September 19, 2009 • 2:23 pm
As a child of the ‘90s, I was reared in an era when jeans were flared, track pants were tearable, and the domineers of pop music came in harmonizing quintets of prepubescent spikey-haired boys. Needless to say, it was much to my delight that the popular Off-Broadway musical comedy, Altar Boyz, was going to be tackled by the Arts Club Theatre Company on the Granville Island Stage. The musical depicts a Christian boy band hailing from the Midwest who are on the last leg of their “Raise the Praise” tour. With the unrelenting determination to spread God’s Word through catchy pop beats and synchronized dance moves, the band periodically looks through the “Soul Sensor DX-12”, a machine that magically gauges the number of burdened souls in the theatre, a number that the Altar Boyz make it their goal to lower down to a clean and sanctified zero by the end of the concert. Read the rest of this entry »
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September 19, 2009 • 2:21 pm
Vickie | 中譯：楊光
在我成長的90年代裡，穿的是喇叭牛仔褲或能一手扯下來的運動褲，而且在流行音樂裡稱王稱霸的都是一組組會五重唱、頭髮尖尖、青春前期的男孩子。所以，當聽說Arts Club藝術劇團將在Granville島劇院舞台上錶演出自百老匯、極受歡迎的音樂喜劇《祭壇男孩》時，我興奮不已。這篇音樂劇描寫了一組從美國中西部來的基督教男孩樂隊，正在他們「高舉讚美」巡回演唱會的最後一站。他們有著堅定不移的決心，要通過上口的流行音樂和同步舞蹈動作來傳播上帝的話語，而且據說樂隊會不時地透過「靈魂傳感器DX-12」，能神奇地看到劇院中擔重擔的靈魂數目，《祭壇男孩》的目標就是在演唱會結束前將這數目降到又乾淨又聖潔的零! Read the rest of this entry »
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There is something consoling in the fact that there are millions of people around the world that share our belief and convictions as Christians. Knowing that we are all intricately connected as one family under God infuses hope into my future outlook for the world and instills warm fuzzies in my inner being. Now, before I get everyone to join hands and mislead you into a rousing chorus of Kumbaya amidst a swarm of laughing multi-ethnic children, I feel obliged to forewarn you that this article does not focus on this inner ring of Christianity, but rather I feel the need to address those Christians that are marching to the beat of a different drum—an angrier, more abrasive drum. I’m referring to those Christians who claim the gospel but engage themselves in activities that exemplify anything but Christ’s character.
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Vickie | Chinese Translation: Naomi
It is undeniable that an invaluable community can be built when it is centred on God and with the goal of fostering genuine disciples. The danger in this, however, is we often get trapped in the imminent “Christian bubble”, letting our faith take precedence only among other Christians or in the private solitude of our homes. There is an innate discomfort that accompanies wearing our faith on our sleeves in places outside of church, whether it is in your workplace or among non-Christian friends. Although we know that we are called to make disciples, to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, witnessing is much often easier said than done. As long as your motives are God-centred, there certainly is no right or wrong in the act of evangelism, but from my perspective, that of a former non-Christian, there are some useful principles that can be kept in mind.
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