Tuesday, October 17, 2006

another life update

It's been a while since I've posted on what I've been up to, so here it is.

After our district retreat last weekend, I have been slowly recovering and have finally caught up on my sleep. Other than the regular ministry-type activities there hasn't been any real exciting things going on (that's because Rachel is away at college at the moment).

I just saw a really good action movie: 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis. He played a real good alcoholic-aging cop. If you're in the mood for a good action-thriller, I'd recommend it. Also, the actor that played the alien friend in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is the other lead actor in the movie - and he does a great job.

I've been playing a game called Kingdom Hearts in my free time - it's really good and I'm about to complete it. That means I'll have time again to read... lol. I'm working on Barbarian's Way by McManus right at the moment, but does anyone have any other really good book suggestions?

This Saturday our youth ministry has their harvest party, so that should be fun. I'm doing a quick grow-out job on my goatee and I'm going as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. I just got to find a v-neck green t-shirt and I'll be set.

I'm looking forward to November since it's not only Thanksgiving (good food), but my birthday as well (on the same day!). I also get to see Rachel a lot more and our student ministry is taking a paint-ball trip at the end of the month. All in all, it will be a great month :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

music I'm currently listening to

Here are several albums I'm currently listening to:

Leeland - Sound of Melodies

This is a band that I would otherwise look over because I would lump them in the "soft rock" CCM category. I heard a lot of buzz about them and decided to pick up their CD. It's amazing. Great melodies and song writing. It's basically a worship album and it does a great job at bringing the listener to a reflective/worshipful mood. ****

Jars of Clay - Good Monsters

I never picked up their last album and I thought I was growing out of them, but I was really wrong. Their newest album is amazing! I love the variety of songs and their honest approach at songwriting. Jars of Clay really know their music - on this album they take it up another level with a slight bluegrass influence. There are some great sing-along songs as well as a song with the longest bridge I've ever heard: "Oh My God." I think this is their best work yet since Flood. ****1/2

Skillet - Comatose

I just picked this one up yesterday and if you're a Skillet fan, you'll love it. This album isn't quite as hard as their last effort Collide, but it still is very enjoyable. My first impressions of the album have been mostly positive - good songwriting, good enveloping sound and instrumentation and classic Skillet vocals with both guy and girl parts. ****

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My best friend is a daddy!!!

Jason Nelson is my longtime friend and was my college roommate. He and his wife just had their first child today. Their baby is 4 weeks early, but healthy. Evan Craig Nelson is his name! Be praying for Jason and Miriam as they venture into the exciting/scary world of parenting - and be praying for Evan that he doesn't have any health complications.
here's a picture of the little cutie