So I moved my blog’s location (old one was here) and gave it a new look. You’ll find random links to it throughout this blog (and you’ll find that the text is formatted funky) as I’ve imported almost all of my posts from there.

But… I’ve turned a new leaf. Sorta. My hope for this refresh is to be a bit more focused on my posts. I generally tend to want to ruminate on movies and books that I read, along with the occasional current event, the stuff of our culture. So that’s what I’ll stick to. Generally. But it’s my blog so I suppose I can do whatever I’d like to. I hope it turns out to be as enjoyable to read as it will be for me to write.

Bad Boy, Watcha Gonna Do?

So this is a bit odd… The guy in the video below is being arrested for an outstanding warrant, but says some really interesting things as he’s getting arrested. In particular, he calls out to Yahweh and invokes the protection of angels. After that he improvises a really fun song (while being pinned to the ground). The best part? He gets away after being tazed. Watch it all unfold below.

The Hallelujah Epiphany

For the Easter service at our church the choir sang the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. It was, of course, majestic, but I was unexpectedly quite moved by the song.

While they were singing it, I was thinking about a story my friend Jason had referenced last week in a blog post. It’s the story of a South American Indian who was hearing Handel’s Messiah for the first time. Upon hearing the Hallelujah chorus she began to cry, and later explained that she’d heard the chorus before. She was, in fact, one of the famous Auca Indians, the tribe that had killed Jim Elliot and his fellow missionaries in 1956. (If you’re not familiar with the story, read a short synopsis here.) She recounted that, as the missionaries were being speared to death on the Curaray river, she saw men in white on the opposite side. They were singing the Hallelujah chorus.

While the story is pretty neat, I didn’t really think much of it. I cynically thought that it was a little cliche, the idea of angels singing the Hallelujah chorus. It wasn’t until I heard the words of the chorus Sunday morning that I realized something that really shook me to my core:

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever.

Those angels weren’t singing about Jim Elliot or Nate Saint. They weren’t singing about the Auca Indians. They sang only about God. And I realized that was kind of the point. When those missionaries were getting murdered it looked like defeat. But those angels were proclaiming that God really was the ruler of this world, and that he would reign forever, even as His subjects were being humiliated by the forces of evil. We know, of course, that those Indians eventually became Christians by God’s grace. In the end, God won.

That, I realized, was why angels would sing that song. Handel ripped those lyrics straight from Revelations and the point of that book is simply that no matter how things appear, in the end God wins.