Weekend Brew 12/29/12

Sufficient Strategy – “[P]rograms and strategies are not bad, but they are bad at for injecting authentic community and real mission into the church.”  An excellent article from Gospel-Centered Discipleship on looking back on 2012.  

Finding the Balance Between Gathering for Church and Scattering for Church – Hugh Halter with some helpful advice for those planting and leading missional communities.  This is a re-post of an older article, but I still wanted to share since it is some good wisdom. 

The Rise of Hallelujah – CNN Radio with a piece on the song Jeff Buckley made famous, but it is an interesting article and I wasn’t aware that Leonard Cohen originally wrote the song in the year I was born.  So cool. 

A Pastor’s Take on the New Les Miserables – Anyone who knows the storyline of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (Les Mis) knows that any cinematic rendition will push strongly against the most common USAmerican movie theme: revenge.”

Django Unchained – Speaking of revenge in movies, I think there is something incredibly profound in Les Mis and Django coming out on the same day.  This article from Grantland looks at the pathos and cultural ethos of Django Unchained.   Relevant Magazine has another view of Django Unchained that I am still mulling over and I think sells the movie, and Tarantino, a little short.

Randall Cobb’s Head’s Up Play – I was wondering why this was called a touch-back in last Sunday’s bludgeoning of the Tennessee Titans. Quite an intelligent and heads-up play from Randall Cobb and reinforces his growing importance to the Packers and burgeoning stardom.  

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