Thursday Picks ~ 7-28-2016

Picks Thursday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

The Dangers Of Career-Driven WorshipDavid Santistevan
THE DANGERS OFWorship Leaders…this isn’t about a career. This is a calling. It’s not enough to “land” at a church and collect a paycheck.

Because here’s the bottom line: Worship Leaders are worship leaders based on how they lead with their lives…

…If you’re merely looking for a career…there’s other things you should do.

Why?

Leading worship isn’t glamorous – you’re not entertaining fans like Coldplay is at the arena down the road. If you are, you’re abusing your role as a pastor and servant of God’s people. It’s not about the glam of the spotlight.

The best worship leaders don’t overthink worship. They think about Jesus.


This article, ironically, is somewhat lengthy, but I found it interesting…

The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’  –Kyle Chayka
It has become an ostentatious ritual of consumerist self-sacrifice; people who have it all now seem to prefer having nothing at all…

But it takes a lot to be minimalist: social capital, a safety net and access to the internet. The technology we call minimalist might fit in our pockets, but it depends on a vast infrastructure of grim, air-conditioned server farms and even grimmer Chinese factories. As Lerner’s protagonist observes in “10:04,” even a dull convenience like a can of instant coffee grounds reaches him thanks to a fragile and tremendously wasteful network of global connections, a logistics chain that defies all logic, one undergirded by exploited laborers and vast environmental degradation.

There’s an arrogance to today’s minimalism that presumes it provides an answer rather than, as originally intended, a question…


An encouraging word for creatives in any area…
Refrigerator ArtManuel Luz
Justin ElephantThink about this. How many of you, at one time in your life, took one of your children’s crayon drawings and hung it on your refrigerator door? Why did you do that? Because the art was really good? Maybe, but probably you hung it because you loved your child. And that artwork represents a part of who your child is. That creation was an expression of someone you love…

Well, this is how God feels about us. About the things we create. Especially about the things we create for Him. Every song, every word, every dance, every painting, done for the King delights the King. He takes who we are, and the expressions of who we are, and He delights in it. Expressions of our life in the Kingdom not only bear witness to God, they directly put a smile on God’s face. He delights in the creations of His children. We all are, in a real sense, God’s creations, God’s art. And He takes what we offer Him, and He hangs it on the door of His heart.


Awesome! These young guys are pretty good, but wait for the ending…


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Click image for a larger view. Pearls Before Swine

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