May, 2013 Archive

Some of you know that one of my hobbies is trying to discover new music that doesn’t get heard on the radio. I really enjoy sharing new music finds with others, some of the best music isn’t what you hear getting played on radio stations today. For that reason, I’ve put together a list of some of the songs I’ll be listening to this summer, as well as a link so you can hear it for yourself.

I’ve tried to divide this list up into three sections – Praise and Worship, Alternative, and Hip-Hop. There should be something for everyone. This by no means is an extensive list, and I tried not to repeat the same artist more than once (for those that are consider them my favorites). It is safe to assume that if I’ve put them on this list, I’d recommend buying the entire album.

In no particular order, here are the songs I’ll be listening to this summer:

Praise and Worship

  • Ascend the Hill – How Great Thou Art

Whenever this song goes into the final verse I am tempted to put my hands up and sing at the top of my lungs.

  • Kings Kaleidoscope – Come Thou Fount

  • The Sing Team – Satisfied in You

  • Jimmy Needham – Great Is Thy Faithfulness


  • Young Oceans – I Will Be Still

  • Ascend the Hill – Power in the Name

  • Will Reagan and the United Pursuit Band – Break Every Chain

  • The Vespers – Better Now

  • Least of These – Filthy Man

  • The Modern Post – Grace Alone

  • Loud Harp – Hold Me Together

  • Kelley McRae – Brighter Than the Blues

  • Judah and the Lion – Sweet Tennessee

Basically a clean version of Mumford and Sons. The below isn’t the same song, but you get a taste of them never the less.

  • Jimmy Needham – Stay

One of the prettiest songs I’ve ever heard.

  • The Gray Havens – Train Station

Love the message on this one.

  • Ghost Ship – Poison Tree

  • Citizens – Oh God

  • The Autumn Film – Enough

Hip Hop

  • Amp – People’s Song

Just about everything by these guys is super fun.

  • Andy Mineo – The Saints

  • Beautiful Eulogy – Anchor/Beautiful Eulogy/Entitlement…everything

Seriously…if you don’t have every Beautiful Eulogy song out there…you’re way behind.

  • W.L.A.K – Abny

  • Shai Linne – Election

  • Trip Lee – One Sixteen (Remix)

Great verses by all the artists featured on this remix.

  • Rhema Soul – Off The Edge

  • Reconcile ft. Corey Paul and Canon – Ride

  • KB – Zone Out (Amped Remix)

If you haven’t heard the original Amped album by the 116 guys from 2006, you really need to.

  • Timothy Brindle ft. Beautiful Eulogy – Restore My Vision

  • Jordan Lara – Strength in Weakness

This guy walks a fine line of rapping scripture from Paul’s perspective. The result is really good.

  • Trip Lee – No Worries (Beatles Remix)

DJ Offical did a remix album last year, with 4 or 5 Trip Lee songs remixed to The Beatles. They’re all fantastic.

  • Derek Minor – Get Buck

One of my favorite hype songs.

  • K-Drama – Get Your Weight Up Remix

Need a song to get you motivated to work out this summer? Here it is.

  • Beautiful Eulogy/Theory Hazit – King Kulture

  • Trip Lee ft. Jimmy Needham – Take Me There


The paper writing is coming to an end, the books are closing and exams are being graded. Seminary: Year One is officially coming to a close. As I look back on my experience over the past 9 months, I can’t help but reflect on the things I’ve learned and grown from in my time so far. Some of these things were expected, many were not.

I’ve taken some time to list out a quick list of my reflections. In no particular order, here are the things I’ve learned in my first year of seminary:

  1. Completing classwork with excellence is very time-consuming and requires an incredible amount of sacrifice.
  2. Knowing that you’ve put your best effort into what you’re called to is genuinely rewarding.
  3. I am eternally grateful for the support and encouragement of friends and family.
  4. The local church is a beautiful thing.
  5. Prayer for the global, visible Church of Christ is necessary.
  6. I did not know everything because I owned an ESV Study Bible.
  7. Pride is a snare and trap that leads to destruction.
  8. Some of my most memorable experiences have been when I was able to witness my professors shed tears over real life circumstances – ministry, loss, and pain (I am grateful for humble professors who lead by example).
  9. More rewarding and fruitful than dropping theology on others is encouraging them and spurring them on in their sanctification.
  10. The less theology I knew, the more I tried to prove my worth to others. The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know.
  11. I used to hate tangents from professors in my undergrad degree, as it often felt like a waste of time. Hearing tangents and soap-boxes now are very rewarding, as it comes in the form of passionate preaching over something that breaks the heart.
  12. Working on what you are passionate about isn’t work at all.
  13. I’ve realized that the sacrifices of my time to devote to my studies also requires the sacrifice of those closest to me.
  14. Balancing full-time work, school, church involvement and relationships isn’t any easier nor does it make any more sense than when I first started.
  15. I am more often wrong than I am right.
  16. Seminary education has led directly to fear of judgement of man.
  17. Seminary is the perfect environment to breed hard-heartedness if you allow it to be.
  18. I could not have finished with excellence without the support of my beautiful fiance.
  19. No matter how much knowledge and ability to explain things is acquired, it is still the grace and mercy of God that illuminates the heart.
  20. Theology word vomit must be refined into concise speech.
  21. I am continually challenged by my peers.
  22. Opposition means nothing to me.
  23. Glorious truths, twisted by wolves, is both angering and profoundly saddening.
  24. Dead languages are fascinating.
  25. The Scriptures are far more intricately connected and tied together than I can possibly comprehend.
  26. There is always another point to consider.
  27. The urban seminary classroom is packed with incredibly bright people far more intelligent than I – surgeons, doctors, engineers, etc.
  28. God’s grace and provision are too great for words.
  29. I desperately need said grace.
  30. Balancing what I want to read with what my professors want me to read is difficult.
  31. Study without prayer is rarely fruitful.
  32. Theology is nothing if not applied.
  33. This is definitely where I am supposed to be.