A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
Sadly, this will be the last LC Re:commends, at least for the summer. I thought #50 would be the perfect stopping point, and I won’t have time to put these together over the next few months. While I enjoy them, they take a lot more time than you would think, and not too many people read them. Perhaps I’ll start back in the fall. We’ll see. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page. I’m always sharing my great finds there
Bible Passage: John 1:14. I was asked to memorize this verse for this summer. Not a hard task, since it was our key verse one year at camp. It’s meant a lot to me ever since. I explained it to kids about 30 times, but it was worth it. They needed to know, just like everyone else, that Jesus, God’s son, became one of us and lived among us and that we were able to see his incomparable greatness, grace, and truth. And since we have observed this glory, we are to share it with others.
The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Ministry/Prayer Request: Generation Send. This Tuesday, I leave for another summer adventure of kingdom work. Please pray for me and my team as we learn, grow, and serve in Atlanta.
Movie: The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel wasn’t my favorite I read in high school (I’m more of a Steinbeck or Faulkner girl), but I liked it well enough. The jury might be out on this movie indefinitely, though. I really enjoyed it– it was superbly entertaining. Now. I’m just not sure if thirty years from now, people won’t be rewatching it saying, “Why is this movie so confused about what time period it’s set in? Why are we hearing 2010′s music, but seeing the 1920′s?” It was cool now, for sure. But I’m not sure the coolness of that ambiguity will last. Maybe it will. I don’t know. However, the movie was glitzy and beautiful, it stayed pretty true to the book, the acting was fitting, and the filmmakers handled the overwhelming symbolism Fitzgerald intended remarkably well. In fact, I hope symbolism was the point behind the time confusion– as the immutability of the past is one of the main themes. As are shooting stars– at least, according to this high school student who wrote a Gatsby book report after only seeing the movie. Because of shirts.
Article: Why I’m Not Giving up on Church on RELEVANT. Matt Erickson writes about the statistical evidence of decline in the Western Church, but follows up with a primer on the Church’s significance and future according to Scripture. There is hope. Great hope, actually.
Quote: Pam Halpert, in The Office finale.
There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?
Album: The Lone Bellow– The Lone Bellow. I discovered this indie folk band literally a few days ago and have been listening to their debut, self-titled album nonstop since. They could be compared to Mumford & Sons, or any number of bands in that genre right now, but from what I’ve heard so far, I like these guys better. That’s right. Their songs are addictive, vulnerable, heartbreaking, and/or fun. Great tunes. Great lyrics. No air of hipster superiority. “Bleeding Out” is probably one of the best new songs I’ve heard this year; it illustrates our deep desire to live a life of significance (I’m predicting it will be the next “Ho Hey”). Their story is inspiring, too. Favorite Tracks: Bleeding Out, You Can Be All Kinds of Emotional, Teach Me to Know, You Never Need Nobody, Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold.
Video: Star Trek: Middle School Musical. Rhett and Link are basically geniuses. This is equal parts hilarious and cute.
You can read previous Re:commends lists here.