Tag: Metaphysical Monday

February 18, 2013

Metaphysical Monthday: Martians Matter

Sometimes, as Stephen King said, the most mind-boggling thing is size. Size conquers all. The sheer size of the known universe, for example, crushes the mind when you just consider it. As I think about the mysteries and wonders in creation, usually my mind turns to the insanely vast reaches of space.… Continued →

August 13, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Thomas Merton

Last weekend, my wife and I visited a Benedictine Priory. We were able to attend the nightly Compline service they had, which is a nightly music service meant for meditation and evening prayers to end the day of work in which the monks have labored. At the priory, my thoughts turned to Thomas Merton, one of my favorite authors.  … Continued →

August 6, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Transhumanity

The issue of Transhumanity is of great interest to me and it’s something I’ve given a good amount of thought to over the past few years. The song “Artificial Immortality” is about this issue and my thoughts have changed since then (4 years ago). Transhumanity, shortened to h+, “is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.”… Continued →

July 23, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: The Aftermath *SPOILER ALERT*

*SPOILER ALERT* READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET! Well, now that some of us have seen The Dark Knight Rises, let’s look at what we’ve viewed. I have to say up front that the movie didn’t deliver like I expected it to. I hate to admit that some people were correct in having mediocre expectations.… Continued →

July 16, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Event of the Year

In a few short days, The Dark Knight Rises will open in theaters. This is an event that you are either 1) anticipating or 2) in need of a wake up call so you can anticipate it.
I’ve spoken before about what Christopher Nolan’s Batman represents on a universal, artistic level.
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July 9, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Moonrise Kingdom

This article will address several topics, so if you happen to be disinterested in the movie titled Moonrise Kingdom, be not afraid! But yes, first of all, Moonrise Kingdom was fantastic. I’ve written here before about my feelings on Wes Anderson movies. And I’m here to tell you that his new movie is his best yet.… Continued →

July 2, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Nonstop Touring

Becoming The Archetype is on the road right now and I’m reminded of how much work every band on the road is going through. If you haven’t noticed, the nation is blazing hot right now. And if you didn’t already know, lots of bands our size and smaller frequently sleep in their vans for lack of other lodging accommodations.… Continued →

June 25, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Day Off

Everyone needs a day/week off, I suppose.  So I’m writing this on my computer a couple hours before it goes live just to say I couldn’t find time the last week to write a new MM post.  Between touring and recording, an opportunity just hasn’t presented itself to create anything I feel compelled to write about.… Continued →

June 18, 2012

June 11, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Christian Literature

It seems like all the main brains in Christian theology right now are self-proclaimed Reformed guys.  Preachers and authors such as John Piper, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Francis Chan (sort of), Tim Keller, J.I. Packer, Mark Driscoll (also sort of), and David Platt are all either part of the Reformed tradition or are closely related to that family of theology.… Continued →

June 4, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Great Christian Authors

Christianity has given the world a hefty volume of great authors and books.  Obviously, you’ve got the Holy Bible, which is by far the best-selling book in the world.  And outside of that, you’ve got a rich tradition of the Church producing excellent literature.  Some of it is philosophical, some of it is allegorical fiction, some of it is straight fiction (and sometimes even science fiction), some of it is poetry, some of it is revolutionary ideology aimed at the church and of course, some of it is theology.… Continued →

May 28, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Festival Tragedies

This article is about a touchy (and somewhat trendy) subject right now.  A lot of people are talking about the state of Christian festivals and I can perhaps shed some light on this subject. Christian festivals (and mainstream festivals as well, I assume) have been experiencing declining ticket sales for years.  … Continued →

May 21, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: New Music

Monday is a magical (or muddled) day, so it’s fitting that Monday (today) is when Becoming The Archetype starts tracking drums for a new record.  Now, this isn’t a self-praising article meant to make you look at me.  But it is a celebration of new music being made, Mondays being awesome for once, and the joy of fresh sounds.… Continued →

May 14, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: The Life Aquatic

Anyone who’s seen a Wes Anderson movie knows how quirky, yet glorious, some of his shots can be.  Unique style of filming mixed with unusual dialogue are trademarks of Wes Anderson films.  But one of my favorite aspects of his films is the focus on the family (pun intended, sorry Dr.… Continued →

May 7, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Movie Magic

IVM is mostly about music, but I think this community also cares about movies, right?  So why not have some Metaphysical Monday posts that relate to movies and their message?  Ok, ok, you’ve convinced me.  Let’s do it! Let’s look at Christopher Nolan films, mainly his 3 titles in the Batman franchise, since there’s a new Batman movie coming out.  … Continued →

April 30, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Southtown

There was a time when rap-rock ruled the world.  Although I don’t want those days to come back, there were some pretty sweet albums made during those years that I still enjoy.  I think the best of that genre/era was “The Fundamental Elements of Southtown” by P.O.D.  Since P.O.D. is still around, I assume we’re all familiar with who they are and what they do.  … Continued →

April 23, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Life in General

Next in our series of “Classic Christian Albums” is an MxPx masterpiece.  “Life in General” was the crowning achievement for Christian punk, in my humble (but very correct) opinion.  MxPx owns the title as kings of Christian punk and this album is their zenith. My earliest memories of anything related to MxPx were browsing through my local Christian Bookstore when I was only 13.  … Continued →

April 16, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: "Undeceived" Beauty

Ok, it’s time for another series, don’t you think?  This article is the first in a series of what I would call “Classic Christian Albums with an Incredible Message.” First up in this series is an album that for a long time I considered to be the best Christian metal album of all time.  … Continued →

April 9, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: The Music of Nature

I live in the remote mountains of extreme north Georgia.  I grew up in Gainesville, GA which is about an hour north of Atlanta.  But now that I’ve got a family of my own, we’ve settled ourselves in a more rustic setting.  Our home is a cabin nestled between mountain peaks and beautiful valleys.  … Continued →

April 2, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Love Your Enemies

This is the third and probably final installment of the current series:  Unsexy Biblical Principles.  This week we’ll look at a principle the Bible speaks clearly on, but that often goes unpracticed and untaught in Christian circles.  Listen to what Matthew 5:43-44 (NIV) says: 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ … Continued →

March 26, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Gluttony

Last week was the first article in a series of what I like to call the “Unsexy Biblical Principles.”  That article looked at the biblical principle of stewardship.  This week, we’ll look at a different biblical concept that may not be so popular currently in our churches:  Gluttony. Webster’s defines gluttony as “excessive eating and drinking,” which will be one aspect we’ll examine about gluttony.  … Continued →

March 19, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Monetary Stewardship

One aspect of biblical Christianity that doesn’t get very much attention is the discipline of stewardship.  So today begins a series of MM articles on what I like to call “Unsexy Biblical Principles.” Stewardship is defined as “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.”  With this definition, we can apply the concept of stewardship to almost all areas of life.  … Continued →

March 12, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Metaphors and Parables

The gospel can be seen as a great mystery, which man has difficulty comprehending.  Speaking of it in plain terms sometimes confuses a person more than telling the gospel by using symbols and allegory.  It seems strange to some of us, but if we are to see the gospel fleshed out in our daily lives, we must understand this and not give up on understanding more difficult or veiled truths.… Continued →

March 5, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: The Resurrection of Ska

So the O.C. Supertones are back together.  And Five Iron Frenzy just wowed the world by showing that they have more supportive fans than anyone else.  And I think somewhere, the Insyderz are doing something ska-related. What the heck? I considered ska my favorite music in early high school (1999-2002) and for most of that time, the Supertones were my favorite band.  … Continued →

February 27, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Music in Scripture

Since the aim of this column is to explore that area where music and faith intersect, I figure it’s important to look at Scripture and see what Scripture says about music, both descriptively and prescriptively.  The Bible is replete with mentions of music, both in the Old Testament and New Testament.  … Continued →

February 20, 2012

While hearing the commotion outside, Elijah presumably sat in a chair at least as manly as this one.

Metaphysical Monday: A Still, Small Voice

Music is a reflection of the character of God.  It shows us the various emotions that God has and the various attributes of God’s character.  When you listen to a Chopin etude, you can be amazed at the complexity of the human mind, which was fashioned in the image of God’s mind.  … Continued →

February 13, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Moron Mountain

Everyone reading this article that’s older than 8 years old will remember the zenith of cinema history that was Space Jam.  Regardless of your interest in sports, Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny and Bill Murray shook your very soul with this impeccable piece of movie-making.  One of the best aspects of the movie was the ultra-90s soundtrack, featuring Seal (covering Steve Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle” in awesome fashion), R.… Continued →

February 6, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Corporate Worship

Last week, we looked at music on the mission field.  Now let’s look at the use of music in worship services everywhere. Music is used in every church service everywhere on earth.  I actually can’t recall a single church service I’ve been to (which numbers in the thousands) where songs weren’t utilized and meant to be sung together. … Continued →

January 30, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: Missionary Music

I’ve felt the call to be a missionary since I was a little kid.  Some might say that as a member of Becoming The Archetype, I am a type of missionary.  Those people wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, but that’s not the sort of missionary I’ve been called to ultimately be.  A great blessing has been that God has also called my wife and brother to the mission field, so we’ve begun discussing possibilities for all going together. … Continued →

January 23, 2012

Metaphysical Monday: A Case of the Mondays?

“Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays” If you haven’t heard that phrase before, stop reading this and go watch Office Space.  If you have heard it, I hope your day so far isn’t nearly as dreadful as any of the characters’ in the movie.  So here’s your Metaphysical Monday to cheer you up!… Continued →