Visited an interesting thing today - CRAVE at Kalamazoo Valley Family Church. Pretty cool actually. It was a big worship service (probably 800 people?) with almost all music - and some leading (but no teaching time). Aside from not knowing a lot of the songs, the whole experience was great. It was a really refreshing opportunity to visit a church that is doing a lot of things right.
The band was solid - and everything else (lights, media, etc) backed them up very well. I guess they only do it once or twice a year, but it was great. I'll probably go back.
This will be pretty short. I'm just excited about the SpiderMan 3 preview. Only 10 months to go!
Overall, I thought the movie was great. Was it the best superhero movie? No. Was it even the best this year? probably not. It was pretty close to X3. My personal opinion is that Batman Begins, SpiderMan 2 or X2 are probably the best of the best so far.
There was a lot of "messiah" and "savior" references, and I'll dive into that when my brain is back on - but I really enjoyed it.
Goon: "Brewtus is dead."
Goon: "He got hit by the piano."
Boy looking at Superman's suit.
Superman landing the plane on the ball diamond.
Luther: "I don't want to be God. I just want to bring fire to the people." (many interesting and profound thoughts here - but none of them are coherent right now).
I have a myspace. I also have a facebook. I wasn't sure what the big deal was until I started connecting with people I hadn't talked to in years. Social networking is a very interesting thing - so much so that it is apparently the fastest growing web segment. I don't know if anyone makes money off facebook, but it's pretty cool.
I think that probably the most interesting thing about the whole thing is that we are so willing to put ourselves out there. I'm not sure why the opacity of the internet allows us the courage to pour our lives out so much, but it seems to eliminate all of the normal awkwardness that accompanies social interaction!
Of course, there are plenty of new complications that arise. MySpace has had its share of "awkward" publicity of late, but even that reflects our desire to be connected. Millions of people are fascinated by the opportunity to relate to people they might not ever connect with otherwise. I guess I'm now one of them!
going to see "Superman Returns" in about 2 hours! Review to follow soon. I'm pretty excited - most of the reviews have been overwhelmingly promising. I imagine it will be a little darker (ala X-men and Batman Begins).
I probably won't post a review tonight since it's almost 3 hours long!
Last night was a fun little concert in town at Oldsmobile Park. TobyMac opened for Mercy Me. Whether you like TobyMac's music or not, you have to give him credit for putting on quite possibly one of the best shows in Christian music. Even though it was the 4th time I've seen the exact same show - he does it well.
Mercy Me was pretty good, but it was a difficult environment for them I think. There were probably only 1,000 people at an outdoor concert and it was sort of oddly setup -only about 500 people in the infield (near the stage) and the rest in the grandstands.
I thought they did a great job though.
It's a little crazy, but I think we'll end up seeing TobyMac again in two weeks at Spirit Song. I never thought I'd be a TobyMac groupie, but apparently I am.
Just got back from an AWESOME weekend! Seriously - I haven't had such a fun time in quite a while. If you've never been to Ichthus - it's basically a huge concert, with a little camping on the side. After two years of absolutely horrible April weather, the festival was moved to June. Good move! Perfect weather - low 80's in the day and low 60's at night!
Great Music! This year was a pretty sweet lineup: Unfortunately missed David Crowder Band because we had to take a kid to the hospital! (everything ended up okay!). Saw Kutless, day of fire, Relient K, Delirious, Casting Crowns, Hawk Nelson, Matt Redman, Audio Adreneline (in one of their last concerts). All of them were outstanding, but by far, the best concert of the whole weekend was Chris Tomlin! Casting Crowns is a solid second, but Chris just simply blew it all away - talk about awesome worship!!!!
Great friends! Steph, Eric, Alana, Brad and Beth - not to mention the rest of the group from TUMC. Tiny's first Ichthus is a huge success! Way to go!
Great food! It may be camping - but that doesn't mean you can't eat well! Steak, Chicken, Pasta, French Toast, Eggs, etc. I guess it's good I love to cook!
This morning, I was down another 10 lbs, from my last check in! Very encourgaing. 43lbs since March 1. Also received the registration form for the Detroit Free Press Marathon recently. I'm ready to pull the trigger and sign up - which means I'm committed! (a little scary).