Human Videos: Reenacting Christian Pop Songs For Jesus

Today on NPR’s All Things Considered, there’s a story called, “Human Videos: Reenacting Christian Pop Songs For Jesus.” It’s about kids in church groups who are directing stage productions and dance performances that tell biblical stories. They’re like cheerleading meets amateur interpretive dance.

They’re awful.

Please don’t call “human videos” art. Pretty please. With sugar on top.

These kids have stupidly called these performances “human videos” instead of what they are, piss-pourly choreographed and badly-performed dance productions. This is yet another example of how church folks take existing arts and ruin them. You don’t stand in lines at museums to ogle a five-year old’s finger painting.

“Human videos” are the dance equivalent of a three-year old’s finger painting.

I’m surprised it made the afternoon’s NPR news lineup. It’s a mundane story, and all it did was give me fodder for a blog post. I bet EVERYONE who heard it blogged about it after they heard it. All two of us.

The thing that stood out was that there were several “human video” performers who talked about the difficulty of sharing Jesus at their local high schools. When they get together at these “human video” stage shows, they can finally feel like they aren’t alone in the world. They can hang out with thousands of kids who are “on fire for Jesus.”

Good for them. Like-minded people should flock together. I don’t want to hang out with Jocks. I don’t want to hang out with Dungeons and Dragons kids. I don’t want to hang out with Jesus kids either. That’s the great thing about High School: cliques are expected.

I’m on fire for Christ! Someone get a fire extinguisher and FAST!

I want to rub it in these kids’ faces that they should feel ashamed and embarrassed about sharing Jesus at school. They should second guess it and follow that line of thinking. If I went up to one of those kids, who happen to be in high school, and I say, “Hey, do you know Santa? He’s an amazing elf and he brings the whole wide world presents one day a year.” I would expect my friends to make it super uncomfortable.

If you come up to me and tell me, “I have a friend. You can’t see him. His name is Jesus. I want you to know him.” I expect people to marginalize that behavior.

If you want to believe in the invisible, do it. Don’t expect that anyone should cater to you or make you feel comfortable. If you believe in things that make other people laugh or feel uncomfortable, you don’t have the right to complain.

These kids KNOW that it’s ridiculous, and the only reason they proselytize is because they were born in evangelical homes. They don’t love Jesus. They love the feeling of performing on stage, and they are addicted to it. They displace those feeling on loving Jesus, because it justifies behavior that other kids might mock.

What they need is for their role models to encourage them to take dance classes and hone their art in a professional way. Performing badly only reinforces that the church is only for badly-made art instead. What happened to the days when the art produced excellence rather than a load of piling bullshit?

Here’s a bucket of gasoline and a match. You know what to do.

There are (at least) two voices in these kids’ heads. One says, “Hey, this Jesus guy is great. I love him and what that means to me.” And the other voice says, “Hey, this is kind of crazy, because I have never met Jesus. I’ve never seen him. How am I supposed to talk about him to other kids?”

Then they say, “I’m going to listen to that first voice, because if I don’t, my parents will punish me. I’ll roast in hell. And I’m afraid of what I can’t see.”

Bottom line: kids shouldn’t feel comfortable in their Christianity. They should be encouraged to search out why it makes them feel that way.

If you’re on fire for Jesus … you deserve to get burned.

street photography (via r25 productions)

Independently from a post I made a few weeks ago about Chicago Photographer Vivian Maier, Tina recently asked me if I had heard of her. I said, “Yeah, Steve P. sent me a link for her work and I blogged it on le café. Didn’t you see it?”

She said, “No.” Then we fought for an hour and a half about how she must not only read my blog but memorize each post.

I’m such a bitch.

Anyway, Tina wrote about Maier on our photography blog, and I wanted to repost it here.

You should read it!

street photography I've been meaning to write about Vivian Maier and her photography since I read about her story earlier this month. The story goes that a young man named John Maloof was doing some research for a book on the history of Chicago's Northwest side when he stumbled upon a box of old negatives and film rolls at an auction. He purchased the box not knowing that he was about to discover one of the most amazing, and unknown street photographers of our time … Read More

via r25 productions

Monday afternoon joke

I was shopping at the local supermarket where I selected:

  • A half-gallon of 2% milk
  • A carton of eggs
  • A quart of orange juice
  • A head of lettuce
  • A 2 lb. can of coffee
  • A 1 lb. package of bacon

As I was unloading my items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind me watched as I placed the items in front of the cashier. While the cashier was ringing up the purchases, the drunk calmly stated, ‘You must be single.’

I was a bit startled by this proclamation, but I was intrigued by the derelict’s intuition, since I indeed had never found Mr. Right. I looked at the six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about my selections that could have tipped off the drunk to my marital status..

Curiosity getting the better of me, I said , ‘Yes you are correct . But how on earth did you know that?’

The drunk replied, ‘Cause you’re ugly.


I can’t help this repost: “RIP Society of the Day”

From the Daily

RIP Society of the Day: Your mom and dad are wrong: College isn’t worth it.


UPDATE: This is for an Honors — HONORS! — Intro to Fiction course at OSU. From the course description:

…While we read and discuss some important, influential narratives about the supernatural – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works…

1818: “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.” 2005: “I sparkle like diamonds.”



Weekend gift wrap

This was one of those weekends that didn’t allow for much blog time. Tina and I entertained Friday and Saturday night. And we were able to spent a lot of time with Tina’s brother and his partner on Sunday. During the days, I was either cooking or working on this video project.

Friday night, we had Tina’s cousin Kelly and her husband Brian for an adult dinner. Kelly is like Tina’s sister, and we haven’t seen them in forever. They drove up by us, which we thought was awesome. We rarely get a chance to hangout without their kids. We love the kids, but sometimes it’s a nice break to just spend time with the grownups.

Saturday night, we had our friends Miles, Jay and Elizabeth over. It was another fun night of good people, good wine and lots of laughs. Miles and Jay are uncles to our Talulah. They own two dogs that we dog sit for. Elizabeth is an entrepreneur friend of ours. She’s got a mouth like a sailer and she and I foul up the air with stank language like only an NC-17 movie can.

And Sunday Tina and I were able to see my brother-in-law Michael and his partner Jason. I have pictures of some of the food, which rocked each day. We had a version of Chicken Cacciatore on Friday, beer-based beef stew on Saturday, and a chicken dish with ravioli that Michael made Sunday. There’s no way to identify exactly how and what Michael puts into his dishes.

It was a good weekend mixed with both hetero and homosexual friends. Having that diversity gives me bragging rights on Monday morning.

What did you do?


Skepticon Protestors paint large Ls on their foreheads and talk to PZ Myers and JT Eberhard

By Candice L. Tucker — During Skepticon III, speaker/biologist/author of Pharyngula, PZ Myers, speaks with a protester handing out Ray Comfort’s version of Origin of the Species. Co-founder of Skepticon/campus organizer & high school specialist for Secular Student Alliance, JT Eberhard, speaks with a Christian, attempting to extract from her reasonable evidence for believing in the Bible and god.

Via Atheist Media Blog

Biodork should take notes

Since Biodork has been doing her Close Up Photo Contest, I think she should consider something daring like the Italian dude in the clip below instead of writing about anything the winner wants.

Four months ago Gino D’Acampo promised viewers of This Morning that he would cook naked if the show won a National Television Award – it did and he kept his promise. So here is the full version of Gino cooking naked broadcast live on ITV1 from Thursday 27th January 2011.
Please Note: The content of this video is the copyright of it’s respective owners and does not belong to me. This video has been uploaded for entertainment purposes only.