Friday, September 12, 2014


Just finished reading the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Joshua” by Charles Price. I had a few thoughts and decided I’d post them here.


Chapter 2


One big mistake Christians make is to think that Rahab sinned when she lied about not knowing the whereabouts of the Israelite spies. Rahab was doing the right thing in this case.


The Bible contains several instances where lying is deemed acceptable. The Hebrew midwives lied in Exodus and were blessed for it, there was acceptable lying in Judges, David lied once, and even Jesus lied about not going up to the Feast of Dedication.


Of course, nobody considers the fact the spies would have had to lie about the reasons for seeking out Rahab’s house. Obviously, the spies wouldn’t have told the Cananites their true intentions. Here is how I picture the conversation going:


Spies: Hey, you know where a couple weary travelers can find a good time?

Cananite: Yeah, Rahab, she’ll put you up for the night. She’ll see you get taken good care of.

Spies: Thanks.


Chapter 6


The part of the wall on which Rahab had her house must have remained standing, falling after Rahab and her family were safe.


Chapter 7


Though Achan’s sons and daughters being put to death along with Achan does seem harsh, for one thing his children were probably grown. For another, they were probably accomplices in Achan’s sin. Here is how I picture it going down:


Daughter: (Sees Achan burying stolen goods) Hey Dad, what are you doing?

Achan: Oh, I’m just burying this stuff.

Daughter: Isn’t that from Jericho?

Achan: Well, yeah, it is.

Daughter: Well then, that garment is supposed to be destroyed, and that gold and silver is supposed to be brought before the Lord and put in the treasury for Him.

Achan: Oh come on, honey. That whole city was filthy rich. The treasury has more than enough wealth. They won’t miss this stuff. And this garment, it’s of extremely good quality. Just look at it. We’ve destroyed everything else from Jericho and put all the rest of the precious metals from there into the Lord’s service. He’ll overlook me keeping this stuff.

Daughter: Well, I guess you’re right. All right, Dad, just as long as you think it’ll be OK.


Chapter 8


Though God’s command to destroy everything in Ai may seem extreme and harsh as well, this command illuminates how sin contaminates and affects everything, including animals and inanimate objects.


Chapter 9


This chapter confuses me. I realize one of its lessons: that we may still have to live with the consequences of sin even after we repent, but it seems to me that, since making the peace treaty with the Gibeonites in the first place was a sin, they should have killed them all in the end anyway rather than having to abide by the treaty. I don’t understand why men of Israel were punished in later years for killing Gibeonites, since to my way of thinking they were only carrying out what God had told them to do in the first place.


In Old Testament times, promises were taken a lot more seriously, but what constitutes a promise? These days, we often casually say that we’re going to do something for someone, but we usually don’t really mean it, or else it’s something we’d like to do for that person if we can find the time. If we were living in Biblical times, Would we have to keep every single little thing we had idly promised someone?


This Sunday,  September 14th from 2 pm until 5
At The Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in  Stirling.
The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing  music...
This Sunday afternoon at The Black Dog in Stirling. We’ll be playing music  there for about 3 hours. Welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge  and restaurant, our music is appreciated.
Once a month on Sunday afternoons. The format is a ‘song circle’ with the  lead changing from person to person among the group. Everyone has the option to  offer a tune when their turn comes around, or pass to their neighbour if they’d  rather. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc. some will  choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and  listen.
We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends; for  sure there will be some new faces too.
“Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s all unplugged and  it’s all good! Guitar, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle,  accordion, flute, celtic harp – the list goes on.
“Could be only 4 or 5 of us, or there may be a whole room full of  musicians, A place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike. A good  bunch of people playing all kinds of music together. People in their teens all  the way through to proto-geezers. Maybe even an incipient-geriat or  two....
“The blues does not rule. We play any acoustic music from punk to  polka!”
(Baritone sax and tuba set up in the parking lot....)
Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in Stirling.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


First, out of British Columbia, it's Babykins, so-called because they used to sell cloth baby diapers.

Next, out of Oakville and serving across Canada, it's Healthwick, which has reusable and other kinds of products.

Finally, serving the United States, it's Parent Giving, which has reusable and other products, as well as many other items for the aged.


Magic Bronson played the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon and their last release, the Nor'easter EP, spent five weeks on the CMJ Top 200 charts. Since then they have been hard at work writing, recording, and producing their debut full-length record in a vintage studio in the woods of Northern California.


Magic Bronson will be on tour this month to promote their upcoming albumset to release on November 4th on War Cry Records. From their live bass and looping effects to jumping and flailing on stage, Matthew Lieberman and Michael Nicastro's live energy is definitely not to miss!



Sep 19th Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Big Data

Sep 20th Las Vegas, NV @ Gold Spike

Sep 28th Los Angeles, CA @ The Roosevelt (Spare Room) Burning Ear Showcase w/ Pr0files

After listening to a bit of this album, I can say I find the lyrics catchy, thought-provoking and well-written. The music is catchy as well and makes you feel glad you listened.


Here's another post from Gill.

Over the last couple of days a song by Allan Jackson has floated around my head like a raft on a stormy lake.  I am uncertain of the title, but it goes "where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?`

  On That Day

In 2001 I was 21-years-old, and living here in Hamilton, I was engaged to be married, and feeling old before my time.  I slept in that morning, and awoke at eight-forty-six unaware of events outside my room let alone in the world at large.  I went about my have-to-dos, all the while semi-noticing that there was a quiet heaviness around me.  I also was starting to be in the grips of a migraine headache.

  New York Is Burning

Like I said my day was plotting its course, and my migraine was trailing along like an annoying sibling.  My intended burst through my apartment door to let me know that something horrible had happened.  At first I didn't believe him, because he had been known to tell stories, but when I changed stations later, I realized he was telling the truth.

  Since Then

I broke the engagement, moved to another suburb of Hamilton, and am happy to say my life has plotted out a different and better course.


So to quote the song, where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?

Ms. Gillie off for now

Monday, September 8, 2014



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Friday, September 5, 2014


Milliionaires is the second full-length release from this unique father and son lineup consisting of Rick and Stephen Barton.


You may recognize a familiar sound from Rick Barton as he was the guitarist and founding member of Dropkick Murphys. Continental's sound is an upbeat blend of country, folk and punk rock with personal yet relatable lyrics and just the perfect amount of sweet shredding guitar.

"1000 Miles" has a great alt-country feel to it. 



A veteran of the New York music scene, Chancius honed his live performance skills playing to crowds in the New York City subway system where he first started selling homemade demos. Fans of his music began to recognize him on the street as the subway musician with the striking vocals and memorable song lyrics. It was at this point that Chancius lent his vocals and song writing skills to the electro-rock outfit Automatic Duo. During his tenure as front man, Chancius toured towns and cities up and down the east coast. His soon to be released LP Bando is an 11 song an album that tells a tale of self-discovery and the meaning of being human in the 21st century.


 Throughout the album, the echoing influences of David Bowie, The Killers  and Flaming Lips can be heard weaved into Chancius' original songs. The single “A Piece of You Wherever I Go” is a catchy upbeat tune filled with dreamy guitar harmonies alongside mid-century battle styled drumming patterns. The track's lighthearted lyrics call to mind the everyday things that we tend to take for granted.


 Bando is an alternative rock concept album (a sci-fi opera if you will) centered around a character who in the process of cheating death, discovers what it means to survive beyond. The album's examination of what humanity means allowed Chancius to step out of his comfort zone when it came to writing and recording all the material. Instead of solely relying on his guitar to bring his songs to life, he decided to bring in his guitar as an accent piece after he had laid down multiple instrumental parts. “I wanted there to be some kind of continuity," says Chancius, “which meant looking at the story that I wanted to tell as a whole and then deciding what pieces needed to be fleshed out and in what order did they work the best in”.

 Chancius’ album Bando will be available September 23rd.


 Lyrically, "A Piece of You Whereever I Go" is excellent and musically it is wonderful.
Visit Chancius' website here.