Pinterest Is For Dudes Too(And other things I'm learning)

Day 1

So this is my first day in my 10 Blogs, 30 Days commitment. I'm gonna have my work cut out for me. This little challenge has turned into a large to-do list as well. I'm sure it will vary from day to day, but there will be much to learn and a lot to apply.

First and foremost, especially in light of this post by Rob Rash, I need to hold all of this before the Lord.

Like Rob, I totally enjoy blogging. I've been blogging since 2003 when Blogger first came out. Writing is therapeutic for me. I was encouraged by Rob's transparency with regard to his own blogging getting out of balance. His openness about this struggle was very good for me to read. Especially as I'm embarking on this silly, 30 day frenzy.

Leading Worship and Songwriting

David Santisteven has written an excellent post here on the wonderful privilege of

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Monday Mix (2)

A while back I did a post called Monday Mix, where I did a little round-up of several different things into one post. Here's number 2...

Living Way Church

Things are cranking up at our church. We've recently started a new afternoon program from 4-6 that has been a life-giving boost of energy, with small groups for children and adults.

We moved all our student ministries to this time as well, and God is doing some cool stuff there. Just being totally transparent, I've always resisted the title of "youth pastor", (I used to have a problem stereotyping them) but I've loved it lately. Seeing God move in the lives of teenagers is pretty cool.

I've also been enjoying our Sunday mornings. Yesterday was awesome. We baptized 6 people yesterday after our main service, and I believe there's much more to come.

New Holiday Music and Christmas Gigs

Yep it's that time of year. Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and you'll be hearing those familiar tunes when you're out and about. Many have already started playing them.

You might remember last year I put out some Christmas music for free, during the last four weeks of December. Well I'm setting a goal to add two more to the collection for you to enjoy this holiday season. I'll keep you posted! Update: Didn't meet that goal afterall ... Epic fail. Oh well. Can't do it all!

I also have some holiday-specific events coming up. I'm super stoked about doing another worship night, this time with a post-thanksgiving/pre-christmas emphasis, with Tim Hooker at Gate City Vineyard on Saturday December 1st. And later, on December the 11th, I'll be at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem with the WBFJ crew. I'll have more details on these gigs soon at my LIVE page.

Politics and Perception

I must say it's been a wild election year. I normally don't write much about politics for obvious reasons, but I came across this illustration by Anthony Freda that got me thinking.

I know for many this seems totally strange, but I think it represents a mindset that is prevalent in our time.

Unfortunately this is how many people perceive politics. I think rightly so at times. It's totally easy to get cynical about American politics these days with all the heated Facebook threads and debates out there. Here's my little thought on this:

I want to get engaged with issues, but I never want to come across like one of these guys...

My Recent Blog Reading Round Up

  • I'm a Calvinist and a Charismatic. Here's some reading that might help people understand how that works...



Ableton Live (1)

I'm now officially an Ableton Live user. It's been long over due. I got into the software back at version 4 in 2005 with a trial version, but for whatever reason my brain couldn't get around the application at first.

At the time Reason became my software of choice along with Pro Tools for all things audio and midi related.

But I've known for a while that Ableton Live would greatly impact the way I create and perform music. And now I've finally got it rolling. This last Sunday was my first time using it in a worship service.

If you don't know anything about Ableton Live, you could basically describe it as a midi and audio sequencer that works like an instrument for live contexts.

It is a fully capable DAW that can support multi-track recording, midi sequencing, VST instruments and third-party plugins, but it's more than

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