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Spoken Word Monday: “Predestined” by Fixed Eyes

Today’s piece celebrates a great and precious truth: the predestination of God’s elect. Fixed Eyes (@_WilliamsWay_) takes us from Genesis to John 6 in celebration of God’s sovereign love and redemption. Enjoy!

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Spoken Word Monday: “Be Present” by Propaganda

I think this piece has ministered to me and challenged me more than any other spoken word piece I’ve every heard. It brings fresh challenge and opportunity now that we’re on the verge of moving back stateside and starting a new chapter of life. Brothers, let us take this to heart!

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Spoken Word Monday: Omri’s “Wonderful Complexity”

Jonathan Edwards once wrote about the “admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies” that exist in Christ. I’ve always loved that phrase. It so well captures how Christ holds together in reconciled perfection many things that we difficult to hold together. This spoken word piece from Omri meditates on our Lord’s “Wonderful Complexity.”

It’s complex, but it’s beautiful.

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Spoken Word Monday: “Thank God for Evolution” by Micah Bournes

I  never thought I’d hear a Christian say, “Thank God for evolution.” But Micah Bournes puts insights and twists into the sentence. Check it out:

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Spoken Word Monday: “I Got Water in My Gospel” by Alan Adorno

This one was made for our day and age!

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Spoken Word Monday: “What Will You Say?” by Clayton Jennings

This is my introduction to Clayton Jennings. A great meditation on coming of age, lessons from moms, not wasting life and real significance. Check this one out:

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Spoken Word Monday: “Life in Color” by Danielle Bennett

So, my man, Propaganda, turned me on to the poetry of Ms. Danielle Bennett (@missdbennett). I figured he was in part trying to rep the west coast a little bit, but I also figured he wouldn’t suggest anyone that was pretending. I finally got around to hearing Ms. Bennett and immediately appreciated her gift with words. There are spoken word artists who are more forceful or more intense. But this piece left me thinking there’s no artist more “colorful.” This is a perfect poem for a “blue Monday.” I hope it adds the color of happiness to your life!

Life In Color – Spoken Word by Danielle Bennett from Mosaic LA on Vimeo.

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Usually I Hate TV Commercials

Most television commercials merely interrupt the regularly scheduled programming. When I do watch television, it’s the programming I want to see, not the incessant enticements to part with my money. Usually they bore me or offend me with appeals to sinful desires.

But every once in a while I find a commercial that actually moves me, that edifies me, and maybe even contributes to my life. Then those 30 seconds seem like an investment with big return. The “Unsung Hero” commercials of Thai Life are the latest surprise for me. They’re actually three minutes that are so well done they don’t feel any longer than the typical 30 second slots. Simple. Poignant. Real. Sweaty with life. Hopeful. Surprising.

Take a look:

I love the line, “He witnesses happiness.” Oh, may it be so!

Here’s another one:

This one rocked me:

I was touched by the devotion in this one:

Then I had to go to bed after this one!

You can find a good number of these commercials if you search youtube for “thai insurance commercials.” Usually I hate commercials, but I love these. In an age of entertainment and advertising characterized by either titillation or banality, there are few things that really move us. These 3-minute commercials show that it can be done, on low budgets, with a little honesty about what matters in life.

Of course, there are lessons here for preaching, too. Less very often is more. While the preached work can’t paint a picture the same way video can, we preachers can work to paint …

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Cru Inner City’s Circle of Hope Strategy

One of the ministries I appreciate a great deal is cru inner city. Men like John Sather and others like him around the country are seeking to take the gospel into the core of cities across the country. Here’s a 3-minute video describing their partnership initiative with local churches called “The Circle of Hope.” Check it out:

Our Strategy – The Circle of Hope from Cru Inner City on Vimeo.

Check out the cru inner city/here’s life inner city website to learn more.

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Spoken Word Monday: “Forever and Ever” by Miss Terious Janette… ikz

All I could say was, “My, my, my!” Sis put her foot in this one! It’s got everything: sports shoes, sports drinks, video games, jazz lyrics, Marvel superheroes… everything! Watch and be blessed!

Truly, this is an example of what makes spoken word and rap so powerful… the metaphors, similes, turns of phrases, timing, drama, passion, Scripture, theology, humor, application, exhortation, correction, rebuke, training and instruction. It’s packed, layered, running over, pressed together, condensed and intense. It really makes the label “poetry” seem so pedestrian. I just love it!

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