03 August 2012

This 'n' That

Okay, confession time. There's a secular song that gets stuck in my head from time to time. And by 'time to time' I mean at least biweekly. The song is 'Break My Stride' by Matthew Wilder. It was a hit in 1983 and it has one of the catchiest choruses around. Frustratingly, I have absolutely no explanation for why or how this song gets into my brain, especially considering I was quite young when it was first released. I suspect that it is simply one of many unfortunate side effects of growing up in the days of big hair, bright colors and cheesy music. Additional side effects include still possessing every one of my original slap bracelets, remembering my Hypercolor T-shirt, and knowing what people mean (and feeling nostalgic) when they refer to a "Zack Morris phone."

But I digress. Each time that 'Break My Stride' slips into my mind, I wonder if this song has ever been featured at a seeker-driven church. Think about it, the chorus is perfect for an 80s-themed, purpose-driven sermon:
Ain't nothin' gonna to break my stride
Nobody's gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin'
Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride
I'm running and I won't touch ground
Oh-no, I got to keep on movin'
That's right, nothin's gonna break my stride while I audaciously move toward the greater purpose that God wants to unleash in my life. (Brownie points will be awarded to the commenter who can name the seeker-driven pastors referenced in that last sentence). Okay, now that this song is in your head, too, get to humming while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Take a look at how "indebted" Rob Bell is to the Roman Catholic Church.
  • This is creepy. City Harvest Church in Singapore, home to pastor Kong Hee, who has been accused of fraud, releases a record with 23 of its youth singing and paying homage to the church and to Hee.
  • Bad news: William Tapley has a brother, and his brother has a paintbrush. Only watch this if you have 10 minutes of your life that you don't mind losing.
  • Steve Lawson on the power of the Gospel:

17 comments:

  1. 1983?????? Man I'm old. Time flies. My stuck in the head song is "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama (1989) and the king of all the stuck in the head songs, "Wake me up before you go-go" Wham! (1984).

    Thanks for the links, I look forward to reading them slowly over tea. Alas, this is my last Friday link this 'n that to do so. I go back to work-school Monday. No cruel summer for me! It's fall that's the cruel season! LOL. (Not really, I love school and the kids. It's the transition from full stop to full GO that is hard).

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    1. So will your alarm on Monday morning play "Wake me up before you go-go"? :-) It is a cruel, cruel summer that sends you back to work so early in August, Elizabeth! Hopefully you'll still be able to enjoy This 'n' That on Friday evening as a way of winding down after a long work week! Thanks for being such a faithful reader!

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  2. " nothin's gonna break my stride while I audaciously move toward the greater purpose that God wants to unleash in my life."

    Wow, that is pure seeker driven poetry. Expect to be quoted.

    I'll not compete for the brownie points this time... way too easy but I'd relish the chance to compete in contests of this sort if you would make it a regular feature of the Friday This 'n That (which I love!).

    Keep up the good work.

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    1. Wow, that is pure seeker driven poetry. Expect to be quoted.

      I'm humbled by your compliment as a megachurch pastor is humbled by the sheer numbers of those who worship and adore him. Wait, that doesn't work, does it? :)

      I'd relish the chance to compete in contests of this sort if you would make it a regular feature of the Friday This 'n That (which I love!).

      Hmm...you've given me something to think about...
      And thank you for the kind words!

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  3. Oh my goodness I graduated from high school in 83... i'm gettin old

    is one of the seeker-driven pastors Ed Young Jr? just takin a stab cause I really dunno..

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    1. Actually, Ed Young, Jr. is not one of the pastors referenced, but that is an excellent guess.

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    2. okay, I'm going to take a guess once more--is it the audacious Steven Furtick ?

      btw what are the brownie points a bag of Cheetos?

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    3. Cheetos are always good but in this case I would recommend a prayer cloth or maybe some anointed water.

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  4. 'So I started meeting with her and from there, was taken into a whole world of Ronald Rolheisers and Richard Rohrs and, um, absolutely transformed me. My understandings of incarnation, the centrality of the Eucharist, um, the world is good, um…

    So I am extraordinarily indebted. And, I even, when people talk, well “there’s Catholics and then there’s Christians”… I think they’re all followers of Jesus."

    There we go... Here is a direct confirmation of what was discussed below and in prior. Mother-ship Rome calls...

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    1. There we go... Here is a direct confirmation of what was discussed below and in prior. Mother-ship Rome calls...

      Yep, we're watching it happen.

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    2. Looks like the timing of this much needed brand new book by RC Sproul is perfect:

      "Are We Together?" ~ http://vimeo.com/46303701

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  5. Ok, I think I've got two right...

    Rick (Greater Purpose) Warren and Steven (Audacious) Furtick.

    Kind of like the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor of the Seeker-Driven Stars.

    Carol

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    1. hilarious Carol. We BOTH said the "audacious" Steve Furtick.. Great minds think alike sister

      btw I should have placed """ around audacious because he's obviously not. He's reveling in the Flesh and we know Paul took no confidence in the flesh because in our flesh dwells NO GOOD only Christ in me the hope of glory"...

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    2. Okay, Rick Warren is the "purpose" part and yes, Furtick is "audacious." Now, there's two more references in the sentence above. Here's a hint: one of them is "greater," as you mentioned, Carol, however it is not Rick Warren.

      Keep working, ladies! :)

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  6. Woo woo this is fun... I'm going to go with the first person I thought of because I thought of him being too cheesy to fit the part

    Osteen??

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  7. Perry "Unleash" Noble -- not to be out done my MacDonald, Noble has his first new book coming out in September "Unleash!" Someone should write a blog about this :)

    Joel "greater purpose" Olsteen. :) :) :) Plenty of smiles for this guy.

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  8. I think the question is: What is it in your life that threatens to break your stride?

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