Archive for the Church Category

Mad Church Disease

Posted in Books, Christians, Church, Worship on January 28, 2009 by superman1224

madchurchdiseaseI don’t read! Don’t get me wrong I love to read but for some reason it’s easier to pick up the remote or the guitar (mostly the remote), than a book. However once the guilt of not being a well balanced individual overcomes me, I will pick up a book and if it’s a good one, I don’t put it down. This particular book is somewhat special to me however. After two years of watching this book unfold I finally got my mitts on it last night. It was such a cool process to get to know the author, read her blog everyday and watch the book come together. Us faithful blog readers even got to vote on what cover would be used for the book. This was a really unique experience. Truth be told this book could not have come at a more perfect time. As a christian who is only 27 and has already experienced 3 church splits and numerous church squabbles, this book has really spoke to my heart. It’s also perfect timing, as I start my journey as a worship leader. It’s filled with stories that take you through a wide range of emotions. One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re yelling at the people in the book like they slapped your momma. There is also a lot of good advice on how to deal with burnout…one of the number one killers of Christians, especially in leadership rolls. This book has already started to heal old wounds and has given me some insight on how to prevent burnout in my first ever leadership roll. This book is fantastic and I can’t wait to read more…

But as the great LeVar Burton always use to say “You don’t have to take my word for it!”

Klampert 2.0

Posted in Church, Me, Music, Worship on October 30, 2008 by superman1224

So my buddy Joel is running a little contest over on his new blog and I figured I’d take the time to spread a little love his way. Joel is one of the many great friends I have made through this blog. You should really check him out, especially if you are a designer and most definitely if you are a worship leader!

Confessions

Posted in Barry Bonds, Church, Confessions, God, Harry Potter, Me, Movies on July 18, 2007 by superman1224

1. Hate Barry Bonds, Love Jason Giambi.

2. I think Snape is a good guy.

3. I  have a passive aggressive side that tries to “teach” people lessons when I think they are being stupid.

4. I procrastinate

5. I get anxiety whenever I am given a big task to do, which leads to my procrastination.

6. I’m a loner that needs to be around people.

7. I downloaded a million songs on Napster when it first came out. I didn’t buy a cd for like 3 years.

8. I voted for George W…….twice.

9. I am VERY impatient.

10. I have a sixth sense that I am going to die at a young age.

What do you have to confess?

New Sackcloth Shirt Up For Sale

Posted in Church, David Crowder, Design, Graphic Design, Oh The Glory Of It All, Sackcloth, T-Shirt design, T-Shirts on June 20, 2007 by superman1224

This shirt comes from Psalm 140. Another Praise shirt. We should have this one up on the actual site soon.

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Lifehouse: Who We Are, Reviewed

Posted in Blyss, Church, Guitar, Lifehouse, Me, Music, Reviews, Top 5, Top 5 Songs Of The Week, Who We Are on June 19, 2007 by superman1224

bigger_lifehouse.pngThere are few things that I have waited for with such great anticipation. Lifehouse has always been one of those bands that I find myself coming back to again and again. Just when I have forgotten all about them they come back with a song that just sticks out and comes through with a lot of emotion. They also kill when it comes to soundtracks and songs for teenage mellow drama. Hey what can I say I dig sissy rock.

The new CD “Who We Are” is the band’s fourth offering and like the three before it blends a nice mix of rockin songs as well as emotional check lists. I went to Meijer at 2:00 am to get this badboy and I am so glad I did. Let me break it down for you right quick.

1. Disarray: Kicks off the album nicely. This is the sound that you expect from Lifehouse. It has a familiar feel. Slow and steady verse with a high tempo chorus.

2. First Time: This is the bands first single and I never got to hear it all the way through because they only had it on their myspace for a minute or so. Now that I have head it all the way I love it even more. Another great hit.

3. Whatever It Takes: This song is probably one of my favorites on the record. It’s the perfect “I messed up and I’m sorry” song. Again an emotional song.

4. Who We Are: This song is a little different from the rest of their songs. However it still takes off and and rocks. You just have to give it a second. Good song.

5. Broken: This song is a previously unreleased song from their Blyss days. This is another emotional/inspirational song. This is where they get back to their worship roots. It’s really about just hanging on for dear life to God because you know He is the only one who can save you. Really GREAT STUFF!

6. The Joke: This song really took me by surprise. I was like wow where did that come from? It has kinda a swing feeling to it. Really different but still really cool. I admire bands who try new things even if it is a risk.

7. Easier To Be: This song has an old feel to it. Like the stuff on their first and second record. The songs that were good but no one knew about. Musically there is some great guitar work on there.

8. Make Me Over: Back to business on this song. Jason really shows his vocal talent in this song. The dude can slide up and down like a yodeler. Good song but not my favorite on the CD.

9. Mesmerized: The CD takes a little slide here. I have only listen to the CD twice all the way through so this song still has to grow on me. Now a big fan of it. This is another song where they tried something different but with not as much success.

10. Bridges: Cd picks up a little here. They lay down some fat beats and march it out. Good stuff. Sounds a lot like the first record.

11. Learn You Inside Out: This song sounds like something John Lennon whould have wrote. It’s a lot of piano. Good stuff though. I really like the mood of it.

12. Storm: This is another song from the Blyss days. This song is so great. Another nod to worship. In this studio mix Jason starts the song by himself. It sounds like he is down in a pit. Slowly the piano comes in as he gets into the meat of the song. Great mix. Really happy they finally put this on a record. Lifehouse always finishes their CDs strong.

Over all I give the Vocals 5 out of 5 stars. Music 4 out of 5 (Only because they slipped a little with Mesmerized). Lyrics I give it 6 out of 5 stars. The dude can just write what’s on his heart. Nuff said. Now go buy it.

*****Update*****  Two things. 1 iTunes being the punks they are, are selling a song that is not on the CD! What the crap is that all about? Anyway, I bought it for 99¢. It’s called “If This Is Goodbye”. They’re lucky it is a great song otherwise I would be angry.  So make sure you pick that one up as well. Secondly, being the nice guy I am I am posting one of my favorite songs from the CD. It’s called “Watever It Takes”. Lyrically powerful song. Check it out!

http://www.rthawkins.com/music/whateverittakes.mp3″

Need your opinion.

Posted in About Me, Apple, Art, Church, Design, Sackcloth on June 12, 2007 by superman1224

sackclothlogovote-1.jpg A new company seeks your opinion. They are called SACKCLOTH. Please comment on which font you like A or B …and which color you prefer. mustard, orange, red, green.

An announcement will be made soon concerning what this is all about. Trust me You will like it.

New Designs

Posted in Art, Church, Design, New Music, New Song, Renovaudio on June 5, 2007 by superman1224

So here are a few things I’ve been working on.

Got Merch?: A merchandise company that my buddy Evan is putting together. These are little promo/business cards he’s going to be handing out to get the word out. Probably going to expand on this idea and create a series of promo items. But we’ll se.

Renovadio Concert Flier: Our church is putting together a fund raiser event to raise money for a trip to Richmond, VA. These are two different fliers that will be passed out around town.

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