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First off, this video was funny, which was the point.

Secondly, "Blah, blah, blah, the new way isn't as good as the old way." is about all I hear in the comments on this video. Grow up.

What I can't get over is how many churches seem bent on making sunday a miserable experience, as if it's somehow a test of how faithful you are. The music suck, the teaching is boring and hardly insightful, the people are stuffy, the chairs are uncomfortable, the coffee is terrible, and the church leaders couldn't be happier to keep it that way. Then everybody cries about how church attendance is dwindling and no one is faithful anymore, blah blah blah. You know who isn't faithful? The people who were in charge of a church and do a crappy job running it to be anything other than the best it could be.

Then some people come along with this wild notion that maybe church should be enjoyable, and everyone acts like they're heretics. Like, hey, maybe people actually want to hear quality music. And maybe if we play more modern music, we have a better chance of getting the younger generation in the door. And maybe if the coffee is good, people will hang out longer with each other and talk about something important. And maybe if the teaching is more down to earth, people will hear the message instead of just feeling inadequate. And maybe if we put a little thought and strategy into how we order our service, people will actually pay attention better and learn more. But no, churches like that become popular, so they must be evil and teaching some kind of soft gospel. 

Well the early church grew by thousands in a day, so I guess Peter must have really been watering things down. WE are here to share the good news with everyone we can, and if playing hip music, blinking lights and t-shirts gets more people in the door to hear the Word, then great!

We need to stop arguing about worship formats and grow up. God doesn't care how we worship him, as long as we worship him. And we need to stop trying to act as if we're weeding out the unfaithful by giving them a lame version of church and expecting them to like it anyways if they truly love god. If people aren't coming to your church anymore, don't be a hater on the people who have figured out something that people actually enjoy.
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+catsintexas Wow. What you describe as not happening is exactly what I do see happening. I go to a church that's filled with people in their 20s-30s...the demographic that is walking away from church in virtually every other area.

People focus FAR too heavily on the music. It's a "look...THAT's what DIFFERENT!" that prevents reflection on what's actually different. Choir music vs Guitar never communicated the gospel to anybody. I'm significantly more concerned with the message than the music. The message is the important part. The music is preference. One of the downsides to choirs is that it keeps families separated during service on a regular basis. I know Baptist ministers who are anti-choir specifically because of that issue. My wife and I tend to sit the music out half the time. It's a little too loud for our tastes as we get older.

The pure reality is that churches with this setup are built to be WELCOMING and not intimidating. Poor people feel out a place stepping into a new church full of people in suits. People who have made mistakes in their life feel out of place in a church where people pretend they haven't. All of these things create a barrier to reaching people with the gospel.

The thing about church though...that doesn't mean this style is right or wrong. One of the wisest men I've ever met used to actually consult with pastoral search committees and the biggest thing he made a point to communicate to them is simply this, "You are not THE Kingdom of God. You are a part of it. It's not your mission to reach everybody. It's your mission to reach the people who you can reach."

That's effectively the biggest thing to understand here. This style is reaching people in the biggest demographic that is walking away everywhere else. That's probably because nobody was focussing on single people in their 20s and 30s. Many churches are focussed significantly more on families...WHICH IS WONDERFUL.

The key thing is all of this simply boils down to one thing. Do you want people hearing the Gospel or not? If you do and you object to these churches then you need to charge yourself with exactly how to effectively communicate the message to all of the people that wouldn't be hearing it otherwise. The alternative is you're simply preferring that they not be in church at all if they won't be in yours.
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The stank face is strong with this one.
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Super awesome video, +This Exists! Loved all the info. 

There's also this super rad not even out yet thing, called the Roli Seaboard, which is laid out like a paino, but allows the user to play everything you find in between all the standards 88 nots on a piano. It's essentially the piano version of a fretless bass, and sounds wicked cool. Can't wait to see where people go with it once it's available."

https://www.roli.com/seaboard/
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This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. I must get one. The ability to have independent pitch and vibrato control within voicings is mind blowing. And being able to increase note velocity after the attack opens up so many possibilities. 
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+B Meissner That depends. If you know how to play multiple instruments then probably a week , else a month not more :)
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This looks flipping incredible. 

If there's one director on the planet that I think had a chance of successfully pulling off 3 new Star Wars movies, it's J.J. Abrams. But he also has a pretty distinct style, and I was worried that it would come out feeling more like an Abrams movie than a Star Wars movie. 

But he nails it in this trailer. The look, feel and sound of it all is absolutely perfect. Now we just have to wait and see if they don't screw the pooch on the storyline...
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Abrams is only doing VII. Rian Johnson is doing VIII and IX. But he is also an awesome director
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The Road To Wanderlust Film  Kickstarter

Hey Google+ friends!!

Check out this super fun project I'm a part of. I'm directing and editing, as well as composing the music for, this short documentary about two of the coolest people I've ever met, and their incredible road trip in a car that's pretty ridiculous.

We're running a Kickstarter campaign right now to get more funding so we can really spend the amount of time it will take in the post process to do this story justice and tell an important story about traveling, simplifying your life and believing in your own adventure. Check it out, and if ya dig it, support and share! Thanks!!!
This is the story of a couple traveling 45,000 miles in a tiny $400 car from 1988. A journey that surpassed everyone's expectations.
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Absolutely astounding! I've been obsessing over this song lately, and this is one of the most magnificent versions I've heard yet!
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Beautiful sounds, mate! Gotta get me one of these.
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All these sounds are bigger than reality. It blows my mind. 
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Music Monday!!

Start your week off with some soothingly fantastic music!

Here's a beautiful arrangement and performance of one of my all time favorite classical themes– Gabriel Fauré's Pavane, Opus 50. 

Enjoy!
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But seriously, are these guys human?
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+lynx02345 lol this explains it all
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I'm a professional Adventure Photographer. Staf Photographer for BACKPACKER, Mag, Climbing Mag, Urban Climber and the other publications of the Active Interest Media Outdoor Group.
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Professional Adventure Photographer, DP, Pentax Shooter and Tall Guy. Life's an adventure, shoot it!
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Survived High School. Went to Beklee College of Music for a bit as a Drumset Performance Major. I didn't find photography, it found me. I'm 6'7 and it's not as cool as you think. I was once accused by a landlord of living too moist of a lifestyle.
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