DJ Spotlights | Seth Tew


Seth Tew: Freshman  Communications Major    Dayton, Ohio

On Air shift: Tuesday’s 1-3pm

What is your favorite….

…Food? That’s tough…. I really like Takis! Like, the little rolled tortilla chips. I love those little things. Oh! I also love craft soda.

…Color? Magenta. I liked purple, but I not, like, regular purple. I like brighter purple.

…Bible Verse? Bascially the entire book of Ezra and Nehemiah. But if I had to pick a verse, John 1:4, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

…Song we play here at Resound?

Sticks and Stones by Kings Kaleidoscope.

Their new album is so Indy. It’s beautiful. They recorded half their album live in an airplane hangar with a full orchestra. That album, they broke down song structure and just reinvented it and threw in some hip-hop in to their alt-rock feel. What’s that soup that’s like a mix of everything…baba ganoush! That’s it! That song is a baba ganoush of awesomeness. The album is just this great, oh my goodness, every song I hear, I can’t quite comprehend it all and it makes me want to listen to it a million times over.

What got you interested in Resound? One of my favorite on air DJs Angela Schweinitz is from Cedarville and originally worked at Resound. I really like to be able to contribute musically so the music team was my first interest. I had been doing production all through high school and a friend said “Hey, you should be on the air!” so I said, “Okay” and here we are!

Are you involved in anything else on campus? That’s a funny question. I’m in AYO, I’m in TDK (honors program student org). I run a classic movie club with Delaney. It’s called Cinema Club and we just watch old movies. I’m on PSG, so I help do chapel sound stuff and I think that’s it!

What are some of your hobbies? I actively seek out new independent artists each week, so I try to find 2-3 new artists each week to listen to. I also produce and song write my own music. I love old and long books, too. Like, the classics. Oh, and I love soccer. I played soccer all through high school, but just don’t have the time for that right now…. If it’s a hobby, I love going to concerts.

What is a goal you have for your life? I would love to do media management for independent musicians. Help with recording, videography, social media presence, help with public image, photography, touring, booking, all of it. I want to work for myself while also offering support to bands. That would be a sweet spot for me.

Is there anything you want to tell people that you don’t get the chance to on the air? There’s always somebody doing something new and different in the music world and it takes a little time to find it. The Lord has allowed us to be so creative and when we think we are at the edge of creativity and there isn’t anything new to be discovered, we find something new to do and change and be different with. You just have to go find it and discover it.

One more thing, you should come to decide what good music is for you and use that to determine how you evaluate media. So many people listen to things and they don’t think about what they listen to. You don’t need to be super conservative and have a magic list and if something gets said you just stop listening. Come to an understanding to what it’s like to live in this world combined with who God has changed you to be. How does that work together? I’m not asking you to agree with my point of view of what music should be, but come to an understanding and let that guide your judgement.

When it Rains, it Pours…

Sometimes, things just don’t seem to go right.

This week has been one for the books. Between failed experiments in lab, questioning friendships, midterms, and a host of other things, life has been one heck of a storm. Honestly, it feels like nothing has gone right in a long time. My plans failed and my schedule was completely trashed aside from my classes. And all of this leaves me with one question…

What is going on?

When one unexpected thing comes after another, it can feel like there’s no use in trying to make more plans or make adjustments to fix the current situation. But. I think there might be some beauty in this realization. How often are we apt to take on more commitments than we can handle? To say yes to more than we realize? To load up our calendar with an impressive list of interests, activities, and one-on-one time with friends? The answer for me would have to be, “far too often.”

Now the question we have left with is, “What do I do now?”

The first and most cliché answer I can give you is to lay your worries at the feet of the Lord. In the Gospel of Matthew we find a very direct question to ask ourselves, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” While there is scientific evidence that could suggest that letting the overwhelming events and concerns of life is not adding time to your life, I think there is something else to consider. At what point in time has worry added to the minutes of enjoyable life you have had the opportunity to experience? Here, I’ll give you a hint.

It hasn’t.

While it is important to not worry, there is a difference between worry and concern. As I advise you not to be filled with worry, I also want to say to you that having zero concern is just as dangerous. If you have exams, study for them. If your friends need you, talk to them. If you have something going on in your family, love them and offer support, but know that everything in this world is working together for good and not for evil. Remember, also, that if things go wrong, it isn’t the end of it all (and for those of you staring Spring Break in anxious anticipation, don’t let anything that may happen this week get in the way of enjoying your break).

God is holding all things together and working to magnify Himself. He is working for your good and His glory, and if He loves you so dearly that He would be willing to lay down the life of His only son, what, do you think, would ever be able to get in the way of that? I’ll give you another hint.

Nothing.

So go on this week knowing that God is behind every step you take, mistake or otherwise, to remind you of His sovereign and steady hands.

Even If We Fall… Devotional from Proverbs 24:16

“For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

-Proverbs 24:16 (ESV)

 Have you ever had those times that were so embarrassing that you just wished you could be invisible?

I’ll never forget the summer before 4th grade. I was in 4-H and had won 1st place in the scrapbook division, so I was invited to an award show at the local fair.

There were so many honorees from various categories and we were all crowded together in the back of an open-air tent.

I was nervous and claustrophobic. I also have this horrible habit of judging people before I know them and was scared of the person next to me. I was just ready to get my trophy and leave.

After shaking hands and accepting the generous award, I forgot about the three steps at the bottom of the stage and completely wiped out!

There were hundreds of people there and I had fallen on my face!

In all honesty, it served me right. Judging someone without cause is never right and I truly didn’t watch where I was going.

It’s amazing how many times the Bible talks about falling.

It’s not really about being clumsy, but about being burdened by hardships or falling away from the faith.

In Proverbs 24:16, I love the fact that the righteous falls 7 times and gets back up.

In times of hardship, the wicked stumbles and that’s it.

But for the righteous, God gives them the strength to endure hard times and forgives mistakes.

Falling once at the award ceremony was humiliating. I can’t imagine doing it six more times.

Yet, God’s forgiveness is able to cover us no matter how many times we mess up.

God loves the wicked just as much as the righteous, but He will only help those who ask Him to.

Asking for God’s strength requires humility, but it’s so worth it.

So whatever difficulty you’re facing – illness, difficult assignments, job situations – remember that God is there.

Even if you mess up seven times in a row, He will give you the strength to rise.

You are God’s Masterpiece

Song Credits: “Masterpiece” by Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey’s latest single is a vulnerable and honest look at our understanding of God’s plan.

You can hear “Masterpiece” on Resound Radio.

I’ll be honest, the artistic process confuses me at times. It seems like the painter is just throwing blobs or smudges of paint on a canvas. But then, they somehow transform all of those smudges into a beautiful picture.

Although I don’t fully understand the art or science behind how these blurry lines lead to beautiful scenes, I’m nevertheless impressed.

 

God is the author of creativity and His process in our lives works a lot like painting.

We see the blurry lines, the scattered smudges of paint; and wonder how anything beautiful can come from that.

We see sickness, loss, and suffering and wonder how this can be good.

As Danny Gokey says in the first verse of Masterpiece…
And I can’t understand
Why I’m not fixed by now
Begged and I pleaded
Take this pain but I’m still bleeding

He goes on to say…
Heart trusts you for certain
Head says it’s not working
I’m stuck here still hurting

How many times do we have that struggle between our heart and our head!

We desperately want to believe that things will get better, but logically, our situation seems impossible.

Yet, that is all part of God making us His masterpiece.

As the chorus says…
You’re making a masterpiece
You shaping the soul in me
You’re moving where I can’t see
And all I am is in your hands
You’re taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see
You’re making a masterpiece

It’s so comforting to know that God already has the end results in mind.

He knows the messy smudges will lead to a beautiful, redemptive story.

He knows the outcome, while we’re stuck in the moment.

Solomon notes this in Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT):
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

God is our Creator.

He has beautiful plans for our lives, even if we only see the messiness.

You are treasured and loved by God. You are His masterpiece!

Never Too Young – Jeremiah 1:7-8 Devotional

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
-Jeremiah 1:7-8 (ESV)

In this chapter, God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet.

Before he was even born, God had this purpose in mind for Jeremiah.

Jeremiah’s response was an excuse. He basically said, “I don’t know what to say. I’m too young.”

Yet, God told Jeremiah not to use that excuse. God promised to go with him and to give him the words to say.

 

Have you ever felt too young or inexperienced to do something?

In general, preparation and experience are good. But when it comes to following God, faith matters so much more.

God had a plan for Jeremiah from the beginning. No matter how unqualified Jeremiah felt at that moment, God was calling him right then.

It can be tempting to think that God doesn’t really have a purpose for us until we graduate and land the perfect job or have the best family. But, that’s just not true.

God may have different plans for your life at age 30 than at 19, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a purpose until age x.

In 1 Timothy 4:12 (ESV), Paul tells the young preacher Timothy, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Right now, we can be a Christlike example to others and faithfully serve God while we’re young.

God wanted to use Jeremiah right where He was and He’ll use us right where we are to accomplish His purposes.