I’ve been enjoying this album since discovering it on NoiseTrade a few days back. It’s a complete interpretation, musically, of Song of Songs, one of the most uncomfortable books of the Bible to read in front of your parents. Romantic, sexy, poetic, and amazing. Some theologians think it is a love song about God’s love for God’s people or the church. I think it is about how awesome sex and love can be. I’m grateful it is in the Bible, since it counteracts some of the misunderstandings and judgmentalism we hear from loud Christian voices about sexuality.
Anyway, download it and enjoy. It’s free.
Heads up – the vocals on track 2 do sound a bit dorky. Just ignore those as best as you can and get on with the rest of the album. It simply gets better and more beautiful.
On September 27, Faith in the City, our weekly pub group, invites everyone to join us for an evening of Banned Questions about the Bible with author Christian Piatt and musical guest HOYOTOHO. This is going to be a blast – free pizza, great conversation, and awesome music. Christian Piatt is an author, poet, and musician from Pueblo, CO, though he originally hails from Dallas (and is still a Dallas Mavericks fan). We’ve been using his book at our weekly pub nights as a starting off point for our conversations about life, God, faith, and the world.
The whole event kicks off at 7:30 PM, with local rock heroes, HOYOTOHO. (Lead singer Calvin has jammed with the Table praise team a few times, by the way.) Pizza, salad, and sodas are free. The usual Tuesday evening drink specials are in effect. Childcare is also available at the church (629 N. Peak St). Anyone is welcome, especially those with questions about faith.
RSVP on Facebook here.
We’re going to sing this song on Sunday. Nice.
Tomorrow after the Table service, I have the great opportunity to head out with a bunch of youth for a week of learning, working, and reflecting at the Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. If you haven’t heard of Heifer International before, they are the well-respected non-profit organization that allows you to give the gifts of sustainability to families all over the world – gifts like baby chickens, pigs, goats, and equipment to families who could use them for income and food. The ranch is a hands-on experience which leads youth teams in exercises that help them understand where their food comes and the disparities between different countries.
Plain and simple, it’s going to be awesome.
Throughout our trip, I am praying for that same spirit of compassion that comes from Christ to fill us and guide us to a deeper understanding of these issues. I want to hear personally and through our young people the words of Jesus from Matthew 25, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
For an inside peek at what we will be experiencing, check out the Youtube video below.
Keep us in your prayers as we go to learn, grow, and love.
And if you want to stay up with how the week is progressing, follow my twitter feed – @nathanjhill.
Hudson Chenevert was born on June 2nd, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz. Blessings to the Chenevert and Wells family in this time of celebration!