"Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity.
We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity. An Age of Religious Pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
"Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world." - Todd Littleton
"I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see." - Anon
"Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all." - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
"Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals." - Jim Forest
"People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." - Anon
"... Certainly God's love has made fools of us all." - R.E. Slater
"An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst." - R.E. Slater
"Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics." - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
"Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument.
There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is
irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a
power, or a principle that can be manipulated." - Emil Brunner
"Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh" means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Jesus Christ Superstar. A Rock Opera



An iconoclastic film. Incredible in vision.
Disturbing to listen to. A true throwback to the 60s.
And, an all time fav...

It was my pleasure to have known several cast members of the original New York Broadway play many years after leaving its production. They were casted for the play like many others unawares of the dramatic spiritual affect their selection would place upon them after re-creating Christ's passion night-after-night before live audiences. Ron and Eileen Jacobs were part of this experience, and if memory serves, Ron helped in its staging while Eileen sang and played the part of Mary. Like so many others would experience during this time, they came to know the power of God's salvation in their lives. And where each cast member came with their own stories of disinterest in God, distance from the Gospel, or ignorance of Jesus, each by-and-by came to a rich, living faith in the Messiah Jesus they came to know as their own Lord and Savior. Today, as testimony to their message to Christ as risen Savior many others, like myself, have been blessed to hear again the Gospel of Jesus reproduced in its poignancy, spiritual depth, and disturbing questions that would plague our souls. Questions asking, "What will you do with this day with Jesus of Nazareth?" Even as they were asked of men and women 2000 years ago in their day. May the holy Father, our Redeemer God Creator, be praised for His provision of atonement this day in Jesus Christ His Son, our Mediator Priest, eternal Sacrifice, and Risen Lord. Amen

R.E. Slater
Easter 2013


1970s Audio Version (23 CD Titles) + Full 1970s Movie Version (2 hr 1 min)
+ 1996 Audio Version (1 hr 23 min) are listed further below



DISC ONE

1
Overture - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

2
Heaven on Their Minds - Jesus Christ Superstar Track 2 Official Soundtrack 1970

3
What's The Buzz/Strange Thing Mystifying - JCS -1970 version

4
Everything's Alright - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

5
This Jesus Must Die - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

6
Hosanna - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

7
Simon Zealotes - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

8
Pilate's Dream - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version) 

9
The Temple - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

10
Everything's Alright (Reprise) - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

11
I Don't Know How To Love Him - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)

12
Damned For All Time/Blood Money - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Version)



DISC TWO

1
The last supper - Jesus Christ Superstar 1996

2
Jesus Christ Superstar Gethsemane (I only want to say) 1970 version

3
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Gethsemane / The Arrest part 1

3b
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - The Arrest part 2

4
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Peter's Denial

5
Pilate and Christ - Jesus Christ Superstar

6
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - King Herod's Song

7
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (18HQ) Judas Death (((Stereo))) {HQ} (Repost)

8
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Trial Before Pilate / Superstar

9
Jesus Christ Superstar - Superstar

10
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (21HQ) The Crucifixion (((Stereo))) {HQ} (Repost)

11
John Nineteen: Forty-One



Please Note:

1970 & 1996 Audio Versions + Full 1970s Movie Version

are listed further below




















THE NAMES OF GOD -


Matthew 27

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood;[b] see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged[c] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters,[d] and they gathered the whole battalion[e] before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

45 Now from the sixth hour[f] there was darkness over all the land[g] until the ninth hour.[h] 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son[i] of God!”

55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[j] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.


Matthew 28

The Resurrection

28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

The Great Commission

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”




Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) full cd
Full Movie


Film version of the musical stage play,
presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life,
told in an anachronistic manner.

Director:
Norman Jewison

Writers:
Melvyn Bragg (screenplay),
Norman Jewison (screenplay),
and 1 more credit »

Stars:
Ted Neeley,
Carl Anderson,
and
Yvonne Elliman



Additional Resources:



Full 1996 Audio - Jesus Christ Superstar (1996 London Studio Cast)






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