Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: So with the long Labor Day weekend coming up, I thought a “work related” song might be appropriate. That got me to thinking about one of the Michael Moore documentaries that I saw a while back. Not sure which one it was, but there was a song at the end of the movie titled “L’Internationale” by Tony Babino. It’s a swinging jazz version of an older song by the same name. Check it out… enjoy the swingin’ groove… and HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

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What I Did Over My Summer Vacation

I am thoroughly convinced that every teacher who ever assigned that writing assignment on the first day of school was stalling for time while they got the rest of their REAL curriculum together.

…but I digress…

With the summer coming to a close in just a few days, I thought I would use this “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” premise to recap all of my ooey gooey blogging goodness over the summer months. Therefore, I shalt take the title of all my blogs (with the exception of the “Time To Learn” series) and give you a three word synopsis (aka “3WS”) describing my thoughts/feelings. Of course if you’re interesting in reading any of these blogs (and I definitely encourage you to), feel free to click the links on the vertical toolbar to the right and help yourself. Check it out:

JUNE 2014

The Dark Room (Parts 1 and 2)
3WS = Unprofessional Church Musicians

Purpose By God’s Design
3WS = Charles Stanley Devotional

The Faithful Few
3WS = Less Is More

The Real Gospel Challenge: WHO and WHY
3WS = Sing For God

Working In The Shop
3WS = Workshops Do Work

JULY 2014

Double Booked
3WS = Schedule A Break

The Inbox (Parts 1 through 9)
3WS = Funny And Interesting

AUGUST 2014

Challenge Is Inevitable (Parts 1 and 2)
3WS = Don’t Be Complacent

Church Is NOT A Hospital (Parts 1 through 3)
3WS = Church Is Church

The Paomnnehal Pweor Of The Hmuan Mnid
3WS = Fearfully, Wonderfully Made

What I Did Over My Summer Vacation
3WS = Clip Show Equivalent

CONCLUSION

I think the conclusion here is that for as much as I love music, there is a whole wide world of subject matter to explore both musical and non-musical. The main thing to remember is that regardless of what you’re reading or studying, just make sure that you never get complacent in your learning. A laugh, an “Ah Ha!”, an “I’m going to use that”, or even a “Really?!?!?!?” are the very things that help us to grow.

That’s what I did (on WordPress) this Summer. What about you?

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: I don’t know quite how to explain it, but I’ve been on a hymn kick this week. The hymn of the week? “Pass Me Not”. There are a lot of clips to choose from of singers who sing this song, but this one is my favorite. Pastor E. Dewey Smith of The Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Check it out.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

The Paomnnehal Pweor Of The Hmuan Mnid

Have you all ever seen the show called “Brain Games” on the Science network? It’s an interesting show all about how the human brain works and if you haven’t seen it, you need to. Nonetheless, that show got me to thinking about a science project I did back in high school on optical illusions. Therefore, I thought I would present to you a TEXT ILLUSION that will prove to you just how good your brain actually is. Enjoy.

THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID.

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what order the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny imrmoatnt thing is that the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mswes and you can still raed it wouthit porbelm. This is bcuseae the human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Church Is NOT A Hospital [Part 3/3]

DISCLAIMER: Before you read this, just know that I’m a Bible reader/believer, NOT a theologian. Therefore, these are only my internal thoughts. Nothing more. Nothing less.

I went to BibleGateway.com and did a keyword search for “Jesus” and “heal” and found about 16-17 references (depending on the version that you use) of Jesus healing somebody. The common event of all of those healings is that NOBODY who was healed by Jesus suffered a relapse.

Jesus would be considered a “hospital emptier”.

Additionally, there was another common event of all those healings. Jesus addressed the condition of the heart (mind, will, and emotions) before any healing took place. To me, that indicates that a spiritual healing had to happen before a physical healing could happen AND that one could not occur without the other (where Jesus was concerned).

So what does that mean?

If a hospital is in place to heal your physical body, then the church (in the context of healing) is in place to deal with the condition of your heart. Hospitals can’t do both. Churches can’t do both. I’m convinced that they can work in conjunction with one another, but neither institution is the “Wal-Mart” of total healing.

Now is that to say that God can’t perform healing miracles in the church? OF COURSE NOT! God can heal you on the spot wherever you are and doesn’t need the four walls of a church OR a hospital to do it (just keep in mind that the condition of your heart and the condition of your body are constantly linked).

But to say that “The church is like a hospital… sick people come here to get healed” is a false statement. Why?

Because the purpose of the church is to carry out the Great Commission:

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)

So we see here that the church is definitely NOT a hospital because the purpose of the church is much higher than JUST fixing a runny nose or a broken leg. The purpose of the church is to equip the saints to “go out and make disciples, baptize them, and teach them”.

Bottom line: I think it’s time to delete this “church/hospital” phrase from our religious lexicon, call a thing a thing, and treat each institution with the purpose that it was originally designed for. A hospital is a hospital. A church is a church. Done and done.

Also, the church is not a bank, but that’s a blog for another time.

[Thanks SENIOR for the inspiration to write this 3-part blog series. I look forward to our next discussion.]

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: I came across this song on accident, but I love it. This is jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan playing “Totem Pole”. It’s got that driving old school jazz feel. Check it out.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Church Is NOT A Hospital [Part 2/3]

Let’s talk definitions and who better to talk definitions with than the word master himself… Webster (as in “Webster’s Dictionary”).

CHURCH (noun)

1: a building for public and especially Christian worship
2: the clergy or officialdom of a religious body
3: often capitalized: a body or organization of religious believers

…and now…

HOSPITAL (noun)

1: a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2: an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care
3: a repair shop for specified small objects (a clock hospital)

If you look at these two definitions for what they are as they are written, we can clearly see that they are NOT the same. In fact, nowhere in either definition do we even come close to making the connection that these two institutions are the same. So how do we get to rhetorical statements like:

“The church is like a hospital. Sick people come here to get healed.”

SENIOR (to find out who SENIOR is, please read the last blog) told me that (paraphrased) “No one wants to be in a hospital all their life” and with these definitions in mind, that makes a lot of sense. Needy. Aged. Infirmed. Sick. Injured. Where I live we have a non-emergency healthcare facility called “Patient First” (or as I loving call it “Doc-In-A-Box”) and if you’ve ever been there (or any facility like it) then you know the feeling you get when you’re sitting in the waiting room and everybody around you is coughing, sneezing, blowing their noses, running back and forth to the bathroom, moaning, groaning, in pain, so on and so forth. Let’s throw two scenarios into play:

SCENARIO #1: You are sitting in our “waiting room of contagious co-pays” and you’re not even sick/injured. You’re there for a physical (but probably worried that you might get sick).

SCENARIO #2: You are sitting in our “waiting room of contagious co-pays” and you actually ARE sick/injured.

Do you have those two visuals in your head? Good. So tell me this:

After the nurse calls you to the back, the doctor diagnoses you, you get your medicine, and go home to recover with meds, fluids, and rest, AT WHAT POINT AFTER YOU HAVE RECOVERED do you go BACK to your non-emergency healthcare facility just to say “Wzup?” to the doctors and hang out with the nurses for lunch?

I would imagine none of you would… at least until the next time you get sick or injured.

The purpose of a hospital is to repair (to the best of the doctors’ knowledge) your physical body and the ailments thereof. There’s no spiritual healing whatsoever, only physical. In fact, if you never got sick or injured, there would be no need for doctors OR hospitals. Therefore, we can conclude from this that the hospital is definitely NOT a church (although there is a small chapel tucked away in a corner on the first floor of every hopsital)…

Yet we continue to conclude that the church IS a like a hospital???

Stay tuned…