Well, that's even more than less than unhelpful.

Apparently You’re Not Supposed to Have Voice When Writing for “The Northerner”.

Even though that is the thing that is stressed most in writing. Voice. I’m sorry–but who the hell wants to read something that is just information? Certainly not me. I had to write a piece on PG. So, logically, I threw in some voice. What makes Mo “Mo”. And every bit of that was deleted. I wouldn’t even want to read my own article now–how can I expect the general populace of NCU to pick it up?

BEFORE THE VOICE WAS REMOVED:

“RATED PG FOR ADVISORY REASONS” by Mo Henkelman

“It’s worth it. God doesn’t disappoint.” This was Stephen Krist’s closing statement in his interview regarding Praise Gathering and quite frankly, it couldn’t be a more succinct way to describe this meeting. Here are the logistics: Praise Gathering meets every Wednesday at approximately ten pm and is a student led worship service that can sometimes extend past 12:30 am. For the purpose of not losing my fingers while typing this, Praise Gathering from now on shall be referred to as PG. It’s okay. Everyone refers to it as PG anyways–now you can feel like you’re on the inside. Drum roll please–the reason you should skip out on that Applebee’s appetizer (you’ve been thinking about all week) next Wednesday to spend time rocking out for God comes straight from the mouth of John Horstmann (one of the worship directors in charge of PG):” While I think it is important for NCU students to hang out with kids after their youth groups, it’s also so important for us as leaders to spend time in God’s presence without having the label of “leader,” “pastor,” or to only have 20 minutes to worship in a Chapel. Not that any of those things are bad, but there is definitely a necessity, at least for me, to spend extended time in God’s presence in a corporate setting where the entire student population can love on each other.” From personal experience, PG has always been another way to really dig in with God–I’d have to agree with Horstmann–I need more than a twenty minute span of time to really process and let it all go. It’s an extended opportunity for the student to really let it all loose and not have to be concerned about what time it is or who is going to speak next. (Well, besides the every once and a while notion of  “Man, I procrastinated for my New Testament History and Literature exam that happens tomorrow morning, I need to duck out”. I find that if you duck out early, you’re more likely to miss something even bigger than your exam. Besides. You shouldn’t be procrastinating. This coming from the writer typing this the night before it is due even though I had ample time earlier in the week.) The really awesome thing about PG this year is the fact that its theme is “New Creation”. Already this year, we’re starting to see an influx of more of the arts, as painting is taking place on the stage during worship. It’s not just about the music anymore, folks. As Horstmann says, “At PG this year we’re going to try and create a unique experience every week while maintaining a healthy worship climate. We plan on using unique themes for most of the weeks whether it is paintings, new lights, and even more–we’ve got quite a surprise planned for PG United coming here soon.” If nothing else–show up for the surprise. As the band The Black Keys so aptly put it, “Sick for days, so many ways/I’m aching now, aching now/ It’s times like these, I need relief/ Please show me how, oh, show me how/ To get right”. I guarantee it. One visit to PG and you’ll be aching for more.

AFTER ALL TRACE OF VOICE WAS REMOVED:

“RATED PG FOR ADVISORY REASONS” by Mo Henkelman

“It’s worth it. God doesn’t disappoint.”

This was Stephen Krist’s closing statement in his interview regarding Praise Gathering and frankly, it couldn’t be a more succinct description.

Here are the logistics: Praise Gathering (PG) meets every Wednesday at approximately ten pm  and is a student led worship service that sometimes extends past 12:30 am.

Drum roll please–the reason you should skip out on that Applebee’s appetizer (you’ve been thinking about all week) next Wednesday to spend time rocking out for God came straight from John Horstmann,  (one of the worship directors in charge of PG):

“While I think it is important for NCU students to hang out with kids after their youth groups, it’s also so important for us as leaders to spend time in God’s presence without having the label of ‘leader,’ ‘pastor,’ or to only have 20 minutes to worship in chapel. Not that any of those things are bad, but there is definitely a necessity, at least for me, to spend extended time in God’s presence in a corporate setting where the entire student population can love on each other.”

From personal experience, PG has always been another way to really dig in with God. I’d have to agree with Horstmann; I need more than a twenty minute span of time to really process and let it all go.  It’s an extended opportunity for the student to really let it all loose and not have to be concerned about what time it is or who is going to speak next.

The really awesome thing about PG this year is its theme, “New Creation”. Already this year, we’re starting to see an influx of more of the arts, as painting is taking place on the stage during worship. It’s not just about the music anymore, folks. As Horstmann says, “At PG this year we’re going to try and create a unique experience every week while maintaining a healthy worship climate. We plan on using unique themes for most of the weeks whether it is paintings, new lights, and even more. We’ve got quite a surprise planned for PG United coming here soon.” If nothing else, show up for the surprise.

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BLECH. Luckily, I’ll be writing a column now. Entitled “Sooner or Vader”. Where I shall take large liberties with nerd pop culture and HAVE A VOICE.

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