Random book suggestion of the day

If you haven’t read Answers to difficult bible texts, by author Joe Crews… you should. This is a really great book.

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With this recommendation throw on the table, I just wanted to mention that I have added a new book suggestions page to the site with the layout revamp. Be sure to check that page out. I’ve already got a few books posted on that page. If you have any books you would like to recommend for me to check out, you should send me a message.

Graphic Design skill still in the pocket

It feels good to see my meager graphic design skills still getting used in the music world, let alone for Christ’s sake at that. Today I put together a flyer for a show coming up in Nebraska for a few of the bands associated with the label I recently signed my latest release  (Ignorance is Woe) with, Raven Faith Records.

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The label has been really great to work with so far and it feels good to get my hands dirty again doing design work, even if it is just on the side here and there. So far I have gotten to do a few major things like a few album covers and tour posters, and bandcamp layouts… as well as a few little things, like the flyer you see here. I think it would be pretty cool down the line to get my fingers wet by having a crack at maybe even doing some merch designs for the label as well. It’s been forever (way back to my tour days) since I designed my last t-shirt. Surely, one of the Raven Faith bands will need something along those lines sooner or later.

If you haven’t checked out the other bands and my brothers and sisters in Christ on the Raven Faith Records roster, you should!

And, if you’re in Nebraska… go to this show and donate to the flood relief.

Crazy how quickly time moves forward

Good morning internet world.

I don’t know about all of you, but I have a lot going on in life right now. Buying a house… selling a house… building a family and raising a 5 year old… etc. The other day my son and I for some reason were talking about an old dog that I used to have named Captain that lived on the road with me while touring State to State. So, I pulled up some old photos from my tour days to show him the dog. With that, I began reminiscing about the different things I found myself getting into while living the tour life. Here are some of the old photos that I managed to find from back then.

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We really are only here for a moment. Make the best of your moment. My prayer is that I raise my family right in the sight of God while reaching out to lost sinners for Christ’s sake the best I can before now and the end.

Because, it’s going to be here before you know it.

One way to make the best of it would be to check out these old songs from back then. You can download them for free on my Bandcamp Page.

Turns out I created a New Music Genre

Brandon over at Victims and Villains (an indie music review established in 2016) reviewed my new three song EP release, Ignorance is Woe. And what he had so say was an encouragement to say the least.

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I’ve gotten some good reviews in my life, but this one is definitely in the top 10 for sure. It turns out, according to Brandon, that I have created my very own genre.

A Martyrs Oath released their newest EP title “Ignorance Is War” on March 1st of this year. Pat, the man behind it all did something very different here combining instrumental progressive metal-core with clips from a sermon by Dr. Kent Hovind. And therefore putting together Sermon Jams… or what I’m going to call, Sermon-Core. The clips he used were from Dr. Hovind’s first lecture in his Creation Seminar. 

Let’s just say that I have decided to full on embrace the term.

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For the full review by Brandon, you can check it out by clicking here. I also recommend surfing their site further as well. They are big advocates for suicide help prevention.

Social Media & promotion’s poor choices

A while back I posted a blog about shutting down my social media accounts. And yet, here I am with them live again. I spent the last month doing the “promoting racket” on places like Twitter and Instagram. But, I am going to have to be honest with myself here. I just don’t really feel like it’s worth the time.

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Now, I realize that its somewhat of an oxymoron to have a website with the intent of promoting a project while refusing to really hit the “social marketing” strong on those types of platforms. I get it, I really do. But, let’s face it. That just isn’t where my time needs to be spent. By having these accounts, and constantly being active on them I find myself wasting a lot of the day, my face down glaring at my phone. And when I’m not promoting something with a new post or adding followers, the resulting conundrum is that I find myself scrolling these accounts with no genuine purpose.

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I look around and it seems like people don’t know what to do with themselves anymore unless they’re face palming a mobile device of some kind. And, I just don’t want that to be me. And here’s why…

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.Psalm 101:3 

If promoting my personal projects on social media means that I have to subject myself to viewing the nonsensical sins and perversions of the world in the process, is it really worth it? Because, the way I see it is… what you see becomes what you think. What you think becomes what you say. And, what you say becomes what you do.

With that, I have come to a conclusion to resolve the issue while maintaining the social media platforms for what they are. I have decided that I am going to keep the accounts active for anyone that does want to follow on an alternate platform outside of my personal site. But… the conclusion is this; if I have no one that I am following, there will be no reason for me to feel the need to scroll the accounts when I could be doing something better with my time.

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The question then, would be… what is my time worth rather than surfing social media?

I can think of a lot of things. Studying scripture. Spending time with friends and family. Being creative. We live in a world of cell phone social media addiction. And, that’s just not me. And if backing off to a large degree on “self promotion” to break away from a habit that I’m not interested in forming, such as what I see all around me in the personal lives of others… then so be it.

In closing, the social media accounts are staying up. And I will post to them regularly for the sake of promoting existing personal projects. But, my days of following others for the sake of entertainment are over.

I’ve got better things to do with my time.