1. The National - Boxer
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
4. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
5. Feist - The Reminder
6. M.I.A. - Kala
7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
8. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
9. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
10. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
My fascination with flickr and the degree to which I use it often makes me forget that many people are unaware that flickr even exists — not to mention the resources it offers to people beyond photography.
For example, anytime people call me for advice because they're going to Vancouver on a trip, I immediately direct them to the Vancouver flickr group. The near 3,000 group members not only discuss the best place to shop for photo gear (which we all know is beau photo), but they also discuss ad infinitum best bars, best pizza, best sushi, etc.
Enter flickr's new Places feature. It could be just another time waster, or it could be a strategic launching pad for all sorts of city and cultural research for reasons ranging from travel to church planting.
Though we are away from family for the first time ever (because Katie is 38 weeks pregnant), God has given us a great deal to be thankful for today. Countless things beyond geographic relocation have transpired since I wrote my 2005 Thanksgiving Reflections, but we are no less in awe of the God who created the universe and no less aware of his sovereign care.
May our Great and Mighty God awaken in your hearts today a spirit of thanksgiving that flows from a heart that treasures Christ as your only good. And may time spent with family and friends today and throughout the coming Advent season awaken in all of us a passion for the great feast that awaits those who treasure Christ in the age to come.
What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt! (source)
The film is a comedic-guerrilla-satire-umentary (I'm pretty sure I just made that up). Though a bit gimmicky and sure to be dismissed by many evangelicals for being sacrilegious, the film should spark humorous and healthy conversations about consumerism, credit, and the widespread superficiality of the retail Christmas. Perhaps worth considering before you brave the crowds on Friday, or purchase those new rims in the spirit of Christmas (watch the trailer and you'll get that joke)
We have had an amazing and amazingly packed fall. I have made over half a dozen trips to Kansas City and have been thrilled at all the connections God is creating for us there. To be honest, time previously spent blogging has been filled with new faces, coffee, BBQ, photography and hanging out with Katie in preparation for our little boy's arrival, Lord willing, sometime within the next month!
Hopefully, this explains the tumbleweeds gathering in the corners here. I was reminded twice yesterday about the lack of even menial updates like books and music. However, I have been making some behind the scenes changes (like this updated bio), and hope to roll out a few more updates and improvements over the weekend. In the meantime...
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