May 2007


news31 May 2007 11:11 pm

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01. DL drop (produced by Great Jason)
02. Idle Time (produced by Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas)
03. All We Know (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
04. Universal feat. Posdnus of De La Soul (produced by Madlib)
05. Choc. City drop (produced by Pigeon John)
06. Ball Bounces (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
07. C.rap (produced by CookBook)
08. I Speak (produced by CookBook)
09. Love For The Art feat. AWOL One (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
10. Break It Down (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
11. Friday Night Flavas drop (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
12. Passionate (produced by CookBook)
13. Copywrite (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
14. Get Out The Van (produced by Overflo)
15. Soul Bros. (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
16. Tour Bus (produced by CookBook)
17. We Came From Beyond drop (produced by CookBook)
18. Church (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
19. Up Down (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
20. Girl, Interrupted (produced by CookBook)
21. You Mash Up (produced by FLYNN ADAM)
22. Global Takeover (produced by CookBook)

that is all for now…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed31 May 2007 10:35 pm

i just recently watched the Superbowl again… i had it stored on my DVR and watched it as i pulled it down onto a DVD… (sounds fancy i suppose)… anyway, besides being a great game and all, it really struck me again during the post game commentary how much respect everyone has for both coaches…

Lovie Smith of the Bears offered viewers a remarkable example of losing with grace and dignity… so much so that he clearly didn’t lose even though his team didn’t win the game…

and Tony Dungy of the Colts… wow… complete humility… and it’s amazing to watch… completely captivating to see this behavior from one of the biggest platforms available in the country… it’s remarkable…

this chapter talks about remembering God in the good times… letting our victories glorify Him and the difficulties we face in doing just that… it’s easier to remember Him in the hard times when we want something…

peace… love… bdg…

news22 May 2007 10:38 pm

(insert exclamation points where ever you feel so inclined)

Caedmon’s Call has announced via their MySpace blog that not only are they releasing their 15th album, Overdressed, on 28 August, and not only will it be on INO Records, but… Derek Webb is returning to action as a member of the band…

Regarding the album… “Overdressed is a 12 song cd collection unlike any other Caedmon’s Call record, organically acoustic with emphasis on rhythm while maintaining cleverly-written lyrics. All songs were co-wrote between Andrew Osenga, Randall Goodgame, Derek Webb and Webb’s wife, musician Sandra McCracken.”

Full disclosure and more relevant information can be found at the aforementioned blog entry, CaedmonsCall.net, INORecords.com or CaedmonsCall.com (is that enough?)

i’m sure that there’s more to report, but that’s the BIG news…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed22 May 2007 03:50 pm

Okay, i’m starting to fall a bit behind, but we’re continuing forward… this chapter talks a bit about the story of Moses, the early figurehead of deliverance, since he was the leader of the Israelites as they were led out of Egypt…

the point is made that Moses was prepared to be the leader of this deliverance, because he himself had been delivered… and in fact a pattern of deliverance had been established in his life from a very early age… i’m not entirely certain that i agree with the spotlighted quote here, “A great leader can’t lead where he hasn’t been led before”… but i’m sure it’s simply meant to tie into the experience piece of last chapter…

It’s funny how we always end up needing to be delivered though, isn’t it? for all our advancements, and for all our attempts to control the world around us – even to the point of assuming the role of global deliverer – we can’t avoid the realization that we’re oppressed in our own way and that we need the Messiah…

the greatest revelation of the grace and glory of God is the redemption and deliverance of us sinners…

peace… love… bdg…

reviews17 May 2007 02:53 pm

Being Canadian, it’s only natural that Josh managed to introduce me to Hello Kelly… i’ve since enjoyed listening to the group’s EPs and consistently mislabeling them Hello Kitty…

well, now, they’ve finally “arrived” and are officially signed to 7 Spin Records with a late summer release planned for their debut full-length release… right now though, i’ve got a quick look at the Green Things Grow EP which is the latest from them…

the first song is called “My Girlfriend” and fairly straightforward riff, simple chord progression and a half step tempo drop during the chorus… at least it feels that way… it’s slightly awkward in that sense, but it’s not as bad as the timing in the second song, “The Communication Breakdown” which doesn’t ever seem to sync… like watching a DVD where the words don’t quite match the moving lips… the music sounds a lot like “The Time to Make It Good” which was one of my favorite of the older songs…

the final track is called “No Time for Tears” and it’s a softer sound, a bit poppier and the chorus has a nice ring to it… the vocals are a little better and they actually do fit the rhythm of the song quite well… I’m not sure which if any of these songs are going to actually make the full release, but regardless… i’m excited about the upcoming material… you should be too…

This EP is available on iTunes under the name Wait for Dreams EP (with a 4th song of the same title) and the older album is available song-by-song (minus the Tom Petty cover) as Modern Day Fades Away

More Hello Kelly Fun: Walk TRu of Modern Day Fades Away

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed17 May 2007 12:11 pm

i like the quote that’s spotlighted there… “He uses our scars as beauty marks…” of course, they knew that it would be a popular quote, so that’s why it’s spotlighted… i’m just noting it, because it’s one of the could that have actually stuck out to me…

anyway, this chapter is about how our personal triumphs and failures (mostly failures) enable us to reach out to those who are coming in along facing similar problems or struggles… basically, no on can minister more effectively than someone who has been in the same shoes…

now, this touches a little bit on a sore subject for me as it ties in with sharing your testimony… i always had a problem sharing my testimony, because it’s not much of a testimony… well, actually, it’s more than it seems on the surface, but the point is that people place such a higher importance on testimonies that have shock value or is fraught with sensationalism… it becomes a competition and it almost (if it doesn’t) encourages people to run off the deep end, before they get saved so that they have a better story to tell…

there is a Biblical principle at play, i suppose, where i think Jesus says, something like: she loves much because she has been forgiven for much, but he who is forgiven for little, loves little… that’s in regards to the prostitute and i think it’s more about how much we recognize that we’ve been forgiven… we’ve all been forgiven of much, but we don’t all admit it…

anyway, i’m way off track… this chapter is about using our experiences to become more effective ministers… i think it applies to everyone – even those of us with “boring” testimonies…

this is also the halfway point of the book… halfway… yikes… it’s all downhill from here… (i mean that in a good way… i think…)…

peace… love… bdg…

front page&inTRuviews&iTRu-nes&reviews15 May 2007 01:37 pm

Got a few updates over on the mainpage… last week, i got some album reviews knocked out (still have a few more coming)… you can check out my thoughts on Building 429 and The Sound of New Breed… in the coming days, i’ll be putting down thoughts on Neon Horse, Rush of Fools, Article One, Newsboys, Theory Hazit, and Flatfoot 56… so stay TRu-ned for that…

There’s also a brand new iTRu-nes playlist loaded up on the front page and as an iMix over at iTunes… definitely check that out as this month’s list include TobyMac, K-Os, Derek Webb, Lovedrug and more…. and don’t forget to head over to iTunes and rate the playlist so i can keep up with your tastes and keep the coverage in line with that…

And finally (for this update)… i dug back a little bit to December when i interviewed Urban D… just last week saw the release of Urban D’s book, CD and DVD all titled Un.Orthodox and i had spoken with him about the projects and balancing cultural relevance with spiritual accountability… Since the interview was initially intended used in a piece i wrote for the pages of HM Magazine, there’s also a bit of history behind Urban D and Crossover Community Church, where he is currently the Sr. Pastor… pretty good conversation all in all…

Plenty more coming down the pike… so, as always, keep it locked…

peace… love… bdg…

news14 May 2007 10:33 pm

BEC Recordings is pleased to announce the return of Seven Places, the pop-rock group that that brought us Lonely for the Last Time and Hear Us Say Jesus, the same group that everyone thought had retired, is now planning to release a worship album, called Glowing on 5 June… some sneak peeks are available now at MySpace.com/BECRecordings

Also returning to the scene is Sarah MacIntosh, former lead singer of Chasing Furies… She’s recording and planning a new solo album with an unspecified title and an unspecified release date… BUT, what is for certain is that there are some new songs up at her MySpace page

The Fold has a new album due out on 22 May called Secrets Keep You Sick and you don’t have to wait a week to hear it… it’s steaming right now at MySpace.com/TheFold

Last but not least… Mars Ill is offering a great deal on their fine CDs… if you order from their website, MarsIll.com you can get any 3 titles for just $25… which is possibly 20 bucks off… don’t miss it…

keep it locked…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed14 May 2007 04:02 pm

When i was growing up, the big scare within the Christian sub-culture was the “new age movement”… and not to write that concern off as frivolous – i’m sure that there have been plenty of folks who fell victim to the arguments presented by this belief system – but as i look back on it now, it seems like it was just another distraction, blown out of proportion…

i distinctly remember writing up a paper for health class regarding the concept of what was called “Creative Visualization” (the belief that your thoughts and desires shaped your reality)… i laced that paper with absurd conclusions and biting sarcasm all with the hopes of proving to the teacher, a firm believer in such things who had led the class in group meditation exercises as part of the mental health part of the course, that she was foolish for believing what she believed…

i bring this up, because the topic of declaration – and i’ve seen this addressed many other places – seems at face value to be the Christianized repackaging of Creative Visualization… now that’s a very superficial look at both viewpoints, but this “declaration” aspect of faith has been misused to support the whole “name-it-and-claim-it” religion that we’ve seen preached from various pulpits… and the potential – if mistreated – is that our faith is reduced to nothing but a spiritualized mantra that invokes a magical genie who will in turn grant us our wishes…

On the flip side, i’d be remiss to ignore that there is and must be a mystical aspect of our faith and that indeed the Bible does give some serious weight to that which we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts… and in the spirit of giving David the benefit of the doubt, that is where we find ourselves in this chapter… we explore this notion in some greater detail here and come to recognize the importance of knowing what God promises and accepting those promises…

i kind of feel like this is the second chapter in a row that i’ve landed a bit on the critical side of things, but i want to also point out that the passage from Eccl. included here is great, but does not prove the point that David asserts it to… the terms are paired together simply because they’re opposites… there’s nothing much to extrapolate there other than that the author uses a common literary device to show the broad variety of activities for which time allows…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed10 May 2007 01:23 pm

i have to admit, on first read, this chapter seems (in my opinion) to contradict the chapter about accountability… i suppose there are some subtle differences here, but i’d say that the two in combination put friends in a difficult position…

before that, however, it builds nicely off of the Suffering chapter, with a personal account of a time of suffering… and a Job-like situation where someone confronted him, accusing him of hiding a sin which had in turn caused the situation…

so here’s the thing, though, David encourages us to never miss an opportunity to just shut up… and not confront one another… that seems to go against the policy of accountability… and i’ve been in that situation myself, where a good friend has made some really bad choices and it’s a very fine balance of knowing how to show support while at the same time pointing out that some things could’ve been done differently to avoid this predicament…

i’m all for being a good friend and standing by offering a shoulder for support or encouragement, but there’s more to being a friend than that… it is all about balance and i guess i’ll leave it at that…

peace… love… bdg…

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