Saturday, May 06, 2006

Harmonica Man on the Corner Says...

Happy Saturday!

Harmonica Man (my moniker) was bouncing around and waving his happy sign at motorists driving along Guadalupe. His harmonica performance was terrific.

[Taken this morning at 29th and Guadalupe, Austin, TX]

Harmonica Man on the Corner Says...
Originally uploaded by whatnext.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Forgetting Sovereignty

How often we forget that God is sovereign. I was reminded of my own inability to remember while reading Müller's and Schönherr's Afterward to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's magical little Prayerbook of the Bible:
Christian prayer is not a natural self-expression directed at God, an uttering of spiritual needs, but rather a way to God. Only Jesus Christ can go this way...At its core, then, prayer is a praying along with Jesus ... Christians, then, do not pray as their own spirit and feelings happen to dictate. The Spirit of Christ in them teaches them how and why they ought to pray. (pp. 180-181)

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Da Vinci Code: Be Prepared

Prolific Presbyterian pastor Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts has created a wonderful FAQ for the upcoming release of the movie The Da Vinci Code.

In Honor of May Day...

A memorial to those who became victims of communism.

[Hat tip to Instapundit]

100 Years of Azusa Street

It went largely unnoticed here in Austin and on campus, but last week was the 100th anniversary of the Asuza Street Revival. The revival marked the birth or Pentacostalism in the United States. Since 1906, Pentacostalism has exploded across the globe.

Professor Cecil M. Robeck Jr. (of Fuller Theological Seminary)
Once you have been touched by God at such a deep level, right down to the tongue that you speak, and your ability to speak the language that you've been trained in all of your life leaves you, there is no turning back.
Krista Tippett:
Outsiders often focus their attention on the aspects of this movement they find most puzzling, especially its ecstatic forms of worship. I am more struck this week on Azusa Street by the improbable mix of humanity this faith can bring together. And the transformative power of its whole-body spirituality is visible and palpable. It is difficult, nearly impossible, to apply a lens of rationality and objectivity to the experiential faith of Pentecostalism. But all of us — journalists, policymakers and citizens — must find new ways to understand and take this movement seriously, for it is changing our world.
I might add that future leaders of other denominations must pay close attention as well.

More here at Speaking of Faith.