And so the documentary ends…

It is a sad and unfortunate thing, but the documentary has come to an abrupt end… without any pictures of the weekend to end it on. I apologize for those of you who were looking forward to some weekend pics, but the honest truth is I did absolutely nothing. I’m not even sure if I left my townhouse on Saturday. But the pics seemed to go over really well, and although I still believe the best part of this website is the writing, I’ll do my best to post pictures from time to time.

In the mean time, I have some more thoughts on worship, and I blame them partially on my class, and partially on these people:

Yep, that’s Bill and Gloria. Tonight my History & Philosophy of Worship class went to Huntington U. to hear them speak on worship, and it was an interesting time. It was a pretty relaxed format, where Bill and Gloria just stood up front and talked for a while, and then opened the floor for a few questions. I was both impressed and extremely disappointed with what they said. For most of the lecture part, they said some really good things. They’re very open to change within music, noting that they’ve seen a tremendous amount of it in their 42 years in the music business. They did address the content of the music, but that’s nothing my generation hasn’t talked about already. All in all, I was impressed with their stance on where music is going, and where it has come from.

The question and answer time quickly changed my opinion, at least of Gloria. While she seems to be the more Biblically grounded of the two, before long someone got her off on a rant about how she wants a singable melody in songs, and of course harmony to go along with that. Now, I love both of those things (though I don’t always find them necessary), but her next statement was ludicrous. She claimed theological foundation for singing harmony in the fact that the church is made up of many different people who often view things differently, but all must work together for the work intended us. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty ridiculous statement, and she digressed from there by basically becoming one of those old people who have no appreciation for where music is headed right now. And because that seemed like a complete reversal of what she said earlier, I lost a lot of respect for what she said tonight. I will hand it to Bill, however. He actually warned Gloria before she started off on her rant, and he was the one who eventually stopped her. Mad props to Bill, who actually seemed to be the one that had it all together when the night was said and done.

So being that this trip was to replace our class tomorrow, afterwards we had van discussion on the way back to Marion. Not quite the same as summer “van talk”, but it was better than your standard class lecture, so it was okay. We talked a lot about worship and the standard arguments about the role of the worship leader, and how to choose songs to sing, and what the criterion for choosing those songs are, etc. In the end, it became another one of those circular arguments that doesn’t actually progress anywhere and only ends up making people upset.

Now I don’t want to name names, but I feel like many of my fellow Worship majors approach worship from a very uneducated standpoint. Not to say they haven’t lead worship before–in fact most of them do it on a weekly basis–but rather that I feel like most of them create beliefs and views without ever knowing where the Bible and orthodoxy stand on issues. So I often get frustrated because so many Worship majors form belief without ever using scripture, whereas I try very hard to base all of my philosophies and theologies of worship soundly on scripture, with reason and orthodoxy as supporting factors. I’m not trying to say I’m some great worship mind–I’m far too under-educated to even consider such remarks, but I say that all just to convey the frustration almost all “worship” talks give me.

Today I had an epiphany of sorts, and maybe it was even revelation. While I was once again on my soapbox about how worship is SO MUCH MORE than just music and singing, I realized that perhaps this is the reason we are having such terrible ‘worship wars’ currently. Could it be that our warring is not ‘the right way’ versus ‘the wrong way’, but is in fact unfocused argument versus unfocused argument? Right now I am considering that our worship problems may not just be in need of compromise, but in fact of a complete refocusing of what we see as worship. David Peterson defines worship as our reaction to something God does; and for 5,000 years it has been expressed in many different ways, one of which is music (by no means is music the most prolific part of this worship, either; it’s just one part of it). The more I contemplate it, the more I believe our disagreements in worship stem not from stylistic differences, but from the fact we no longer understand what worship is. I think if the church can regain understanding of what true worship is, the stylistic differences would fade away… because we would understand worship is much more than an emotional response to a song. It is a conscious effort, a choice made to worship God through every last fiber of our being. It is so much more than just a song.

I would really like to hear your comments on this… remember it is still a fresh thought, and I would like to hear initial reaction to it, positive or negative. I really enjoy reading your comments!


Tony has Speech class with me. Today we had a special class in the library.

Paul French is in class, too. And so is Amanda, but apparently she didn’t want the glory and fame of being on the website.

Stephen and I have Theology together. His wife, Michelle, works in Academic Affairs with my mom. For some reason, he calls me “Supreme Chancellor of the Universe.” I kinda like it.

This is Ben. He lived down the hall sophomore year, and we shot each other with AirSoft guns a lot. I think I bled once or twice.

Kent was our team leader this summer. He’s old and graduated, but was here yesterday for homecoming. On 11 February, he’s getting married.

Dr. Barnes
A couple seconds after I took this picture, Dr. Barnes looked over at me, but his cronies must not have been able to find me in my super-secret hiding spot.

Justin and Nate Felt. They’re our two RA’s for the Townhouses.

Ryan and Justin
This picture was staged, of course. But it’s still far too incriminating to not be put on the website.

1:00am Saturday = Taco Bell run. I was proud of this one, I took it while I was driving.

Dang freeloaders. You say, “Taco Bell” and at least one of them always comes.

Taco Bell
I can’t even tell you the feelings this place stirs up in me.

Late Night
Last night we had one of those ageless latenight talks. Good times.

What kind of floss?

The link to yesterday’s documentary is in the post below this one.
But for those of you wondering what kind of floss I ended up buying, click on the pic below to find out.

Which floss did I pick?

Documentary, Friday-style

Well, as some of you may have noticed, I didn’t get the Documentary posted last night. My apologies to those of you who are early-morning viewers, but it’s up now. I’ll still be taking pictures over the weekend, but since these aren’t up until today, I may wait and combine the weekend into one set of pictures Sunday night. We’ll see.

You should know that September was a break out month for joshmorton.com. I had 16,963 hits, and 1,350 unique visits. If you don’t speek Web geek, hits are the number of times you page is accessed by other computers, but 90% of those are automated by search engines and such. So lately unique visits has become the standard way to count visits of a site. This means that 1,350 times last month, my site was accessed and actually read by people. Looking at the day-by-day stats, it looks like there’s somewhere between 50-80 regulars of the site. During the course of the month, I also had page views from Iran, UK, EU, Australia, Netherlands, Egypt, Japan, China, South Korea, Poland, and Sweden. Looking at the list of countries on there, not sure if those are good things or not :)

The Documentary: Friday

The Documentary Continues

Today was a busy day, and I must admit I did not take as many photos today as I have been. However, I did spend a part of the evening compressing all the pics from today and earlier this week, so the documentary should fly now. If you haven’t had a chance to look at all the pics, go back and look now that things are tens of times faster than before! Enjoy today’s abbreviated version, and don’t forget to shamelessly promote this to your friends. After all, everyone should have a chance to see this, right? :)

The Documentary: Thursday

The Documentary

Today was another exciting day in my life. I went to Walmart two or three times. I almost jumped out my window while preparing for our first century worship service, and I managed to make my first major mistake of the semester. True, not having the book was actually a mistake made many times over, like each time I thought about the report and didn’t actually start reading. But as far as my homework planning goes, the mistake goes on today’s record. Maybe some grace since the bookstore is an accomplice?

The Documentary: Wednesday

Not to make any comments about our school internet being the worst technological mishap to ever waste space on the earth, but currently my photos are uploading at 0.4 kb/sec. That’s about the speed of a 300 baud modem. So if the pics don’t work right now, come back tomorrow. I promise, they’re uploading as fast as 1985 technology will let them.


Ryan Brosius and I presented our 1st century worship service this morning. We brought in some food for the agape meal, and decorated the ‘house’ with a rug, a tree, and candles. It went really well.

This was our “clay carpenter’s cup” for the cup of eucharist. Obviously, Walmart was a little shy in selection.

Directing Class
Another fun day in Stage Directing. It’s a good class, and I like the people who are in it.

What would this documentary be without Dan Ankney?

“The grumblecakes shall be mine!”

Josh and Allie
27 May, 2006. Back in black (we already have enough black suits… let’s get something else).

You’d be amazed how many pictures I have of Eric with his fingers up there.

Christmas Carol
The Orphan’s Christmas Carol. Awful, terrible. One of the funniest songs ever.

Steve Leonard in his joshmorton.com debut. I’m not really sure what he’s doing here, but I do remember him telling us the difference between a flask and a beaker. NERD!


I don’t have a wide angle lens, so just pretend this picture is on the end of the next one.

The rest of the dinner crew. I’m not sure exactly how it all started, but as soon as I pulled out the camera, things went crazy and I remember Dean Moffitt saying something about alcohol…


Boom Stand
When I got to work this morning, we needed another boom stand, so I went to get one.

Boom Stand
Actually, we didn’t need another boom stand.

Dr. Syswerda
Dr. Syswerda is in charge of music for chapels this year. He has a great heart and truly desires to worship the Lord. He’s also a lot of fun to work with.

Sheila is nice. I like working with her, a lot.

It’s not a day at the PAC without a venture up into the catwalks. They’re about 35 feet high, but it feels a lot higher when you fall off of them.

I think Katie was tired this morning.

Sound Board
My office.

The view from my office.

After lunch, I came back to the room to find this. Mind you, there’s a perfectly good couch 3 feet to the right; but sitting in the Ab Lounger makes you feel like you’re not getting fatter.

Life doesn’t stop because of school, so I took the day off of classes to take care of other things…

…like getting my sister a birthday card.

…and floss, of course. Ten dollars if you can guess which kind of floss I like best (family and roommates not eligible).

I stopped by to see Mom for a while.

Kristen is the receptionist in Academic Affairs. I’m pretty sure she never stops smiling.

This picture is completely fake. Alleta wanted to look like she was working… and she didn’t like my first picture very much.

I have a book report due tomorrow. If you’ll notice, the bookshelf is empty. This presents a rather unpleasant scenario.

The usual scene in the hallway before Chorale.

This is Elyse. She hates sneaky pictures of her, like this one.

Deep Thought
Getting your first Chorale tux can be a time of questioning and deep thought.

Jaala and Yankey. This picture was imediately followed by Scott Brady saying, “I love awkward pictures.”

Ryan Brosius
Ryan and I are presenting a first century worship service tomorrow in class. Shown here just minutes before we both went completely insane.

My Photo Self-Documentary

Well, I promised it and here it is… the already famous photo self-documentary. For the next six days, you’ll be right there next to me as I take pictures of pretty much whatever I want to, whenever I feel like it. Of course, it’s not every day that people bring cameras to class, so I had to explain many times over why I had my friend Kodak with me, but in the end I believe the idea was greeted with lots of laughs and warm reception. I have decided that my reason for doing this is simple: I’m already really bored with school, and tired of it, so this is my way of escaping for the week. So enjoy the pictures, the commentary, and the general life of me.

There are a lot of pictures, so I’ll create a separate page for each day of the documentary. Click below for today’s pics:

The Documentary: Tuesday

If you’re using the internet here at the WU, you may have to try looking during the morning or afternoon, before the student body clogs up our pathetically worthless internet.


Remember you can always click on a pic to see the full image.


Mike Sansburn. He and I have three classes together on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Jon Bell is one of the coolest people I know. We traveled together this summer, and have some really great memories…like throwing Snuggles in the lake.

Staff Meeting

Every Tuesday at 11, the PAC Tech Staff gets together for our little meeting. Usually the following half-hour is filled with chaos and lots of dirty looks.


I told you so.


Tim Munger’s great. Always good for a laugh–sometimes because of him, sometimes at him.


Sheila is our new Office Manager. Shown layin’ down the law.


Dirty looks for everyone!


Of course, no day is complete without seeing friends at good ol’ Baldy. Here Aaron reads Newsweek and waits for Steve to get his lazy butt to the table.


Handing in some late homework. First time it’s ever happened in four years.

Black Box

Sneaking in the back door to class.

Stage Directing

Principles of Stage Directing with Prof Edwards. He lets us call him Kurt.


You don’t want to know.


Everyone has to go to the bathroom. This includes aspiring documentary makers.


Tom Hall.


Kent Perkins.

Dan and Aeron

Dan Ankney up to his usual antics. This time with Aeron.


I had dinner with Jarred, and then chatted in McConn for a while.


Jesse and I traveled together this summer, too. He won a servant leadership award last week, and knows all about Snuggles in the lake.