One thought I’ve had for quite some time about people being called to the institutional church, is the following.
I think it is quite possible, in fact I’m convinced, that God does call people to ministry in church as we’ve come to know it. That does not mean I’m unaware of the problems associated with church being organized institutionally.
I think the parallel is in 1 Sam. 8:4-20. Israel asked for a king. Samuel gets very angry knowing this is not what God wants. God speaks to Samuel and tells them that such a structure for Israel is actually a rejection of Him, not Samuel. He tells Samuel to warn Israel of the terrible things that will happen to them if they choose following men instead of Him. Then he tells Samuel to go ahead and allow Israel to chose men over God. Now here’s the kicker. God actually calls Saul and then David to kingship. One was a disaster and the second, good for Israel, with some caveats. God called David to be a king in a system that was open rebellion against Him. And, yes, everything God warned Israel about actually came to pass, which is the inevitable response to following men instead of God.
In the same way, I believe God has allowed us to take the reigns of church structure away from Him. Instead of it being structured in such a way that the Holy Spirit of Jesus leads us (I Cor. 14:26-33 shows us what that looks like), we follow the world’s pattern of human leadership. That is a direct refutation of Jesus’ leadership. Nevertheless, God, in His grace, allows us to do it and even steps in an chooses to bless a structure that rejects Him. He calls people to that structure, even though in doing so He risks people following that person’s leadership instead of His. He also risks that call harming the soul of the person He has called to that ministry. I believe it can be both at the same time. Institutional structure of the Church rejects Jesus’ direct leadership (although the vast majority of people who participate in those structures don’t realize that nor intend that). And, at the same time, God in his grace can chose to work within those structures and even call people to minister in those structures.”
“I dream too much, and I don’t write enough, and I’m trying to find God everywhere.”
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In a weird way, I don't think any of Ricky's contemporary routines were THAT amazing. Yes they were really good, but would I remember them in a year? No. I'm actually kinda disappointed in his contemporary routines and I think he's done better in other styles
I still have yet to watch the one with Kathryn again so I can form an actual opinion on it, but I agree with you about his other two. His one with Valerie was super forgettable, and the one with Jaimie was good, but nothing super special in the long run.
I totally agree! I think he has been great in Contemporary group routines, but duo-wise, the only good one was Vow.
How wack have eliminations been this season? Tanisha should have stayed. Very happy Zack is still there. He's the ultimate dark horse. A lot of people probably thought he was fodder and wasn't gonna last b/c they didn't show his audition and he's a tapper, but he's been really, really great the entire competition and I really want him in the finale.
The eliminations have really soured this season. It just wasn’t the same after Emilio went home, for me. But I’m SUPER happy for Zack. he’s amazing and I’m glad people noticed him, even though he isn’t very flashy.
Have you ever seen Ian Eastwood choreo? He's more of a lyrical hip hop dancer but he's really good, some slow songs some hype. I just think the right type of dance moves can make it right
I’ve only seen one or two videos, but I did like what I saw.
You should watch his stuff, I think he’s just amazing, but I do seem to like lyrical hip-hop a lot more than you. I actually been hoping for him to choreograph on SYTYCD for some time now, although I don’t know if his choreo would look as good if he’s not dancing it. Btw, what are some choreographers you would like to see on the show?
I just watched afterbuzz with Nick Lazzarini, and he struck me as smarmy. Is he well liked by fans? Never watched season one, but I've noticed a lot people seem to repress it from their collective memory, lol. Jake Dupree is fab as usual. Chloe wasn't there! Bummer, she's always so enthusiastic and I was curious to find out when in the ep she cried. Betting on the last routine b/c obvs.
I don’t know how people feel about Nick. I…didn’t like him much, either. I think he was just unnecessarily mean-spirited at times and it makes me uncomfortable since he’s going to be an all-star next week and he’s going to be around the dancers he was talking shit about, you know? There’s a way to be honest about what you feel without saying it like that on a platform like that, because the dancers do watch that show according to Kristyn.
I’m going to miss Jake. He’s one of my favorite people. I don’t enjoy Chloe as much but she’s grown more on me this season as opposed to last. Tbh I felt like everyone on the panel was kind of down on the show. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a strong performance show and they were like “lol it was just okay”. Kind of disappointed that they weren’t as into it as I was when it’s usually the total opposite.
Nick is kinda weird. My first “encounter” with him was when he did an interview in Tandrew’s old SYTYCD fan site (does anyone remember what it was called?) where he basically bad-mouthed season 4 (the BEST season) for no-reason and was a complete douche about it. I basically just wrote him off thinking he was jealous because his season barely happened in most people’s minds.
But then I watched All The Right Moves (Travis’ reality show) and he came off as sort of a decent person, somehow, even in this really contrived reality show? It seems to me that he’s just bitchy but mostly harmless. You know he is that friend that if he loves you, he will be fiercely loyal and stuff but that doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to people he doesn’t like. He’s also very biased in favor of highly technical dancers and people he knows, lol. I don’t know, maybe it is because I did have a friend like that, so I kind of understand.
I’m watching Afterbuzz and Mandy Moore just said that she doesn’t actually want to use all the 80s power ballads and it’s mostly the producers pushing it. Also she didn’t even want to use My Immortal.
What else has been a lie in my life if Mandy Moore doesn’t have an 80s mixtape that she uses for all her routines?
Need to hear this in context. My life may not ever be the same…
Can Travis Wall just choreograph my life?