Art… “stuff” — this, that

October 5, 2006 at 4:28 am (Art, Music, T.V., Theology)

Why are Christians too afraid to do what they want with art? Why are they too concerned if it is too “Liberal”? Why is it that they are afraid to use all the colors from the palate that God gave them to use and enjoy? Why is it that I see little to no Christian artists, actors, directors, writers, and musicians in the mainstream? We need to bring in people through our gifts. We will not be able to bring in people by sitting back and being bland and “conservative” with our art; it needs to be elaborate, aesthetically pleasing, and at the same calibre as the mainstream. We need to be hip. We need to be fresh.

Here’s and example: I watched a movie called The Single’s Ward, a romantic comedy made by the Church of Latter-day Saints in Utah about mormonism; it is a hilarious movie. I consider it one of my favorite movies, and believe it or not, if I were not a Christian when I saw this movie, I might have become a Mormon. Why don’t we have any movies that make people want to be Christians?

Why is new music such as jazz, new age, and rock so frowned down upon in today’s christian circles? Bach’s music at one time was considered revolutionary and even atonal. What exactly is wrong with syncopation (many hymns with a compound meter are quite syncopated), or a guitar making a certain sound, or a piano playing a certain chord, or even how these chords are arranged in a piece of music? Why do we sing hymns composed by Mozart, a pervert? Why do we enjoy listening to the 1812 Overture or Russian Orthodox Chants composed by Tchaikovsky, a homosexual?

We must break out of our shell and be amazing artists; we should be at the top of our field. God did not create art so it can be limited; He created it so we can use it in a way that there is no doubt that God exists.

This discussion was inspired by this article by James DeMar, a son of a really really cool dude.

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Today

September 27, 2006 at 1:07 am (Football, Misc., Music, T.V., Theology)

This post has a variety of stuffs so enjoy. =D

First of all I am going to talk about my obligation as a man to follow football. I have an awesome team in Fantasy football — or had =/ . My star player (only in name, cuz he has had a very slow first few weeks), Shaun Alexander has a broken foot. -_- o noes. One guy wants to give me Deuce Mcallister and Corey Dilon for him — is it a good trade ?! I’m not sure… the same guy wants to give me Morris (Alexander’s Backup) for the Philadelphia DST…. I am confused.. *sigh* whelp, here is the Fantasy analysis of Shaun Alexander…

“Alexander’s owners now have a reason for his limited play through three weeks. Obviously, Alexander should be reserved in leagues and replaced in active lineups with Maurice Morris (you did draft him with a late-round pick, didn’t you?). And for those owners who passed on Alexander because of the infamous ‘Madden jinx,’ our hats go off to you.”

nuff said ><

Next, Gilmore Girls — ha. Havent really been following it, but it is a pretty good show. It has so many cool references, is extremely witty, and it is soo funny. Plus, it has Alexis Bledel — probably the main reason why I watch the show. Alexis Bledel > Morgan Webb (who is also really cool btw)… -_-

Well, onto some Theology.

In my philosophy class we’ve been talking about mortifying our flesh, and some of it started to sound a little Calvinist >_> …. It kinda brushed over T of the dreaded TULIP, ha! — Total Depravity, the point that says that we are completely unable to do right without God. We even had to memorize this verse —–> Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

Also in my Devo’s I came across this verse also ——-> Psalm 16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

Surely, these verses point out that God is the only source of good, and without Him, we are desperately wicked.

Bam! Did you think that I was going to say that last sentence?

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