Life, God, Techonology, and Randomness

Month: July, 2011

Simpler Times

We live in a world today of constant on, instant results. Ask my wife and she will be happy to tell you that if I don’t know the answer to something that within the next 10 minutes I’m either researching it online or writing a note to remember to do so when I get back home. All that information is great but I feel like sometimes it’s better just to unplug.

This past week I have been on vacation with my family. We stayed at the beach part of the time and cell service was lousy and I was disconnected, it was great. Looking back on it this morning before church I’m realizing that all that “on” time is not really that good for me. I needed my own little “Sabbath” to unplug.

And lets not mention the fact that I haven’t worn closed-toe shoes since last Friday evening.


Ocean Wide

I am down at Myrtle Beach on vacation with my bride and my son. I love to get away from all my other responsibilities and just focus on family time and see the beach. I mean who doesn’t love the beach? If you don’t you should be stoned…and not those little pebbles. I mean stoned like a ball the size of a shotput right to the ….shin, twice. Man that was serious, I didn’t mean that, but really I did.

The ocean…ahh breathe it in. Soak in it’s glory, remember that you are swimming in fish pee. Wait, I just went there! It’s filtered by algae though so it’s probably ok.

Back to the point! When I think of the ocean I think of a few things though: power, raw vast power, constant motion, and abounding love!

Power: Think of it. The ocean is life giving, life taking, constant…raw power. It’s power really is unmatched. It makes the planet hospitable alone!

Constant motion: It never ceases. It moves at all times and in all directions. It’s like a metaphor for the Lord of Creation. Moving at all times tirelessly, endless, justly. He does not grow weary and neither does the ocean.

Abounding and endless love. No other object on Earth so perfectly manifests this in today(s) day and age. Well at least to me. You can choose your own metaphor but since I’m the one at the beach it’s fitting to me.

I’ll leave you with this awesome thought/video.

Have a great Tuesday!

Best Christian Songs You’ve Never Heard Of

Recently I stumbled upon a web app called This thing is amazing and it’s introduced me to music that I long since forgot existed. This has had a side-effect on me that I hadn’t expected; it has made me pour back through my older music collection and I have been blown away, which I spoke of recently.

Here is a small list I have compiled of some of the best songs you may have never heard of. I hope that you enjoy these songs as much as I do.

Six String Rocketeer by Daily Planet:

This song does multiple things.

  1. Has a great arrangement
  2. Talks about Sgt. Pepper and the Piano Man (can’t fail there!)
  3. Mixes that into a song about God as well

That’s some talent.

This is the best video I could find: 

PSA: This band no longer exists but its lead singer, Jesse Butterworth, leads worship at a church in Seattle and is amazing.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us: Skillet

This song is a remake of a classic with a nice contemporary arrangement. Skillet’s front man sings it beautifully and it’s melody will stay with you all the day long. And really who doesn’t love an old hymn sung in a haunting and cool way? I know I do!

Skip to about 3:45 for the music if you want to skip his intro.

All My Fountains:  Chris Tomlin/Passion Band

This song has grown on me. A friend from church asked me about it and I had never really listened to it. It’s one of those songs that starts differently and I almost always skipped past it. DON’T DO THAT! Do not commit the foul that I did. Listen to it once a day for three days and I guarantee you will fall in love with it.

Live Forever by Drew Holcomb and the Neighboors

This song is just freaking awesome. It’s so laid back and the lyrics are just perfect when your in a easy going kind of mood. It takes me back to the days when music was more simple and less technology was involved in the making of it. Almost a Dylan(ish) flavor to it.

This is by no means a complete list. If there are songs I need to include that you just love let me know in the comments. Always glad to listen to new music!

Apples Harvest Strategy Rocks

I do not have a Mac, iPhone, iPod, or anything else Apple makes, nor do I use iTunes for music. But I am falling in love with the way Apple updates/refreshes their products.

Take for example today, the close their online ordering and then come back up and you get the new stuff. They publish their newest software over the air for a price that is reasonable. You don’t have to go to the store to buy it, wait in line, or any other mundane task to make it happen. THAT IS BIG!

The other part I like of their refreshes is the fact that as soon as something is obsolete it is gone. Can’t buy it, sorry sir stock is out, get it while you can. They don’t allow older technology to linger around and in doing so change the marketplace overnight. The new Thunderbolt periphals will become the norm in a matter of months this way. You can’t walk into the Apple store and ask for last years OS and Hardware for a discounted price (Windows).

Downside of this is that they price it at a premium to get that service. I’d happily pay it if I could afford it but I can’t. I wish that all manufacturers updated products the way that they do. Technology would move so much faster.

God of This City?

What’s your take on missions? Is it something local, or foreign, or scary, or something for someone else to do? Is it *gasp* even necessary (read Ultra-Calvinism here).  If your honest with yourself and I with myself the answer is probably something of a mix of all of the above and then some. How did we get here? Why am I writing about this…we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »

iPads and pre-schoolers – confessions of a perplexed parent (via INNZ is the word)

I think this speaks truth to a generation afraid of change. I have a 2 year old that is comfortable on my phone (all touch).

Especially I agree with the “laws of technology” and love the coined term “screen-ager”.

iPads and pre-schoolers – confessions of a perplexed parent OK I admit it – my nearly-three-year-old daughter is more familiar with iPads than I am. It’s not hard – I think I have only just fully realised I am raising a “screen-ager”. Once they started appearing at her preschool, I should have realised that if I didn’t catch up soon, I was goi … Read More

via INNZ is the word

All the Best to our President

It’s been awhile since I spoke politics as I know it can be very divisive/destructive. Here is where I stand with the current affairs of our President.  Read the rest of this entry »




A little trip to the park this Sunday.

Attics are Amazing

Attics, my friend, are the new man’s best friend. Move over dog/cat/_____(insert here), attics are on the move and they are coming soon to a home near you? Sometimes a loft might due if you live in a townhome…Lord knows I’ve had my share of those.

I’ll get back to the point. I recently was looking for my backpack from high school/college to take on a youth trip and couldn’t find it anywhere. I looked under beds in closets and finally realized it might be in the attic. So I trudged out to the shed and got my little (too short really) ladder and hoisted myself up into the attic. My first thought was one of disgust; I mean who organized all this stuff? They should be fired! Then I realized it was me and re-hired myself and began the chore of thinking which brown box looked more promising to hold my bag.

None ended up having it but I did find all my old CD’s! I started listening to them yesterday and instantly fell back in love with bands that I had long since forgotten even existed. Decades of music lost from my memory has now been restored. Some cherished Praise and Worship from my man Robbie Seay, Circadian Rhythm, and not to mention some underground Liberty U Bands that you had to be there to understand. The emotion cup has runneth over!!

Once was lost has now been found! Has this ever happened to anyone else?

As for the bag it was found. I did what I should have done from the beginning of it all; called my wife and she immediately told me where it was at.