Friday, September 09, 2005

Over the Rhine

Baird, Jess, Ben & I checked out a great gig at the Iron Horse tonight.
Over the Rhine...a husband and wife duo (Lynford and Karin) plus their band. Baird and I have followed their work, more or less, for over 10 years. With us were Sarah (Rev. of First Congre Hadley) and husband Andrew (religion prof at Amherst Col), also long time fans. Sarah actually met OTR at a festival 14 years ago, when they were just barely getting started. We also saw long time friend Kris (manager of 10,000 Villages in Noho) and her husband Seth (& they have a baby on the way!!) and Leah (of Steiger Ministries and Jacob's Well) and a few other familiar faces.

Awesome stuff. Not familiar with Over the Rhine? Check out their web page on the horse to enter the site :-)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Thanks for the invite

Hey Ben,

Thanks for the invite! It's a treat to be a part of this community.

Classes started up for me today, so it's back to nerdville. I love going to classes and learning, but I really don't like homework....

We took Lauren to college in New Hampshire. She is settling in and making lots of new friends. And we are adjusting to life without her smiling face, silly antics and SQUEALS of delight!


Review of Sufjan Stevens

So Ian invited me to Pearl St. last night to check out this new hotshot Christian indie-rocker named Sufjan Stevens. I have to say that I haven't heard anything like him, in the same way that I had never heard anything like Frank Zappa or They Might Be Giants. The 8-piece band came out in cheerleader gear representing Illinois (the state Sufjan is currently focused on for his tour - he plans to write an album for every state in the US). The band was very warm and friendly, incredibly in sync with one another. The cheers were awesome too - one for each major city/town - and hilarious at times. The atmosphere was very good-natured, and Sufjan didn't take anything too seriously. They messed up once in a while - the trumpet player started playing and the whole song stopped because Sufjan had put his capo half a step to high on his guitar. They just laughed it off. For everything they were trying to accomplish, one could only be accomodating to this group. And at the end they thanked the audience for it. The lyrics were hefty, and even when I didn't understand them I was just listening to the interesting phonical combinations. Definitely an Aaron Blodgett band.

As for Pearl St. Ballroom, it's not my cup of tea. I don't enjoy standing for that long a period of time, and would've much rather enjoyed them at Iron Horse. Perhaps next time. Thanks to Ian and Colleen and Jerod Weinman for a wonderful night out!

Church Folks for a Better America

Hey guys,
George Hunsinger at Princeton has setup a cool group:

Thought you might enjoy it.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Garlic and Arts - Sept 17-18

Hey..anyone up for a journey to Orange, MA for the Garlic and Arts Fest? How about Saturday 9/17, mid day...maybe car pool or caravan from Shute-Ho? Rain date..Sunday 9/18 mid day? Admission $4. Let me know... Carol
for more info check out

this got posted on today

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

On my free night

So thanks to Ian for having a birthday. It was good running into you peeps!
I thought I'd throw out some more quotes just for kicks, as I pretend to be a student again at Rao's. This is from the quintessential introductory book on Barth's theology by Eberhard Busch (it's really well-written, just like George Hunsinger's stuff). It's called "The Great Passion: An Introduction to Barth's Theology:"

"Barht's theology does not query theology regarding its spiritual substance. For all the questioning, theology has its own distinctive quality. Even where it is modern, it repudiates what is coquettishly novel. Even where it stands in the tradition of the church, it plows a new furrow. When speaking about what concerns it deeply, it refrains from subjective emotionality. And yet when it thinks "strictly objectively," it does so with perceptible warmth. It speaks often in an elementary way yet avoids catchwords. It goes into detail at times but steers clear of what is unimportant. It focuses on the singular center of faith yet sees it from different concrete angles. It does not address a detail without keeping the total picture always in view. It gets down to the root of things yet keeps in mind the possible and necessary rammifications. It steadfastly puts to scripture the question whether this is how it is, and it does not separate from dogmatics the ethical question: "What shall we do?" It professes a definite knowledge but does not ride certain principles to death, because it is always engaged in a long marcch forwards, without ever roving around short of breath and purpose. Even in difficult movements of thought it never loses the childlikeness of faith. Starting with faith, it relentlessly seeks insight, enlightenment. It never flees from problems, and it recalls forgotten issues. In the flow of thought it anticipates possible objections yet also has the courage to ignore purportedly relevant challenges because - and here Barth praised his unorthodox teacher, C. Blumhardt - "other things were more important to him." in addressing its temporal context, his theology was more like the needle of a compas than a weather vane. Reflecting on the eternal truth of God, it spoke not from the rocking chair but from the trenches of the church militant. It looked at the church's present status but also looked beyond the horizon at the presence of world-wide church history, the history of our Christian forebears - "What a lot of remarkable things, long assigned to the lumber room, I have come past all along the way and really, I have found almost everywhere that in each of them there was something that was worth saying again." His theology was looking ahead, strengthening the church to continue its existence as an "unassuming . . . mobile brotherhood" even when it had lots its "acknowledged position" (Church Dogmatics IV/4, p. 168). Theology was for Barth a "free science." He knew that it was tied to the object of its knowledge, and yet it moved in the air of freedom in which it could appropriate the insights even of non-Christians. It distrusted the force of its own logic and asked always whether its efforts of thought might not involve a "flight from the living God." Nevertheless, it was always sure of its subject matter. IT questioned much yet never doubted the divine "presupposition." Adopting a phrase of Nietzche, we might call Barth's theology a "joyous science." We can look calmly at its weaknesses, and as Barth said of Calvin's theology without overlooking its faults, we can affirm that it has a powerful "flow."

Sunday, September 04, 2005

And What Did You Do Today?

I had fun.

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