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This is a re-post from last year…

I’m taking a break from my usual posting on Internet ministry topics to post about what I believe is the best song ever written for Easter.  Now this is not a song you can sing along with (at least not during a worship service, maybe in the car, real loud…), but every time I hear it, it brings the reality of what Jesus did for us 2000 years ago to life. During this Easter season, we need to say it loud and clear: Jesus Christ (God in human form) was born of a virgin and lived on this earth. He lived a perfect life, suffered and died as a sacrifice for our sins. After three days, He rose from the dead, conquering death, ascended to Heaven and will return again. By believing this and accepting this gift from God and not by what we can do ourselves, we will be restored into a relationship with God.

The song? “The Twist” by the Swirling Eddies.

hang on, believe
there’s nothing up my sleeve
i’ve got no magic tricks to save the day
put down the gun
you’re not helping anyone
and i’m not about to run or back away

don’t walk the fence
then come to my defense
i don’t need fair weather kinds of friends around
so watch and pray
as a traitor’s kiss betrays
and rest your feet of clay on shaky ground

and look me in the face, at least what’s left of it
tell me you still love me just a little bit
or nail me down, break the skin
hard enough to do me in
but don’t leave me hanging
dying and dangling
twisting in the wind

here, touch my side
let doubt be crucified
nailed with your wounded pride
to love’s grim altar
here, taste my flesh
my bloody humanness
i am no phantom guest
no skinless martyr

so taste and feel
there’s nothing to conceal
you always knew the deal
as sacrifice
stand up, be strong
when all you’ve got is gone
i left the light turned on in paradise

and when the walls cave in
and the curtain’s torn asunder
you’ll know we’re near the end
you’ll hear me in the thunder
and when the sun grows dim
this will be your sign and wonder
that soon we’ll meet again
just like we did last summer

I’m taking a break from my usual posting on Internet ministry topics to post about what I believe is the best song ever written for Easter.  Now this is not a song you can sing along with (at least not during a worship service, maybe in the car, real loud…), but every time I hear it, it brings the reality of what Jesus did for us 2000 years ago to life. During this Easter season, we need to say it loud and clear: Jesus Christ (God in human form) was born of a virgin and lived on this earth. He lived a perfect life, suffered and died as a sacrifice for our sins. After three days, He rose from the dead, conquering death, ascended to Heaven and will return again. By believing this and accepting this gift from God and not by what we can do ourselves, we will be restored into a relationship with God.

The song? “The Twist” by the Swirling Eddies. Continue Reading…

I wasn’t going to post again until after the new year, but saw an article in yesterday’s paper  (yes, I still read the newspaper, get over it) that questioned the validity of NSF funding going towards researching online gaming.  Below is a link to a story from a few months ago about the actual research project which sheds some light on what they are doing.  While I don’t want to argue the merits of NSF funding going towards this, I do truly believe that we can learn a lot about Internet ministry by studying how people interact online through games such as World of Warcraft and the “not really a game” Second Life.  See my write-ups here and here about this and read the news story below.

UCI tackles ‘World of Warcraft’ mystery

And Happy New Year!