More from XPN here.
N.T. Wright reflects in his book Surprised by Hope on the final stanza in the hymn How Great Tho Art:
”When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.”
The second line, Wright argues, might be better read “And heal this world, what joy shall fill my heart.” Actually, the original Swedish version of the hymn doesn’t talk about Christ coming to take me home; that was the translator’s adaption. Rather, it speaks of the veils of time falling, faith being changed into clear sight, and the bells of eternity summoning us to our Sabbath rest, all of which has a lot more to recommend it.
Wright’s book focuses on rethinking heaven, the resurrection, and the mission of the church. If you are interested in these topics or want to find a more unambiguous understanding of what the church should preach, it is worth finding at your local library.
- The family of Amy Winehouse believes she died because her body couldn’t take the withdrawal from alcohol. A friend of mine recently made a “too soon” joke about her: she has now been sober for 1 week.
- TIME counts off their top 30 music videos of all time.
- In case you hadn’t heard, Bob Dylan’s grandson, Pablo Dylan, is a rapper.
- Tim Wise will have two new books out in the next six months!
- Some awesome pictures from the Tour de France 2011.
- President Obama comments today on the debt ceiling crisis.
Enjoy this trippy video for a French indie-pop group, The Bewitched Hands.
I haven’t felt the desire to blog in a few weeks. Why? Politics as usual has bored me (especially with the debt ceiling debate). The heat has zapped some of my energy, good books have abounded, and music has been all around me.
Only a few times this week have I checked my blogroll. Here is a nice summer video you can sit back and enjoy:
PURE BRONTE from Marcus O’Brien on Vimeo.
If you are in need of a summer album to listen to in the car or elsewhere, check out Foster The People’s album Torches. Most people know of their lead single “Pumped Up Kicks“, but the other 9 tracks on their debut album will not disappoint. They are just as catchy, funky, and dance-able.
Also, you can listen to an interview they did with XPN as well as some live studio tracks from Torches here.
These are from the upcoming Every Teardrop is a Waterfall EP. Enjoy:
H/T: All About the Music
Paying respect to Gil passing the other week with a neat video to his one song “The Revolution will not be Televised”.
- A list of the 50 best cover songs ever.
- Some info behind the sped-up re-authorization of the PATRIOT act.
- A drug war-style raid on a house that had some small connection to viewing a pornographic website a year ago.
- A Macbook thief gets pwned.
- Police officers in New Mexico can take guns away from drivers who pose no threat.
- A Mexican teacher has been honoured after video footage showed her calming pupils (via singing to them) as a gun battle raged outside her school.
Pictured: Bob Dylan performs at the Singers Club Christmas Party in London, December 22, 1962.
If you need one, this childhood favorite of mine may help: