Between the Beauty & Chaos Blog Tour

Check out Aaron Ivey’s new release Between Beauty & Chaos. It is available now on iTunes.


The new full-length album centers around God’s faithfulness and beauty, and the church’s response to injustice, poverty, and orphans. The 10 song album reflects a heart for the Kingdom of God here and now, between the beauty and the chaos.

New Music: Capital Lights

Recently I discovered the group Capital Lights on TVU music videos. Capital Lights is a Tulsa based rock group. Their song Outrage gets a lot of airplay. They are preforming this week at Cornerstone Festival (Bushnell, Illinois) on Wed July 1st. On July 4th they will be appearing with The Afters and Phil Stacey at the Funtastic Fourth in Big Spring, Texas.

Don’t Skip the Third Verse

Ever had one of those moments when you read or hear something and just thing Wow. Well that happened last Sunday when we were singing O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing. The third verse just really hit me. I’m sure I’ve read it before but I guess I hadn’t thought about the words. Of course, it was the third verse, the one that gets skipped a lot.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

Christ’s death not only bought my salvation but set me free. I’m have freedom and am no longer bound to the old stuff and junk in my past. Yes, I know it isn’t a new revelation but sometimes it is good to be reminded of the basics.

Found this video of David Crowder teaching/playing his arrangement of O For a Thousand Tongues to sing. He tells some of the story behind the hymn.

I think that Cyber Hymnal has all 19 of Charles Wesley’s orignial verses. I didn’t count them all but it certainly has a lot of verses most that I have never seen before.

Top 10: Best Burger Joints

top10#10: Sonny’s BBQ (Florida based chain) – Sonny’s barbecue is at best average but they make a good burger. One of the cool things about their burger is the number of free toppings available.  Oh, be sure to get the sweet tea.

#9: Sonic - Yes, I really do like Sonic. I like their burgers, tots and cherry limeades.

#8: Dairy Queen – Let me clarify that I am talking about the full service restaurant that is common in Texas and Oklahoma not the little impostor kind found that doesn’t serve burgers. DQ burgers are supposed have names like Hunger Buster, Belt Buster and DQ Dude.  They also have pretty good steak fingers.

#7:  Chili’s, (Chain) – While Chili’s menu has changed over the years they still have a good burger.

#6: What-A-Burger, (Texas Based Chain) – One of my favorite chain burger places.  There is something about the taste of their burgers on Mrs. Baird’s buns that I really like. Unfortunately, most of the What-A-Burgers in Florida closed recently.

#5: Adam’s Rib Co. (Gainesville, FL) — Like many barbecue places Adam’s makes a mean burger. It is reasonably priced and quite yummy.

#4: Storm’s, (Central Texas) — Storms is a small family owned chain with locations Lampasas, Burnet, Hamilton, Kingsland and Marble Falls. The original location opened in Lampasas in 1950 as the Dairy Cue. They have good burgers, shakes and steak sandwiches (chicken fried, not the Philly kind). One of my favorite things used to be their coconut fried pies. They were shaped like little mini pies and deep fried. Unfortunately, they changed this several years ago.

#3: Kincaid’s Hamburgers, Ft Worth, TX — Originally, Kincaid’s was a grocery store. In the mid-1960’s, meat cutter O.R. Gentry began serving burgers to use up extra hamburger meat. As Kincaid’s popularity grew the grocery counters were shortened and table like-shelves were added. Currently, Kincaid’s has several locations.

#2: Sandwich Inn, Gainesville, FL — Sandwich is a drive thru burger dive with good prices and even better burgers. Be sure to get a vanilla shake.

#1: Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Ft. Worth, Texas — Started out as a neighborhood place in the South Hills neighborhood but have since opened other locations.  The burgers and oninon rings are made fresh. My favorite is the Candian Burger. They