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Carl Kishbaugh2012/10/15I serve as the Global Pastoral Care Coordinator for a missionary ozginirataon. Concerning social media, I am assuming you are thinking about FaceBook, Twitter and others. About the only application I would think of might be to post resources or to alert our folks to links/videos. We do not use social media platforms for any personal work with our staff, because of the nature of those conversations and confidentiality.Carl

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In Tune

In the beginning God created this thing called music to glorify Him, an awesome power that could unite all of heaven in one song. Through all of the sin this world has seen, today music still perseveres on as one of the strongest, mind-altering powers in the universe. Sounds crazy for sure, but Satan sure hasnít let the power of music go unnoticed. Though your skepticism may stop you from reading the rest of this column, allow me to let you in on the secret Satan doesnít want you to know about.

Without getting into all of the offensive subject matter available on store shelves from whomever society deems the next greatest music star, itís definitely worth noting that there are plenty of positive, God-centered alternatives available. Whether your preference is Rock, R&B, or even a little Pop/Country combination, there are musicians out there who have made it their mission to glorify God with their talents. Even though they are sometimes hard to find, I will be happy to be your tour guide. Each month Iíll share with you three to four new albums coming from honest, Christ-loving musicians whose music will have a profound impact on your spiritual walk. Donít believe me? Try listening to these four artists.

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TobyMac’s Tonight

Christian artist tobyMac returned in February with his latest release, Tonight. While not groundbreaking, Tonight doesn’t fail to deliver a fair share of possible singles. Actually, “City on Our Knees” has already made a big impact on the sound waves. While he’s never released a sub par album, in reflection, I found myself underwhelmed by tobyMac’s 2007 release, Portable Sounds. tobyMac was used to following a formula on his albums, and he rarely strayed from it. But this time around, the songs on Tonight sound fresh, and they seem more accessible to non tobyMac/DC Talk fans.

On Tonight there are the fun crowd pleasers in the vein of “Boomin,” such as “Funky Jesus Music” and “ShowStopper,” albeit with less metal and more of a programmed sound. A soothing Caribbean pick-me-up that talks about our Father’s love is “Hold On.” There’s even the traditional appearance by TruDog, tobyMac’s son, who’s had a track on every one of his records since the beginning. This time TruDog offers his message “LoudNClear.”

On this album lead singers from Skillet and Relient K join tobyMac for two duets that yielded mixed results. “Tonight,” with Skillet’s John Cooper is surprisingly muted, but is easily the better of the two. “Wonderin” with Relient K’s Matthew Thiessen isn’t a bad song per se, but it doesn’t offer either artists’ unique sound, nor does it offer a blended tune based on both artists’ individual styles. Instead, it’s left somewhere in the middle of nowheresville

Overall, Tonight is a worthy follow-up to tobyMac’s last project. It’s stronger on spiritual substance than on being trendy, as tobyMac now, more than ever, isn’t hiding the importance of knowing our Lord and Savior.

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