Category Archives: Video
A while back on the blog I commended a wonderful DVD of the musical production Pilgrim that was filmed at Covenant Life Church, featuring the high school talent in the church. The Pilgrim DVD is a two-hour long modern interpretation of Bunyan’s classic The Pilgrims Progress set to music. Pilgrim is a brilliant and theologically rich adaptation. My entire family enjoyed the production and I commend the DVD to you.
Pilgrim was originally developed with the goal of adapting Bunyan’s story to modern culture. Christian Theatre Publications, the folks who wrote and produced the original musical and DVD, have now released a performance package for churches and schools. The package includes a reproducible script, piano score, 30 vocal books, a music CD with full vocals, and an optional accompaniment CD/backing track. The original production DVD is also available. The script can be shortened as needed and can accommodate various cast sizes. I’m told the first step in bringing Pilgrim to your church or school is to apply for a performance license. You can do that here.
It’s worth checking out.
You can read my original review of the Pilgrim DVD here.
And you can watch the Pilgrim DVD trailer here:
An annual highlight of mine is attending the Next Conference. It’s always an edifying time, filled with great teaching and outstanding musical worship. And recently four live worship videos from the 2009 conference were released on Vimeo. Enjoy!
The Name Above All Names
King of Peace
Chicago has seen a fair bit of wild storms this week. Last night a Craig Shimala filmed lightning hitting three of Chicago’s tallest towers at the same time. Insane shot. Amazing God.
The band OK Go (think treadmills) has a new music video for the song “This Too Shall Pass.” Rube would be proud:
“Therefore, whatever is in motion must be put in motion by another. If that by which it is put in motion be itself put in motion, then this also must needs be put in motion by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover, and, consequently, no other mover; seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are put in motion by the first mover; as the staff moves only because it is put in motion by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.”
–St Thomas Aquinas
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Today I feature two videos on the prosperity gospel. The first documents the prosperity gospel in west Africa (specifically); the second contains a theological response to the prosperity gospel (generally).
(1) Here is a new Christianity Today video (9 minutes) documenting the prosperity gospel in Ghana [HT:JT]:
(2) Here is John Piper’s 11-minute video summary of concerns titled “Why I Abominate the Prosperity Gospel”:
The other day I discovered a brief introduction to C.S. Lewis’ book, The Problem of Pain. In this video, author Robert Banks provides a brief description of the book’s origin and introduces Lewis’ view that pain is “God’s megaphone to awaken a sleeping world.” If you can stomach the Star Trek-like background and the quick cutaways where that background doesn’t move, you can watch the 8-minute interview here:
Have you seen “Bathtub IV” by Keith Loutit? It’s the fruit of a real shoot, not animated or anything. Loutit used a tilt-shift time-lapse technique to film and create the short. I don’t really understand how it works, but I like the result:
“Tilt-shift lenses sit off-center of the film (or sensor) plane of your camera to produce photos with extremely limited depth of field, giving the effect of a macro shot of a tiny scene. When the effect is matched with the surreal speed boost of many stills strung together into a time-lapse movie, we get the other-worldly privilege of seeing real Australian beach goers as an elaborate Playmobil scape. Or Sydney Harbor in a bath tub.” (Gizmodo)
HT: @andrewgallo + @ryanjames