Saturday, August 30, 2008

1 Peter 1:5

"who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
- 1 Peter 1:5
This is a sweet verse I found the other day.  Directly before the verse, there's a promise that our inheritance is secure, which is great, but then it's topped by God promising to shield us with His power until the coming of Christ.  That's awesome, and you're dose of the sword for today.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Flame - Joyful Noise

I saw this video for the first time yesterday, and then again today. I wasn't familiar with Flame before, but I'm definitely going to need to watch for this guy. The video is great (a lot better then most rap videos) and the lyrics leave no doubt about this guys faith. The chorus is sweet, and all around, a great music video.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Book Overview: Unsolved Mysteries of American History

Unsolved Mysteries of American HistorySince books are a huge part of my life, I thought it would be cool to write up a couple of the books I've been reading. One of the books that I finished in the last week is Unsolved Mysteries of American History.

Unsolved Mysteries... is just that, a book about the various conspiracies, disappearances, rumors, and other enigmas of America's history. I first picked it up on a whim, while looking for something to do. It didn't take me long to get draw in by the first several chapters about St. Brendon, Cahokia, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and Joseph Smith's Golden Plates.

After reading that last chapter, I wanted to get a Book of Mormon. Looks like extremely interesting fiction.

One of the interesting parts about the book is the dry sarcasm the author, Paul Aron, used at times. For example, in chapter 38, where he comes to the conclusion that the Japanese were to blame for Pearl Harbor. A unusual theory, for sure. Another particularly amusing chapter is about the assassination of JFK, where the author systemically lists all of the suspects, including the CIA, the KGB, the FBI, Fidel Castro, anti-Castro Cubans, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Mafia. Not to mention Lee Harvey Oswald.

Aside from the obvious historic value, the two main things I got out of the book are how everyone has "sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Sometimes it seems we put great patriots, presidents, and other heroes on a pedestal, acting as if they could do no wrong. It doesn't take long, after reading Unsolved Mysteries, to realize that they were every bit as fallibly as you or I.

The other major thing I got out of the book is a great appreciate of the Bible. Let me explain. After only 500 years, our view of our nations history has changed thousands of times as new evidence is discovered. We gain greater understanding about the founding of this nation, and re-write the history books accordingly. So when you realize that the Bible hasn't been proved wrong once after 4000 something years, you can't help but appreciate it as the only infallible book in the history of the world.

Anyway, if you want to read the book, it's on Amazon fairly cheap here: Unsolved Mysteries of American History: An Eye-Opening Journey through 500 Years of Discoveries, Disappearances, and Baffling Events

Saturday, August 9, 2008

MP3 Player Photo

The Opening Ceremony

Last night, like much of the world, my eyes were glued to the television screen as the open ceremony of the Beijing Olympics unfolded. All I can say is wow. I watched in awe as...

  • Thousands of people moved in perfect unison,
  • Fireworks exploded, surrounding the "Bird's Nest",
  • And as the torch bearer suddenly flew into the air and ran around the rim of stadium.
The Chinese sure know how to throw a party. The pictures of the fireworks are especially spectacular. It really does look like a birds nest made of flaming twigs. Quite impressive.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

"Stay Captive" - Still Remains

I love this song. The rockier bits, the electronica, everything comes together for an amazing song. Granted, the lyrics are a bit cryptic, which is disappointing. The video itself is good too. It was well directed, and the effects are great. Ending could have been better, and the plot is cryptic, but smashing things is always wise choice in my book. :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Behind the Name (An Introduction)

The story behind "A Song. A Screen. A Sword" is fairly simple.

  • 'A Song.' represents music, in any form.
  • 'A Screen.' represents digital technology and video, in varied forms.
  • And 'A Sword' refers to the Sword of the Spirit, that is, the Word of God, the Bible.
Like I said, it's pretty simple.