Songs from the Story

December 28, 2010

A group of artists from Soma Communities met and produced The Story: Volume I in response to God’s story (If you’re unfamiliar with “storying”, read more here).

In Tacoma, a group of musicians and songwriters formed around the Story and wrote songs in response to what they had experienced during their time together. The songs they wrote and shared with each other were beautiful, powerful, and life-changing. They showcased these songs live at a monthly songwriter showcase in Tacoma. These events became an important time each month in our city as crowds gathered to hear these new songs that touched on eternal truths. The songs weren’t preachy or churchy, but were written from the heart—exposing weakness, need, grace, and hope.

The 14 track album is available to stream online for free or purchase for $12.  All proceeds go to future recordings and new churches being started.  Check it out!

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As we’ve been looking toward the future I’ve found myself moving between dependance and independence.  I suppose it is the dilemma of every Christ follower who is in a place of transition: where do I move and where do I wait?  How do I keep from moving forward independently?  How can I stem my inclination to grasp at control?

Last week I listened to two parts of Soma Community’s “4 G’s” portion of their Soma School training (parts one and three of session six).  Based off of Tim Chester’s book You Can Change the basic idea behind the 4 G messages are an expansion of a couple ideas:

  • God is Great: so we don’t have to be in control
  • God is Glorious: so we don’t have to fear others
  • God is Good: so we don’t have to look elsewhere
  • God is Gracious: so we don’t have to prove ourselves.

Personally, listening to the message on the goodness of God has been good for me as we look for the future.  With as little as we can control, I’m constantly amazed at the ways I go about pursuing it.  And frankly, the only reason I can see why I would feel the need to manufacture my own security, is that I don’t trust God to provide what I need.

God forgive me for denying your goodness in the times I seek my good outside of your provision!

Please keep praying for us!

Living In The Story

November 17, 2009

"Remedy is coming" - David Crowder

Over the last couple months my friend Arto and I have been meeting and stirring each other’s life in Christ together.  This last time, meeting atop Amsterdam’s immense library (here’s my twitpic of the view), Arto shared some stories of interactions he’s been having with some friends.  Apparently they’ve been gaining an education on the Illuminati (Click here for your own Youtube education on the Illuminati).  I’m no expert on the Illuminati, and neither is Arto, but I loved his response to his friends.

Essentially, what it came down to was the fact that figuring out mysteries and secret hand signals and all that stuff just doesn’t lead a person to living a very fruitful or satisfying life.  So when Arto asked that obvious question, “So, how does that lead you to live?”  he found the conversation launching in to the Christian story–creation-fall-redemption-restoration.  **TIME OUT**

Though I’ve already blogged over Donald Miller‘s latest book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years here, I’ve run across a couple other resources on story I wanted to pass on.  Similar to Miller’s challenge to engage in the conflict and live meaningfully, though more explicitly biblical in orientation, Jeff Vanderstelt just posted a handout called “Engaging the Story” on his blog that I found helpful (also check out Soma Communities’ website for resources on “Storying“).  Or, for those looking for a slightly longer, more involved read N.T. Wright’s “How Can the Bible be Authoritative?”.  Of, if you really want to go deep on story and how the Bible shapes our story and invites us to live inside of it then check out The Drama of Doctrine by Kevin Vanhoozer.  There you’ll find over 480 pages on the subject. Back to Arto’s friends though…

**TIME IN!**

As Arto and I are looking to move forward, we’re planning on moving our weekly meeting up to Diemen where he lives.  And maybe, just maybe, as we learn to live inside the story Jesus tells, maybe these friends of Arto’s will also find themselves caught up in the grand story told by the Great Storyteller who is coming to bring restoration and resolution to the greatest conflict the universe has ever known!

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