Great poem on the historical angle of Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve).
Figured I would tweet the setlists, but also start blogging them again.
This week I was out at the Campus location, my old stomping ground, filling in for Drew, who is in Haiti right now with one of our teams. Coincidentally, Hans was also out there with me, so the Campus got the Oaks experience this week, which was, I am sure, a change of pace (hopefully a welcome one).
It was great to be back over there! It had been almost a year. We finished out our Acts Series that we have been doing since last August. It has been something like 40 weeks in the book of Acts, so it has been wild ride. Hans did a great job summing things up for us.
Here are the songs we sang. You can also click HERE for our order of worship.
Opening Song: “Holy Spirit” by Brian and Katie Torwalt
You can download it here.
Came To My Rescue by Joel Davies, Marty Sampson, and Dylan Thomas
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God of the Redeemed by Claire McClure, Paul McClure, and Jeremy Riddle
Download it here.
The Stand by Joel Houston
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I really liked it.
Here is what a buddy said: “Will it have good robot fights? Yes. Will it have a good story? Probably not.”
He is not entirely wrong. You need to know what you are gonna get with a film like Pacific Rim. Given that the source material is about giant human piloted robots fighting giant monsters called Kaiju from another dimension (that enter our world through a rift at the bottom of the pacific ocean–hence the title), you kinda need to go in remembering that it ain’t trying to be shakespeare.
That said, it is directed by GDT of Pan’s Labyrinth fame, and this dude can create cool monsters and, as it turns out, great robots. Where the film shines is the outstanding scenes where monsters and robots just duke it out. The film moves through its thin plot with a straight face, but you just know that the filmmakers were giggling as they made their characters who wear these complicated suits and interact with all these interactive 3D displays reach down and press a button that simply says “SWORD.” Genius. What’s more, the script has lines the character say lines like “Activate elbow rocket!” with complete earnestness. It is like the script was written by a 10-year old, and I mean that in the best possible way! Your inner 10-year-old boy will just be grinning ear to ear during these scenes.
This film has some half-baked ideas that get lost in the shuffle, some bad dialogue and wooden acting for sure. Still, it managed to deliver a really fun experience at the movies. I usually don’t tell people to spring for the 3D, but I really enjoyed it in this film. It worked well with all the action, which is why you see a movie like this.
I will also say that financially, this film hasn’t done great in the US, but it is doing very well overseas, particularly in Asain markets (no surprise there–they invented this subgenre). Still, I think Americans are in for a treat if they can make it to the theater. I highly recommend folks see this one. It is worth it to see it on the big screen for the sheer spectacle of it all.
Here is the “elbow rocket” scene I mentioned.
If you don’t think that’s:
c. really well done CG
d. all of the above
Then you probably won’t like this movie. If you answered a, b, c, or you are like me and answered d, you need to see this film before it leaves theaters!
I know, right. 7 months. Awesome. I like to make you wait for it. Family, work, and school has mostly kept the blog on the back burner. THIS FAMILY:
Well, if you were wondering what could motivate a nerd to dust off the ol’ WordPress and get typing, you have your answer: ComicCon 2013. This past weekend at the annual geek-fest, comic book fans everywhere were given news of a film in development that they have been dreaming of since comic book movies came into being: a film that includes both the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in the same story. Well played, DC. Well played.
Word came on Saturday from Man of Steel director himself, Zack Snyder, that he and the film’s writer would be re-teaming for a sequel that would feature the both the Bat and the Boyscout. If you have any doubt that fans of superheroes have been looking forward to this pairing, just take a look at the footage from Saturday’s panel. Obviously, fans in the room went berserk. The quote read by Man of Steel actor Henry Lennox is from the lauded Frank Miller story “The Dark Knight Returns” featuring older versions of both Superman and Batman. Snyder says that they are not adapting the work per se, but it is serving as an inspiration. In that story, Batman smokes Superman for most of the fight, btw.
So, after a freakishly successful Dark Knight Trilogy, and the sizable hit in last month’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros. and DC are doubling down for 2015 in hopes to capture some of Marvel’s Avenger’s team-up magic (read: $$$). One small problem is that the Batman that everyone loves and remembers from Nolan’s universe is very unlikely to be the Batman in the next Superman film. Christian Bale has already said many times that he would not do another Batman film without Nolan involved, and Nolan has said that he is not going to do more. The ending of Bruce Wayne’s Batman is pretty final in that trilogy anyway. This means a reboot of the character, plain and simple. They are not going to have another character in the role as Batman (i.e. Joseph Gordon Levit’s character). That’s worse than rebooting.
That’s fine with me. I know some people will cry, “But it is too soon! Nolan’s franchise just ended!” That’s so 2012. And Sony has proved with The Amazing Spiderman that you can reboot a character in short order as long as you make the reboot different enough of a take on the character and tell a good story. I am content to let Nolan’s trilogy exist in its own little pocket universe of the more “realistic” Batman. The Batman of a “shared” universe of all the DC Superheroes needs to be characterized a little differently anyway. And if the Superman (or I guess the Clark Kent) of Man of Steel had existed in the Nolan Batman universe, he would have had to be a real jerk to not intervene in the events of The Dark Knight Rises, you know, with a whole city being under siege by terrorists with a nuke that he could easily pick up and chuck into space at superspeed before Bane even knew what happened…
No, best to bring in a new Batman, which is what it looks like they are gonna do. Unless they totally get it wrong, this movie stands to make a billion dollars, easy. Even if it is just pretty good (some would argue “okay” is more appropriate) like Man of Steel, it will do good business just by nature of the fact that it features probably THE TWO most well known Superheroes, period. As much as I hate to admit as a die-hard Marvel fan, Batman & Supes are part of the fabric of our culture much more than Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, et al. They have been around longer, and they are just cultural touchtones. Plus, the two have a legendary bromance that could make for some quality storytelling.
That brings me to my main purpose of this little post: what story are they gonna use to bring these two together? There are so many good ones in the comic book world, some of which have been turned into awesome animated movies. But obviously, most of them are out by nature of the fact that this is still in fact a sequel to Man of Steel. If Batman already exists in this new universe, Supes hasn’t met him yet because Man of Steel acts as an origin story. So, the two will be meeting for the first time. My guess is IF Batman pre-existed the events of Man of Steel (a possibility), he is pretty terrified of the power Superman has and will want to find a way to neutralize him–particularly since the collateral damage done by Superman and Zod’s fight in Man of Steel is so TERRIBLE! This will be a way to distinguish the new Bruce Wayne of the shared universe as “the world’s greatest detective.” I imagine he will quickly discover Supe’s identity as Clark as well as Kryptonite, which was not discovered as of yet in the first film.
More interesting will be if they adjust’s Batman’s origin to include Superman as the (or at least one) driving force that leads Wayne to don the cape and cowl for the first time. A huge subplot in the comic books is Batman’s distrust of aliens and other super-powered beings. As the only non-powered member of the Justice League, Batman feels a special responsibility to protect humanity, potentially even from good guys if it comes down to it. This is the plot of Justice League: Doom, an amazing story where a group of supervillains steal and decrypt Batman’s files on each member of the Justice League, which includes how Batman would neutralize them should they ever become a “threat.” That would work well down the line as a Justice League Movie… maybe Justice League 2. But Batman vs. Superman could start us down that road. One of the fabulous things about the Justice League cartoon of the late 90s (I have watched several with Liam on Saturday morning–gotta raise that kid right) was learning early on that Batman always kept a small piece of Kryptonite on his utility belt in a led-lined pouch should the need to subdue Superman arise. That’s pretty awesome.
I do hope for a few things:
- A better, more subtle title than “Batman vs. Superman” vice-versa. “World’s Finest” is a great title. Just use both emblems. The Dark Knight and Man of Steel have proven that you don’t need to have Batman or Superman in the title. The emblem is enough for marketing.
- A great Batman casting. I like Richard Armitage (currently playing Thorin in the hobit films).
- A story that adequately addresses the ridiculous collateral dammage and loss of life in Man of Steel and Superman’s role in it.
- Batman having to find ways to fight Superman and hold his own (read: not die) without just using Kryptonite.
- A villain that would actually take both men working together to beat, leading them to set aside their differences because of a common goal. This would help them cultivate mutual respect (glad I don’t have to write that script).
One thing I do know, Warner Bros. knew all along–their marketing goes all the way back to I Am Legend in 2007, but its was a few years early.
Guess we’ll see in 2015, during the same summer as Avengers: Age of Ultron. Don’t even get me started on that one
[Note, this blog post is mainly for folks at The Chapel. Still, if you are in Baton Rouge and can make it this Wednesday then read on!]
It’s coming. This week. The Chapel’s Night of Worship is Wednesday, January 9th at 7 PM at our Oaks Location. We’ve already promoted it on Twitter, Facebook, and The City, but I wanted to take just a few minutes and give a personal invitation as a Worship Leader and discuss what it is and why you should come.
So first off, what is it?
The Night of Worship is going to be a gathering of members of the Chapel body from every location and venue to simply celebrate the gospel of Christ through prayer and song. All three of your regular worship leaders (Ken Drake, Drew Kearney, and myself) will be there leading our time along with a worship team comprised of members of Refuge Band and both the Campus & Oaks worship teams. Much of the music will also feature the Chapel Choir as well. We will also include an elder-led time of prayer.
Come expecting to sing hymns and songs you know well from Sunday morning as well as a few new tunes that we are excited about singing together as we lift high the Name of Jesus.
So why should you come?
The short answer? Jesus. He is worthy! The gospel is real, and this should fill our hearts with joy! Christ died for our sin and rose from the dead that we could be forgiven and have life if we believe in Him! This truth alone should motivate us to worship. It should break down barriers within us as individuals and amongst us as a community. As you may have noticed, as the Chapel begins 2013, we are already heavily emphasizing becoming a “3 Cs” church: a church that CELEBRATES Christs, CONNECTS with one another in community, and CONTRIBUTES to the works of the ministry.
What inspires us to celebrate more than the gospel? If we answer that question honestly, probably lots of things. The answer we should give is “nothing!” For many of us, this is something we believe in our hearts but not necessarily a reality we walk in daily. I know. I am with you. That is why it is so important for us to gather with other believers. When we are gathered in unity under the name of Christ, yielding to the Holy Spirit, something powerful happens. We begin to shine the light off of ourselves and onto the One who truly matters and this unites us together.
I don’t know about you, but as much as I love our Sunday services (and I really do), there is just not always enough time in a 20 minute worship set to do this, particularly if we have a lot of other things going on in the service that morning. That’s why we want to have an extended time free from other distractions to focus in together on the greatness of God and praise Him.
In a nutshell, yes. That is the primary reason for doing this. There is no ulterior motive or catch. We just want to sing to Jesus because he so good.
But I will say this: this a rare occasion where you will get to see all the Chapel Worship Leaders doing what they love in unity. Each of us has expressed how much we are looking forward to playing together. Sharing the burden of leadership also allows each of us to enjoy the time more as we get to step back and worship with you!
So I hope you will come if you are able. It should be a sweet time.