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Tim
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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U2’s notion of names—and namelessness—continues on the I+E tour, reminding us that some things deserve to be named, while some are better left vague. At least partial inspiration for “Where The Streets Have No Name” comes from Bono and Ali’s visit to Ethiopia in the mid ‘80s, as they witnessed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at The Most Beautiful Sounds
Thank you, Swisscritter. I appreciate the kind words! -Tim
Thanks, David! It's amazing how we can see our own lives represented in this tour. Makes it so personal and engaging! -Tim
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About that title. Innocence + Experience. Or, as U2.com likes it, “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE.” Which also has the abbreviation “i+e”. So many little nuances built into that simple, yet complex, title. I think of the top-level domain extension on the internet for Ireland: “.ie” is the country code on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at The Most Beautiful Sounds
It's always nice to have one's thoughts confirmed by the B man (my tweet/graphic from July)... iNNOCENCE AND eXPERIENCE. (And apparently Bono kept Adam's glasses). "Change the World." #U2ieTour pic.twitter.com/WpF9jbK9gx — Tim Neufeld (@timneufeld) July 3, 2015 _______________________________________ And then this excerpt from the band's SiriusXM interview, to be aired... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at The Most Beautiful Sounds
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This U2 tour has been a kind of crack. I never anticipated attending so many of the concerts. I didn't set out to be a groupie or a "fangirl." I've never met the band, I've only attended a few tours (my first was on top of the LA Coliseum in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at The Most Beautiful Sounds
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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
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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: https://twitter.com/timneufeld/status/599090373672046592
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. https://twitter.com/timneufeld/status/599090373672046592)
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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
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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
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(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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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