Christian Music, New Record, and God’s Not Dead 2 with Duncan Phillips of Newsboys

Duncan of Newsboys

Lifest – Oshkosh, WI

Earlier this month, Newsboys performed at Lifest (which took place July 9-12 in Oshkosh, WI). Before the show, I had a chance to chat with Duncan Phillips, Newsboys’ drummer, and discuss common perception of Christian music, the new record the Newsboys are putting together, and God’s Not Dead 2. To see what he had to say, check out this video from Generation Arise’s YouTube channel! (http://generationarise.com/ is my website geared specifically towards teens and young adults.)

Fun Fact About the Members of Newsboys –

  • Lead singer Michael Tait grew up as a pastor’s kid. He had 8 siblings – 3 brothers, and 5 sisters.
  • Drummer Duncan Phillips uses Insanity to get in a workout. (Although I’m sure he already gets a pretty good workout any time the Newsboys perform!)
  • Sports are what goes on the tv in the Newsboys’ tour bus, and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstien loves hockey in particular! He plays it with other team members in Nashville, where he lives. His last name is on the back of his jersey, but people have a hard time believing it’s for real, and wonder “Who’s that guy?”
  • Guitarist Jody Davis doesn’t like down time, so he has taken to building guitars, which Newsboys have used in their shows. Zane Guitars let him know they wanted to do an artist model with him!

newsboys and me

 

Thanksgiving Family Fun

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Looking for something fun to do with your family this Thanksgiving? Check these ideas!

  • Watch a Thanksgiving parade together on tv.
  • Watch the first Christmas movie of the year.
  • Challenge your family to a game of Thanksgiving trivia! Click here for some trivia questions to get you started!
  • Listen to Christmas music as you start decorating the house for Christmas.
  • During the first Thanksgiving celebration, the Pilgrims and Indians challenged each other to various games and competitions. Follow this tradition by playing some board games with your family this Thanksgiving!
  • After Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table, and each share one of your favorite holiday memories!
  • Check out a book from the library, or look up some info online, and read about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians.

Which of these things will you do with your family this Thanksgiving?

From http://generationarise.com/thanksgiving-family-fun/.

Linking this post up with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully.

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Aren’t going anywhere, but want to have some fun this Labor Day weekend? Check out this list of ideas!

Movie marathon – Don’t feel like doing much, yet want to spend time as a family? Rent a few of your favorite movies, and have a movie marathon!
Visit the beach – Do you have a beach in the area? Head there for some summertime fun – before the school year is in full swing!
Go for a hike – Go for a hike, and enjoy spending some time in the great outdoors!
Bonfire – Have some friends over for a bonfire, and enjoy roasting marshmallows!
Outdoor game night – Play some outdoor games, such as ladder ball, Botchee, and croquet.
Cook Out  Head outside, set up the grill, and turn your dinner into a picnic in your own backyard!
Have some friends over to watch the big game  – Is your favorite football team playing this weekend? Have some friends over to watch the game with you!

Do you have any plans this Labor Day weekend?

5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation

5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation

Have you been really busy this summer? Longing for a break? Wish you could just go on a vacation?

Why not have a “staycation?” Clear your schedule for the weekend, and just relax and have fun with your family! Here are 5 ideas of things to do for some family fun during your summer staycation –

1. Have a movie marathon. Rent a few of your favorite movies, and sit down and watch them together.

2. Outdoor game night. Spend the evening playing outdoor games, such as croquet and Botchee.

3. Family Outing. Go somewhere in the area that you all enjoy. Visit the zoo, play a game of mini-golf, go bowling, etc . . .

4. Go on a picnic. Pack yourselves a lunch, and enjoy it outdoors!

5. Board game tournament. Choose a couple of your favorite board games to play together.

Which of these activities will you do as a family during your summer staycation?