Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Mr Olle Nordahl, Swedish head of the Gideonites who provide Scandic (and other) hotels with the bibles says; (from an independent translation) "We distribute Bibles because we know people are helped by it. People find comfort and support by reading the Bible... It's the spontaneous reading of the Bible in one's darkest hour that helps the most"
Just a thought; What if the distinct "witness of christian faith" needed in a post-christian society has a more practical nature than just reading, and a slightly less inwardly therapeutic nature than finding comfort?
What if the gideonites (or by all means any christian group) would just pull up their sleeves, march on up to their nearest Scandic hotel and make an offer to clean each and every toilet seat in the facilities... for free? If people then ask why they do this they might invite them to borrow one of the bibles available in the reception desk (they will be allowed there!) and look up the story of Jesus and his disciples... or just share how that story connects to the story of the gideonites (or any christan group) who clean up filthy toilet seats for free.
If we pick up speed the album should be available in mid/late may.
Monday, 23 April 2007
In the evening i rehearsed with Niklas for a gig wednesday evening. I did some backwards counting yesterday and came to the conclusion that my last professional gig as a drummer was in 1993! 14 years ago!
It was nice though to switch roles in a band. I´m used to standing in front of or beside the drummer, picking up his sounds and movements and translating them into melodic shapes and gestures. It´s sort of "the other side of the coin" here! Now I find myself providing the rythmic foundation for Niklas melancholic The Band:ish music, while translating his melodies into rythmic shapes on my drums and cymbals. And it´s fun too...
In my morning prayers and readings of late, a psalm has been helpful in putting me in a proper perspective. Being an introvert and somewhat bent towards selfcenteredness I do need to lift my gaze from my shoes, recognising and submitting to someone who was before me, still is, and will be when I am long gone.
"Lord, from the very beginning you have been like a home to us. Before you created the world and the mountains were made, from the beginning to the end you are God." (Psalm 90:1-3)
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Funny! I´m locked up in one room of our apartment as Anna is doing some demo recordings of her songs. So i´m sitting by the computer working while listening to her doing the same vocal lines over and over again, just looking for the moment when all the sounds work well together ... It´s humbling, and I guess necessary, in a time of hurry, to actually see how slow a process is that ultimately leads to just three minutes of music. I´m impressed by her persistence and know that beauty will come out of it.
The words she sang? "Praise Him!" ... Referring to this Jesus again. I wonder if, in this time of hurry, anyone will take the time to listen to Annas encouraging request for "Nazarean carpenter-son" appreciation? I hope so...
While confined to my office space I also found some time to look at this
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Tomorrow i have the privilege of finishing a series of talks and conversations on Jesus sermon on the mount in our small fellowship of people eagering to follow Jesus in contemporary society. We end with Jesus urging us to build our life practices (You know: economics, family life, ethics, creativity and spirituality etc) on his words and his life.
Funny how we sometimes read Jesus as primarily wanting us to agree intellectually with his teachings and commands when in fact he is rather clear with the fact that this has to do with "learning to live". It´s about life skills for a distinct group of people that are called to be good news. What Jesus says is indeed so firmly anchored in communal practices before the eyes of the world that i must agree with John Howard Yoder and call it politics, in the broad sense of the word.
I guess this means doing the stuff Jesus calls us to do must more often be the ground for our reflecting (ie: theology) rather than the other way around.
By the way: I am convinced that IFK Göteborg will finish top of the swedish football league this season!