Bad Health Despite Health Coverage

Since President Obama took office during his first term, we’ve heard a lot of acrimonious talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) most call “Obamacare”. The issue of healthcare for all or some promises to drive a wedge between Americans trying to decide where they stand on the issue. I won’t argue the merits either for or against but, an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, expresses the view that healthcare doesn’t of itself add up to better health, in fact on some levels there is a decline of health as he cited the experience of his uncle who became less active, consequently less healthy, after getting on Medicare.

Such news may not be headline-grabbing but, the view supported by this article is that good health rather, is the product of a lifestyle of behaviors, diets and habits that together create the framework that produces “good health”. Something that cannot be “mandated”. Dr. Gupta’s assessment of what he calls “baseline benefits” indicate its better to be insured versus having no insurance at all. Never-the-less, the focus of our attention on whether having access to universal healthcare as a panacea overlooks the greater problem which usually is a lack of personal interest in something as simple as exercise, proper hygiene, well balanced diets and adequate rest.

In 1969, during the Vietnam War, a battle was fought over a heavily fortified mound of dirt called “Hamburger Hill”. This particular skirmish caused a national outcry because it had no strategic value. After ten days of fighting, more than 1000 soldiers died, tons of ordinance had been expended, and excessive mission resources had been committed to a losing effort. Eventually the plan to take Hamburger Hill was abandoned and a different war strategy ensued. This is not to suggest that ACA is a modern day Hamburger Hill that ultimately will be deserted. However, “health” without a proper strategy will definitely not have “good” in front of it.


Frustration Abounds



Ever talk to a frustrated sound technician, Pastor, church member about the audio problem? I have, and its usually not very pretty. Over the years, I’ve witnessed many moments where the contention and disagreement would quietly (or loudly) divide members with some leaving disgruntled, searching for better sounding pastures.

Bad sounding audio is usually a mixture of equipment malfunction, operator error, speaker placement or electrical issues, all of which can have a devistating affect on an otherwise pleasant worship experience. Not to worry, there is help. Don’t let your frustrations continue unaddressed. Support you media department by:

1. Send them to relevant conferences, seminars and workshops. If budgets are an issue ( and they usually are) consider purchasing books, CDs, or DVDs that offer solutions to some of the audio issues your church may have.

2. Figure out creative ways to upgrade or purchase necessary equipment the absence of which would negatively impact the service.

Remember, your problems aren’t unique, it has been addressed by somebody somewhere.

You can contact me if you need assistance…

Music Business, Uncategorized

West Coast Music & Worship Conference – 7 times

Just got back from the 7th annual West Coast Music & Worship Conference hosted by Diedre Hodnett and company. It was well planned, superbly executed without a hitch. It’s growing numbers are a testament to the relevant programming and quality presenters that bring an obvious spirituality backed by talent and skill.

This conference left the participants feeling full, excited and inspired. The finale concert was a highlight and put an exclamation point on the reason we come together and praise the Lord. Can’t Wait till next year to do it all over again…


The Verdict Is In!!!

6 people just returned a verdict of “Not Guilty” for George Zimmerman in a much watched case about his shooting of unarmed 17 year old “Trayvon Martin”. Regardless of the verdict and the heightened emotions around the case, many questions linger about the sense of justice when the facts “as presented” didn’t satisfactorily implicate wrongdoing. Consequently, one man walks free, having killed another man because of a lack of clear evidence showing malicious intent (at least for 6 people).

One thing’s certain though, life is fragile and often, “justice standeth afar off”. At any given moment we may be called to give up life under a variety of circumstances that we can not control. Make certain your “calling and election are sure”, that the words “Well done, good and faithful servant” will be yours to hear. Trayvon Martin is only one of thousands that experience untimely and unnecessary death. A tragedy for sure yet, when that day comes for you and I, The Verdict Is In!!! Will you have everlasting forgiveness or condemnation? Give your life to Christ while the jury is still out!!!


Time to Reflect

Much is happening in the world that speaks to the faith and hope of those looking for the soon coming of Jesus Christ. Many of today’s conversations are politically motivated and some Christians are drawn into often confusing debates about things the bible is clear on. This is a time when we should consider if we are maturing into the full stature of Christlike man/woman. The ¬†issues of the day may be important within the spectrum of the broad social interaction and there is a time and a season to speak and act. However those of us looking for the soon return of our Savior know that His appearing is nearer than when we first believed. Its time to reflect on where you may be standing when that day comes.


Upcoming GMWA

The upcoming GMWA in Cincinnati Ohio promises to be another event of dynamic proportions. For all reading this blog I invite you to attend at least one or all of the upcoming sessions I will be hosting on the topic “Legal Issues involving the Music Industry”. This is a class formerly taught by Attorney Garrett Johnson.

Over the years Mr. Johnson has provided expertise and wisdom for all that have found his class a source of knowledge and a wellspring of experience. I’m sure he will pop in from time to time and indeed will be welcome.

Each class discussion will be available in PDF format for those that want to download the outline and access any additional information relevant to the discussion. Additionally I encourage you to participate in the online *World Cafe discussion as we talk about the business and legal issues of the gospel music industry and how they impact you.

I invite your comments and look forward to hearing of your success. For further help in the areas of strategy, analysis and consultation don’t hesitate to email.

*World Café Community Foundation

Artists, Music

Why we will always steal

If you’re attached to the blogosphere you have by now heard some of the myriad discussion going on because of an intern and a teacher. At issue is the legal vs ethical (sometimes called moral) and the socially acceptable process one uses to grow their music library, how you rationalize your advantage (aka access) and/or legitimize it. Not to mention the generational obfuscation made more apparent due to technological advances. It’s unfortunate that we’re having this discussion. Not because the subject matter is not important or valid, but because the remedy to this problem speaks to generational perceptions about morality. It’s easy to sit on one side of the fence and bemoan the lack of support one gets for all their hard work and against a system (like popular search engines) that makes finding and obtaining free stuff as easy as making mud pies. Or, to coyly snicker about the prevailing trend of society that makes getting/taking items for free an acceptable fad “everybody’s doing it”. Undoubtedly human nature is what it’s always been, often lacking the control mechanism to resist taking advantage of a nameless, faceless owner of products (especially when wearing the internet mask). Such was the case in London last year when during widespread rioting people that normally would not walk into a store and out with unpaid for items did so because for some, the prevailing mood and trend (however short-lived) made them willing to risk getting caught because so many were doing it, making it appear that the odds were in their favor to walk away unscathed.

In reality we’re all ” sticking it to Da [proverbial] Man”, when through our actions we carelessly regard others by design or default, the outcome is invariably the same. We’re inherently selfish and self-serving, and as social trends and mechanisms continue to obscure respect for the property of others through terms like “Freemium”, we’re not getting better neither is this seeming advantage to obtain all at “no or below cost” a greater expression of the freedom we claim to fight for in every war, but we are worse than those we call enemies if in impunity we take without purchase that which under threat of punishment we would be obliged to buy.