Writer on Psychology and Spirituality

Here are a few writers that have done integrative work in Psychology and Spirituality.

  • L. Gregory Jones
  • F. LeRon Shults and Steven Standage
  • Mark McMinn


5 Questions with David Kramer

On an average day, the established art world barely speaks to anything that even remotely represents life outside it's four sterile white walls. Where are the self-questioning moments? Where are the drunken regrets, the unfulfilled dreams? Where is the real life, the truth?

David Kramer's work is about real life, the good and the bad. So far, things haven't turned out how you expected or dreamed they would be, and they most likely won't...but they could. To quote the text from one of his paintings in which a silhouetted, nostalgic 1970's couple frolic across a romantic beach at sunset, "One of these days I am finally going to get to ride off into the sunset...And not have to wake up the next morning feeling hungover and like I am already late for work."

1. Was there been a defining moment in your life that led you to pursue art as a career? Was it a choice or was it inevitably unavoidable?

Well, that was a long time ago...When I was in school, I took lots of art classes but sort of kept on changing my major all planning on eventually going to law school. My dad was a lawyer; it seemed like what I would do too.

I was taking accounting and calculus and studying business and economics, doing terribly in school. I remember working my ass off and still getting shitty grades. One day I had this confrontation with my accounting professor and told her that my grade did not reflect how hard I was working. She told me that there were always a certain number of A's, B's and C's etc every semester and that the grades were divided up on a curve and I got a D and that was that.

I decided that I needed to be in a career where things were more subjective.

Of course looking back, I should have realized that art really isn't all that subjective after all. And if I couldn't talk my way out of getting a D back then in school, I certainly was going to have an uphill battle as an artist. But I don't regret my decision.

2. Being a born and raised New Yorker, what are the best and worst changes that you have seen come about in the city during your lifetime? How has being a native affected your perspective on the local art world?

Sometimes I feel very provincial having lived here my whole life.

New York was a totally great place back in the nineties. Real estate wasn't that expensive. The art galleries and art world was so much smaller and people took huge risks and expected rewards that didn't involve money.

The last bunch of years have been exciting but kind of one sided revolving around money and the monied. I am anxious to see how the next few years go.

I have been working in Brooklyn since the late 1980's. I always got a kick out of the Brooklyn art scene as I grew up as a child of Brooklyn raised parents who tried like hell to leave Brooklyn in the rear view mirror. Brooklyn always has been something interesting to me because of my background. Brooklyn was the destination of failure. When I got an MFA I went to Pratt and my folks were like, "We've worked our asses off just to get the fuck out of that place!"

3. Your exhibitions combine multi-media installations, theatrical lighting, and drawings and painting on paper and canvas, which heavily use both hand written as well as type written text. Do your initial concepts have their start in one more so than the others? Also, do you find a favorite amongst them all as of lately?

I tend to start out by writing and telling stories. Everything else falls into place.

4. Being an artist who heavily uses text in their work, how has maintaining your personal blog, toothless-alcoholic
www.toothlessalcoholic.blogspot.com, affected your use of words and expressing your personal thoughts? Also, what are your thoughts on the importance of an online persona as a creative person?

Recently I've been meaning to get back to blogging. I've been kind of burnt out or just plain too busy. The writing on the blog helps inform the writing in the studio (or visa versa) and I am going to get back to blogging very soon. I've been busy this month but things are slowing down.

5. Is there any advice that you could give young/emerging artists who still have not made a breakthrough, as far as getting into respected galleries, receiving proper recognition and having their work be more than just something they do late at night, in between working a full-time job and trying to maintain a personal life; what some would call a hobby?

If you really have the burn and desire to be an artist, keep going.

My advice about getting the work out there is to read that book: THE RULES about dating
www.therulesbook.com. The art world seems to work something like that.


5 Questions with Britt Govea of (((folkYEAH!)))

Britt Govea is a real dude. He and (((folkYEAH!))) present shows like the ones you heard about happening in the good old days of rock n roll. California has since been taken over by bullshit in many regards, but next time you let that get you down, go see the Beachwood Sparks play at the Henry Miller Library. You soon remember the magic of this vast state and all it's treasures. Britt often comes to mind whenever I think of Big Sur and some of the best concerts I have ever attended.

1. How did you get started with (((folkYEAH!)))?

The first (((folkYEAH!))) event was a weekend of Superwolf (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney) shows in January. 2005. After that, I thought why not more live music in Big Sur and other awesome rural locations. Then the true love became curating unique billings in various locations form Henry Miller Library (one of the best spots on earth!) in Big Sur to larger events @ GAMH in SF and beyond.

2. What is the best show you've ever seen?

Wow, so many come to mind but perhaps Bonnie 'Prince' Billy @ Henry Miller Library in Oct. 2007 or Bob Dylan @ The Santa Cruz Civic in March 2000 or Merle Haggard @ Crystal Palace right after his bout with cancer.

All were unbeatable on many levels but who could deny Cluster @ Farmlab in LA, or Entrance Band in Big Sur...so many, so many. It is best to just live in the musical moment and enjoy it while you are in it and then move on down the line.

3. If you were forced to choose between a house with a beautiful view and no land, or a house with land but absolutely no view, what would you choose?

I'll take the view because I am a dreamin' man so I need the inspiration.

4. What was the last music you overheard that made you ask, "who is that?

The Durutti Column who my very good friend Matt Baldwin turned me onto.

5. Who are your heroes?

Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Leonard Cohen, Konrad "Conny" Plank, Bob Dylan...man, that's a lot of heroes. Perhaps they are not heroes but more people with whom I have had a prolonged respect/admiration for in the sometimes fickle world of music. I admire people that do what they feel and move forward as such without restraint. That said, Tom Waits, David Berman, Neil Young and Will Oldham should be saluted too.

Conversations about Satan

Well, I was just reading the Seattle Times and came across an interesting story. I guess a conversation is about to take place here in Seattle about the existence of Satan. I'm not sure why these particular people have been asked to participate, but it nice to see that Marc Driscoll (of the other Mars Hill) remains in the national news.

If anyone tapes this, I would love to watch it!


Oscar Peterson Trio Bremen Parkhotel 1964

Oscar Peterson Trio Bremen Parkhotel 1964


00.Radio Intro
01.Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
03.Introduction by Oscar Peterson
04.Waltz For Debbie
05.Cubana Chant
06.It Aint Necassarily So
07.I Remember Clifford
08.Fly Me High The Moon
09.Con Alma
10.Band Call
12.Satin Doll
13.My Funny Valentine
15.I Loves You Porgy
16.Green Dolphin Street
18.Yours Is My Heart Alone


Oscar Peterson - piano
Ray Brown - bass
Ed Thigpen - drums

Bitrate 320

FM Broadcast by Deutchland Radio Berlin

Dr. Johnson on Millennialism

Here is a link to Kristen's power point slides for her Millennialism lecture.

We are still working on Trygve's slides! Stay tuned!!


Oscar Peterson & Guests Montreux Live 1978

Oscar Peterson & Guests Montreux Live 1978

Artist: Oscar Peterson & Guests
Album: Montreux Live 1978
Label: bootleg
Year: 1978
Genre: jazz
Format Mp3, bitrate: 224 kb/s, vbr


Oscar Peterson - piano
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen - acoustic double bass
Billy Cobham - drums
Count Basie - piano

Tracks list

01. Old Folks (03:42)
02. Ain't Misbehavin' (04:00)
03. (Back Home Again In) Indiana (04:44)
04. Falling In Love With Love (07:40)
05. Grand Canyon Suite : "On The Train" or "Sunrise" (04:01)
06. Confirmation (06:48)
07. 920 Special (04:00)
08. Lester Leaps In (03:32)
09. Blue & Sentimental (03:34)
10. Jumpin' At The Woodside (01:30) - fade out

Power Point Slides from My Lectures this Term

Here are all of my Power Point Slides from my lectures. I combined a couple of them. I meant to post them all at one point...

Well here they are:

I hope this helps you prepare for the exam.


Knowns Better Left Unknown

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.
Donald H. Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense

A couple of news items that caught my eye

Naked hikes
Hiking naked in the Swiss Alps! Traipsing around in the altogether seems daffy and not particularly safe. What if you slip and fall? it could make sitting rather uncomfortable. I am not going to even discuss other issues.

Good ol’ fashion hidden prices
Starbucks has opted to change its strategy from being a ubiquitous coffeehouse to little ol' fashion coffeehouse by leaving Frappuccinos and prices off its menu board. A spokeswoman for Starbucks said the changes were aimed at making the store feel more like a coffeehouse. Well, this will surely do that trick because when you can’t see the price, you don’t mind overpaying for coffee and coffee milkshakes.

Ignore right-wing talk show hosts
John McCain’s daughter Meghan has a message for conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham: “Kiss my fat ass.” Last week, Ingraham mocked McCain on her radio show after the daughter of former GOP presidential nominee John McCain urged Republicans to seek compromise with Democrats. Ingraham called McCain “a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”

Exam Questions

This is a closed book exam. Please do not cut and paste from other sources or previous writing. However, you can look at the questions beforehand and prepare for the exam. As you are writing, you should refer to the assigned readings from class for it will do great things for your grade (hint, hint). But you are not required to formally cite your sources. It would be helpful if you knew which author the idea came from but you don’t have to give the article title or page number.

Choose TWO of the following questions to answer. There is a two-hour time limit to your writing of the exam. The exam is due by 4:30 on Friday, March 20th. If you are mailing the exam to MHGS, the exam must be post-marked by March 20th.

1. What are some ways that the concept of ‘hospitality’ was defined throughout the course of the class? How would you define hospitality for yourself? Do you think hospitality is possible (ala Boersma)?

2. Do you think that the Holy Spirit is a ‘person’? (Remember to define the term ‘person’.) What difference does this make to your own understanding of who God is in your life and in the world?

3. Do you think the Church is a sacramental community? What difference does this make in your vision of the Church? And what role does the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist play in your understanding of who the Church is in the world? In other words, do the sacraments really make a practical difference to the practice of faith?

4. What is the difference between the ‘seen’ Church and the ‘unseen’ Church? How does your Pneumatology shape your understanding of who is inside and outside the Church? How does your Ecclesiology shape your understanding of who is inside and outside the Church? How does your Eschatology shape your understanding of who is inside and outside the Church?

5. How would you articulate your understanding of ultimate hope? Does this hope make a practical difference in your everyday life? And how does (if it does) the Resurrection of Jesus Christ fit into your vision of eschatological hope?

5 Questions with Deepakalypse

Is Deepakalypse a musician whose love for music has leaded him to travel the planet? Or, is he a born traveler who’s found himself in music along the journey? For having known him for the better part of over 15 years, I’d have to say that he is both, a tangled combination of the two.

If you asked him these questions, you might get an answer like, “I don’t know…I’m a Gemini.” He’d then probably laugh a bit and change the topic over to where he’s headed to next. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New Orleans, New York, Paris, Caracas, Wellington, back to Ventura…anywhere is fair game.

His songwriting style combines loose jazz-punk guitar melodies with philosophical lyrics that serve more as questions and metaphorical reflections rather than a preached truth. Sometimes accompanied by as little as a drum machine or as much as a 4-piece band, you will never hear him play the same song the same way twice. He just plugs in and plays. Whatever happens, happens.

His style sums up a mixture of personal narrative and poetic observations of the world that seem to pull people in, no matter what their perceived musical tastes are. He’s played kitchens, coffee shops, dive bars and wine bars where he’s had the hip-hop heads, rockers, hessians, hipsters, hippie moms, soccer moms, intellectuals and even a rogue republican or two feeling the greatness of the moment that they’ve found themselves in.

So, try to track him down. Run to where he’s playing next if you can keep up. Or, sit and wait if you have the patience. Either way, he’s probably booking a show in your city, town or village at this very moment. Just be on the lookout for an 80’s Mercedes Benz that smells like french fries.

1. For Deepakalypse, what’s more important, the music or the message?

The music is more important than the message. I like to have messages in my songs but music doesn't have to, really. I do want to make people think but I also want people to be able to forget about life's bullshit and have a good time and dance.

2. What is the one globetrotting experience that you wish you could share with everyone like they were there with you?

The globetrotting experience that I’d like to share with everyone would be my trip to France for sure. It was just a fun 3 weeks and I got to play a lot around town. My friends Francois and Nicolas took good care of me and it was just a great experience all together. Great clubs and people and the city is beautiful.

3. If life is a bus, are we driving or are we passengers? What stop do you want to be let off at, or will you ride till the end of the line?

We are definitely driving the bus! We all have choices even when we think we don't. I rule my destiny just like you rule yours, and she hers, and he his. I guess I’ll get off when I feel its time...

4. Not many people outside of your general vicinity would probably know this but; you’ve been involved in the alternative/renewable/sustainable fuel industry (primarily for automobiles) for quite some time now. Can you explain to the average person a little of the: who, what, when, where, how and why of this…and how it could relate to their life?

Right now when it comes to alternative fuel it usually requires a person who likes to tinker with stuff and work on things like cars and such. I’m one of those people so I got involved in veggie oil stuff a few years ago. I went in over my head but got out without any crazy lawsuits or injuries, luckily.

I still drive veggie but am more interested in using electricity and water to make something called HHO. It works really good with gas cars which, is what we have more of, way more of so it’s getting exciting cause we don’t need to get some oily fuel that’s all dirty. We can just use water as an additive to the gas we get to buy so conveniently at the corner.

5. Ok, so…in your songs, you've spit on a window and you've spit in the face of a general. Don't get me wrong, that's cool but...what's up with that? Also, what are you going to spit on next?

Well actually I didn’t really like that spitting on a window part so I tend to say "a brick through your window.” I know its lame to change lyrics after they've been recorded but who cares.

I’ve been spitting on the ground lately cause I bought a bag of sunflower seeds for the trip that I’m on and I like to pack them like tobacco in one cheek and then split them in my mouth and save the shells on the other side. I roll down the window and spit them out the window so I don’t spit on the window like I did in my past. So it does make sense!

Due Dates for The Theological Mosaic

As you enter the final month or so of the school year, it is wise to review your various assignments and the dates that each are due. So, for your convenience, here are your due dates for the rest of this class.

Exam: Questions up on March 16th. Exams are due in by 4:30 on Friday March 20th.

Journal (both options): April 15th

Paper for Creative Project: March 13th

Creative Project: April 15th

Research Paper: April 20th

Reading Report/Bibliography: April 20th (For your convenience, here is a link to a list of the readings. You can turn in this form.)

If you have questions or need guidance for any of these assignments, feel free to contact either Ed or myself. I have office hours on Wednesday afternoons, but am able to meet at other times if that does not work for you.


Resources for you!

Throughout this week, I'll be putting up various resources for you. I'll mark them individually for you so that you can find them easily in the weeks to come.

For example, here is the power point from my lecture on Saturday. I have included a number of new slides to help with clarification. Sorry for the jump in my logic when we got to heaven! That will teach me to squeeze together two lecture at the last minute!!!

Trygve & Kristen's power points will be posted in a separate blog post. We are experiencing the inhospitable divide between the worlds of the PC and the Mac. Yes, one day even PCs and Macs will be reconciled with one another. However, until that eschatological event happens, we will search for alternative means of posting the slides.

The peace of Christ to you all. Not an easy peace, not an insignificant peace, not a halfhearted peace, but the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Blogworthy deli meat?

I guess the ad isn't misleading after all, because I *am* blogging about it. But I saw this magazine ad for Oscar Mayer deli meat, and I thought, "WTF?!?"

Pat Metheny 80/81 Group Hamburg Germany Stadtpark

Pat Metheny 80/81 Group Hamburg Germany Stadtpark


01 Radio Dialog
02 Turnaround Part 1
03 Turnaround Part 2
04 Turnaround Part 3
05 Turnaround Part 4
06 Turnaround Part 5
07 Every Day (I Thank You) Part 1
08 Every Day (I Thank You) Part 2
09 Broadway Blues Part 1
10 Broadway Blues Part 2
11 Broadway Blues Part 3
12 Broadway Blues Part 4
13 James Part 1
14 James Part 2


Pat Metheny-Guitar
Michael Brecker-Sax
Dewey Redman-Sax
Charlie Haden-Bass
Jack Dejohnette-Drums

The PMG Companion Vol. II: 1981 – 1982

Pat Metheny Group The PMG Companion, Vol. II: 1981 – 1982

The Travels Companion”

Welcome to Volume 2 of The PMG Companion, The Travels Companion” a series of compilations that gather together.

the best available versions of the many compositions the Pat Metheny Group has performed in its history that have not appeared on commercially available albums by the PMG. Included are unreleased originals, standards and covers, and PMG treatments of material Metheny has released outside the Group.

For this volume the criteria were expanded to allow for the inclusion of "bonus tracks" -live versions of songs that do have PMG studio recording counterparts. This approach, if contrary to the ground rules established for Volume 1, made it possible to compile "The Travels Companion." When you combine this two-disc set with the live double album Travels (recorded at various locations in 1982), you have at your fingertips a commercial quality recording of every piece of music the second lineup of the PMG performed in concert during its remarkably prolific two-year history.


Pat Metheny: Guitars, Guitar Synthesizer, Synclavier Guitar prototype
Lyle Mays: Piano, Synthesizers, Organ, Autoharp, Synclavier
Steve Rodby: Acoustic and Electric Bass Dan Gottlieb: Drums
Special guest Nana Vasconcelos: Percussion, Voice, Berimbau

Track listings for cd 1

01. Better Days Ahead (early version) (Metheny, or Metheny-Mays)
07:00 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 1, 1981)

02. The Windup (late-1981 arrangement) (Keith Jarrett)
07:43 (Victoria, British Columbia, November 7, 1981)

03. Turnaround (Ornette Coleman)
08:25 (Seattle, Washington, November 9, 1981)

04. Unidentified #6 (incorporating the theme to “Au Lait”) (Metheny-Mays)
18:05 (Providence, Rhode Island, March 11, 1981)

05. Mas Alla (Beyond) (early version) (Metheny)
08:31 (Rochester, New York, June 26, 1981)

06. (It's Just) Talk (early version) (Metheny)
07:17 (St. Louis, Missouri, July 20, 1982)

07. More Kansas City (Metheny)
09:41 (Berkeley, California, July 30, 1982)

08. Six And Eleven (Metheny, or Metheny-Mays)
08:37 (New York, New York, November 24, 1982)

Track listings for cd 2

01. Broadway Blues (Ornette Coleman)
07:30 (Rochester, Michigan, July 14, 1982)

02. solo Synclavier guitar prototype improvisation (Metheny) 03 :22 >

03. Mars (later retitled Close To Home) (1982 arrangement) (Mays) 12:20
(Norman, Oklahoma, July 22, 1982, late show)

04. James (Metheny-Mays)
08:33 (Burlington, Vermont, March 12, 1981)

05. Offramp (Metheny-Mays)
08:32 (Rochester, New York, June 26, 1981)

06. "It's For You" (Metheny-Mays)
07:35 (Rochester, Michigan, July 14, 1982)

07. The Bat part II (Metheny-Mays) 04:08 >

08. solo berimbau improvisation (Vasconcelos) 02 :23 >

09. Ozark (Metheny-Mays) 04:54
Norman, Oklahoma, July 22, 1982, early show)

10. Jaco (1981-1982 arrangement) (Metheny)
06:01 (Rochester, Michigan, July 14, 1982)

11.(Cross The) Heartland (Metheny-Mays) 07:29

12. American Garage (Metheny-Mays) 03:37
Rochester, Michigan, July 14, 1982)

Bitrate 320 Comes With Artwork

Pat Metheny Group in Nürnberg Germany 1980

Pat Metheny Group Jazzfest Ost-West in Nürnberg/Germany, 1980-06-21


Pat Metheny: elg
Lyle Mays: piano, synth
Mark Egan: el-bass
Danny Gottlieb: drums



1. Heartland
2. Hermitage
3. Sirabhorn/The Windup (Keith Jarrett)
4. The Epic
5. Down Here on the Ground (L.Schifrin)
6. Phase Dance


1. All the Things you are (J.Kern)
2. San Lorenzo

Complete FM Broadcast

Approax Time: 85 min

Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Burghausen Germany 2003

Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Burghausen Germany 2003


Burghausen, Germany
Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen

Charlie Haden / Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny, guitars, 42-string guitar
Charlie Haden, acoustic bass

Track Listing

01 North to South, East to West
02 Song For the Boys
03 Improvisation on the Picasso Guitar
04 Waltz For Ruth
05 Our Spanish Love Song
06 First Song
07 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
08 Message to a Friend
09 The Precious Jewel
10 Two For the Road
11 He\'s Gone Away
12 Blues For Pat
13 Cinema Paradiso

Comes With Artwork Back + Front

Pat Metheny Trio Brecon Wales 1992

Pat Metheny Trio Brecon Wales 1992
Brecon, United Kingdom
Brecon Jazz

Pat Metheny / Dave Holland / Roy Haynes
Pat Metheny, guitars, guitar synthesizer
Dave Holland, acoustic bass
Roy Haynes, drums


01 Cantaloupe Island
02 How Insensitive
03 H & H
04 Lonely Woman
05 Vera Cruz

Jon Stewart creams Jim Cramer on the Daily Show

I hate to post right on top of the Misanthrope, but this is a must-see for anyone affected by the financial crisis. Which is everyone.

"Jon Stewart made Jim Cramer look like a wounded puppy tonight as the CNBC host joined The Daily Show after a full week of back-and-forth... Stewart's point was that Wall Street got fat off of all our pension plans, 401K's and long-term investments, while the 'Fast Money' crowd cashed in our long-term investments -- and CNBC was complicit in the entire gambit..."

It doesn't fix anything, but it feels good to watch it happen.

BoingBoing told me about this video from Crooks and Liars.

Not the Best Buy or Service

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile."
Roger Staubach, former football quarterback

You ever wonder why customer service stinks, especially in a place like a large electronics retailer that touts its prices in its name?

Read a couple of their comments and be very worried about what awaits you if purchase a computer, flat screen television, or anything else from this well-trained crew. Maybe automated service is not such a bad thing after all.

Here is the original post.

Anonymous said...

The reason you can't use a reward zone certificate on a purchase less that what the value states on the card is they can't give you cash back for the certificate. If you didn't want to spend your extra dollars then the price could have been marked up to the exact twenty and you would have owed nothing. Of course you would have paid more for it. The reward zone program is used to keep you coming back to Best Buy. And it's pretty stupid for you to say it isn't free. It is free. Yeah you did pay $1000 to get that twenty back but if you went to Walmart and spent that what would you get back? NOTHING. So why bitch about having to spend "few extra cents or dollars"? That's how much a cd just cost you!! And I'm sorry to tell you this but that's how it has always been with the reward zone certificates! It wasn't just taken up now that Cicuit City is going out of business. I'm also sure that Best Buy has noticed that you don't shop there anymore. Like a previous poster said.. you could change the amount you receive at a time. But to be honest I'd rather you still stay away from Best Buy. I'm sure one less person like you shopping there is a plus for them.

Anonymous said...

all you stupid assholes are why we at best buy tend to ignore you or are not willing to help. you bitch about a free, i repeat, FREE service because you expect us to hand you the world. there are guidelines and rules we have to obey and you stupid assholes continually harassing and bitching at us won't make us any more willing to help you. i deal with you jerks every single day at geek squad and it makes me sick knowing i have to come into work and deal with each and every one of you mouth breathers. just shut the fuck up and let us do our job. we're paid to do what our department says, not put up with your bull shit.

Anonymous said...

oh, and if you think just one of you no longer coming into best buy is gonna matter, do you honestly think we notice? we get HUNDREDS upon THOUSANDS of you a week. one of you will not affect us in the least, if anything it gives us a much more pleasurable working environment knowing you won't be coming in to annoy us with your stupid questions, and retarded stories.

Schedule for March 13th & March 14th, 2009

Our Guests this Weekend are Dr. Kristen and Rev. Trygve Johnson from Hope College in Holland, MI. I am very excited that they are coming to share with us. Tryg, the campus pastor at Hope, is a very talented sermonator and Kristen is one of the brightest (and most beautiful) women that I know. The Johnson's are thoughtful and interesting folks, so I hope that you will greet them with a very warm Mars Hill welcome. They will take some time on Friday to share their own stories with you. It should be a very thought-provoking weekend that will send you on your way wondering what the resurrection of the body matters to your own life!! Good stuff!



Friday March 13th (Start Time is 1PM!!!!!)

1.00 ~ Quiz

1:15-2.00 ~ Introductions: Our stories, overview of the weekend, key ideas and readings

2.00-3.15 ~ Lecture: Imagination, story and hope by Trygve

3.15-3.30 ~ Break

3.30-4.45 ~ Lecture: Eschatology Matters--Recent History of millennialism & evangelicalism by Kristen

4.45-6.00 ~ Large Group Discussion

Saturday March 14th (Start Time is 10AM!!!)

10:00-11:45 ~ Discussion: please read the N.T. Wright and the Hart/Bauckham articles

12-1 ~ Lecture: Shalom and the Story of God's Redemption by Chelle

1-2 ~ Lunch!

2-3 ~ Lecture: Barth and Moltmann by Kristen

3-3:15 ~ Break

3:15-3:45 ~ Small Group Discussion on Lewis' The Great Divorce

3:50-5 ~ Bringing it all together: Panel Discussion on Ressurection and Eschatology

A funny for you as you work on your papers!!

Of course none of you would ever sink to this level. On the other hand, the title of Calvin's paper is very reminiscent of many a dissertation title...

Exam Next Week

For all of you who may have forgotten or who are just nervous about such things, I thought that I would write a little reminder that yes indeed we have an exam next week. I will post the questions on the class blog on Monday. There will be about 5 questions, but you will just choose two to write on.

The exam is due by4:30 on Friday. (If you need to mail to MHGS the exam, it needs to be postmarked by that Friday.)

What is the purpose of an exam such as this? My hope is that the exam will be an opportunity for you to express some of your thoughts and opinions about the readings and the class sessions. This means that Ed will be searching for your use and understanding of the assigned readings as well as the integration of the content of the class within your own theological thinking. This is a closed-book exam, but you will have some time to think through the questions before you sit down to your two hours of writing.

I can't really say that this should be a fun activity, but I do hope that it will be fulfilling in some manner. I know that I enjoyed reading your exams last term. Some really good integrative thinking going on inside your heads!!!

See you tomorrow!

5 Questions with Brook Dalton of 86

Not only does Brook Dalton have a gift for music, he is respected in his community as an organizer, artist, poet, and a curator of the 86 Art Gallery (where he also dwells) in Ventura, CA.

Brook's knowledge of life is vast, and his reputation as a raconteur--in combination with an easy wit--can't help but draw others into his gravitational pull. His formidable talent is augmented by an affection for narrative art: this man of stature is also a serious comic book collector. To check out Brook Dalton's published work, please visit: X-Ray Book Co..

1. What is 86 to you? When did it become such a community center?

That’s kind of a big one to start out with. On a basic level it’s a house and an art gallery. There are five rooms here and I do what I can to continually make it as affordable as possible, so as a consequence I’ve lived with dozens and dozens of different folks over the years. I literally couldn’t name all of the people I’ve lived with. There have been roommates that have put out albums, published books, received Master’s Degrees, absorbed astronomical amounts of THC, etc. We’ve had a steady group for the last few years now and they’re all amazing people.

As an art fan, I feel luckier than I can express to live here because there are hundreds of pieces in the house that I get to come home to every day. Each work of art (except for four) contains the number 86 in it, in some form or another, as a symbol of the sense of community that sort of embodies the place. There really is an astounding atmosphere here and we’re constantly surrounded by the funniest, smartest, most talented people you can hope to meet. I think the sense of community probably started around 1994. We used to be more of a party house until then, but that’s when the first Eighty-Six paintings started to roll in and also when we began to organize events rather than just have random parties. To this day, we’re known for our events and it’s nice to see them gain steam every year.

We’re also pretty heavily involved in the music scene(s) around Ventura. Everyone who lives here is a musician and we do what we can to help promote shows or let touring bands crash on our couches in order to help out in any way we can. Through it all, I think it’s safe to say that the sense of community has remained so strong over the years because we always try to stay as positive as we can while providing a fun/entertaining outlet for people. Well, as much fun as you can have without waking up in the clink or having to visit the free clinic the next day.

2. Do you have a certain personal vision of what you want out of your drumming or do you try to emulate techniques you admire? Or both?

Over the last couple of years, my goal with drumming has been to ride the fine line between being a role player and adding a creative element to songs. I mean, I don’t want to stand out by being flashy or incorporating weird timing changes, but I do want the drums to be integral to the way the song is meant to sound. I don’t ever consciously try to imitate other drummers or techniques, but I certainly get motivated by specific people. For instance, I’m really into Glenn Kotche right now but I wouldn’t go to band practice and try to add some fills or beats to a song that might sound like his style. However, I will take notice of the care and scrutiny that he takes with his drum parts and in turn I’ll try to do the same with songs that I play on.

Listening to good drummers usually lights a bit of a fire under my ass to pay more attention to what the drums should be doing in a song and to try and adhere to that.

3. Who are some of the poets you enjoy?

I’m eternally thankful for the poetry of Bukowski. I would never have motivated myself to start writing if it weren’t for him. Some others that stand out are: Sharon Olds, Billy Childish, Gerard Manley Hopkins, e.e. Cummings, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Dan Fante, Raegan Butcher, Raymond Carver.

Poetry is kind of a weird beast to me. I appreciate a lot of the underground/counterculture stuff because it appeals to my punk rock upbringing and disposition, but I truly feel that much of the canonized pieces are more than deserving of their status. It’s almost like the angry, more colloquial stuff really jives with my emotional state, but the anthologized poems become incredibly engaging when dissected and explicated. Especially the Victorians…I dig them friggin’ Victorians.

4. Do you consider comic books to be high art? Is there a particular example you can give?

Some of it, certainly. The beauty of comics is that they can appeal to two sensibilities simultaneously. There really are a lot of phenomenal, intelligent writers doing top-notch work on some titles. Authors like Brian K. Vaughan, Bill Willingham, Alan Moore, and Neil Gaiman really understand the craft and write better than most other people who put out books that don’t have pictures in them.

On an aesthetic level, some of the very best artwork being released today is in the comic medium. I’m also happy to see the borders between the gallery/fine art scenes and the comic book world starting to blur. I think that comic artists such as James Jean, Ashley Wood, Charles Burns, Alex Ross, Dave Cooper, Eric Powell, and Ben Templesmith are going to help merge the two realms. Also, I’d like to say that there is absolutely no truth to the assumed edict that the true ‘artistic’ talents in comics lie in the indie/underground titles and that hero books are nothing more than spandex and uppercuts. Some of the most thoughtful and intriguing writing being published today is coming from super hero books. Seriously.

5. What's your current passion?

I’m always juggling a handful of things that I’m passionate about, but lately I’ve been inundating myself with music. I’ve been going to a shit-ton of concerts, as well as playing as many shows as I can, and for some reason it seems like I’ve been having more and more really good conversations about music lately. I’ve also been introduced to a bunch of bands recently (thanks, Lingua) and that kind of serves as a catalyst for the enthusiasm. Furthermore, I can’t stop record shopping. It’s getting ridiculous. I don’t really think twice about spending money on records, but I don’t view that as a fault. It’s not an obsession, it’s sustenance. Besides, if I start to spend too much on music I’ll just cut corners on other expenses. For instance, I’ve bought about 20 records this week, but I barely picked up any crack cocaine or Cambodian porn. It all works out in the wash.

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5 Questions with Matt Eckel of Jack Wilson Jr.

PhotobucketClockwise from top: Mike Corwin, bass / Dave "Mustang" Lang, piano / Matt Eckel, guitar & vocals / Brian Demski, drums

It's another Friday night in Los Angeles. Haloed streetlights lace the quiet fogginess of Echo Park, casting shadows along the quiet stretch of Glendale Blvd. between Temple & the 1st St. Bridge. Behind an unassuming, rolling metal gate, a small crowd of brown baggers in a tiny parking lot assures you that you've found just where you need to be... welcome to Pehrspace.

It's Friday the 13th to be more precise, and Jack Wilson Jr. will be killing it here tonight. The house lights cast a dim red glow over the band as they warm up into their fitting 1st song of the night, "Red All Over." A slow bass groove notes the tempo as "Pt. 8: Jason Takes Manhattan" looms in frozen frame on the back wall. Next, guitar and high hat lead into vocals.

With total "tell it like it is, brother" honesty, the love-life advice lyrics evoke from the crowd heart felt "uh-huh's" & "damn, that's true" laughter. There's no other way to properly express the feeling in the room. By the time that the verse has reached the brutal truth, "...you'll never be in love until you're happy on your own," someone cries out, "THAT'S COLD!!!" The crowd nods, claps, dances and raise their drinks.

This is how Jack Wilson Jr. works a room.

1. To date, what is the Jack Wilson Jr. story?

The idea for Jack Wilson, Jr. came at the tail end of 2007. At that time Brian and I had been playing for several years in a band called The Natural Disasters. We had just released an album earlier that year, but by this point we'd been performing some of these songs for a very long time. In addition to that, I was feeling like we weren't really getting the recognition we deserved, specifically with regard to the blogger/promoter community. In retrospect, I could have been more proactive in terms of soliciting this kind of attention. I think my attitude at the time was that it was their job to find us. At the same time, I found myself wanting to write more musically expansive songs. Don't get me wrong; Brian is a great drummer. He plays with a lot of taste. One thing I loved about Natural Disasters was that he was able to come up with a unique "signature" for each song, whether it be the beat itself or some kind of fill or set up. That's not an easy thing to do, especially when the songwriter shows up with so much similar-sounding material. But in the end, there's only so much you can do with just drums and guitar. That was kind of the point of that band, to see how far you could go with it. And we did. But then I started wanting to play ballads.

During this time I was also playing in another band called Lucinda & the Lost Dogs (they have since changed the name to Dustin Fire). There were some lineup changes throughout the years but for the most part it was Lucinda, Mustang, and myself. Lu is a huge lover of country music, among other things. The three of us collaborated on probably 20 different songs and it was a great learning experience. Thinking back on it, this is probably what inspired me to want to write songs with more of an ear for melody, or to experiment more with different feels and tempos. You can get a whole new depth of feeling out of a song just by slowing it down a little bit. Towards the end I brought Mike in on bass. He had been a friend for a while but we hadn't had too much of a chance to play together up until that point. A lot of people know Mike as, like, a genius guitar player, but I think he actually likes playing bass more!

When the Jack Wilson band started up, we had Mike on guitar and his old buddy Noah from Cal Arts on bass. It was really rad to be surrounded by all these great musicians; they'd be warming up to Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" and then I'd have to show them my little four-chord song. Eventually Noah left the band when his other group got signed [the Airborne Toxic Event]. Actually, I just heard today that their label merged with Island, which is huge. It's funny seeing him on TV with all his ridiculous rings and necklaces. I get a real kick out of it.

2. What's behind the name Jack Wilson, Jr.?

The name Jack Wilson, Jr. comes from a historical figure I learned about while working as a teacher at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Brian worked there also, along with Joey Siara, artist Michael Hsiung, and Grant and Justin from Echo Curio. Jack Wilson was the English name, or "white name," given to Native healer and self-proclaimed prophet Wovoka by the Wilson family, for whom he sometimes worked as a teenager. Wovoka became a national celebrity among Indians in the late 1880s as the originator of the "ghost dance" phenomenon. This was a communal dance involving a large number of people, who would join hands and dance in a circle sometimes for hours, to the point of fatigue. Performed correctly, the dance was supposed to result in a mystical erasure of the white man and the return of the buffalo to the plains. Dancers would occasionally collapse with exhaustion and later claim to have experienced visions of the new world. This was during the time just after the close of the frontier when the last of the tribes were being forced onto reservations. It was an act of desperation.

What's interesting is that Wilson's philosophy incorporated Christ's teachings of forgiveness and non-violence. Ironically, the hysteria of the dance was seen by the US Army as a prelude to war, and resulted in the assassination of Sitting Bull. He was actually shot by a member of the Indian Police. The fallout of that event led to the Wounded Knee Massacre just two weeks later, an ugly, shameful end to one of the ugliest and most shameful chapters in US History. Jack Wilson though, as a person, was never really qualified as a political leader. He was a self-mythologizing con artist, whose "magic" was fairly close to magic as we understand it today-all illusion and slight of hand. We did a song on the Natural Disasters record called "Ghost Dance." Robbie Robertson and Patti Smith also have songs by that title.

Then there's also Jackie Wilson, "Mr. Excitement," whose unique style of dance was derived from his training as a boxer. If you watch his videos on YouTube with that in mind, you can see it right away. They're the same moves that "made" Elvis. Not to say that Elvis wasn't a great dancer, because he was. But a lot of what you might recognize as his signature moves actually came from Jackie.

Lastly-and I didn't realize this until after we'd settled on the name-Jack Palance's character from Shane is also named, guess what, Jack Wilson. He's one of the baddest dudes in the history of Westerns. So there it is: cowboys & indians and rhythm & blues.

3. What are your thoughts on the local LA music scene?

God, there are so many bands. Probably the highest number per capita anywhere, ever. But it doesn't bother me. I think it's great. It's the harvest to the proverbial seed planted by bands like The Minutemen and Beat Happening. I think what bothers me about it is that the bands that wind up getting attention are not necessarily the best bands. Some of them are. There doesn't seem to be any correlation; it has more to do with promoter politics and a willingness to play that particular game. I'm probably being na•ve by pretending it has anything to do with anything other than hustle and, eventually, money.

I'll clue you in on something I'm a bit hesitant to admit-for the past several months, we've only played two venues in LA: Pehrspace and Echo Curio. I can't say enough about either of these venues, or rather about the people that make them what they are. Five bucks, tops, the bands get paid out, you can drink for cheap as long as you agree to be discreet... you can't beat it. I don't want to name names but we've had situations before dealing with other clubs where you have last minute changes to the lineup, to set times, and then a real hard time getting paid to top it off. Which would be one thing if the organizers made any effort to promote the show (did any "organizing" as it were). But if it's all on the bands, then they should receive a larger portion of the profit. Or retain the option to limit the door price.

To be honest, I don't know how much of a "scene" it really is. In my mind, a "scene" is a bunch of local bands influencing each other, resulting in some kind of unifying "sound" (ie. "the Seattle sound"). LA has everything. Except hip-hop, which is lamentable. I'm talking more about the Silverlake/Echo Park scene, not the city at large. There are so many talented people pursuing so many different musical paths that it's hard to define what the so-called Eastside Scene is really about. I remember one night playing poker with a bunch of musicians from different bands. We were listening to Creedence and someone said, "God, how can you guys listen to this? I mean, didn't they ever hear of distortion pedals?" Which really shocked me, you know, because most people we tend to play with don't own any guitar pedals... maybe an old Metal Zone or something, for sentimental value. But that shows you how diverse it is. And I love that about it.


4. What's one quote or piece of advice that forever changed your perspective on music...particularly songwriting?

I'm reading a book right now called Songwriters on Songwriting, which is full of good stuff. One thing a lot of people say is that you can't lead the process too much. You have to let the song lead you where it wants to go. You have be able to sort of "unfocus," I don't know, like one of those magic eye paintings or something. I was never any good at those; I could never see the sailboat or whatever. Paul Simon does this thing where he throws a ball against the wall to preoccupy his conscious mind. He says if a line jumps out at you, just take it down, don't start worrying about what it means. I tried it a day or two after reading his interview, and sure enough, I got a great song out of it. At first it didn't seem to be "about" anything, but after I had most of it down, I was able to step back and see that it was very specifically about two things that were very current and very personal.

Tom Petty is really annoying. Most of his big songs came instantly, or "in as much time as it takes to play the song." But then you look at a Tom Petty song, "Free Fallin'" for example-the whole chorus is just one word that gets repeated. I wish I could write a song like that; I don't know why I feel like every song has to be a page long. He talks about trusting in your subconscious. Like with "You Wreck Me." He had a placeholder lyric-"you rock me"-which he knew was corny but he left it because something about it sounded right. Then one day he had the idea to change it to "you wreck me" and boom the whole song came into focus. And I think a lot of what makes that a powerful lyric is that it does sound so similar to "you rock me." There's a lesson.

When I was in college, I sang in this band called The Dirty Tanners. The rest of the band had no musical training at all, with the exception of the drummer, who was a jazz guy. Because we were limited in terms of what we could do musically, the songs all evolved from jam sessions in the basement. I couldn't just walk in with a song and start calling out chords. So I would take these jam tapes and play them loud on my bedroom stereo, and kind of walk around singing nonsense syllables in order to get ideas for a melody. And I would record that. And what was cool about it was that listening back, I could hear myself using certain vowel sounds or words or even phrases. So once I could figure out what I was trying to say, the conscious mind could then kick in and finish it. That was productive for me, and I don't know why I haven't tried it since. Maybe I will.

If I had to single out one specific quote, I guess it would be something Bob Dylan said, in that same book. Which is ironic because he absolutely refuses to take the interview seriously. It was hard for me because I'm a huge fan and it's sort of childish... I mean it was cute when he did it in 1965 and the press was coming at him with all these dumb questions about what does he have to say about "x" as the spokesman of his generation? My girlfriend doesn't like Dylan, she says he's "a liar" for all the stuff he came out with early in his career about having been in the circus as a kid and living in New Mexico or whatever. I mean, when you look at some of the stuff, it's not to be taken seriously: [telling his life story, Playboy, 1966] "I wind up in Phoenix. I get a job as a Chinaman. I start working in a dime store, and move in with a 13-year-old girl. Then this big Mexican lady from Philadelphia comes in and burns the house down." But anyway, after 15 pages of jerking this guy around (most of which I skimmed, or skipped) he finally says, "There's something about my lyrics that have a gallantry to them. And that might be all they have going for them." And that's the end of the interview. I think that's true. Songwriting is not like writing a short story, or a magazine article. If anything, it's like... instant messaging. It has to be simple. Fragmented. Ordinary. It just has to sound right.

5. What's your favorite bicycling in LA story/experience?

That's hard... I guess it was four or five years ago, right when Midnight Ridazz was starting to get big. I lived in an apartment with a couple and their two cats and a dog and an injured bird. We met some people on the ride, and afterwards everybody came back to our place. I cooked breakfast burritos and we continued to drink and at some point someone had the idea to play charades so we did that for like an hour, taking it totally seriously, you know? With these kids we'd barely just met. I haven't done any of those group rides for a while now, but I used to love it when someone would roll down their window and yell, "what are you riding for?" The best moment was when someone did that and this guy wearing a chicken suit cruised by, screaming his head off. I don't think I've ever heard a more perfect answer to that question; if there is one I'd like to hear it.

Vocab for Friday's Quiz:

  1. Eschatology
  2. Eschaton
  3. Telos
  4. Parousia
  5. Utopia
  6. Sabbath
  7. Millennium
  8. Premillennialism
  9. Postmillennialism
  10. Amillennialism
  11. Hope
  12. Resurrection
  13. Son of Man
  14. Day of the Lord
  15. Creator ex nihilo
  16. Eucharist/The Lord’s Supper
  17. Shalom
  18. Revelation
  19. Hell
  20. Heaven
  21. The Kingdom of God
  22. Apocalyptic


Please watch this space for announcements this week. For example, class begins at 1PM this Friday. And yes, we do have a vocab quiz at 1PM this Friday. Thanks for asking!


Instant on = 60 second delay?

Saw this at Home Depot, and had to snap it with my Treo.

Tom Harrell Quintet Jazz San Javier IX Edition Spain 2006

Tom Harrell Quintet Jazz San Javier IX Edition Spain 2006


01. Delta Of The Nile
02. How About This (to be faded)
03. Obelisk
04. 24
05. Dancing Around
06. Like Someone in Love


Tom Harrell Trumpet
Wayne Escoffery Tenor Sax
Danny Grissett Piano
Ugonna Okegwo Double Bass
Jonathan Blake Drums

Time: 89:30

Bitrate 320 CBR

This recession is awesome!

[From McSweeney's]

Mom and Dad keep talking about this recession and I gotta say: it's awesome! Yesterday, I ate pizza for breakfast, mac and cheese and hot-dog cubes for lunch, and then more pizza for dinner! Mom said that I could eat as much McDonald's as I want, and she even offered to leave me there in the ball pit for an entire day while she went and looked for new jobs! Awesome!

Every day after school, I used to go to violin lessons, but now Mom says I don't have to go anymore! This is so awesome because the violin was so boring and my teacher, Mrs. Calabrass, smelled like the attic and didn't let me drink soda! But now I don't have to deal with Mrs. Calabrass or listen to stupid Brahms with her! I hate the attic — but I love this recession!

We'd planned to go to France or something for our family vacation. But now, since it's the recession, we're all going to Gilbert's Goofy Park and playing minigolf and going on the go-karts! And even batting cages maybe, too! I don't think France has any batting cages or go-karts, so this is an amazing, amazing thing! I think if I'm good I can probably eat pizza at Gilbert's Goofy Park! I love pizza and I love this recession!

Dad's been home so much recently and it's been awesome! He just wears underpants and watches sports highlights and eats Cooler Ranch Doritos, which sounds super fun! I have to go to school, so I only get to see him when I get home, but yesterday Dad and I played Xbox together for six hours! He started off pretty good at the games, but each hour he got worse and worse, and soon he started making weird noises! He even started saying his words all slow and jumbled like a crazy man! He's really having a good time in this recession! So am I!

We used to have to drive like a gazillion hours in the car to get to Grandma's weird big blue house with no TV, but now Grandma drives her new house over to us in her new RV! It's amazing! I totally didn't know cars could also be houses and have stoves and have TVs, but they can! Grandma has it all thanks to the recession. And so do I!

Man, I hope this recession never ends. Me and my friends always high-five each other when we hear an older person say, "Not in this economy," because we know it always leads to something awesome for us! This is the best childhood ever! I could live like this for the rest of my life!

I love this recession!

5 Questions with Joshua Redman

Josh, Joshua, Hosh, Hoshwa, call him what you will. He's got just about as many names for each hat that he can proudly wear. As host of 5...4...3...2...FUN! a radio show on 91.9 KCSB FM in Santa Barbara, he spins the kind of pop most people would have never expected to hear on the air waves.

Last year he started up SBDIY, promoting the best underground shows all across the county. When he's not too busy making sure the population surrounding UCSB is experiencing enough cuteness, he also tours the country with his sister, Rebecca, as they perform her songs under the moniker Watercolor Paintings. If Josh and his beard are dancing, chances are you are too.

1. What is the worst part of hosting your own radio show?

Oh this is a little hard. Obviously there are more best parts than worst parts. This might be silly, but not being able to go to show shows on Thursday night is the worst! Thursdays at 10pm is probably the best time for the show to be, but sometimes I have to miss shows I want to go to, or leave them early. Everything else is the best!

2. What was your favorite song of 2008?

I've never been good at making top lists or picking favorites. Maybe 'Lindy' off of the L.A.K.E. tape. I've only listened to that song while driving, and the speakers in the car are very poor quality, but I really really like that song. Or maybe this song that my friend Mallory wrote that might be called 'We Sing Our Hearts Out.' Hmmm or maybe, 'Blanket' by Glass Cake. You know what, Girl Band, as a whole, was probably my favorite song of 2008. Yah.

3. If you could be any animal, living or extinct, what would it be and why?

Well not a bird for sure. I hate anything that flies. I mean, I'm jealous of anything that flies. And not a water animals because I don't really like the water. I've never been good at answering this question either. Something real hairy I guess. A bear of gorilla or something. A bear-gorilla.

4. What was the first album you bought with your own money?

Ummmm I think it was probably a ska cd. I have no idea. You know what, it was probably The Fury of The Aquabats! Haha yes!

5. If California
was destroyed by an earthquake, where would you move to?

Wait, would I not be destroyed with it? Maybe I'd rather be destroyed with it? I try not to think in hypotheticals, but if for some reason I survived said earthquake, I would live on a boat. That would be nice. I wouldn't have to live in any one place, and if the place I was at at the time was destroyed, I could move on. Easy. Maybe I'll do that someday anyway...