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1. Ryan Adams has a new album coming out.

2. 18,000 jobs were created in the country in June. Over half were created in Wisconsin.

3. Here are the details on the 20th Anniversary Edition of Achtung Baby.


4. You love his chicken but did you know all this about General Tso?

5. If you are going to call a group of people “terrorists”, you might want to ask yourself, “Wait…how many terrorists is my boss friends with?”

6. 45 years ago today, one of the greatest albums ever was released.

7. My old pastor and preaching hero is wise.

8. Realpolitik in the church.

9. The 30 best music videos ever.

10. Here is a timeline of all that going on with SGM and the controversy there.

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1. My friend Anita has some great non-sentimental, realistic, hopeful mom-writing on her blog. Check out Overwhelmed By Blessing.

2. Enjoy them but just know Farmer’s Market Can’t Change the World.
3. What about “The Blogs“, defenders of SGM/CJ Mahaney keep referring to?
4. Some reality on one of the plans for dealing with America’s debt problem.
7. Has Mission Become Our Idol? Part One and Two
9. As I type this I am waiting to buy tickets to see Adele live in the ATL. Here is her incredible performance at the 2011 iTunes Festival.
10. I know I’m not ‘supposed’ to like Ann Coulter but sometimes we all need a little perspective.

Random Thoughts for Thursday

1. It’s been 10 years since I heard U2 live. Is it like riding a bike?

2. I feel sorry for Pacifists. Cause the Bourne movies are awesome. And Star Wars, Shenandoah, The Godfather and Saving Private Ryan. Of course they do have Bambi.

3. I’d be better at Angry Birds if my kids didn’t need to eat a ridiculous 3 times a day.

4. Finding out John Lennon was a closet Republican has made my week. It’s my double fantasy.

5. Wasn’t feeling very Southern, so I ate some fried pickles last night. Helps.

6. Sometimes I just sit and watch my kids playing. And sometimes I just stand there and watch bacon sizzling.

7. Do you think the makers of the Star Wars prequels thought, “Well, Mark Hamill couldn’t act and look at how well those did?”

8. Emotions are poor substitutes for facts.

9. It is a special day when as a Dad you realize you’re 2 year old son can make crashing noises with his toy cars.

10. On the 4th (sorry Pacifists) I’ll be smoking some ribs (sorry vegetarians) and I’m not sure which I’m looking forward to more, the smoking or the eating (sorry Damerons).

Midweek Music: 10 Albums I May Be Listening To In 10 Years

I would highlight a new artist but all I really want to listen to is Adele’s newest album. So here are 10 albums from 10 different artists I think I may be listening to 10 years from now:

1. 21 by Adele – I can’t stop listening to this album. It gets better every time I listen to it. It’s a sonic, vocal and musical masterpiece.

2. Moondance by Van Morrison – Flawless throughout, I never tire of these songs. So many moonlit nights had air filled with the sound of Van singing these tunes.

3. Live at Royal Albert Hall by Bob Dylan – This is easily my favorite Dylan album. These 2-disc piece of history marks his move from acoustic troubadour to bluesy pop icon.

4. Abbey Road by The Beatles – Genius.

5. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday – Lady Day’s last recording, recorded just weeks before her death and released just after, it is a stunning, hypnotic piece of art. Though technically not her best singing, it is her singing that makes this one her best.

6. Blue Train by John Coltrane – Almost every sermon I’ve ever preached should should this album as a footnote.

7. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys – I get chills every time Sloop John B starts. Every. Single. Time.

8. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen – Americana. Gothic. Haunting. Beautiful. Stories.

9. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield – I’m not sure there would be a Duffy or an Adele without Dusty. Every song is incredible and full of heart-rending soul-deep beauty.

10. Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin by Ella Fitzgerald – I bought this on my birthday while living in St. Louis.  Autumn was in full swing, winter winds not far behind. And I can’t listen to this album without that moment. That was 10 years ago.

Sure, I could list more…what are some of yours?

MIdweek Music: The Jennys, Dylan and My Favorite Christian Band

I get asked a lot bout what I am listening to. Maybe I should use this Midweek Music thing to share what I have been listening to over the past week…

I’m actually listening to The Wailin’ Jennys at this very moment and have barely let up since discovering them a few weeks ago.

U2 continues to be my favorite Christian band. 😉

“What Can I give back to God for the blessings he poured out on me?”

I’ve also been enjoying Dylan’s The Witmark Demos.

A week doesn’t go by when I am not listening to The Beatles.

And last, my kids love these guys…

What are you listening to?