Thursday, January 23, 2003

From the January edition of BBM Magazine:

House of God

The Church of England has formally endorsed using dance music as a method of recruiting young people in a strategy they're labelling 'raves in the nave'...
The concept has just won backing from the Church's organising body, the General Synod and could see chaplains appointed to clubs. The idea first emerged in the mid 90's through groups like the World Wide Message Tribe (now known as the Tribe) who spoke in 1996 about their clubber - friendly approach. 'Dance Music is the music of the kids of Manchester,' the Tribe's then chief Andy Hawthorne said. 'We think of ourselves as missionaries. Most kids in Manchester are pagans because they don't know the basic information about the Christian faith.' Also appearing in the same article was another evangelical dance producer, whose uncompromising views on religion and wholesome living made him one of club culture's most mocked individuals at the time. 'I was talking to someone and we were having a conversation , then someone mentioned about me being a Christian and this guy wouldn't talk to me anymore,' said Moby. 'I don't understand why seemingly open - minded, tolerant people become facist bigots when they find out you're a Christian. It seems Christianity is the one topic people feel comfortable being bigoted about.'

Indeed it does my skinny, bald American friend........

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Two more albums to bring to your attention kids......

First is Danny Rampling's latest compilation 'Turntable Symphony' is first up. Probably most of you won't have heard of Danny Rampling, but he's one of the greats of house music. He's one of the greats of British dance music and used to have a show on Radio 1 on a friday night called the Love Groove Dance Party until Fergie took over last year. This album is some of his favourite tracks of last year and before everybody starts going 'I bet it just goes boom-boom-boom' let me say that you couldn't be farther from the truth. This CD is a mix of some of the most soulful, upbeat inspiring music, with more than just a touch of gospel influence in there. Which for me personally makes it great for worship and prayer. It's really good and it is such a change from some of the stuff I listen to. Trust me on this one. Amazon have it for £11.99 which is pretty good, or you can buy it from HMV.

Second album is The Flaming Lips 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots'. Yeah I know - strange title.....But honestly this is quality music......It's really laid back acousticy rock with a bit of electronica and odd samples thrown in. It's really tremendous stuff. The lead singer Wayne Coyne's voice is really nice and the music is so varied and unpredictable - I just think it's superb but hey what do I know. Some of the lyrics are as erratic as the music and in some places quite depressing but it's still worth checking the album out. They've released two songs off it I think - 'Do you realise' and the album's title track which charted last week at number 14. You can find out more about the guys on their official website and buy the album at all good record stores and some crap ones as well.
It's like 1 o'clock in the morning and I have no hope of getting any sleep.....Can anyone recommend any remedies for getting to sleep. I'm sure there's a word for that but it evades me right now....home remedies that your granny might have are also welcome....as long as they don't contain ass of rat or anything bizarre like that...

At the minute I'm (slowly) working my way thru cover to cover. I reckon I'm about 6 weeks behind which is just silly but I'm not too stressed about it. I've just finished off Isaiah in the last couple of days. I must confess that some of it scared me a little. If you've never dabbled in the prophetic word of Isaiah, he basically prophesies God's vengeance on those who have turned from him - some of it's pretty graphic stuff - as well as the triumphant return of Jerusalem and Jesus' birth. Amongst other things.With every reading there is a little thought for the day and one of the last ones said how our desire to see God's return is a reflection on how God features in our lives and how close he is to us personally. I thought that was really thought - provoking. Earlier, Selwyn Hughes had asked if some of God's future actions scared us? At the time I must confess yes which meant that perhaps I wasn't experiencing God as much as I should. Any thoughts? How much do you desire God's return?