Showing posts from February, 2007

And the Cue Goes To…

Once again, the Oscars have come and gone. Also coming to a close are the 2006 Cue Awards, where members of the Tracksounds team (including yours truly) honor various achievements in film scoring. Awards include Best Score Missed by Oscar, Best Score for Television, and Best Score as Heard in Film. Kudos to Christopher Coleman for creating a great layout for this year’s awards, with each category getting its own visually appealing web page.

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Amazing Grace

This Friday, Bristol Bay Productions (which also produced Ray and Sahara) will bring the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce to the big screen. The film Amazing Grace is directed by Michael Apted from an original screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight. The cast includes Ioan Gruffudd (Black Hawk Down), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Rufus Sewell (Legend of Zorro).

As the movie website explains:

The legacy of William Wilberforce is tied to his relationship with John Newton. John Newton, an ex-slave trader turned minister and abolitionist, wrote the lyrics for the hymn Amazing Grace and became Wilberforce’s spiritual counselor. He set his young protégé on the path of service to humanity. It was only after Wilberforce underwent what he later described as his “great change” or embrace of Christianity, that he became a reformer. Newton knew this to be true, and invoking the deliverance language of…

When Romance Meets Tragedy

Carolyn McCulley has posted a sobering yet touching story that is well worth reading:

A Valentine’s Day Testimony

A great reminder that true love costs a great deal.

A Lovely Loser

Recently, a new artist named Jason Gray visited Love 89 to meet with the staff, sing/play a few of his songs, and promote his debut album. For some reason I decided to join this meeting (I usually don’t participate in them)—and am I glad I did!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of most Christian artists. So many aspects of the Christian music industry are controlled by secular values, shaky theology, and fame-entranced pride. Jason Gray definitely breaks this horrendous mold. He’s like a blast of cool, fresh air in a scorching desert wasteland. (If that’s hyperbole, it’s understated hyperbole.)

Jason Gray’s music impresses me. His songs are excellent, with lyrics that are both simple and profound, revealing a theological depth not readily found in Christian music. One song in particular dealt with the amazing nature of God’s grace to undeserving sinners. He approaches the topic through the eyes of a man who finds himself being loved by a girl named Grace who has no reaso…

Is Your Gratitude Hypocritical?

John Piper writes:

It is a shocking thing to learn that one of today’s most common descriptions of how to respond to the cross may well be a description of natural self-love with no spiritual value.
Read the rest here.

Some Inconvenient Truths

In a recent Newsweek article, George F. Will wrote an excellent—and concise—article on global warming, in which he explains the six tenets of global warming:

1. Global warming is happening.
2. It is our (humanity’s, but especially America’s) fault.
3. It will continue unless we mend our ways.
4. If it continues we are in grave danger.
5. We know how to slow or even reverse the warming.
6. The benefits from doing that will far exceed the costs.

He continues:

Only the first tenet is clearly true, and only in the sense that the Earth warmed about 0.7 degrees Celsius in the 20th century. We do not know the extent to which human activity caused this…. We do not know how much we must change our economic activity to produce a particular reduction of warming. And we do not know whether warming is necessarily dangerous. Over the millennia, the planet has warmed and cooled for reasons that are unclear but clearly were unrelated to SUVs. Was life better wh…

I Was Expecting—though Not Hoping for—a Higher Score


Why I Love My Job

Reason #62:

I just pelted Bob Bell with a snowball. Inside the radio station. While he was on the air. Talking about the weather. With Matt Hinkin.