May 2013 07

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Ames

You’re Beautiful

Oceans

Come Thou Fount

I Will Lift Up My Voice

Before the Throne

Morning Star

 

Ankeny

Cornerstone

Beneath the Waters

Lead Me to the Cross

In Christ Alone

Glory

Rhythms of Grace

 

 

 

May 2013 07

Plan B0

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David Livingston, our Salt Company staff visual artist, came up with a fantastic concept for one of our videos to promote Anthem, our next-gen worship event.  He explores why we are so drawn to music as a core medium of worship and why we should never desire for the rocks to cry out in praise to God.

Check it out.

Anthem 2013 – Promo from The Salt Company (Iowa State) on Vimeo.

 

 

May 2013 10

This is Water0

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I watched this over lunch today.  I found it both oddly moving and surprisingly fascinating for something that originated as a commencement speech.

It struck me as oddly moving because it touches on our natural disposition to think only of ourselves and view others as somehow less worthy than ourselves and as inconveniences to us as we go about our day.  I know that can often be true of my perspective. When I was in China, surrounded by a mass of 10 million tightly packed people who didn’t speak my language and then later in California surrounded by 7 million people, it was so easy to view them as an annoyance and hassle as I went about my day.  And even in little Ames, Iowa it’s natural to view the lady ahead of me at Walmart searching through her purse for a coupon with disdain for delaying my schedule.  As we’ve gone through Romans 12-16, I’ve been weekly convicted that the Gospel calls us to lay down our rights for the sake of Christ, something that I naturally resist.  Christ calls me to re-orient my perspective so that I love others by setting my priorities and preferences as secondary and the value and worth of others as primary.  This video, in part, communicates insightfully selfishness and the need for the truth of the Gospel in our day.  Which brings me to why I found it surprisingly fascinating.

As the video progresses David Foster Wallace, author of the speech and a novelist, gets closer and closer to profound insight, until right at the moment where he’s almost there he takes a huge turn and makes a conclusion that seems futile and almost in direct opposition to the first 7 minutes of his speech.  I’m fascinated by those that glimpse truth in the world, are able to see and communicate those truths with incredible insight, but then come to a conclusion that rejects God and the reason for those truths.

Wallace ends his speech:  

“It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over.  This is water.  This is water.”

Romans 1:19-21 says “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Watch “This is Water”.

 

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