Archive for May 2009

Reading Challenge Update Apr/May

May 23, 2009

Sorry I’ve been so lax with the updates, my fellow readers! It seems that there is quite a bit to do around a church from Christmas to Mother’s Day – WHO KNEW? So the delay is 1 part “too busy to post” and 3 parts “too busy to read”, so it would have been embarrassing to post and let the world know I had fallen way behind!

Anyway, here’s the latest things I have finished up.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker
This book is simply a must have for any Dad who has at least one daughter. It took me a long time to get though it because there is so much good stuff to process and absorb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Rodney Dangerfield: It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs
I’m a sucker for old showbiz books. Especially biographies. There are tons of life lessons in there for anyone who cares to find them. I enjoy finding the hidden gems in a person’s life and experiences. It’s not for everybody, but if you’re a biography fan it’s a pretty good, quick read.

I was hoping to have these further along by now, but c’est la vie.


Do You Guys Ever Sing Christian Music In Church?

May 17, 2009

Lately on Oakbrook’s YouTube channel, we’ve gotten quite a few comments along the lines of this particular fellow:

dmatthewsfan: Not only is it a bad cover, but do you guys ever sing Christian music in church?

This sort of amazes me, because if you’re an actual attender of Oakbrook, you know that the vast majority of music we do is worship music and/or so-called, “Christian Contemporary.” But I do understand the confusion. These commenters DON’T go to Oakbrook. On the YouTube channel, the more secular “covers” that we do get a lot more views and attention than the other stuff. This is understandable. The fact that a church would do a Dave Matthews Band, U2, Coldplay, Beatles, Linkin Park, Marvin Gaye, Martina McBride, or Montgomery Gentry song is, obviously, somewhat controversial for a “church.” The fans of these artists are constantly trolling the internet for interesting cover versions of their favorite music, too. (Mostly so they can leave nasty comments about how bad the cover versions are!)

So the thought occurred to me to post some of our more “sacred” YouTube clips and put them all here, on one page, where they are easily accessible. My intention here is not to defend Oakbrook or our programming approach, but just to be a resource for fielding these kinds of questions from people who genuinely want to know the full scope of what we do.

The following are some of my favorite “God-centered” songs we’ve done recently. Enjoy!

God Is Alive/Sing Sing Sing

Everlasting God

God Of This City

Praise The Father, Praise The Son

Awesome Is The Lord Most High

True Love

Desperate People

Because Of Your Love

Great Light Of The World

How He Loves

Still Alive

May 16, 2009

I’d just like to say that I’m still alive, even if I haven’t posted in a while. I’m awaiting inspiration 🙂