Thanks to the amazing Kha Do for this great footage of Aaron Spiro at a recent Habañero Collective House Show at the Thomas Listening Room:
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See the largest crocodile ever.
See some glow in the dark fungus.
See some really cool pumpkin carvings.
Read about the Chinese woman who climbed a 70ft wall to avoid an admission fee.
Read about the man who walked around the world.
See some square trees.
Read about the man who has lived on a roadkill diet for the last 30 years.
Read an independent musicians take on streaming music.
NEW TOM WAITS!
- Read Pitchfork’s review of Bad As Me from Tom Waits.
- Read Consequence of Sound‘s review.
- Read as The New York Times talks to Waits about the album.
- Read as The New Yorker considers the album.
Read as NPR considers how we pick our favorite sports teams.
Browse Paste’s top 10 picks of the CMJ music festival, including Holiday at the Sea favorite Chris Bathgate.
Read as Thom Rainer considers 5 signs that a church might be failing.
Read about NPR’s Michele Norris stepping aside from hosting duties.
Read as NPR interviews one of my favorite musicians, Joe Henry about his new album Reverie.
Read this piece wondering if “indie” music is actually just this generation’s version of “Adult Contemporary.”
Read as NPR talks to Perry Farrell about the latest Jane’s Addiction reunion.
Browse and consider as Time makes their picks for the 100 best songs (ever?).
Dan Cruver closed out the day’s session from Psalm 36.
When we get caught up in the everyday trappings of life, it often doesn’t feel like the Gospel applies to the world in which we live. Yet, God’s Story is “the real world.”
If we ask what God really wants from us, several verses might come to mind: Micah 6:8, Psalm 82:3, James 1:26-27. The Christian life should make a tangible difference in the lives of “the least of these.” We are called to bear witness to God’s image throughout all of life, reflecting His character, not only in our words but in deeds.
Our view of God drastically affects the way we live this out. We must learn to understand God primarily as a Giver. If we view God as wanting (anything) from us, we will not live, love and serve out of humble, joyful gratitude but out of fear and obligation. When we experience God as Giver, we are better equipped to serve those around us, including orphans.
The Fall changes the way we view God. The idols we create are always needy and wanting. We begin to view God this way as well, beginning to believe, somehow that God is just a taker. Our lives; our obedience become burdensome. It is only when we are washed afresh in grace that our obedience becomes worshipful.God created us to share in His love and delights.
When we doubt God as The Giver, we can look nowhere more powerful than the Cross where God gave Himself. God is the Supreme Giver and He has given us Jesus. Viewing God as the Giver reminds us of our emptiness and dependence. This then moves us to obedience, not out of obligation but joy.
No matter where you’re at in life, God is the Giver and it is in Him that we serve the orphan and widow.