I was a preteen ministry pastor at the peak of Hannah Montana. Eventually my students and I outgrew this best of both worlds. Now with her tongue waving antics her music has taken a distinctly non-Disney turn. But there are currently two versions that have once again peaked my interest in Miley Cyrus. However neither of them are pure Miley. So perhaps I just like Mumford and Sons (or Sigur Ros and The XX music videos) or The Roots (or just Jimmy Fallon).
October 11, 2013 2 Comments
Because we sing like this:
And preach like this:
(skip ahead to 8:20 to see my Turtle Power cameo)
August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
Nice to see that Mumford and Sons is helping others start a Mumford Band.
August 6, 2013 Leave a comment
“Christianity, at its very most fundamental, is not a project of building an official Establishment that would properly represent itself, but to seek out those excluded, and this forsaken, by those Establishments that already are.”
-Drew Sumrall, An Essay Toward Universal Revolution
July 15, 2013 Leave a comment
It’s official: I am the new Associate Minister of Education at Middle Collegiate Church.
And I could not be more excited for this role.
I spent last spring transitioning out of a role at a church in West Michigan, a church I had worked at for six years, and began working as a Product Designer at Sparkhouse, the best publisher of church resources and curriculum. My old job was in Michigan and my new job was in Minnesota. Only I was moving to New York City.
I’ve spent the past year and a half working remotely, traveling monthly, and designing church resources and curriculum. And I’ve loved it.
Only when I noticed the job posting for an Associate Minister of Education at Middle Church, I leaned in a bit closer. Because while I love designing great resources for churches, I also love facilitating the experience myself. I am enamored by the world of education, readily admitting that how you learn something is just as important as what you are learning. I don’t want to simply make something for someone else but I want to bring the thing to life, the energy that fills the room and not just the product.
And so next month I will be changing my commute. Instead of working from my living room and flying to Minneapolis every month, I will take the A to the F (or hop on a Citi Bike) and spend my days working with an amazing staff and an equally amazing community at Middle Collegiate Church.
And yes, for those of you who keep up on all things Kast-Keat, this means every Kast-Keat in the world is now an Associate Minister at a Collegiate Church. (If this isn’t a good excuse to kickstart podkastkeat again, I don’t know what is!)
So to all my amazing coworkers at Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress, thank you. It’s been an amazing 18 months (and I’m sure we will continue to cross paths in various ways). To anyone in the New York area, if you’re looking for a church I have two that I will immediately recommend. And to everyone at Middle Collegiate Church, I am eager to know you more and to call your community my own.
June 28, 2013 Leave a comment
I rarely use Vine. And I don’t think I ever will now.
Rather than trying to convince me to use a new service (like Twitter did with Vine) Facebook is simply making Instagram better. Vine forced me to form a new habit, changing the way I think about twitter, creating short, looping videos. But with the new video feature on Instagram, I simply use the habit I already have: point my phone, capture an image. Only now that image can move.
I appreciate the ability for up to fifteen seconds of footage (rather than Vine’s seven) and love the ability to recapture rather than simply being stuck with what I’ve got (though the ability to import video would still be nice to have). And while the concept of videos in Instagram is already great, they added a new Cinema feature that makes video even better.
Well played Facebagram. It looks like that 1 billion dollars was worth it.
June 20, 2013 Leave a comment
PV NOVA has brilliantly shown us what it would sound like if Daft Punk’s fantastic robot costumes were also time machines by creating renditions of Get Lucky for every decade from 1920 to 2020.
Share your favorite decade in a comment below (and then defend it against anyone who says otherwise).
June 12, 2013 Leave a comment