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a time of nonsense

I recently read a nice thin book (I prefer nice thin ones) called Time of Nonsense“And now let’s move into a time of nonsense. Why Songs are failing the Church” by Nick Page ISBN 1-85078-584-8.

It was funny and fascinating plea for those involved in song writing in churches to think sensibly and clearly about the lyrics of what they write! He pointed out that in the Victorian period of Evangelicalism there were HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of hymns of which the best 200-400 remain today! His point is that writing lyrics for songs is very hard indeed and actually need not be by the writer of the music! He makes a strong critique of Worship leader as Singer/Songwriter, that draws directly from Pop culture and brings many of the weaknesses of that culture’s lyrics with it.

Some books are often negative and critical and Nick Page manages to avoid a heavy negativity in order to bring much needed constructive criticism! I found myself thinking “Aha! This is what I have been feeling deep down without being able to put a name to it!”.

He also suggests that we need not be afraid of using contemporary language to speak about God; and in fact on of my favourite songs just now “Indescribable” does just that (If we skip on the word “Majesty”!)

As I said I had been feeling deep down that all was not well in the state of Denmark and here are the two biggest targets worthy of Nick’s criticism. I should add I love the tunes very much for both these songs but the lyrics… Well see for yourself:

Kevin Prosch’s “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”

Victory is the Lord’s
Victory is the Lord’s
We’ve just begun to fight
We’ve just begun to fight

And when I get discouraged
Having done all then I stand
He gave me weapons to fight and the spirit of might
I feel the power of the Word of the Lord

Where is the Lord, God of Elijah
Elohim my redeemer and my friend
Any weapon formed against me will not prosper
His eyes are a flame of fire

Can you work out what that refers to? And here is Robin Mark’s song “Days Of Elijah”.

These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord!’

Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call;
Lift your voice, it’s the year of jubilee,
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes.

These are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in Your world,
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord!
There’s no God like Jehovah.
There’s no God like Jehovah!

Can anybody make out from this what the song is all about???

Anyway so I am not needlessly critical I will try to write a Hymn as part of a quiet time one day soon!

Kevin


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October news from the YWAM KnowledgeBase

Dear friends,

September has been so intense for me here in Brussels I have not had time to send out a little newsletter for the KB. Anyway here we are!

The Wiki has been experiencing strong growth recently, partly as a result of me announcing it via ywam-base-announce newsletter. It was great to see people signing in daily! We now have over 100 users – that means just over 0.5% of all YWAMers are subscribed! What does it feel like to be a part of an elite club?

I have also started http://www.planetywam.net news site too which I hope will result in cross-pollination of the two projects. Planet YWAM is a good way of keeping up with latest YWAM news from those sites plus the latest changes to YWAMKB! I will also be posting this newsletter on my blog too to see if we can get a wider readership. Please keep doing what you can to encourage people to use the KB.

The Wiki is a powerful tool. I spotted this news story recently http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7015024.stm about the New Zealand police force using a wiki to compose new laws. This is powerful stuff; I wonder what the result will be. I am hopeful this experiment will bear fruit.

New Articles

There have been some interesting new articles this month notably from Steve Goode (thanks):

I hope you enjoy browsing the KB and seeing what is new!

Every now and then people request articles. Recently Sergio, from Italy asked me if there were any application forms for DTS that embodied the best principles for Data protection/privacy. In the EU the data protection law is very strict and applies to all countries in the EU – thus it makes sense to share the data. YWAM England has a lot of good practice in this area. So can we help Sergio out by writing about what Good Practice is in Application Forms and also giving him source documents that he can adapt for his own use?

Lastly, I recently got a change to present the KB to the National Leaders in Western Europe. I may have bored then to death (not really) but I think it went very well. The proof is in getting people to contribute their knowledge to the heap! I get a lot of positive feeling that this is important to them. I also noticed signs that there is a danger of information overload for some as the mushrooming number of YWAM websites is overwhelming (Have you seen http://wiki.ywambrussels.be/kb/index.php/YWAM Web pages recently? Any ideas on how we can help?

Till next month,

Kevin Colyer

PS For those wanting help to get their documents into the Wikitext used on the site help is coming soon we hope! Until then note that the very latest version of OpenOffice (FREE!) has an export Document as Mediawiki option that converts any document you load (Word .doc’s for example) into wikitext format! See here: (http://wiki.ywambrussels.be/kb/index.php/Help:Converting the Heathen#The Best Conversion Tool)