Blog Spotlight- not another blog v 2.0

I know I havent update this section in awhile, but I wanted to add a buddy of mine to the mix (not another blog, v 2.0). He is starting a series on Infant Baptism that looks to be great. The series will deal with how Credobaptist (Baptist) can still hold to their belief and still recognize Infant Baptism as valid.

If you have read any of the blogs on my blogroll you will see this is a conversation that is coming up alot more, and I am glad we are having the conversation.

So check Rae’s website out, see the pics of his beautiful little girl, and read his thought provoking posts.

The first part of the series can be found HERE

D. James Kennedy Retires

Check it out HERE

Founder and Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Steps Down from Pulpit with Rich Legacy of FaithCoral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today announced the retirement of Dr. D. James Kennedy, senior pastor, assuring the congregation and international broadcast audience that the church and related ministries will continue moving forward in the direction set by this visionary leader after founding the church more than 48 years ago in 1959.“We thank the Lord for His faithfulness to my father over nearly one-half century, through the impact this church has made in the lives of people in this congregation and community and the influence he has had on countless individuals around the world through radio and television,” said daughter Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy.“From the beginning, this has been the Lord’s ministry, and we are confident He will raise up other godly men equally committed to proclaiming biblical truth and applying the transforming message of the Gospel in our lives, our families and our culture,” Mrs. Cassidy continued. “The long-range planning committee and denominational session have been developing next steps and working to ensure the church continues to grow and thrive.”Dr. Kennedy, 76, preached his last sermon from the pulpit of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve 2006. He suffered a cardiac arrest four days later and has since been unable to return to the pulpit. A tribute worship service honoring the extensive ministry of Dr. Kennedy will be held in the main sanctuary of the church at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 23.Dr. Kennedy started the church and began his pastorate on June 21, 1959, and had from the outset a vision for global impact for Christ. An author of more than 65 books, moral leader and widely quoted champion for righteousness in American life, he is one of the founding board members of the Alliance Defense Fund. In 1995, he opened the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Christian Statesmanship to offer spiritual counsel to members of Congress and their staffs.Dr. James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, called Dr. Kennedy one of the Church’s “truly significant figures.” In a statement to Dr. Kennedy, Dobson said, “For decades now, you have stood strong in defense of faith, family, and most importantly, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers around the world are indebted to you for your vision and leadership.”Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters echoed his gratitude for Dr. Kennedy’s faithful service to ministry. “As Dr. Kennedy retires from the scene of active ministry, I praise God for giving the Church this man of vision so committed to the Kingdom of God,” said Wright. “With his godly wisdom, his courageous heart and his consistent example, he has inspired millions to love, follow and serve Jesus Christ. Dr. Kennedy is a man among men who will continue to cast a long shadow in the lives of those who know and love him.”The announcement of Dr. Kennedy’s retirement begins a process by the church of choosing a successor to fill the pulpit and office of senior minister. This procedure is well-defined in the constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the denomination to which Coral Ridge belongs. The officers of the church will assess the church’s needs and supervise the election, by the congregation, of a pulpit search committee comprised of a cross section of members. This committee will evaluate, interview and listen to numerous candidates before making its recommendation to the congregation for a vote.As outlined in PCA bylaws, the congregation will have the final voice in determining the new senior minister to succeed Dr. Kennedy. The entire process of succession is expected to take between one and two years. Currently CRPC continues under the governance of the elders, elected by the congregation and serving as a session. Rev. Ronald L. Siegenthaler, executive minister of the church, will implement the policies of the governing body as he supervises the day-to-day events of the various ministry departments.“Dr. Kennedy’s moral leadership and his legacy of impacting the globe for Jesus Christ are matched by few in recent Church history,” Rev. Siegenthaler said. “It is our desire to honor him by sustaining and multiplying his impact through Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church as well as all of the ministries he founded.”In 1960, Dr. Kennedy read the words of Jeremiah 33:3 to the handful of people who comprised his then-fledgling congregation, “Call unto Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” He then told his small flock, “You know what? I believe we can change the world!”Dr. Kennedy’s belief that God will continue to do “great and mighty things” through the obedient efforts of His people never faltered. In his closing prayer at a festive 75th birthday celebration on his behalf in 2005, he expressed the confidence to the Lord that the best is yet to be. “We believe You are yet going to change the world in a far greater fashion,” he said.In addition to pastoring the church, Dr. Kennedy is founder and president of Coral Ridge Ministries which produces his radio and television outreach, making him one of the nation’s leading Christian broadcasters. Other ministries founded by Dr. Kennedy include WAFG Radio 90.3 FM in Fort Lauderdale; Evangelism Explosion, which equips Christians to share the Gospel message with others; Westminster Academy®, a nationally respected Pre-K to grade 12 Christian school; and Knox Theological Seminary, a graduate school training Christians for lifelong ministry as pastors, teachers and missionaries.Despite being a local pastor of one church for nearly five decades, Dr. Kennedy has had a worldwide ministry influence. In 1996, Evangelism Explosion, through which nearly 5 million people have made commitments to Christ over 35 years, became the first Christian ministry to be established in every nation on earth. Long after his retirement, an extensive inventory of Dr. Kennedy’s messages will continue through “Truths that Transform,” a daily broadcast carried on nearly 750 radio stations across the U.S., and “The Coral Ridge Hour,” a weekly television broadcast that airs on more than 400 stations and to 165 nations on the Armed Forces Network.A legacy Web site, http://www.DJamesKennedy.org, has been developed to pay tribute to the life and faith of Dr. Kennedy.

Jonathan Dylan Moore

New blog site

In an effort to aquire some free stuff and a little extra cash, I have
started another blog that research websites and products. I am not very
clever with names so the best I could come up with is

jvmreview.wordpress.com

So please stop by, click on the links, leave comments, and try the products out!!!

CCM Patrol on Chris Tomlin

Hit Us, God, One More Time

August 21st, 2007
CHRIS TOMLIN’S “GLORY IN THE HIGHEST,” REVIEWED.

There are probably enough Chris Tomlin lyrics out there—no idea, really, I’m just guessing—that if I wanted, I would never have to write about anything else. I’m sure if I dug into it just a little, I would be blown away. But so far, the course has been to only deal with Chris Tomlin when he is flung into my path. Such an approach, I think, makes our occasional run-ins a lot more surprising and, hopefully, amusing. Everything in moderation is the way to go.

Anyone who’s ever seen Chris Tomlin live knows that the experience is virtually indistinguishable from a rock concert. Walls of amplifiers, colored lights, smoke, moshing teenagers. Not to suggest that the elements of arena rock shows indicate an absence of God— I’ve come closer to feeling God at Muse or Coldplay shows than at anything featuring Chris Tomlin—it just that it says something about Tomlin’s idea of worship: big, loud, and flash-ay. With a lot of kids (and girls) who are most certainly not thinking much about worshipping anyone but Chris Tomlin or, more forgivably, the rock experience itself.

Fine, I’ll accept that. The problem isn’t the staging, it’s good, old-fashioned Chicken-Soup-Christianity irreverence: exploring the glory of God via inane metaphors that self-consciously reference pop culture. If while singing along to a worship song, you catch yourself going “whaahh?” or worse “wowwww,” its probably because the pop-ifying of God has gone just a little bit too far.

This was the case when I recently encountered Chris Tomlin’s “Glory in the Highest.” The song is deceptively titled, sounding, as it were, much more like a Catholic chant or a chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Check out the first little “stanza”:

You are the first
You go before
You are the last
Lord, You’re the encore

First we have an appearance of the classic “first/last” image in three lines that could be just as easily be the outspewings of an automatic cliché generator on the training setting. Then we call God an “encore” (for the uninitiated, the part at the end of rock concerts where everyone screams “one more song!” or, curses and curses upon them, “Freebird!”) At its most classy, an encore might consist of a virtuoso violinist returning to the stage to play a final selection. Its technical definition is “a demand”—demand—“for a performance.”

But Chris Tomlin isn’t suggesting that we have an encore in honor of the Almighty; the Almighty is the encore. He’s first and last, the opening band and “Fix You” all in one.

So it’s time to play the wonderful little game called What Does That Even Mean, the most expedient method for determining whether or not a lyric should be showing up on your church’s JumboTron. Encores are inherently part of performances, and strongly connote stages and adoring audiences. There may indeed be a stage at your church or at a Chris Tomlin performance, but God is certainly not on it, and chances are he might be miffed by our asking him to please, if he doesn’t mind, do come back and tap-dance for us once more before we retire to Red Lobster. Being at a loss as I still am, I’ll put it this way: without mind-numbing mental gymnastics, there’s no way in heaven and earth that God can be meaningfully referred to as an “encore.”

Reinforcing the connotations of this “encore” business is the later line “your name’s in lights/for all to see.” I’m not sure whether that was inspired by luminous heavenly bodies or by those $19.95 ballpark lithographs that were all the rage in the 90s, but I can conclude that sounds just about as silly as “you’re the encore.” The stars may serve as a beautiful reminder of God’s majesty, but they’re tired of hearing about it and, meaning or no meaning, “you’re name’s in lights” is about as clumsy a lyric as one can possibly imagine.

Not that I’m worried about you ever taking this song seriously again, but, as an exercise in dead-horse abuse, let me bring up the chronic weather metaphors, rhymed in the usual fashion (“All the earth will sing Your praise/The moon and stars, the sun and rain”). The rest of the song just says “Glory in the highest” over and over (and over and over). The Chris Tomlin formula has proven its worth once again: inane “invented” metaphors + weather metaphors + banal theology = coming immediately to “positive radio” and your congregation’s JumboTron.

(HT:TheCCMPatrol)

Metacritic your media 411

Joining Bzzagent today my first order of business was to check out Metacritic. This is a great site with a tons of information about music,movies, dvd, games, books, pretty much anything media related. I have already added the bookmark for cd releases and checked the reviews for a couple cd’s I have had my eye on.

Twitter Power

Was going to let everyone know that I have joined the Twitter revolution!! If you have ever been sitting at your desk or couch and thought..”I wonder what Jeremy is doing right this second.”, or “I want everyone to know what I am doing or thinking right this second.” then Twitter is for you! Just sign up and then add me as your friend and you can see what I am up to or tell everyone what you are doing (or shouldnt be doing).

Once you sign up you can find me HERE

There are some great apps for Twitter once you sign up…my faavorite is Twitterriffic. It lets you update and keep tabs on yoru friends right from your desktop, downside for you pc heathens is that it is Mac only. There is also apps for firefox and IE.