May it be so…

September 21, 2009

Great video from one of my favorite bands, mewithoutYou.  Their latest album, It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright. is a gem.

Unfortunately, embedding is disabled, but please take the extra second & check this out:

The Fox, The Crow, & The Cookie


the double eagle

February 21, 2009

last night i had the privilege to hang out with 130 middle school students all night long at our annual all-nighter called “That Thing.”  we had a blast at the Kent State Rec Center for the night playing basketball, dodgeball, soccer, swimming, rock climbing, eating and generally being goofy.  as part of the night, we shared who Christ is through a little video that my pal, Derke Urey, helped me make.  Take a look & let me know what you think… Read the rest of this entry »


January 27, 2009

the Reverend Doctor contest round 2 (click here for explanation)…use this creatively in a presentation of some sort and get free things from me:

ht to ysmarko

message prep meets web 2.0

January 27, 2009

800px-web_2_0_map_svgsometimes i wonder if technology is more of a benefit or a detriment to my lifestyle and ministry.  it’s a cause of a lot of procrastination.  it’s a seemingly endless distraction for tangential pursuits.  as i’ve shared often publicly, it’s also been a significant part of the problem in my struggles with porn.  

but despite all of this, i haven’t given up on technology.  it seems to me that there’s too much potential, too much good if channeled properly.  in the last few weeks i’ve had some cool opportunities to use web 2.0 to my advantage… Read the rest of this entry »

what i want to be when i grow up…

January 6, 2009

for more music i enjoy, check out my life & times page…

music with meaning

January 2, 2009


Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” broke headlines this year with their outside the box way of delivering music sans brick & mortar shops & normal fees by making their album available online for whatever donation fans decided they wanted to contribute.  though not the first band to distribute albums on a donation only basis, they were the biggest (that i know of), and thus it brought quite a bit more press, particularly in light of the supposed demise of the record industry classic ways of distributing music.  

just the other day i received an email from MAE, a band that for a time was near the top of my favorite bands list. their release “the everglow” was, in my simple mind, groundbreaking for it’s use of album art, song flow, and overall experience to create more than just a collection of songs.  unfortunately i felt that their last album was a significant departure from this creativity and thoughtfulness.  but i’d never bothered to leave their mailing list, so every so often i get updates & usually dump them.  

however, this one caught my eye… Read the rest of this entry »


December 30, 2008


the church faces a seemingly endless series of challenges with each year it progresses.  new contexts & cultural shifts.  challenges to authority and tradition.  reinterpretation of doctrine and scripture.  and the list could go on.  oftentimes, these struggles are viewed only negatively, with the result being a walled-in version of God’s people that excludes instead of includes, that pushes people & cultures out instead of welcoming them in.  many advances that our world has experienced could be complimentary to our faith, rather than destructive.  like the established religion of the time rejected the concept of a round earth or an earth that revolves around the sun, so can we get stuck in our traditions and comfort ruts, be they in science, theology, music, or even technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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