Well here is my 2nd edition of Top Ten Tuesday. In honor of the NBA playoffs, today’s top ten is a video of Michael Jordan’s top ten dunks (according to nbatv). I’m sure some of them are up for discussion, but some of them are just flat out ridiculous. Check them out.
So I decided to follow the whole blog world and come up with catchy (or cheesy depending on how you look at it) names for regular blogs. I see this as helping in two ways: 1- it will basically guarantee that I blog at the very least once a week, which will hopefully grow to daily; And #2 – it will be a way to mix something from the culture with a simple, hopefully deep thought. Today…The Top 10 Grossing Films of all time.
Don’t forget to take time for reflection by reading the question after the list!
|2.||The Dark Knight (2008)||$533,316,061|
|3.||Star Wars (1977)||$460,935,665|
|4.||Shrek 2 (2004)||$436,471,036|
|5.||E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)||$434,949,459|
|6.||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)||$431,065,444|
|7.||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)||$423,032,628|
|9.||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)||$380,262,555|
|10.||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)||$377,019,252|
So do you think James Cameron (of Titanic fame) would give up his blockbuster to wipe out poverty?
Tonight we held a Good Friday service at our church. My brother (the youth pastor) spoke about guilt vs grace and how we cannot fully see the reality of the cross until we get past the guilt we feel. He said something that made some people chuckle, but I thought was right on point…so I wanted to share.
Jesus is not our cleaning lady. Jesus is not our dentist. It cheapens the cross and it cheapens grace.
I don’t personally have a cleaning business come in and clean my house once a week, but I know some who do. The night before the cleaning crew comes…time to tidy up for the cleaning crew. When we know we are going to the dentist, we brush like 3 times a day so when they ask if we’ve been brushing we can say yes. It’s not like that with Jesus. We don’t have to get right before we come to Him. He accepts us as we are. He sacrificed Himself for us as we were, are, and will be. If we think we can work for that sacrifice or do anything on our own, we cheapen the grace He gives us. If we can do it ourselves, why did He go to the cross?
We are human and we will probably never fully grasp the reality of the cross…but if we recognize that we will never full recognize the reality of the cross, then we maybe have recognized.
So as you would expect, the two busiest weeks of the year for church staff (especially worship guys) are the week prior to Christmas Eve and Easter week. This year we added a Easter Saturday night service to try to clear out space for the CE visitors who will undoubtedly come to the 11:15 service on Sunday morning. Did Jesus really rise after 2.5 days? No, but whatever. We can celebrate on Easter Saturday just like we should celebrate His aliveness every day. So it’s 2:30am. I’m leading a service tomorrow night, Friday night, Saturday night, and 3 on Sunday. So here are the Top Ten Late Night Thoughts of an Insomniac Worship Leader During Easter Week. (feel free to add your own)
10. Did I finish the creating the slides?
9. Should I save the real guilty-type songs for Good Friday or use them for the Communion service on Thursday?
8. I hope the drummer gets there on time…the last thing we need is a soundcheck running up to the service countdown.
7. Wait, are we singing Nothing But the Blood Thursday or Friday…I can’t remember. I think it’s Friday, no wait, it’s tomorrow. No it’s Friday, right before Lead Me to the Cross. Yep, Friday. Wait, is Lead Me to the Cross on Thursday or Friday?…
6. I wish I could stop thinking about all of these details that will work themselves out and focus on Christ.
5. Wait, did I finish creating the slides?
4. Maybe we should shift the song order so the powerful response song can become the powerful sermon set-up?
3. Are these song possible song order changes the Holy Spirit? or am I overthinking?
2. I wonder if other worship leaders have these same problems or if it’s just me.
1. I’m taking Monday off to make up for lost sleep!
Lately I’ve been wondering why people do the things they do? More directly, why do I do what I do?
When I say “things”, I mean everything. Why do I dress the way I do? Why do I speak the way I speak? Why do I view God the way I view God? Why do I write songs the way I write songs? So on and so forth.
Do I act a certain way or choose certain things because I am choosing to do them or are they innate? Or am I doing them because of the culture we live in or because somewhere along the way I started conforming?
I was speaking at a youth conference this past weekend and described college as a place where culture tells us we should find ourselves. A place where we should learn what we like and don’t like, who we want to be like, and who we are. I’ve learned that we should allow God to define who we are. We should find ourselves in Him. He is my creator so why would I not try to find out who He created me to be and go with that?
So…my goal is to do what I do because it’s what God has lead me to do. If I choose to look at things things with kingdom eyes, then I can’t go wrong. If I allow God to define who I am, and direct my steps, I’ll find the answer to my question “Why do I do what I do?”.
That is the correct answer.
We are at the Portsmouth District Youth Conference in Blackstone, VA this weekend. We’ll be doing a concert tomorrow night around 9-9:15. We have set up a camera with a live feed so you’ll be able to check it out and join the concert with hundreds of people here…from your very own computer. You’ll be able to chat about what you see and get to know some other people who’ll be watching from around the world (probably not from around the world). All you have to do is go on justin.tv/keithelgin tomorrow night at 9 and rock out with us. You can also go check out the page now to see the test run we did during tonight’s session. If you are able to join us tomorrow night, make sure you post on the facebook fanpage/send me an email/get in touch and let me know what you think! And spread the Word!
I’m kinda new to this whole blogging thing…so my first thought/question: Does anybody leave the automated first message from WordPress? You know…”Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!”?
I just need to know if I’m a blogging loser because I deleted it and wrote my own…or if I’m a blogging loser because I deleted it to pretend that it was never there? Or am I just a loser because I’m even questioning it? Yep…probably the last one.
Well anyway, my plan is to share my life, thoughts, and music on this blog. I already have a once-in-a-while youtube video blog where I actually made one entry almost a year ago. Pretty good huh? I guess random videos of live songs don’t count as video blogs? Or do they? See what I mean…I’m new at this. I don’t know the rules of blogging, so I’ll either figure them out or make them up as I go. Check back here to see how I do.
ps. here are a couple of youtube videos from my “video blog”