shall we be grateful

31 07 2008

check out the brand new single, “shall we be grateful”, from denmark electro-rock outfit carpark north. killer stuff.  feel it in your toes!

buy the single

check their myspace

new album “everybody runs” out in september.

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beauty in action

29 07 2008

i know this video has made the rounds online, but it cracks me up everytime i see it.  ladies and gentlemen, from the miss teen usa 2007 competition, i bring you miss south carolina…

seriously… what the hell did she just say????


28 07 2008

found this today on kyle’s blog.  thought i’d share it.

“impatience is a form of unbelief. it’s what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God’s timing or the goodness of his guidance…the opposite of impatience is not a glib, superficial denial of frustration. the opposite of impatience is a deepening, ripening, peaceful willingness either to wait for God where you are in the place of obedience, or to persevere at the pace he allows on the road of obedience – to wait in his place, or to go at his pace.” —john piper

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born into the 90s

27 07 2008

i may have been born in 1975, but i am without a doubt a child of the 90’s… music, that is.  i have been such a music head for the longest time, but in 1990, i was a freshmen in high school and was really starting to find my groove, so to speak.  it was about this time that music began playing a more significant role in my life and i started to feel like music would be more than just a hobby for me.

i am watching vh-1’s 100 greatest songs of the 90s and it is taking me on an incredible trip down memory lane.  sure, every decade has its classic signature songs, sounds and artists, but the 90s were so definitive for me, personally.  so many of these songs provided the soundtrack for memory after memory for me throughout the entire decade.

you can check out the list of all 100 songs here and watch most of the 100 videos here… and what a list it is.  the 90s gave us everything from mariah carey, the cranberries, arrested development, radiohead and jamiroquai to jay-z, alice in chains, bell biv devoe and goo goo dolls.  it gave us unforgettable songs about creeps, g thangs, sandmen, genies in bottles, waterfalls and big butts.  it gave us career defining songs from iconic artists such as ll cool j, whitney houston, u2, pearl jam, notorious b.i.g., lenny kravitz and celine dion.  seattle, atlanta, houston and long beach exploded as the musical hotbeds known for cranking out the hits.  it gave us grunge, g-funk, the return of the r&b girl group, the boy band explosion and was the decade when hip hip broke through to the mainstream and ultimately became the mainstream. no diggity.

who can forget publicly despising but secretly loving “mmmbop”, being mesmerized by lauryn hill’s (with the fugees) haunting take on “killing me softly”, doing “the humpty dance” at high school dances, thinking that hootie was the name of the black guy who sang lead for the blowfish or saying that you were “too sexy” for just about anything?

the only complaint i have is that janet jackson’s “that’s the way love goes” was suspiciously absent from the countdown.  i don’t know if someone at vh-1 was sippin’ haterade when they did the list or what, but not only is that janet’s best song ever (imo), it was a huge hit and came at the height of her success during the janet. (1993) era.  while she still had some spotty hits after that, she never again hit like she did from 93-96. ever. but i digress…

i must also call into question the glaring omission of warren g’s “regulate” and “i wanna be down” by brandy.  both big crossover hits, but mysteriously missing from the list of the 100 greatest songs of the 90s.  likewise, love him or hate him, the 90s gave us r. kelly, and both his first pop crossover hit “bump and grind” and international smash “i believe i can fly” are noticably absent. oh well…

the boys from nelson (of “(cant live without your) love and affection” fame) kept popping up and contributing their two-cents throughout the show and i couldn’t help but wonder which one of them actually looks more like ellen degeneres…

did anyone know that kevin thornton (formerly of color me badd) actually has a gospel cd?  of course you didn’t, and it was probably better that way.

oh yeah, and i miss new jack swing like nobody’s business!

what are your favorite songs from the 90s?

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my healer

24 07 2008

if you have not yet heard the buzz surrounding the song “healer” yet, you soon will.

“healer” was written by mike guglielmucci, who wrote it after a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2006. the song was recorded live by hillsong this year, with mike guglielmucci leading, and appears on the upcoming hillsong live worship cd, this is our god, which releases august 5.

there are many praise reports that have been a result of how this song has impacted people’s faith and how God has moved miraculously in people’s lives.  check out this site to see the live performance, the story behind the song and to share prayer requests and praise reports of your own.

i encourage you to share this with everyone you know who is in need of a healer… whether in their body, their emotions, their finances, their relationships, their mind…   Jesus is our healer and he is all we need.

i think it’s very important that we don’t just see Christ as “a” healer, but as “my” healer.  it is very personal.  sure, he is both… but for me to be able to see him as being that personally available to me changes the way i will pursue and grab ahold of him… because he is my healer. that’s really dope if you think about it.

do you believe he is a healer or do you believe he is your healer?  nothing is impossible for him who believes! anything can happen!

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the dark knight

24 07 2008

i went to see the dark knight a couple nights ago and whoa… it was bangin’!  i had heard all the hype and hoped that it would live up to what everyone was saying, and it more than did.  i was actually surprised that it was able to keep me completely engaged for the entire 152 minutes.

christian bale was a great batman but it was certainly heath ledger who stole the show.  his interpretation of the joker character was so diabolical, so sweetly twisted and disturbed that it gave me chills a few times throughout the film.  great story, great cast… i will probably see this again.  there was even a distinct spiritual thread that seemed to run throughout the themes of the film as well.  i’ll keep tossing it around for awhile and may write about it soon.

apparently folks can’t get enough of the dark knight.  in the first 5 days it earned $203.8 million, which nearly matched the entire run of its predecessor.  with all kinds of momentum working in its favor, it earned  $25 million this monday and another $21 million on tuesday… that’s more than some movies gross… ever!

roger ebert wrote a killer review of the film, and you should check it out.

what did you think of the dark knight?

simply put

24 07 2008

sometimes i think that we can tend to complicate life, love and faith so much that we lose the simple essence of what’s really important.

i love the song “simply put” from fred hammond‘s latest album “free to worship”.  i wanted to share the lyrics here and encourage you to dig through all the crap that has piled up in your life over the years that has kept you from really knowing and running in the truth of God’s love for you.  fall in love again with the simple fact that the Lord of all creation considers you his own and not only does he love you, but he likes you… i mean, he is really into you!

i don’t really need to tell someone their future
i don’t really have to see the things that can’t be seen
i don’t need another hyped up church encounter
or another clever new years theme
i’m not looking for another goose bump sermon
or a word that leaves me passed out on the floor
my basic needs are really very simple
to know you love me, you like me
and i am Yours

my learning could go on throughout the ages
but i just need the plain and simple of what’s real
i could memorize and quote a million pages
but i’d rather just express the way i feel
i’ve tried so hard to know the deepest revelation
so i could stand and tell the nations what it means
but i found the greatest gift wrapped in your salvation
it’s really much more simple than it seems

so i relinquish all my witty observations
leave my so called sacred knowledge at the door
when you died you answered every single question
you said you love me, you like me
and I am yours

my learning could go on throughout the ages
but i just need the plain and simple of what’s real
i could memorize and quote a million pages
but i’d rather just express the way i feel
all those complicated things have no appeal
so i’d rather keep it simple, keep it real
yes i’m done with all the things that make it
difficult to know

you love me, you like me
and I am yours