Category: Top 5

5 Things I Had to Unlearn About Christianity

Unfortunately, there are times when good intentions are not enoughand the church is one of those places where this is most true.  The church attracts such a wide assortment of people with such a wide breadth of expectations, that it is very easy to even subconsciously inject your own personality into the words you share or to perpetuate half-truths with whole-hearted conviction.  Which is why I had to unlearn a few things I would have sworn were gospel truth.  To start, Paul said it best…

“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.  The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely…”  Philippians 1:15-18

Not every one who misinterprets a verse should be condemned a heretic, and few who take up the title of teacher are saints.  Here are my top 5 things that I was led to believe, consciously or subconsciously, in good intentions or ill, throughout my years in the church.
1)  Every verse stands alone and is written to me- Continue reading

5 Tips for Improving Your Church

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I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church in the heart of the “Bible belt”.  I was educated in Christian elementary, middle, and high schools.  I went to Grove City College, a liberal arts Christian College in Pennsylvania.  I had and have Christian parents, friends, teachers and mentors.  And the world is completely justified in saying that Christians are terrible people (bet that wasn’t where you saw that going).  Now before you have an aneurysm, I am not saying that all Christians are awful.  I am simply saying that the majority of people who call themselves Christians are not living lives that even begin to reflect it.   I am even lax to call myself a Christian, not because of shame or fear or because I am not, but simply because describing myself that way means immediately having to dig myself out of a hole of preconceptions and judgements.  And that’s just terrible.

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Top 5 Justin Timberlake Moments

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I must admit, I am quite the Justin Timberlake fan.  When I accidentally stumbled across the news of his new single coming out (I happened to find it literally within 20 minutes of the release), I bought that bad boy so quickly there weren’t even comments on ITunes yet.  So, in anticipation of the new album, I had to throw together a quick post for all those nostalgic fans who, like me, are counting the days.

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5 Tips for Sharing Your Beliefs

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Between the incredible progress of technology and social media inundating our lives, we now live in a world where anyone can have a voice.  The problem is that everyone uses it.  I remember Dr. Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park saying “You’re so busy asking if you could, you never stopped to ask if you should”.  That’s one of the biggest problems facing the world today, in the corporate world, the scientific community, society as a whole and each of us individually; should we.  I hate to be that guy, but “with great power comes great responsibility”.  So as I begin to use my own voice in this world, I try to remind myself of these 5 things. Continue reading

5 Tips for Better Stage Presence

Any internet search on “stage presence” will get you a long list of repetitive common sense, surrounding a few gems of wisdom.  I’ll cut to the chase and give you a quick top five of tips I stumbled across through my experiences. Granted I’m no performing master or professional, but I’ve done enough shows to catch a few things I wish I’d known before the first one.


1)  Record Yourself – This combines being prepared with gaining confidence in your movements.  I would bet my left leg that once you see the film and how you actually look, you’ll rethink a thing or two.

2)  Wear Light Colored Shoes – A minor detail yes, but if you’re the kinda guy who moves his feet a lot, the bright colors make your movements look even more exaggerated.

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Top 5 Tips For Guitarists

I’ve spent hours online searching through hundreds of articles on how to get faster, better, and more accurate at guitar, and gotten the same message repackaged over and over again:  play scales slowly, then build speed.  And yeah, that’s sound advice, but boring.  Now, over the course of weeks and months, I’ve found a few things that hindered and helped me keep guitar alluring.



1)  Not Neglecting The Pinky:   He’s a weak little piggy, but somehow manages to hold his own on most pentatonic scales.  The problem came when adding more major and minor scales.  Luckily I stumbled across a few exercises to help with it.

2)  Using thicker picks: Some of you may have figured it out faster than me, but switching just from mediums to hards made scales much easier, especially on acoustic.

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Top 5 Things I Would Send to a Deserted Island

I’ve been asked many a time “If you were trapped on a deserted island, what 5 things would you want with you?”  What 5 things couldn’t you do without?

So I thought to myself “What 5 things could I/this earth in general do without?”  What and who would I send to an island void of hope, comfort and joy?  Here are my musings…


1.  Male Underwear Models: Buying boxers is pretty much just a martini away from a gay experience.  Who is the demographic they’re trying to reach?  They’d do better to put a female model wearing men’s boxers.

2.  The Bottom Feeders of YouTube: A bit wordy but stay with me…every once in a while I stroll though my living room and see the piles of VHS tapes filled with hours of family memories and adolescent tomfoolery.  And I see what remains of the shoulder-mount camcorder that made you ask “is this worth putting on film to remember forever?” every time you stretch and Atlas that bad-boy.  But now, with a camera in every pocket, purse or cell phone, no one has to ask anymore; and even that would be ok if YouTube wasn’t full of this cinematic dribble.  Now I enjoy an amazing basketball shot or a teenage freakout over Justin Beiber as much  as the next guy, but it has gotten out of hand.  I think it’s safe to say that if your descriptions starts with “sorry, I was sick…” , “don’t judge me”, or “sorry for the quality”, you probably shouldn’t be sorry.  Your parents should be sorry, for allowing you to poison the human race for this long with your special breed of dumb. Continue reading

5 Sure Fire Ways to Stay Awake and Alert

When you’ve got a paper due, a test to study for, or a midnight encore presentation of Sharktopus to stay awake for, sometimes a double shot of expresso, a Mountain Dew or a pixie stick just won’t cut it.  This is when you have to dig deep into yourself and see just how far you are willing to go to stay awake… Continue reading

Top 7 Moments of the 2010 Video Music Awards

I’ve dedicated this blog to moments in music, but tonight, it’s moments of the 2010 Video Music Awards in LA.

  1. Eminem: a cappella this man just spews emotion and charisma. Oh yeah, and I think Rihanna was there…
  2. Justin Beiber/Usher:  clearly Usher is working with him; it’s like the before and after.  As much as I hate to say it, I’m curious to see Beiber’s progression.
  3. The Jack Ass commercial: sure it might be a guy thing, but I’m excited.
  4. When Don’t Stop and California Gurls played back to back and I couldn’t tell they changed the song…go back and listen…it’s barely even a remix
  5. I think the world would implode if Gaga wore something normal.  Gaga in a pant suit may signal the apocalypse.  13 nominations, you think she’d find something she could walk in.
  6. Taylor Swift taking the high road…between that and Aziz Ansari’s intro, I think it’s clear someone somewhere thinks the Kanye joke is over.
  7. Hayley Williams.  I think she sang or something, but…those shoulders do something to me…

Vote Hayley Williams in 2012

5 Reasons the Next Generation is Going to Hate Us

There’s nothing like an indignant infant to make you ponder the world as it used to be.  Granted the 90’s weren’t utopia, but 10 years later, it only takes 5 min on Youtube or cable TV to make you miss it; and to make you wonder what future generations are going to think of our contributions to “civilization”.

Of course there are plenty of good things, but it’s much more fun to list 5 reasons why the next generation is going to hate us… Continue reading