Top 25 Songs for the Week of October 20, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

3. Every Morning by J Mascis
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 10, 2014
Album: Tied to a Star
Released: June 10, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

5. Hideaway by Kiesza
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 16, 2014
Album: Hideaway – EP
Released: July 7, 2014
Genre: Dance

6. Take Me to Church by Hozier
Last Week: – (reentry)
Tweeted: March 27, 2014
Album: Take Me to Church
Released: December 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

7. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

9. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

10. Too Long I’ve Been Gone by Dom Flemons
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: September 23, 2014
Album: Prospect Hill
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Folk

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Because You Are a Commodity by Jessica Hagy at Indexed

It’s 99.999% boring until the BOOM by Jessica Hagy at Indexed

Top Ten Qualities of High Performance Teams by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

7 Ways to Thrive with a Bad Boss by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Spurious Correlations at tylervigen.com

Garlic & Herb Potato Skins with Crispy Prosciutto and Arugula at KitchenSimplicity.com

Marriage Isn’t Dead — Yet by Ben Casselman at fivethirtyeight.com

Top 10 Sermon Introduction Mistakes by Eric McKiddie at Pastoralized

All Men Should Be Farmers [satire] by Elesha Coffman at Chrisianity Today: Her-meneutics

 

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of October 13, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Every Morning by J Mascis
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: October 10, 2014
Album: Tied to a Star
Released: June 10, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

3. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 12
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

5. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

6. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

7. Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version) by Bill Withers & Studio Rio
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 7, 2014
Album: Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Released: May 12, 2014
Genre: Jazz

8. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

9. Hideaway by Kiesza
Last Week: 17
Tweeted: September 16, 2014
Album: Hideaway – EP
Released: July 7, 2014
Genre: Dance

10. Too Long I’ve Been Gone by Dom Flemons
Last Week: 13
Tweeted: September 23, 2014
Album: Prospect Hill
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Folk

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Why You Need More Art in Your Life (and 5 Ways to Get It) by Michael Hyatt at MichaelHyatt.com

Husband or Wife? The Partner Whose Happiness Matters More For The Marriage by Dr. Jeremy Dean at PsyBlog

Everything You Need to Know About Time Management by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Martin Wolf’s Grand Theory Of Global Financial Disorder by Andrew Flowers at fivethirtyeight.com

The Economic Guide To Picking A College Major by Ben Casselman at fivethirtyeight.com

What a Strange Phrase by Jessica Hagy at Indexed

The High And Low Points For Every NFL Team by Neil Paine and Allison McCann at fivethirtyeight.com

Z Is For Zebra — 90 Percent Of The Time by David Goldenberg at fivethirtyeight.com

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Judges 16 – Care and Feeding Instructions For a Leader

One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.” But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron. – Judge 16:1-3

Der geblendete Simson by Lovis Corinth (1912)

25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. – Judges 16:25-30

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As a kid in Sunday School they probably taught about Samson once a year. It was always a very sanitized version of the story, and I do not recall the teacher ever reading any of it out of the Bible. The lesson always revolved around Samson losing his powers when his hair was cut and then getting his powers back when he asked God. I look back in horror at the teacher who taught that Samson was analogous to Jesus in that he sacrificed himself, and the teacher that taught Samson got his powers back because the Philistines allowed time for his hair to grow back.

Samson was a horrible person who did very bad things, and that is how we should teach him. He was faithless, deceptive, arrogant, self-centered, and hot-headed (to name a few traits).

Many people are called into leadership positions. Frequently leaders use their power and authority to work in the best interest of those around them. However, there will always be leaders, like Samson, who use their position to visit prostitutes (literally or metaphorically), pick fights, and bring about destruction. These leaders may be moving the group in a desired direction; but their failures will ultimately cause harm to the group

As Christians we need to be careful in the selection and maintenance of our leaders.

  1. Follow God’s Leading – Do not pick the person you think should be your leader. Pick the person God is calling to be your leader. God knows more than you know and God knows more than I know. I have seen destructive individuals placed into leadership because people thought they knew what kind of leader they needed when in fact God was calling someone else. If you find yourself playing politics in church, then you are not following God’s leading.
  2. Pray – Pray for your leaders before you know who they are. Pray for your prospective leaders when deciding who should lead. Pray for your leaders while they are leading. Pray for your leaders after they are gone. Your relationship with your leaders does not begin when they show up and does not end when they leave. It is eternal in both directions.
  3. Require Accountability – Many leaders do not like being accountable. Some leaders will even establish policies which give the appearance of holding them accountable, but which truly exist to avoid accountability. Require that your leaders be accountable to someone. A leader either needs to choose a suitable accountability partner or be assigned one.
  4. Do Not Allow Destructive Patterns – One mistake is a data point, two mistakes is a pattern. If a leader repeats the same mistake, they should be removed from leadership.

Samson could have been a great leader. He had the abilities and gifts to be the greatest Judge the Israelites had ever known. But Samson squandered his gifts and abilities. He engaged in sinful behaviors which brought shame and destruction on Israel. Samson had no accountability and he knew it. Samson was a horrible leader and those in leadership today should learn from his example so we do not repeat it.

Application:

  • Work with the leaders in your church to establish a leadership training plan.
  • Write down all of the leaders from your past and present; then pray for each of them.
  • Write down leadership positions in your life and church; pray for the future leaders in those positions.
  • Write down the potential future leaders in your life. Do one thing this week to encourage them.

Queries:

  • Do I regularly pray for my past, present, and future leaders?
  • Do your leaders have an adequate system of accountability?
  • Have your leaders established destructive patterns?
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Top 25 Songs for the Week of October 6, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version) by Bill Withers & Studio Rio
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 7, 2014
Album: Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Released: May 12, 2014
Genre: Jazz

2. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

3. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

4. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

5. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

6. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

7. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

8. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

9. Every Morning by J Mascis
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 10, 2014
Album: Tied to a Star
Released: June 10, 2014
Genre: Alternative

10. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 19
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

The Awkward Age by Elif Batuman in The New Yorker

Hypocalcemia & Pregnancy Toxemia in Goats by Leigh at 5AcresAndADream.com

Why Everybody Needs a Mentor and How to Find One by Chuck Lawless at ThomRainer.com

The High And Low Points For Every NFL Team by Neil Paine and Allison McCann at FiveThirtyEight.com

I’m Glad I’m Not the Same Guy Who Wrote Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller at StorylineBlog.com

How Pastors Get Hired Today by Joel Hathaway at TheGospelCoalition.org

How to Criticize a Preacher by David Murray at HeadHeartHand.org

20 Problems with Progressive Christianity… by Matthew Paul Turner at matthewpaulturner.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 29, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

4. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

5. Change Your Ways or Die by The Cactus Blossoms
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: September 5, 2014
Album: Live At the Turf Club
Released: December 5, 2013
Genre: Folk

6. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. I’m On Fire by Nico Vega
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: September 2, 2014
Album: Lead To Light
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. The Death of the Self Preservation Society by Two Cow Garage
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: September 10, 2014
Album: The Death of the Self-Preservation Society
Released: September 10, 2013
Genre: Alternative

10. They Played Baseball by The Baseball Project
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 2, 2014
Album: 3rd
Released: March 25, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Why Your Peer Group Matters More Than You Think by Michael Hyatt

The Exaggerated Death of Inflation by Kenneth Rogoff at Project Syndicate

Americans’ Access To Food Can Vary Widely By State by Andrew Flowers at FiveThirtyEight

Here are just a few of the areas where Christians can be really mean! by David Hayward at Naked Pastor

Data Breaches in the U.S. from Bloomberg Visual Data

‘Nones’ Are Your Business by Kyle Rohane at Leadership Journal

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 22, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

5. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

6. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

7. I’m On Fire by Nico Vega
Last Week: 19
Tweeted: September 2, 2014
Album: Lead To Light
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

9. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

10. Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On by Old 97’s
Last Week: 14
Tweeted: September 8, 2014
Album: Most Messed Up
Released: April 29, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Forgive yourself by Seth Godin

Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round.

Forgive yourself for being afraid.

But don’t let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.

10 reasons why law is easier than love by David Hayward at Naked Pastor

What if the monsters are “real” by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Top 10 ways to be tough by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 15, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

5. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: August 5, 2014
Album: Dirt
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Country

6. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

8. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

9. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

10. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

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