Easter video: “Dance Your Shoes Off”

April 10, 2015

I found this via Ann Voskamp’s 2011 blog archives.  What fun!

Here are a few of the lyrics.  Great words.  May it be true of us today!

This is a celebration…We’re people of His Kingdom.  His resurrection is our freedom, for every heart, every tongue and every tribe. …

We will rise up. He’s alive, He’s alive inside us, and we will rise up.  We claim the victory He won on Calvary. Celebrate the King of Glory, so rise up, people of the Lord rise up. … We carry the love that has redeemed us. … We will dance for the One who shines brighter than the sun.

May our Easter faith be marked by this kind of contagious and visible JOY!


Published on Apr 12, 2011

Second Baptist Church Houston | More than 2,000 people from Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, gathered at Discovery Green in the heart of Houston to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of Dance Your Shoes Off! was to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a powerful and celebratory way. Most importantly, each participant left a new pair of shoes on the field for those in need. These shoes will be given to local mission agencies, including Star of Hope, individuals all across the world through our mission partners and mission trips.

NOTE: This event was inspired by our fellow believers in Budapest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5dSIL….

CREDITS: The song was commissioned by Second Baptist Church for this event. It is called “Rise Up” sung by Lauren James Camey and produced by Joshua Moore. Voice over by Lyle Countryman. Song is available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rise…

Easter Quotes: Ann Voskamp – Dead Bodies Walking

April 10, 2015

This is an entry I found shortly after completing my 2015 Eastertide resources compilation yesterday.  It fits right in with the theme of living out Easter in our daily lives, not merely celebrating for one weekend…:


Could Easter become not just weekend but a whole long season of celebrating — a season of His signs?

Could Easter become not just weekend but a way of living — how Christ-followers live on this side of the tomb right echo empty?

Could Easter become what we courageously witness everywhere in the world, the hope of Christ, the signs of a new Kingdom here — because when dead bodies walk, who can not talk?

– from Ann Voskamp’s 2011 blog entry “What if more than celebrating Easter- we lived it?

(Go read the whole entry!)

Quotable: Liturgy conforms our bodies to truth

April 10, 2015

From a FANTASTIC article “Omnivorous Liturgy” by Peter Leithart at First Things – must reading for understanding the role of liturgy in forming us as Christ-followers:

We stand, we kneel, we sit, we stand, we kneel. The postures of liturgy write “upon the bodies of those who perform it frequently a habit of acting as an unworthy recipient of a prevenient gift” (Paul Griffiths, Decreation, 232).

By developing the habits that the liturgy impresses on us, we become “agents whose bodies and words are conformed to the truth that [we] are simultaneously capable of receiving the divine gift, and utterly unworthy to receive it.” This isn’t the result of “trying or learning to feel unworthy-and-worthy” nor do “worshipers knowingly perform liturgically before a mirror lined with your own eyes.” That would be an accommodation to the modern obsession with the inner theater, the concept that the inner theater makes our actions sincere.

Rather, we simply say what the liturgy teaches us to say. We do what the liturgy leads us to do. And by doing and saying over and over again, we develop habits. We become “the kind of person who does and says these things” (233).

YES!!! This is SUCH a powerful image, and so helpful to me!

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