Saturday, August 28, 2010

Being a Christian Dealing with Same-Sex Attraction


Ron and I at the Broadway Blessing in 2008

My friend, Ron, who led me to the Lord, recently shared his story about walking with God through same-sex attraction as part of a sermon series on hot topics like homosexuality at his church in New Jersey.

Titled FAQ, the excellent sermon series given by Pastor Tim Lucas focuses on what God thinks about homosexuality, alcohol, tattoos, the role of women, why good people suffer and the like. To hear the sermons, visit http://www.liquidchurch.com/. Ron's talk is part of the second sermon in the series.

If you're interested in reading Ron's book about his experiences in the church and caring for his lover who died of AIDS, "Reflections of an American Idiot" is available here: http://www.amazon.com/reflections-American-Idiot-R-F-Koustas/dp/1600343821/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283027196&sr=8-1
-- Lauren Yarger

Worship with a Harp

We received this note from Andrew Wright Bennett who worships through music and the playing of many instruments he builds, including the harp. We met at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference. He writes:

"My first harp was built using fishing line and weedwacker cord, and tuned with a socket wrench. I’ve made a shofar out of plastic fast-food cups and duct tape which sounds glorious. The PVC pipe flute I’ve made is worth 25 cents but sings as beautifully as my flute which is worth $$$. The five-foot lyre I invented, I played while I sang Scripture on the steps of the US Capitol during the bible reading marathon before the National Day of Prayer."

Learn more about Andrew's ministry at www.andrewtheharpist.ws You can view videos at the following Youtube links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdbCAB5EDno
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EsSUb3NnX8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4KvuumhD8o

Chuck Neighbors Offers Thoughts on Being a Christian Actor

Check out our friend Chuck Neighbor's thoughts about being a Christian actor on one of his most recent blog posts at http://mastersimage.com/blog/?p=213.

Chuck, a talented writer and performer, tours the country presenting his one-man shows. For more information about his ministry, Master's Image Productions, visit http://www.mastersimage.com/homepage.php.

Indie Rock Band Entertains on the Stoop

The Stoop, a distinctive music venue in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen in New York, will present a night of exciting indie rock and multi-media featuring five piece band, MEM Saturday, Sept. 18.

Since 2008, MEM has been mesmerizing audiences and listeners alike with their innovative song writing, dazzling sonic experimentation, and multi-sensory live performances. MEM bursts open a wellspring of creative energy on the electro-organic template, employing an artful combination of swirling textures and colors, complementing their undeniable pop sensibility.

Indie pop singer/songwriter/pianist Rachel Zylstra will kick off the evening with her genuinely crafted lyrics and impressive piano stylings. Following her act, Ben Lear, a multi-talented folk rock singer/songwriter/composer will take the stage with various instrumentalists and visual effects enhancing the scene. The event will be emceed by Chris MacIntosh (a.k.a. Grandfather Rock) of WCWP Radio.

Doors open at 7:30 pm, and showtime is at 8. While the concert is free, The Stoop will be accepting suggested donations of $12. Receive a free gift with the full suggested cover. All concessions including snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine are all under $4.

The Stoop venue and concert series is presented by Music Forum of Church For All Nations, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Music Forum of Church for All Nations is sponsoring the series and providing the landmark venue as a contribution to the cultural and spiritual life of Hell's Kitchen.

The Stoop is located at 417 West 57th St. between 9th and 10th avenues. For more information call 212 333-5583 or visit http://thestoopny.com/

Oikeo Music Launches New Web Site


Oikeo Music, which publishes Front Yard Worship magazine and represents numerous Christian artists, has launched a new web site. Check it out at http://www.wix.com/oikeomusic/official.

Yo! The Episcopal Actors' Guild Wants You!

The Episcopal Actors' Guild is looking for emerging artists (18-45) to perform in its next Yo! Pro Variety Show in October.

The booking committee will be making final decisions soon, so if you would like to perform on the historic Guild Hall stage (1 East 29th St., NYC), send a link where your work can be viewed to matt@actorsguild.org. All acts chosen will get 5 -10 minutes of stage time and a one year membership to EAG!

If you aren't 18-45 but know of a performer who you think will be a good fit for our variety show, don't hesitate to have them contact matt@actorsguild.org.

Maybe you'd prefer to help behind the scenes. The YO PRO Committee would love to see you at its next planning session Monday, Aug. 30 at 6pm in Guild Hall.

Is God the Source of Morality? Join the Debate at Socrates in the City

"Is God the Source of Morality?" will be the question when Socrates in the City offers its first debate 7 pm Monday, Sept. 13 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. at Central Park West..

NY Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza, left, ("What's So Great About Christianity') will go against Peter Singer, below right, professor of bioethics at Princeton University. D'Souza will be taking the pro side of the question; Singer will take the con side.

Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at https://www.socratesinthecity.com/gamma/sitc-debate/register.php or call 646-201-3375.

DeSousa's book is a comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, DeSousa was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation's 500 leading authorities on international issues.

Singer, born in Austrailia, first became well-known internationally after the publication of "Animal Liberation." He is the co-founder, and President, of The Great Ape Project, an international effort to obtain basic rights for chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. He is also President of Animal Rights International.

The debate will be moderated by host and SITC founder Eric Metaxas.

Meanwhile, Metaxas, left, will be the speaker at the second SITC event in Chicago 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Union League Club. He'll speak about his latest book: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy."

To register, or for more information, visit https://www.socratesinthecity.com/gamma/sitc-chicago/register.php.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

On Vacation

I'll be away from my desk and only posting updates when wireless internet and some free time intersect before then. We'll begin regular poasts again when I get back. Meanwhile, happy summer!

Daily Inspiration

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/.

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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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