Weekly Favorite Links (February 26-March 4, 2015)

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I am currently in that stage of life where many of my friends are settling down and getting married. This means a lot of engagement parties, bridal showers, wedding shenanigans, becoming poorer but all in good fun. Just this past weekend, I got to witness the marriage of two good friends. I met them only a year ago, but this couple truly shines because of how much they care and serve others. In fact, I value both friendships dearly and respect them as older and wiser siblings in Christ.

I was quite honored to be a part of their special moment and, up to that point, had been counting down the days until the wedding for months. While I looked forward to the public exchanging of rings and declaration of vows, I think what I appreciated most was that that the wedding was centered on Christ. My favorite part in the entire ceremony was when everyone in attendance worshiped God with their voices as we sang a couple songs.

One song we sang, “Before the Throne of God Above,” is one of my favorite modern hymns, and I remember closing my eyes and just basking in the joy of praising God together. It was also a great reminder that we were all attending this wedding because of God — it was Christ that brought these two individuals together and Christ who will sustain their marriage until death do them part. In my opinion, each walk down the altar is a miracle and a testament of God’s provision and grace.

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This past week was like a treasure field full of awesome links. Check out my favorite stuff on the web now and share yours!

Christianity:

The Sin of Badmouthing President Obama – Some wise words.

Who Turned the Lights Out? – Bob Kauflin offers some great insights into church history on lighting during worship, as well as his own thoughts on why it is good to either turn off and on the lights during musical worship. Before I attended my current church, almost all Sunday worship services that I attended turned off the lights when it came time for musical worship. However, I do think there’s some solid reasoning to keeping the lights on. If we are talking about personal preference, though, I prefer the lights dimmed, but not completely off. What do you guys think?

Every Small Group Needs a Vision – YES. Perfect timing in light of my church’s new vision statement, which was just unveiled recently. I pray that my small group would be able to help fulfill our church’s vision statement and that we would continue to be an effective, focused group. After all, we ought to sharpen each other and use the time that we have with each other with much discernment.

Mini-Me-Making and Disciple-Making – Preach! “Mini-me making is a passing fancy. Disciple making is a long-suffering joy.”

The Drop Box Film – This documentary is finally released and showing NOW. It is only playing in select theaters in the U.S. for 3 days – yesterday, today, and tomorrow! I heard really good things about it from some friends and wish my schedule worked out so I could see it in theaters. Guess I can only wait until it comes out on DVD or something. For now, take a look at the trailer!

Facebook Obsession and the Anguish of Boredom – The post that I didn’t get a chance to write (yet). Guilty of being addicted to Facebook and Instagram. Remember, we are all works in progress.

Dear Rules, I Love You – Love this about Psalm 119.

Some of my all-time favorite preachers, whose writings and sermons were/are instrumental in my own spiritual journey, were at The CROSS Conference last week. I did not attend, but thankfully I can listen to all the sermons from the conference on their website, free of charge. The next CROSS will be held on December 27-30, 2016.

Food:

10 Things You to Try and Not to Try with Peanut Butter – I don’t think I’ve ever thought of combining peanut butter with more acidic foods, but it’s worth trying. I think out of all of these, I want to try peanut butter and kimchi the most. I hope it will exceed my palette’s expectations.

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies – You can never go wrong with brownies. Unless you hate chocolate. Then we might not be able to be friends.

Overnight Spiced Sugar Bun – These look like they’re from Tartine Bakery! Don’t they look like their morning buns, which, for the record, are amazing.

Roasted Pork and Caramelized Pineapple Enchiladas – The colors are beautiful!

Pureed Cauliflower Soup – So pretty.

Whole Wheat Brown Butter Bundt Cake – Two words: BROWN BUTTER.

Avocado Fries – I can’t even. Avocados are definitely on my list of all-time favorite foods. EVER. So making this.

Misc:

When Your Punctuation Says It All – I really enjoyed reading this piece. It’s interesting how our styles of writing have changed over time and how something like punctuation marks changes the tone and meaning of words said in any written dialogue. Also interesting to note that sometimes we forgo punctuation altogether, for the sake of convenience and time.

Forget Coffins and Consider Organic Burial Pods – This is kinda cool.

Samsung Unveils the New S6 – Whoa, cool. Looking forward to all the new upgrades and changes. I may reconsider using a Samsung phone again in the future.

When things that happen in dramas become real life stories. Crrraaazzzyyy, but how awesome that these twins were reunited!

Music:

I used to be obsessed with Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui before they got really, really famous from YouTube. To this day, my favorite video is their cover of Nelly’s Just a Dream, guest starring Christina Grimmie before she also got famous on the internet (which was due to that cover actually). I think my friends and I had that as our phone ringtones for the longest time. I recently started tuning in to what they’ve been up to and found this Imagine Dragons Medley starring Max Schneider and Jasmine Thompson. Not bad, but it doesn’t beat the days when it was just Kurt and Sam though.

19 Songs You Didn’t Know Ed Sheeran Wrote – Whoa, I did not know this. Is it just me, or does the latest One Direction album sound much more mature and mellow? I love it though.

Here’s a mash-up of Taylor Swift’s two songs, Blank Space and Style. Not bad.

Sports:

A Day in the Life of Jeremy Lin: All-Star Break – I don’t really follow sports except when it’s Olympics season or the Lakers are winning. Or if it has something to do with Jeremy Lin. Yes, I am fan, but I semi-follow what’s going on with his plays. I just don’t have the energy to keep track of everything that happens in the sports world, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t love watching a good game or reading game highlights. Having said that, I really enjoy watching little snapshots into a basketball player’s life, and seeing what he does with his free time. It’s interesting.

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6 Comments

  1. Aaron says:

    So many links!

    Regarding lights in worship — I really like singing with the lights on at church. It reinforces the fact that we’re not a concert. It allows the congregation to see each other singing, and this is encouraging. And I think artistically it’s a statement of how we as a church are not ashamed to sing the gospel of Christ. So this is a reminder to me, and something that I hope our church continues to do.

    I also appreciate the value of modern lighting and the ability to create ambience and mood! So for Thursday or Friday nights or maybe even special praise nights or concerts — I’m all for lights. I freaking love lights. A great light show does wonders for live music. But for Sunday mornings — my preference will be to keep the lights on!

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    • endorap says:

      I LOVED everything you said. I guess I never really thought much about the impact of lighting in worship and how it does play a huge part in the way we perceive God during worship, and how it allows us to respond as a congregation. It’s also interesting that lighting does create ambience in a room — which, as you mentioned, is great for concerts, but perhaps not something for a Sunday corporate service.

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  2. Arwen says:

    I love these posts. Such great resources. =) I especially liked the one about lights during worship. I’ve heard arguments both ways, and it doesn’t matter THAT much to me. But in general, I prefer lights on, or at least up so that people can see each other. Isn’t the point of corporate worship to worship together? And how are we supposed to do that if we can’t see?

    Anyways, also REALLY liked the article on small group, especially since we’ve just recently switched groups, and it’s better to establish a rhythm/goal/purpose in the beginning rather than feel like we’ve wasted weeks of each Thursday night meeting for no good reason.

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    • endorap says:

      Aww, thanks honey!

      Yeah, I don’t think the lighting matters THAT much to me either, but I do believe that we should have reasons for why we do things. That’s a good point– it’s important to have people see one another during corporate worship, especially the worship leaders to be able to see the congregation well enough to lead them during worship.

      Yup, that article on small group was really good. 🙂

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