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Archive for June, 2012

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Learn the music – then forget it!

I’m increasingly learning the value of the ‘no music on stage’ rule and how much it increases energetic interaction with ‘the room’. Recently I was reminded of of this great challenge from jazz music legend Charlie Parker:

You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.

 

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People & Things

God made us to love people and use things. Why is it that we so often love things and use people? – Calvin Miller

Great blog from David Timms reminding us that too often we:

We love “things” because they require little or nothing of us. To love money, possessions, or even organizations (yes, and churches) requires little of us. It’s so much easier than loving people. “Things” don’t argue with us, disagree with us, challenge us, or correct us. “Things” let us do whatever we like.

No longer do we share messy life experiences as we love one another. Instead, we are challenged to be part of a “higher cause,” a vision bigger than ourselves or each other. We may use the language of love—“loving God; loving others” or some such slogan—but our actions (at times) may reflect a recruiting drive more than pastoral engagement. The organization assumes greater importance than the individual people.

We increasingly tend to love things and use people.

What might we glean from revisiting and reviewing the life of the One who owned virtually nothing, built virtually nothing, but gave Himself totally to those around Him?