There are two new albums I bought this week. Two in one week is rare for me. Both are a lot of fun to listen to and are getting great reviews. I suggest you pick'em up!
BUY TODAY --> The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers | CD with free download is same cost as download only. This album is a lot of fun, as are all TNP albums. And don't let the name scare you. It's from the mouth of a preacher. This music is really good and really fun.
GOOD MUSIC --> After the Video Music Awards last night I needed some real music. Whether you watched or not, here's real music. St. Paul and the Broken Bones with two live Take Away Shows. Amazing. First is the title track of their album Half the City and then an Otis Redding cover, "I've Been Loving You."
Time for some Friday photos. One from vacation and one from the first day of school.
Easily the best video for the ALS ice bucket challenge I've seen. Amazing.
I've been a Little League coach for the last 4 years. I've coached two championship teams for our local Little League. I've coached all stars. We've won an all star tournament. And I've also coached teams that came really close but couldn't finish. Winning is a lot of fun and what you shoot for, but sometimes getting really close is an amazing teacher and builder of character. I'm no great baseball coach though some of my teams have done well, but I love the kids and their families and caring about people sometimes takes you a lot further than skill and is more rewarding than winning.
Case in point. Watch David Belisle's post-elimination talk with his Little League World Series team from the New England region. You can coach good baseball as a jerk. I know guys who do that. But when a coach cares about kids, about families, it's something more.
STREAMING FREE - Ty Segall: Manipulator | Been listening this morning. Holy cow. The first 16:30 was great! Then somewhere toward the 17 minute mark I was like "Yeeeah buddy!" Or whatever. I've sampled Ty's albums but never picked one up. Public confession is over. Now time to remedy that. NPR, "Manipulator may have missed its chance to provide the soundtrack to a summer that desperately needed one, but that just means it gets to be the feel-good hit of the fall."
- Nirvana: Nevermind $1.99
- Nirvana: In Utero $5
- Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More $1.99
- Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion $5
- The Avett Brothers: Live, Vol 3 $5
BURNING UP MY iPOD
- Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear | A family favorite, multiple places to go for big hooks. It's thoughtful music that makes you belt it out on the chorus.
- FKA twigs: LP1 | A cool blend of sounds. Amazing reviews. Best comparison for me would be The Weeknd. But it feels like someone who has broken a mold. Warning: Not for kids.
- Spoon: They Want My Soul | Was agreeing with a fellow audiophile recently about how most of Spoon's music is enjoyable but nothing has blown our minds. It's the best Spoon album I've heard.
WHAT'S NEW - Charli XCX "Break The Rules" | When we understand the music of a culture, we understand the culture. Overstated a bit, but probably not all that much. Time to listen to Charli XCX's new track "Break the Rules." Not complicated, but will serve as an anthem for our kids this fall. It will be played loud on Friday nights at parties and dances. In a year with some pretty incredible pop songs, this is one of the best. But you might not like the words your kids will be singing.
The Good Book Company continues to show their seriousness about Scripture and Bible study with their God's Word For You series by adding 1 Samuel For You and Titus for You by Tim Chester. If you order soon, you get Chester's 1 Samuel and Titus bible study guides for each book free with purchase.
Other books in the For You series...
- Galatians by Tim Keller
- Judges by Tim Keller
- Titus by Tim Chester
- Romans 1-7 by Tim Keller (WTS has at a nice discount right now)
- A list of future titles, authors, and timeline for release
Other books, new or new to me, that I've just picked up or started reading...
For the Glory of God (Kindle, WTS) by Daniel Block | I was able to sit in the original seminary class that my friend, Dr. Daniel Block, taught on Theology of Worship. This book is the fruit of years of teaching this class. I've been asking him for years about when he would write this book and wondering at the good this resource will do, and I'm glad it's finally in my hands.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway | Certainly not new, but I'm reading through it and it's a delightful read.
Live (DVD/Handbook) by Rebecca Manley Pippert | The Good Book Company has sent me a copy of this DVD and handbook. It's for new believers and not-yet-believers. I haven't been able to check it out yet, but Tim Keller says, "These studies by Becky Pippert are clear and accessible, yet substantial and thoughtful explorations of how to be grounded and grow in Christian faith. They evidence years of experience working with people at all stages of belief and skepticism. I highly recommend them."
Can You Believe It's True?: Christian Apologetics in a Modern & Postmodern Era (WTS/Kindle) by John Feinberg | Just gifted this by Crossway and I'm excited about it.
Here's a favorite family tradition for the McCoy's...first day of school photos. Here's our new one taken this morning. I've added previous years below.
A ton of good stuff for cheap right now! Go buy a Kindle Paperwhite for a great reading experience and a constant stream of very cheap books that are well worth reading.
- King Solomon by Phil Ryken ($0.99)
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Hey all. I'm now a member of the Logos blogger team that is helping to get the word out about Logos products. So I am hosting a Punchtab giveaway for you.
Tyndale Ministry Collection (9 vols.). The winner will be chosen at random on August 18th and the collection will be sent to the winner’s Logos account. Don’t have an account? No problem! You can sign up for free here and download free apps to read your books on any device here. I use Logos on all my devices.
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Molly and I have been married now for 21 years. She is a joy to my heart and the harder life gets and the more she has to endure, the more amazing she is to me. Somebody pinch me. I think I'm dreaming. Read my essay from last year: The Wedding Vows 20 Years Later.
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- The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($0.99)
- Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99)
- Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson ($1.99)
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So this is one of the coolest songs I've heard this year. It's from a new album from The Juan MacLean coming out this fall. Crank it up!
Tim Keller on Romans 8:28-30 -- three reasons Christians have relentless joy...
- Verse 28: Our bad things turn out for good
- Verse 29: Our good things can never be lost
- Verse 30: The best things are yet to come
President of King's College and friend, Greg Thornbury, was in a discussion on music and culture for Christ and Pop Culture podcast. Listen here. I just listened and it's excellent, thought-provoking.
Members of CaPC ($5 a month) get far more free things than the cost of membership, including right now Greg's recent book in ebook form, Recovering Classical Evangelicalism (Kindle), Joy For the World ebook, new Gray Havens' song, other books, other music, a comic book, and more. Wowzers. Join up.
This might be the worst thing ever. How do my ears still function after that, Yoko?
Some massive discounts on important theological books...
- Evangelical Theology by Michael Bird ($5.99)
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One of those untouchable bands for me because of my connection with their first couple of albums during college has just been touched, with a flying leg kick, to the face. This is no gouda.
My current sermon series is about being an eternity junkie and seeking hard after forever, with eternity set in our hearts. We can't be satisfied in anything else. I'm preaching it because we need it, and because I need it. I need to grasp for and long after eternity.
- Living with unrealistic expectations
- Focusing too much on self
- Asking too much of people
- Being controlling or fearful
- Questioning the goodness of God
- Living more disappointed than thankful
- Lacking motivation and hope
- Living as if life doesn't have consequences
What do you think of the apology from Paige Patterson concerning admitting a Muslim student to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary? See his full convention message and his apology starting at 6 min and 30 sec. Seems to me it's both an apology and a defense, and I'm not sure how it can be both.
"Dear God, I violated a policy, but I didn't want to stand before you with blood on my hands."