Kid n Play?

so i cut my hair last week.
this was my original idea,
but i was advised to stay away from the flat-top


A Sonnet on Psalm 19

A Sonnet on Psalm 19

The glory of the Lord the heavens boast
The sky above proclaims His mighty word
And their exalted speech tells of their Host
There is no speech whose words exist unheard

And He has set a tent to house the sun
Which like a strong bridegroom comes forth with praise
Its faithful course reveals the Steadfast One
And not one thing can hide from its strong rays

The law of God blameless revives the soul
And his commands are right, the heart rejoiced
Much more desired than honey sweet and gold
And for our good, by them the warning voiced

My thoughts and words accepted in Your sight
When on Your grace and law my heart delights

It all started with Dana and her assignment to write a sonnet in Iambic Pentameter (use the link if you need) for one of her classes. She talked some of us into helping. This form of sonnet is what Shakespeare wrote a lot, and oh how we have a better appreciate now for that man. This was quite a challenge. So amidst the 4 or 5 folks engrossed in this sonnet encompassing multiple huge biblical themes, the idea arose on my side of the room (good call Emily) to split and write a different sonnet, with Psalm 19 in mind. So off all we went, with melodic songs in the background provided by Tom, and two sonnets were written (our Psalm 19 sonnet came to fruition a little slower, taking final form after a day full of editing emails). What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sitting around with friends writing poetry about our God and His word?? A great idea indeed, Dana.

For reference, the actual 19th Psalm is as follows...

Psalm 19, ESV
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
4Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.


Fun Classes at State

As I was perusing the possibilities of adding PE classes to my exhausting 6 hour schedule this semester, I ran across some fun options.



Advanved Clogging

Roller Skating

And just for fun, here is another picture of Tom...


Brian Regan Makes Me Laugh

Give this a listen.

And if you like it, you can buy a CD or DVD here.

Micah and Laura Wedding

Micah and Laura (Kern) Sullivan were married yesterday in Atlantic Beach. Micah and Laura are two of a large group of incredible friends that I had the privaledge of spending time with in the college years. They will be packing up and moving to San Antonio (move back this way soon!).

the newlyweds Posted by Picasa

ben and mary tennant, lost in the world of funk Posted by Picasa

mary won the dancing contest Posted by Picasa

rob and shelley campbell. two great friends that were married in may. Posted by Picasa

kevin and rachael tearing up the dancefloor Posted by Picasa

tom passaro in 10 years Posted by Picasa

dave holt in 10 years. i need more cowbell. Posted by Picasa

on the way down, we saw this truck. we counted, and there were 18,423 ladders strapped on it. Posted by Picasa


The Many Faces of Tom

Yesterday was Tom Passaro's birthday. He went to the beach all day so we couldn't really do anything for him. I figured the least I could do would be to share Tom with the world. Unlike me and most others that "play music", Tom is truly a musician, and he has one of the biggest hearts I know. But since I can't show you his heart on the internet, here are a few of the many faces of Tom that I have caught on camera the past few years...

distinguished tom

cool tom

feeling sick tom

lovable tom

sad tom

confused tom

strong tom

distressed tom

big hair tom

fancy tom

bearded tom

tom's fingers


CD Release Party

"Vaunted Pleasures"
CD Release Party

Wednesday, August 24th
7-8 pm
Providence Baptist Church (Delta Lake Center)

cost: FREE
join us for a concert and food (including Starbucks!)

Vaunted Pleasures CD: $10


The CD Is Here

The worship team in our college ministry at Providence has been working on a CD project this past spring and summer. (For a snapshot of what the recording looked like, see my post from July 6.) The actual CD will be out in a couple weeks, but we got the "master" CD back right in time to give it a listen at the retreat (see previous post).

this is the package that the CD arrived in. somehow the fedex guy found the house we were staying at, which is literally in the middle of nowhere, quite removed from any paved road Posted by Picasa

this is the artwork for the front cover of the CD. the picture was taken by pete artamenko. this is a picture taken at a weird angle of the actual picture. Posted by Picasa

this is the artwork for the actual CD Posted by Picasa

the front of the CD t-shirt Posted by Picasa

and this would be the back. the opening track of the cd is a paraphrase of this quote. Posted by Picasa

Providence Leadership Retreat

Thursday through Saturday, our leadership team within the college ministry had a retreat in the infamous, renowned city of Carthage, NC. We had a challenging, encouraging time of worship and "vision-casting" for the next year.

here is the entire group. notice tom, if you will. just cause he is tom. Posted by Picasa

nick and allison introducing the group to someone new who will be joining us in march (if you didn't pick up the inference, allison is pregnant) Posted by Picasa

nick, being the teacher that he is, using a simple demonstration to explain 'the fall' from genesis 3 Posted by Picasa

josh blinson and meg "soon-to-be-blinson". they like each other. Posted by Picasa