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Full-time professor, part-time pastor, husband, father of two small boys, just trying to make my way in a new world.
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“We have come here to apologize for what our ancestors did, to ask for your forgiveness.” “We plead with you, if you can, to forgive us and the crimes of our forefathers.” These are just two of the acknowledgments made... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at Occasio
Jim, I completely agree that the pages are cut/torn very intentionally. One thing I've been trying to determine: If a page is showing most of Ps 105 on the bottom half, but has a couple lines from Ps 104 indicating that the top half of the page contained more of 104, did they also drop that half of the sheet or discard it? They use so many different Psalms at this point, it could be very hard to tell. Thanks for the kind words!
Thanks for the tip, Glen. I'll watch for that! I have no idea why that would happen. -Tim
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on New Graffiti Wall: not invisible at Occasio
On June 5, 2015, I delivered the closing address for a gathering of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (California chapter) at Fresno Pacific University. In my talk, "Social Justice and Pop Culture: U2 as a non-traditional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Occasio
"Lucifer's Hands" strikes me in exactly the same way. I was giddy when I heard it come into the set on Saturday. And it fits perfectly in the early 2nd half of the show as a joyful tribute to freedom and release. One other connection I find interesting--I think it's deeply linked to "The Troubles." As the final song on SOI, "Troubles" reminds me that "little by little they robbed and stole till someone else was in control." But LH, the 1st song on the extended CD/Album (and the very next song we hear after "Troubles"), shifts the focus in the opposite direction, declaring "you're no longer in control of me," and then adding a proclamation of the ancient name for the divine, "I AM." It's such a thrilling sound, beat and message. It's time for more punk rock like this in the suburbs!
Looks like that link (to my original tweet) in my previous comment didn't work because of an added parenthesis. Again:
Couldn't agree more, Steve! I'm working up a piece on U2's use of Psalms on this tour. I count about a dozen different Psalms already. Good stuff! (And by the way, that's my photo up there. I took it on the very first night of the tour in Vancouver. It's been floating on the waves of the internet since.
Credit: @tspracklin I posted this on the @U2 site a while back, but never linked it here... Excerpt: What followed was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve experienced at a U2 concert. With one spotlight on Edge, and another... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Occasio
Screen capture: @negeens By the time the ninth concert of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour was over, I’d had almost 2000 viewers of my Periscope stream. I was stunned! And lots of those people were thanking me for the best... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Occasio
Mona, thank you so much for adding this information. Now I have a bit more to research. I'm glad that U2 have not forgotten this symbol of oppression and freedom. In a way, they are helping preserve the art through their own tour! -Tim
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2015 on New Graffiti Wall: not invisible at Occasio
Thanks, Chadd!
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2015 on New Graffiti Wall: not invisible at Occasio
(NOTE: updates have been added below on June 2, 7 & 30) Just a quick post here gathering a few notes from an amazing new feature on U2's Innocence + Experience tour. Tonight, the fourth night in Los Angeles at... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Occasio
I started this post as a Facebook status update, but that simply didn’t seem adequate considering the tragic news out of the U2 camp today. Below is video I shot last night of U2's final song for the evening, "One."... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Occasio
I never would have thought to call on the memory of a punk rocker as an invocation for worship, but that’s what happened in Vancouver two nights in a row for the opening of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour. As... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Occasio
Thanks, Krystal. I hope we're always in a state of "change", constantly assessing where God has placed us and how we can engage with him in his work. And by the way, you're one of the people I look to as someone who is already active and in pursuit of God's love to others. Thanks for your patient, calm and consistent approach to the lost and needy!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2015 on Christian love amidst hate and neglect at Occasio
The news today is sobering, especially after hearing and reflecting on Pastor James Bergen’s sermon from yesterday at North Fresno Church. Our congregation is in a series on 1 John and it’s hard to miss the point. It’s the Gospel... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Occasio
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Posted Apr 30, 2015 at The Great Plates Contest
About this time every year, a seemly contradictory set of statistics collides: the Barna Group publishes a list of the most “Bible-minded” cities and Gallup releases results of their ongoing study regarding the “well-being” of states. The findings are somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Occasio
There’s more proof out this week that North American culture continues to shift, transforming both church and society. Specifically, several recent studies reveal how multiculturalism is shaping Christian community, and also being ignored by it. Take Britain for example. Christianity... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Occasio
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Posted Jan 28, 2015 at The Great Plates Contest
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Posted Dec 28, 2014 at The Great Plates Contest
In an interview this weekend regarding the CIA torture report released on December 9, when queried about the report and the treatment of an alleged terrorist, former vice president Dick Cheney facetiously asked, “What are we supposed to do? Kiss... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Occasio
About halfway through Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, I thought I’d made a mistake. I glanced anxiously at my 12- and 15-year-old boys and worried that this three-hour story was too complex and plodding for these Harry Potter aficionados. They probably wanted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Occasio
This last weekend on Saturday Night Live, host Chris Rock demonstrated that he actually has a better theology of Christmas than many Christians. Not without controversy, Rock made fun of Americans’ propensity to commercialize anything and everything, and critiqued our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Occasio
We’re the ghosts of love / And we haunt this place We’re the ghosts of love / In every face In the ballroom of the crystal light / Everyone’s here with me tonight Everyone but you It’s Halloween, the sacred... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Occasio