Drake's "God's Plan" has reached #1 on various charts in record time. When he released the song on EP, fans spotted the Toronto rapper in different parts of Florida, giving away checks and wads of cash to locals. As it turns out, Drake was filming those moments to be the epicenter of the visual for the track. Instead of using the production budget for elaborate filming and special effects, Drake used the near $1 million budget for the video to help those in need.
All over of the country, people are reeling from the impact of the recent school shooting in Florida. Music artists have taken to Twitter and other social outlets to voice their reactions, ranging from sadness and compassion to frustration and confused shock. How can something like this happen? How can someone be so heartless as to shoot down innocent children and teachers in cold blood?
Nikolas Cruz: Demons Made Me Do ItAfter the authorities charged him with the premeditated murder of 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, Nikolas Cruz told authorities that "demons" gave him instructions on how to commit one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Investigators told ABC News that Cruz said he heard voices in his head, described as demons, as he gunned down his victims on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which he had attended from Jan. 13, 2016, to Feb. 8, 2017.
A Troubled PastAfter further investigation into the shooting, details are coming to light about this young man's history. Nikolas has been in and out of trouble since his childhood. The police have reports of visiting his home for violent outbreaks numerous times. Fellow classmates report seeing hints of violent tendencies and social media posts of horrifying plans of attack. Neighbors report that Nikolas would torture and plague the neighborhood pets and stray animals as well.
What We Will LearnWhile the world is trying to figure out why Nikolas would commit such atrocities on a school campus, Troy looks at Mark chapter 5 to discover the seven signs of a demon possessed individual. After listening, ask yourself if Nikolas Cruz is indeed possessed by demons.
Quincy Jones, music mogul and legend in the entertainment industry, has maintained steady fame for nearly seven decades. And it's no wonder he’s continually in the spotlight. Jones’ list of accomplishments is miles long. From the production of Michael Jackson’s top three albums, to the production of The Color Purple, to the score for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jones continues to stay contemporary and relevant in music and Hollywood. But these days Jones is in the news again, not for what he’s doing, but for what he’s saying.
Quincy Jones Has Got Bad Blood with Taylor SwiftIn numerous interviews, Jones has slighted and insulted the work variety of music artists, from Elvis to the Beatles, but most notably Taylor Swift. When he asked Jones about Taylor Swift, GQ interviewer Chris Heath described the look on Jones’ face as "somewhere between disapproval and disdain." Jones scornfully described Swift’s songs just “hooks.” Jones also said “knowing what you’re doing” and work ethic is what’s missing from Swift’s music. Of course, Swift fans are not pleased with Jones’ comments. But was Jones wrong to be pointing fingers at Taylor Swift?
What You Will Learn in This EpisodeIn this episode, Troy will share highlights from Quincy Jones’ GQ interview and break his commentary down into three categories: his successful career, his sinful conduct and his soul’s condition. What can we, as believers, learn from the life that Quincy Jones has lived?
Beckah Shae, a Christian music artist, with a heart for the younger generation, and a songstress with her own original hits, also remakes popular secular songs that young folks are listening to. Shae has redone songs like Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do and Ed Sheeran's Shape of You. Most recently she has taken Havana by Camilla Cabello and turned it into Hosanna. Beckah Shae rewrites each song with lyrics about the Lord, the truth of the Bible, the wicked works of our Adversary, etc. Shae posts her cover songs, with a Christian twist, to Youtube and her Patreon account. Shae’s cover songs are going viral and she’s reaching new records for daily views on Youtube. But, is her approach Biblical? Listeners chimed in on Facebook with answers to that question and their responses ranged from “Yes, as long as the lyrics are clean its harmless” to “No, what’s born of the flesh is flesh and what’s of the Spirit is Spirit” and everything in between. It’s generated quite debate!
What you will learn:
- So, in this episode Troy examines the Scriptures to see the Biblical view of music.
- Troy also examines its power, its purpose, and our partnerships in creating it.
Legendary producer Timberland has opened up about his struggles with addiction. In a recent interview he reveals he suffered a near-death overdose. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the artist, born Timothy Mosey, revealed that he began taking OxyContin in his 30s. The addiction began innocently. He began using OxyContin to help with nerve issues that came from a gunshot wound he got as a teenager. As his usage became rampant, his chart success declined, and his marriage collapsed. The downward spiral lead him to struggle with a cycle of depression and further addiction. Timberland said he survived a near-death overdose while sleeping three years ago, recalling that "there was a light...I woke up trying to catch my breath, like I was underwater. But through that whole thing I saw life – I saw where I would be if I don't change, and where I could be if I did." After weaning himself off the medication and experiencing withdrawal, he "thought about Michael Jackson... I didn't want to be old and taking these pills."
What You Will Learn:In this episode Troy discusses:
- Timothy Mosley who was instrumental in producing some of the most well-known songs for Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z and many other well-known artists.
- Highlights of his successful career, contrasted by the low of addiction to pain pills.
- Troy gives seven motives that should compel anyone that is dealing with drugs, pornography, or any other type of sin that seems impossible to break.
Jordin Sparks, the famed 2007 winner of American Idol, is heading into 2018 with a lot of new things going on. The popular singer-actress recently announced a secret elopement and marriage, and also a baby on the way. As if those big surprises weren’t enough, in an emotionally moving Youtube video, Sparks also had other news to share: the testimony of her Christian conversion. How beautiful it was to hear of her new life in Christ!
What You Will Learn:
- In this episode of Music News and the Bible, Troy shares the three C’s of God’s redemptive work:
- The condition, the conversion and the commission.
In this second follow-up episode, Troy’s wife, Adrienne, his twin brother, Sean, and Sean’s wife, Deborah return to the show for another panel discussion on sexual harassment. A listener’s email starts off the show as a springboard to discuss not only sexual harassment within the culture at large, but also within the church. The team analyzes the harmful attitudes that have crept into the church-- the lack of holiness, the prevalence of youngsters in leadership and much more. Troy, Sean, Deborah and Adrienne also delve into the Biblical principles and safeguards that believers can put in place to combat the culture of promiscuity and dishonor. This dynamic panel gives another lively discussion, chockful of Biblical insights and Scripturally-sound advice. So, be sure to tune in with an open Bible!What You Will Learn:Did You Enjoy the Show? Let Us Know on Twitter! If you enjoyed this podcast episode please let us know on Twitter by clicking on the link below:
- In this episode, Troy's panel discusses attitudes within the Church that leave Christians vulnerable to the same sexual harassment scandals that are in the world
- The panel members elaborate on several verses that give Christian principles which would keep us from falling into the sexually dishonorable and deviant patterns of the world
With the many individuals today being exposed for the ungodly behavior of sexual harassment, Troy felt the topic was so weighty and important that it warranted a roundtable discussion. He asked his wife, Adrienne, his twin brother, Sean, Sean's wife, Deborah, and a brother-in-the-Lord, Ibn to join him for the discussion on why sexual harassment is so prevalent in our country. Adrienne, Ibn, Deborah, Sean and Troy each share their different perspectives on the aspects which have contributed to the "epidemic" proportions of harassment cases we are seeing today. What results is a lively discussion of the "why" behind sexual harassment.Did You Enjoy the Show? Let Us Know on Twitter! If you enjoyed this podcast episode please let us know on Twitter by clicking on the link below:
What You Will Learn:
- In this episode, the panel discussion explores the reasons behind the astounding proportions of harassment cases today
- The Biblical responses to the choices we've made as a society and their results on our generation and the generations to follow
A security guard for Hillsong Church is in stable condition at a local hospital after suffering bleeding on the brain. An assailant hit the guard in the head while the guard tried to prevent a group of churchgoers from being attacked. An Australian media outlet 9News reports that a group of men were standing outside the church heading to Redfern Station when an argument suddenly broke out with another group of men. Police say the church's 33-year-old security guard stepped in to break up the fight after he saw an 18-year-old man being struck in the face. An assailant then attacked and punched in him head, which left him unconscious. How could something like this happen outside of a church service, and for that matter outside of Hillsong Church, the group that is responsible for creating much of the music that we listen to in the contemporary Christian world?
What You Will Learn:
- In this episode, Troy explores the reasons why he quit listening to Hillsong
- Troy revealed the problems with Hillsong Church, as well as the purpose of and the preaching behind their music
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Double Edge Music Podcast Host: Troy Isaacs
In the last episode, Troy looked into Snoop's latest music video in which Snoop shot a clown called "Ronald Clump", clearly a representation of President Trump. This isn't the first time Snoop has fired off a President Trump, but it's the first time he's gone so far as to pretend assassination. Snoop recently criticized other music artists for just releasing “party music” and not dealing with real issues like “this (expletive) clown president.” Does Snoop have a legitimate reason for being angry? If so, is that how he should express his anger? In the Scriptures, Troy looked at two forms of anger: righteous anger and reckless anger. Now in this final episode, Troy explores "redeemed anger".
What You Will Learn:
- In this episode, you will hear Scriptural examples of redeemed anger
- How can anger be redeemed? What does a Christian need to do to redeem their anger?