Sufjan Stevens Ticket Buying Guide

Sufjan Stevens is coming to Grand Rapids this spring, Tuesday April 28.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow the 30th at 10:00 A.M.  They will sell out very quickly.   Here is my guide for maximizing your chances of scoring some.

  1. Create a TicketReturn account right now.  To do this commence a purchase of a random cheap event like River City Improv.  During the process it will let you create an account.  After the account is created it will ask you for credit card info which you can cancel out of.
  2. Be logged into your TicketReturn account at 9:40 A.M. tomorrow.   It’s important to be logged in ahead of time.
  3. At this time start reloading the Sufjan Stevens TicketReturn URL: especially as it gets closer to 10

There are no guarantees obviously but Calvin’s servers are going to grind to a halt so it’s better to go right to the TicketReturn URL.

Critical Thinking

I think critical thinking is an act of love.  It is not seen as one in the church because this same thinking can lead one away from the faith or at the very least make one stand up to figures of authority.  But there are so many contexts where critical thinking is desperately needed.  If you are doing a water project in Africa and the engineering or follow-up planning is wrong, it will fail no matter how much good intention, prayer, etc.. put into it.

There is a beautification of intuition in the church (as it came to one “off the cuff” it must have been from the Holy Spirit).  There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s just when this way of divining what should be done becomes the primary way it shuts out often-wiser conclusions formed through critical thinking.

More often than not, solutions employed after using critical thinking involve taking actions that take more perspectives into account.   This makes it the preferred medium for taking into account disadvantaged minorities.