“Kounterpoint”

By David Ramos Recently I attended a church where the congregation had a gifted and well-orchestrated ensemble of musicians. They had a brass section, various percussionists, and even a violinist. The worship service was going well and then they seem to hit a wall. In one song they were off and I strained to figure…

On Tolerating Uncertainty and Ambiguity

"Most creative endeavors are somewhat unpredictable.  They often seem ambiguous, hit or miss, trial and error.  Unless people have a high tolerance for ambiguity and get their security from integrity to principles and inner values, they find it unnerving and unpleasant to be involved in highly creative enterprises.  Their need for structure, certainty, and predictability…

And For Musical Accompaniment…

By David Ramos Lately I’ve been listening to Damian Marley’s, “Welcome to Jamrock,” a rediscovered cut on Paul Oakenfold’s Cremefields album called “First Sight” by Duran & Aytek, Dredg’s, “Bug Eyes,” and the Salsa classic, “Ven Devorame Otra Vez” by Lalo Rodriguez. Not quite a diet of Praise and Worship, but hey, I’ll own my…

The Interview with God

"That they live as if they will never die, and die as they had never lived." "God," in "The Interview with God."  For a full presentation click here www.theinterviewwithgod.com

Rev. Dr. King on Action

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Heart’s Cry

By David Ramos As part of my new role as the head of a school I make rounds visiting classes and teachers. Yesterday I heard one teacher use an interesting anecdote; she described how parents are able to distinguish the cry of their child playing among other children. While not a parent myself I remembered…

New Gen Viz?

"Could synergy not create a new script for the next generation–one that is more geared to service and contribution; one that is less adversarial, less selfish; one that is more open, more trusting, more giving; one that is less defensive, less protective, less political; one that is more loving and caring, and less possessive and…

Making the Rough Places Smooth

By David Ramos Last Saturday I watched one of those home improvement shows and it featured a couple who wanted to make their home look like a Spanish mission. They didn’t know how to do it nor did they have the resources to make it happen, however, along came this show that would make their…

Pneumatological Nostalgia

By David Ramos Last Sunday I ministered at a Spanish Eastern District Hispanic Assemblies of God Church in West New York, New Jersey. The pastor of the church, the Rev. Eleazer Garcia was a dear old friend of mine who watched me grow up, not only on my block as a youth, but also as…

Waves of Glory

By David Ramos They raised their hands, they danced in circles, they cried on the altar in utter abandon, they lay prostrate on the floor for what seemed like an hour, who are these people? Well, they are the members of my church. Now this isn’t anything new for me, I grew up in charismatic…