New Year’s Ramble

Hi readers! After a two week break I’m back for another year of blogging. I just want to reflect back on this year and talk a little about the next.

For me, this year has been one of the best. In fact, I’m having trouble remembering a year as great as this while I sit here. Not to say the years before were bad, quite the opposite, but the Lord has done so much and taught me so much, it feels a lot more significant in the grand scheme of things. And of course, I finished my final year of school, so that might have something to do with it.

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Top Albums of 2014

I cannot believe how amazing this year has been for music. There has been so many good albums that I’m going to list fifteen of my favourites leading up to my album of the year. I’ll list the albums from great to just outright mind-blowing. To save this post from becoming incredibly large, I’ll only include a brief description of each album. I’ll note that this is going to be a pretty diverse list.

15. Sanctus Real: The Dream

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Sanctus Real is one of the best CCM bands out there, and the Dream is a fine testament of that. Filled with catchy, uplifting and worshipful pop/rock songs, the Dream is one of the best CCM albums of the year.

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The Armor of God: The Helmet of Salvation

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It’s time to dive back into the Armor of God! Today I want to take a look at the Helmet of Salvation. Since I’ve already talked about salvation in a previous post, for this I’m going to look at it in the context of the Armor.

First we need to remember that the Armor isn’t for the unbeliever. The Armor is for those who have already received their salvation. It protects believers in the battle against the enemy, and the enemy’s biggest weapon? His lies.

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Mitch Langley: Grace Defines Me, Review

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Mitch Langley is an independent worship artist who is more than capable of fitting into the modern CCM genre, and from that alone, it shows promise. Sometimes independent artists can succumb to the trap of bad production and quality, in both music and album art. Thankfully, Mitch manages to bypass both of those traps to create a fine CCM worship album. Unfortunately for some, that can be good or bad.

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Tell Me Your Thoughts (feat. Lucas Munachen of Luc’s Novelties)

I recently did a youtube collaboration with a blogging friend, EJ Olsen, from the fantastic blog, We/Are/Mirrors, on his youtube series, Tell Me Your Thoughts. I really enjoyed taking a part in this series and I want to thank EJ for having an interest in my blog and writing, it means so much. So without further ado, here’s the video.

I hope you enjoyed it! And I highly recommend taking the time to check out EJ’s blog, We/Are/Mirrors. It’s a very thought provoking, well written, and inspiring blog featuring interviews from authors and musicians, original short stories (which are brilliant, and if you only read one thing, read his stories), and recently he’s been giving away EP’s for the Christmas holidays. You can currently enter to win the one of EJ’s top six albums by commenting on the Twelve Musics of Christmas post, so I highly recommend you do that.

So here is the link to We/Are/Mirrors

And here is the link to the We/Are/Mirrors youtube channel

God bless, and thanks for reading (and watching!)

Top Seven Christian Artists

The year is coming to an end, and soon I’ll be making my top ten albums of the year list, but first I’d thought I’d write a list of seven of my very favourite Christian artists. I’ll give a brief description of each and a few sample songs.

7. Switchfoot

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Switchfoot are just one of those bands that continually make great records . Blending a mix of rock and pop with a surf/beach atmosphere makes Swtichfoot easily one of my very favourite bands in the Christian scene. My favourite album by them will always be the Beautiful Letdown, but others such as Vice Verses, Fading West, and Nothing is Sound are equally amazing in sound and lyrics that reflect and connect with the Christian’s life.

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