Tuesday, April 1, 2008

He Uses the Foolish-- Even Me!

It seems somehow appropriate that our one-year anniversary for this blog coincides with April Fool's Day. I've always embraced computer technology and the Internet and was receiving training in HTML programming probably before you even had heard there was such a thing, so it came as a complete surprise to me some years ago when I read an article in the New York Times about blogging.

I actually thought the copy editor had missed a glaring error and that the article was supposed to be about the "logging" industry. As I read, however, I discovered that "blog" was indeed a word that had nothing to do with harvesting trees. A whole communication world that I never had heard of existed somewhere on the Internet. It was sort of like waking up one morning to discover that the United States had added a 51st state a while ago, but I'd somehow failed to hear about it. I felt rather foolish.

Last year blogging became a natural progression of Masterworks' ministry to Christians in the performing arts. We spend a lot of time answering questions, providing resources and training and mentoring those who use their talents in music, drama and performance arts to serve the Lord in the regular course of our ministry. Our blog is just a weekly extension of that. It is read by people from all around the United States (we've had visitors from almost all of the 51, er, 50 states) and the world and it has been a great way to network.

We're committed to serving Him through every means possible so that everyone may Hear His message of hope and salvation. It's OK to feel foolish because we don't know everything, whether it comes to blogs or to the perfect answers to questions people might have about our faith or the bible. Christ is able to use us in our foolishness and weakness and provides the knowledge and wisdom we need to complete His work. This must be true, or today, instead of reading this blog from me, you'd be learning about how to harvest tress...

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. (1Cor. 1:25 NIV)

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The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169816

Guideposts: http://www.guideposts.com/story/sandra-bullock-blind-side-football?page=0,1

Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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