Today’s comic is late. It’s Thursday, new comic day is Monday. I’m sorry. We had a youth retreat this weekend on which I was planning to spend my free time drawing comics and studying. I didn’t get much of either done but it’s okay. This comic is one of the few that I’ve published that never actually happened. Most of my stuff is based on reality and, if not taken word for word, is remodeled a little to make for nice consistency and hilarity. This one to me speaks to some of the challenges in worship leading though; How much of your worship leading should be genuine and how much should be performance? I think I’ve hit a nice balance where I can perform, but be genuine in my performance (if that makes any sense). I believe we are supposed to commit all things to God as an act of worship, so whether I am filing paper work, doing the dishes, or doing some kind of performance I think I can honour God in that. I suppose then that, if I could honour God through a non-church related performance, could I not honour him through a church related performance? Especially if my performing helps others to get in touch with God? Nothing kills a worship session like a worship team who are inactive and not smiling. Still, it’s a difficult balance; and I know of a lot of people who would be adamant that there be no performing in worship leading. I’ve been doing it for a while now though, and I find the best sessions happen when I slip some performance in. Also, when the congregation is feeling adequately led, and they enter into genuine worship, I am more likely to then enter a deeper and more genuine worship as well. The whole thing is circular. I discovered something cool yesterday. I was in Philosophy and we were discussing biblical reasons to believe in the resurrection, and my prof read the verse where Jesus is debating the Sadducees. The Sadducees, as you may or may not know, didn’t believe in a bodily resurrection; and they only took the books of Moses as legitimate scripture. Jesus then quotes a verse from Exodus (a book of Moses) where God tells Moses that he is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. His point is that he says it in present tense, so they can’t be simply dead in the ground, they must be (or have the promise of being) alive in their resurrection. I was curious about the tenses so I looked it up in Hebrew. God says (this is rough, I’m only in first year Hebrew) “I am the ‘my God’ of Abraham, the ‘my God’ of Isaac, and the ‘my God’ of Jacob”. The word God uses is “Eloi” El is God, and when you end a word with the letter yod it personalizes it (Av=Father, Avi=My Father). You may also recognize the word “Eloi” from the crucifixion story, when Jesus is on the cross he cries out “Eloi! Eloi! Lama Sabachtani!” Eloi in that context also meaning “my God”. I found it interesting, because if God wanted to say “I am the God of Abraham” he could have said “ha El Abraham” (ha means “the”) but instead it was in the present possessive tense. As in that is something they still call him. I realize that that was Jesus’ point, I just thought it was beautiful to read it and hear how personal the word was in the Hebrew. The Avatars are still not completed for the “Facebook Like contest” winners. Again, sorry. I will have them up ASAP, and will post them as I finish them. That’s all I have for now.

Jb