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2-for-1 David Crowder*Band :: Church Music

September 29, 2009


They are who I thought they were

Drew’s Perspective:  So DC*B came out with a new cd. Once again, they are on their game. Everything I’ve come to expect from them. This album is filled with both catchy hooks and deep lyrical content. And of course musically they’re fantastic.  Some highlights for me are the songs “The Veil”, “How He Loves Me”, and the cover of Flyleaf’s “All Around Me”

Despite all that I find myself just feeling lack luster about this cd. It’s good, it’s deep, it’s catchy…but I find myself wanting more. Perhaps, because I lead worship every Sunday, I was hoping for more that we could reproduce in worship. Maybe I’m just a music snob. Maybe I’m just not a big enough Crowder fan.

I think most people will enjoy this album. I will certainly listen to it again, and maybe even use some of the songs in videos, etc. But from a purely listening experience I’m glad I borrowed it.

Fred’s Perspective:  I’ve been tracking wth DC*B since the independently released “All That I Can Say” album, and I can honestly say that I appreciate this Crowder offering for different reasons than anything previous.  Listening to this album on a road trip is an experience as there is no lapse in between tracks.  Crowder and friends seamlessly lead us on a journey into the presence of one who “loves us”. 

I love the irony of this album entitled Church Music, it is as if Crowder is standing there daring worship leaders everywhere to come after him if they truly want to replicate this sound for local congregations.  (Drew you can reproduce this music.  All you need is a few Macbooks and a violin player.) 

Recently I heard from an old high school buddy who said, “By the way, David Crowder is pretty crazy looking, but I like his music…thanks for turning me on to him.”  Opening up the demographic is DC*B and for that I am grateful!


100 words on October

September 28, 2009

octoberIn order to jumpstart this blog again, Drew and I (Fred) decided on some new posts.  Our first effort, is something called “100 words”,  and the format is pretty self-explanatory. 

Our first “100 words” is on the month of October.  With each new month, there are new opportunities and challenges within the realm of youth ministry.  This is the month where we finish up our Fall Family Festival plans and make arrangements to visit the corn maze, but what are your students encountering in October that they don’t face in other months?

/Post Homecoming / before Thanksgiving / Halloween / harvest /

The leaves are falling!

July 21, 2009


pre-practitioners read and review

December 11, 2008

2896897645_47837f0072i stumbled upon this yesterday as i was surfing some blogs. it’s an ebook by Mark Driscoll. it doesn’t look too long so i thought, for all those who wanted, you can download it for free and read it. then we can have a pre-practitioners discussion here on the blog. i’ll put a post up next week about it and whoever reads it, please comment. get the book in pdf form here.

(*Note* review will be coming in January, life gets busy around the holidays)

Something ‘neue’…

December 3, 2008

Hey Practitioners community…we scour the web looking for resources.  Actually, I was sitting here with credit card in hand ready to purchase the premier issue of Neue Magazine (a quarterly 200+ page resource for ministry leaders) for $15.

I found a website that I’ve never been to before, thus it’s neue to me,  You can find all kinds of publications to flip through.  A proverbial virtual Barnes and Noble magazine rack.

I’m attaching a viewer of the ‘Neue’ magazine.  Browse the Table of Contents and see if there anything that interests you.


PYM/09 Announces Reading List

November 25, 2008


coffee talk with Drew and Fred ::3::

October 22, 2008

Patriotic v. Christian

The Patriots are marginal this year with the loss of Tom Brady, however citizen patriots are coming out in droves as the impending election is upon us.

Here at PYM we love political commercials. We approve the message that they send in bashing opposing views. Personally, we’d like to see Obama commercials set to music like “This is why I’m hot” by Mims. Or McCain commercials set to Mariah Carey’s “Hero”.

America is where being patriotic means being a Christian. After all, our money contains the phrase, “in God we trust” right? We sing, “God Bless America” at the 7th inning stretch. God bless America? God has. (Bell & Golden, Jesus Wants to Save Christians)

This is beyond ‘church and state’. It’s about the individual viewpoint of allegiance to a flag or a kingdom? So how should Christians conduct themselves in matters of politics and patriotism? Read more…