Friday, October 26, 2007

Emergent Foundations

As I sit here cleaning the house with Daniel Amos blaring loud enough to loosen the foundations, I realize how much bands like DA effected my theology. These guys were planting Emergent questions in my soul 20 years ago when I just thought the tunes were cool.

Half Light, Epoch, and Phase

from the album "Darn Floor - Big Bite"

Words and Music by Terry Taylor, Tim Chandler, and Greg Flesch
©1987 Broken Songs (ASCAP)

These are the images I arrange
To fill in my report on you
Holiness, mystery, disturbing and strange
Obscuring the point of my view

Everyone seems to know just what you are
But I never seem to break through
Forgive me please if I can't see that far
Life's dulling the point of my view

Half light, coming through the dark glass darkly
Half light, where faith and doubt remain
Half light, tattoo scars where shadows mark me
Half light, I don't expect you to explain

This is the passage I undertake
Over the epoch and phase
The terror and sweetness of history and fate
The last word on the very last page

Everyone seems to think they've got it made
That you're on a rack by the door
It's true, I don't know much except I am saved
From falling through cracks in the floor


Tomorrow I'm planning to write the great book
In which I will capture our time
Set forth the fury, the sound and the look
If I could just make up my mind

Everyone seems to think you're on their side
But I don't think you're that small
How could they see it when reason has died
We haven't a clue to it all


The Unattainable Earth

from the album "Darn Floor - Big Bite"

Words and Music by Terry Taylor, Tim Chandler, and Greg Flesch
©1987 Broken Songs (ASCAP)

Earth too huge to grasp
"Will" too wild to tame now
I'll be so bold to ask
Can I wear your name now?

Sign language is the best I can do
Learning to walk without gravity
And just when I think that I know you

In the unattainable earth
Amazed in these half-light days
In the unattainable earth
Language is weak, but I keep on speaking
Of the unattainable earth

Gestures freeze in the air
Filled by those born later
Dead men spoke words here
Heard before and after

My writing is just immense amazement
Should you really reveal anything
When I just misunderstand it?


Down the twists and turns
Of a long, long story
I am here to learn
About the weight of glory

My questions right now don't need all the answers
Just, please don't ever let go of me
No, don't ever stop loving me



SocietyVs said...

"My writing is just immense amazement/Should you really reveal anything/When I just misunderstand it?"

I like these songs and namely this line - so true. I appreciate God a lot but at the same time I understand in fragments about who he is. I have messed up those words a lot of times in my life and been very short-sighted - it's really a wonder that God has the patience to continue to show me things.

Brook said...

don't forget their other song too:
"You take another trip down memory lane...You take too many trips down memory lane...If you go down there one more time then you're likely to remain..."

iggy said...

I a King's Kid... and I need a NEW CAR!


I loved DA... and Darn Floor, Big Bite really messed with me as a young Christian... I mean a monkey who talks and describes an earthquake... rather well!

I know that there these songs helped me to ask questions and not just settle for pat answers. It seemed that DA was one group that pushed the theological limits... as in the song William Blake...

3: You were not mad
I know time will tell
William Blake
The wild wind's weeping, the night grows cold
The child is sleeping, the man grows old
The seed is dying, the child unfolds
And he walks upon the streets of gold

Who is the child?
Who is the man?
Who makes me smile?
Who loves the lamb?

Be blessed,

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