According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
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)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

David Crowder Band

David recently joined us at Mars Hill and was a tremendous blessing as we sang together in praise and worship to our Lord God Almighty. And as we sang I thought how talented this young man was, so cool, so humble, as he stood in the middle of the congregation leading us in worship, singing and playing our old worship songs so much better than I had ever heard them sung or played before. All the while singing next to me, my very wise daughter was studiously reading my thoughts, knowing that I don't spend much time anymore listening to music, before quietly leaning over to say, "Dad, this guy's David Crowder." Accurately suspecting that I still didn't know who the guitar-player was and that her words weren't quite registering with me just yet, she then spoke very slowly the following statement, letting each word sink in, "Dad..., he... wrote... these... songs!" Most likely with a smirk in her eyes as she spoke these words while it began to dawn upon me that my daughter must be right, he must have written these songs because they sounded so brilliant, so humble, so contrite, sung as if before the very cross of Calvary with a heart full of praise and thanksgiving! So thank you David for sharing your love of the Savior with us as they were sung and played to our hearts of God's amazing love. And thank you for writing such heart-felt songs! May God bless you and may His name be praised as we sing of His love and majesty!

R.E. Slater
January 18, 2012

David Crowder Band
You Make Everything Glorious

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How He Loves

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Forever and ever and ever...

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O Praise Him

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Never Let Go

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No One Like You

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Come Thou Fount

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