Jan 30, 2014 - Music    1 Comment

How to Have the Perfect Music Department Part Two: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

It has been said that music is the closest thing to a universal language that we will ever have.  It has a way of uniting people of different backgrounds, cultures, and social statuses.  It is the only thing that is able to transcend generations and speak to people of different ages.  Except when it comes to the church.

No greater battle has ever been fought in the church than that of the style of music played during a worship service.  Many approaches have been taken to try and fix this problem, but often times result in an even bigger problem. Read more »

Jan 27, 2014 - thoughts    1 Comment

Slow Down, You’re Driving LIFE TO FAST!

I was driving down the highway the other day thinking of all the things I needed to get accomplished before the weekend arrived.  I had tons of things zooming through my mind, when I realized that I hadn’t given God any of my time this particular day.  Immediately my thoughts shifted to what I needed to get done in my “spiritual life.”   In this fast paced society it’s really difficult to portion our time and live a balanced life.  Really, how much balance can we have juggling jobs, children, miscellaneous things pertinent to everyday living, alone time, “honey do”time…  WOW, MY HEAD HURTS JUST THINKING ABOUT IT!! Read more »

Jan 22, 2014 - Music    No Comments

How to Have the Perfect Music Department Part One: Use What You Have

There are often times when someone comes into our lives, and they completely change us.  Many times it can be a family member, a friend, a minister, or a complete stranger.  For me, it was a sixteen year old drummer who had no idea he would change my approach to music ministry forever.

Early last year, my regular drummer decided it was time for him to leave home and go out on his own.  While I was happy for him, I was also upset because I had no idea who was going to replace him.  There was no one, except for a young guy in the youth group with very little experience.  I had heard him play before and knew he was a long way from being able to handle playing during our worship services. Read more »

Sep 11, 2013 - thoughts    No Comments

Achievement or Growth

Being a teacher, I am often forced to be subjected to boring and useless professional development sessions. I will admit that during many of these sessions my attention gets diverted rather quickly from the speaker to something more pressing on my smartphone (i.e. Twitter). However, I recently sat through a session, the topic of which was a controversial issue among educators in my state, the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS). I will not bore you with all of the details, but in a nutshell this is a system where a teacher’s effectiveness is measured based on student test scores.

Let me quickly explain what the controversy with this method is. Those not working in the field of education may be quick to say “that’s good, if the kids can’t pass the test then the teacher didn’t do their job.” Teachers, however, will be quick to point out that there are many factors that go into how well any given student will perform on a test, many of which are out of the teacher’s control. So to answer many of the questions and to dispel many of the myths concerning TVAAS, our school brought in an expert to explain the process to us. Read more »

Apr 3, 2013 - Music, thoughts    6 Comments

The Worst Song Ever Written

If I were to ask everyone I knew to send me what they believed was the worst song ever written, I am pretty sure that Friday by Rebecca Black would be somewhere on the list.  It is quite possibly one of the worst songs ever written, and one of the most monotone songs I have ever heard, yet as I sit writing this blog I can hear the chorus running through my head in Rebecca’s shrill, non-interesting voice.  It will now probably be in my head for the rest of the day, even though it is only Wednesday. Read more »

Mar 30, 2013 - thoughts    1 Comment

Reinventing the Wheel

When it comes to technology, I am a do-it-yourselfer. I’ve have always been one that was willing to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty. Some may attribute this to my cheapness, but I hate to pay some else to fix something that I think I can handle myself.

Here are a few examples of what I am talking about. When I broke the glass on my iPhone I didn’t even think about paying someone else to fix it. I ordered the part and replaced it myself. When the computer I inherited at work was so infested with adware, spyware, and viruses that it was almost unusable, I didn’t call the geek squad. I became my own geek squad and cleaned it up. When I wanted to develop a website using php and mysql, I didn’t hire a programmer. I just dove right in.

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