Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Culture Making Quote from Chapter 1

"... creativity cannot exist without order - a structure within which creation can happen.  On a cosmic level the extraordinary profusion of species could never survive if the world were an undifferentiated soup of elements.  This is true of human creativity too.  Without the darkened box of a theater, films would lose their compelling power.  Without the lines and spaces that make up written English, this book would be a soup of letters.  Creativity requires cosmos - it requires an ordered environment.
So in a way the Creator's greatest gift to his creation is the gift of structure - not a structure which locks the world, let alone the Creator himself, into mechanical repetition, but a  structure which provides freedom.  And those who are made in his image will also be both creators and rulers.  They will have a unique capacity to create - perhaps not to call something out of nothing in quite the way that God does in Genesis 1:1, but to reshape what exists into something genuinely new." (Culture Making, 22)  

Culture Making

Last week I picked up Culture Making by Andy Crouch after reading a review by Sean Michael Lucas.  I read the introduction fairly soon after buying it but I only really got into the first chapter last night because I wanted to finish another book I had been reading before going to sleep at night.

So like I said, I read the first chapter last night and it really blew me away.  My body was sore and tired after a run and then DCF but I could not put it down, only forcing myself after finishing the first chapter.

I have been enjoying reading a fellow blogger's comments and quotes as he reads through Total Church so I have decided to do the same with this book.  I hope it will drum up discussion from my 5 readers (none of which is my mom btw).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Story by Brandi Carlile

This is the best song not by Coldplay I have heard in awhile. 

What's God Got to Do With It?

Newsweek has an article on the Osteens.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Prodigal God

Tim Keller discusses his new book which will be out next week.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Homecoming Queen

Check out this article about a girl with Downs Syndrome becoming Homecoming Queen.

"Kristin has a lot of friends - she likes everyone.  It doesn't matter if you're tall or short, pretty, not pretty, smart, not smart - she likes everybody.  She has great friends."

This reminds me of a line in a song by Bill Mallonee that I have never been able to get over.

"I suppose there are benefits of being retarded/At least your life's a string of moments unguarded."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008