Found @ TheRedSeat.com
STILLWATER, OK—Members of Stillwater United Methodist Church are tired of worship leader Jeffery Reiger "singing like he's (Third Day lead singer) Mac Powell."
"Everything is going along fine, and then he gets to a high note in the song," said Tonya Healy, one of a handful of SUMC members who have complained to THO about Reiger. "Then it's all 'glory to the Lowd ahhhn hahhh.' Oh, it's so annoying!"
Reiger admits that Powell is one of his "worship influences," but he doesn't see anything wrong with sounding like a successful Christian artist.
"We're talking about a Grammy and Dove Award winner here. They should be happy I sound like him," Reiger said. "Besides, if they wanted to actually pay me for doing this, maybe I could take some voice lessons."
Healy doesn't accept that explanation.
"You just have to hear this guy sing," she said. "It's like (Pearl Jam lead singer) Eddie Vedder and that guy from Hootie and the Blowfish got together and had a musically retarded love child."
A friend IM'd me after a rough day with the instructions "Go there. Laugh" I went, I laughed. :-)
I'm getting a paper version mailed to me this week to see before the final edit! It won't look pretty yet without the cover but I'm going to hold it in my hands. Should be cool!
In honor of Curt Schilling who won last nights ball game against the A's and who wore that hat to a Bruins game, I'm going to buy it soon from YankeesHater.com
Not only is my wife the better half, she's the cooler half and it was confirmed this past week when she got her first tattoo. A small butterfly near her knee. I said first because she came back and said, "I can see why people could become addicted to them".
I may get one on my 35th birthday.
I'm sure the presentation of it being memorized was part of it because people said things like, "It came alive" and "I felt like I was hearing Paul talk to me" and other things. I have never heard those kind of things even when we read a chapter during a worship time.
I wonder if that sort of presentation would be considered PoMo or not?
Jeffrey writes great stuff for Christianity Today and I've been a fan of his stuff for 2-3 years. He does a great job reflecting a Christian worldview without being a Chistian isolationist or Christian jerk.
I wonder if you realize that in many ways the preaching of the Word of God is being pulled down to the level of the ignorant and spiritually obtuse; that we must tell stories and jokes and entertain and amuse in order to have a few people in the audience? We do these things that we may have some reputation and that there may be money in the treasury to meet the church bills....
In many churches Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone!
A.W. Tozer in I Talk Back to the Devil
The contemporary moral climate does not favor a faith as tough and fibrous as that taught by our Lord and His apostles. The delicate, brittle saints being produced in our religious hothouses today are hardly to be compared with the committed, expendable believers who once gave their witness among men. And the fault lies with our leaders. They are too timid to tell the people all the truth. They are now asking men to give to God that which costs them nothing.
Our churches these days are filled (or one-quarter filled) with a soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested. About theology they know little. Scarcely any of them have read even one of the great Christian classics, but most of them are familiar with religious fiction and spinetingling films. No wonder their moral and spiritual constitution is so frail. Such can only be called weak adherents of a faith they never really understood.
A.W. Tozer in That Incredible Christian p 76.
His (Nomar Garciaparra) Catholicism remains important to him, though he says the clergy sex-abuse scandal shows how no religion is perfect. "Religion is created by man," he says. "Man is not perfect. So neither is religion."
While walking to eat dinner at Planet Hollywood we saw two members of the Nation of Islam street preaching and telling everyone who walked by that they were all deceived. The other great New York moment was seeing a homless guy holding a cardboard sign that said, "Tell me off for $2!"
From the moment you walk into Grand Central, there is a buzz in the air. Today was a good day in the City.
Are we doing the best with what we have? Is this what glorifies God the most? Why do we keep doing the same thing? Why are we here, again?
I listened to him yesterday on the web and read some of his rants. . . er. . . articles today. We need more people in the church who have the spiritual gift of bullcrap detecting. I will continue to miss Yac.
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"I'm going to give him country CDs and stuff. No more Tupac and stuff,I was going to get him some United States of America underwear. [Curt] Schilling and I were talking about that. I just thought now that he's an American citizen, so he can wear that under his uniform."
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