03 3 / 2014
You may have read somewhere that the Ugandan president’s daughter came out. It’s not true. It was published from a parody website like the Onion.
19 2 / 2014
Grace So Glorious is my JAM right now.
I don’t know how I feel about their church… but I know how I feel about the song, and it takes me places…
06 2 / 2014
Treat yo’self, dudes.
(Also, my job is weird.)
LOL. I love a good man date, so this is kinda sad to me. What about straight boyfriend??
02 2 / 2014
Right now, I’m listening to some Brazilian singer’s music. It’s in Portuguese. It makes me want to go explore the world.
It makes me realize that there is so much of this world to experience. I think about my city, and how much of it I’ve left unturned. And then I think about this song and the culture and people it represents. I haven’t even been to South America, much less learned any Portuguese.
We only have so much time to explore the world, and we don’t even really get to.
And it’s in this moment and in the very middle of this thought that I realize, “Eternity is going to be awesome. Heaven is going to be awesome.”
There is so much beauty here on earth that I’ll never get to see or experience. So many people that I will never get to appreciate.
But heaven! Think about the places and the people! And I have eternity—-billions of billions of years to explore and experience and connect. Right? Like, I would finally have the time and the freedom to see for myself all of God’s great wonders. Even if I am confined to exploring heaven, I know I could spend all of eternity searching it out and celebrating it all.
Because think about a perfect earth and having all freedom and all eternity to experience it. There is so much richness here! To be able to learn a hundred languages and experience cultures and people the world over! What a beautiful thing. And heaven should only be that much greater.
All that from listening to some random song that some Brazilian singer was belting out. (He’s like a Jesus-lovin Bieber, too, btw. He’s 14 and can kill it. haha.)
02 2 / 2014
I’ve been listening to the iTunes preview for Elevation Worship’s new album Only King Forever, and it’s pretty phenomenal. I’m really impressed.
So I go to do some reading about Elevation Worship, which then leads me to Elevation Church and then to Elevation’s pastor Steven Furtick. And come to find out he built a $1.7 million house recently! Even if all of the money he gets from speaking gigs and book sales are the only things funding this house (and not his church salary), $1.7 million is a little excessive. But it’s not the money that gets me the most—-maybe property values and home values are really high in Charlotte. Apparently, the house is 8,400 heated sq ft (and 16,000 total). THAT is the part that bothers me. That’s huge! For a family of five. For a pastor.
While I recognize that Steven is likely doing all he can to serve the gospel and give financially to his church and to global ministries… a million of his 1.7 million could have been used to fund his kids education, create a trust for them, whatever. At least it’s not going to material things.
I love the idea of being hyper-generous. Like, I’d love to be able to have a million dollars, and just say “I’d like to pay for your college education because I know you just got kicked out of your parents house for being gay.” Or, “I’d like to pay for all of your groceries this month because you just moved here for a job and your spouse is still looking for a job.”
It’s not about supporting the deepest and most distressing needs. It’s about seeing your friends and your family and your close community and going “I don’t need this excessive house. And you’re doing okay. But I have enough money that I can make it easier for you right now.” What do y’all think?
29 1 / 2014
I really don’t like it when people deactivate their tumblr. Like, what about all those beautiful interactions you had with people who still care about you? Because let’s be honest… if you interacted with people, you let them in to your very soul. This is tumblr. We are open and vulnerable and let people see past the facade we’re so fastidious about in real life.
Sure, you may have done lots of reblogging. But your particular curation—it touched someone. It gained you followers who wanted to see the content you hand-picked to share with them. For those of you who mostly created content, you showcased your creativity and your very soul.
It’s just… not the same without you.
17 1 / 2014
Because I’m in the mood for suggestions and new music. I’ve only bought two worship songs since April.
What do you think about Bryan & Katie Torwalts’ Kingdom Come?
What about Bethel’s Tides?
Hillsong’s Glorious Ruins?
Is it just me or is worship music kinda in a funk at the moment? New albums sound the same as their previous ones… or just boring. The messages from our songs don’t sound like they’re coming from a place of desperation and deep need of Jesus. And that’s kinda where I’m at. The words of songs past that resonate so deeply with me sound like:
- "And my heart burns for you" (Crowder 2002)
- "All I need is you" (United 2005)
- "There’s a cry in my heart/ for your glory to fall" (Starfield 2004)
- "Be my everything" (Hughes 2005)
- "When the tears fall/ still I will sing to you" (Hughes 2004)
- "I love you/ all of my hope is in you/ Jesus Christ, take my life, take all of me" (United 2004)
- "And I love you/ more than life" (United 2004)
- "All that I am/ unto you I surrender/ Lord there is none like you" (United 2002)
- "Knees to the earth/ I bow down/ to everything you are" (Passion 2003)
01 1 / 2014
Humans require too much upkeep. Shower, deodorant, brushing teeth, shaving… We even have to cook our food. I mean, look at dogs. Easy.
25 12 / 2013
Buddy check, y’all. It’s Christmas, and for some of you, that means discouraging family, hostile environments, and unfriendly churches.
How are y’all holding up?