can

In Your amazing grace I had a vision
from that amazing place I came to be
into the night I wandered
wandering aimlessly
found Your amazing grace to comfort me.

You overcame my loss of hope and faith,
gave me a truth I could believe in.
You led me to that higher place
showed me that love and truth and hope and grace were all I needed.