2012, 2013, 2014 Years-in-Review

It has been a few years since we’ve done a “year-in-review” post here at TMG Productions.  As the family has grown, and career advancements have been put in place – creative endeavors have had to take a back seat, therefore there has not been as much to report on… but it is time!

In January 2012, Tim testified in Indianapolis in front of the state board of education regarding the creation/evolution topic.  His full experience is recapped here.

In May 2012, Unity released their fourth and final music video from their debut album “What You Choose to Follow”.  This video was set to the song “Beauty for Ashley” and took the form of a short film chronicling Ashley’s therapeutic experience.  The video can be watched in its entirety here.

In December 2012, the Gilleand Brothers returned with their 2nd (not-so-annual) Awards Show.  The show included some new fun categories such as “best brother”, a new Stew Pehd mini-episode, and much more.  The full 78-minute special can be watched here.

Also released at the end of 2012 was a brand-new Tim as MJ Michael Jackson promo video filmed at a recent event Tim performed at.  The video features an original MJ megamix never before heard.  Watch that here.

Onto 2013!  In April, the Gilleand Brothers finally released their long-awaited follow-up to their original Buck and Drake mockumentary.  The first film followed Buck and Drake as they searched for the existence of ghosts.  The next film skips parts 2 and goes straight to the end of the trilogy: “Buck and Drake 3: Buck to the Future”.  As the title affirms it is a time-travel mockumentary.  Watch the full movie here.

In August 2013, Tim & David produced a music video for their Michael Jackson / Lord of the Rings parody song “Middle Earth Song”.  Watch the performance here.

Also in August, Tim & David worked with Tim’s son Michael to produce a sequel to his short film “Monster in the Woods”.  The follow-up is called “Zombie in the Woods” and is viewable here.

Christmas 2013 saw the 3rd Gilleand Brothers Christmas Special called “Christmas Jeopardy”.  The brothers participate in a homemade and GB-specific version of the classic game show as well as other special surprises.  Check it out here.

Onto this year – 2014.  In May, Unity returned with a brand-new single called “Strong” featuring an exciting lyric video by David Gilleand.  Check that out here.

Also in May, Grace With Salt (Tim’s apologetics ministry) released its first YouTube videos.  The first video was a reproduction of a live event on NOAH Tim presented at his church earlier in the year.  The 50-minute presentation answers all the major questions about Noah and the flood defending it as an actual historical event.  That video can be watched here.  The 2nd video is a 2-hour debate Tim held with an atheist over Google Hangouts.  Check that out here.

In August 2014, after spending two years completing his masters and one year interning, Tim opened his own counseling center out of his church.  Learn more about Courageous Counseling Center here.

Also in August, Tim and his son Michael launched a brand-new creation-based kids’ online show called “Mike’s Creation Catalog”.  In each episode Mike details one of his many pets, gives useful information, and ties it all into a Christian worldview.  To date Mike has done five episodes featuring turtles, salamanders, hamsters, and more.  Stay updated when new episodes are released at this post.

In November 2014, Timothy Michael released his first album of brand-new solo material since 2005.  A praise and worship collection called “Joyful Noises”.  The 80-minute, 22-song album features a lot of the songs Tim does on a weekly basis as worship leader at Sonlight Fellowship Wesleyan Church.  You can download that full album for free here.

Creativity will always remain a part of the heart of TMG Productions as we move into another generation.  Hopefully we will continue to bring you new exciting endeavors for years to come.  Stay tuned!!

 

Tim to testify in front of state education board

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse has introduced state Senate Bill 0089 that would require the teaching of creation science alongside other origin theories in public schools.  As a resident of Indiana, I contacted Senator Kruse to offer my support.  He has asked me to testify before the education board on January 25th.  I have accepted.  I will be presenting a 5-10 minute testimony followed by a possible Q&A time. 

I understand this bill has a tough uphill battle to climb.  My hope rests in the fact that Senator Kruse is the chairman of the education committee, and that the house/senate and governor’s office is all republican controlled.  Even if passed, the bill faces major legal hurdles as the Supreme Court has already determined that the teaching of creation science in public school is unconstitutional.  By Indiana passing this legislation it will send a message to other states that we do not agree.

I have not finalized my message yet, but I do know that it will be on the major differences between observational science (modern, testable, repeatable) and historical science (assumptions about the past).  After I deliver the testimony, I will publish it here, and keep you updated.  Please join me in prayer and support of this bill.

2011 Year-in-Review

This has been a slower year for TMG Productions projects-wise due to Tim going back to school at Liberty University Online full time working towards his masters degree in professional counseling.  Tim has completed 10 classes this year maintaining a 3.2 GPA.  He has 12 more classes plus an internship to complete before he graduates. 

Despite the time commitment that school brought, TMG Productions released its first worldwide commercial release Unity’s debut full-length CD ‘What You Choose to Follow’.  Tim and his wife Marcy formed their music ministry Unity in 2009 and worked 3 years on this project.  The CD is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, and other digital retailers as well as physical copies at live Unity concerts.   The CD is a unique experience that chronologically lays out the 12-steps that each Christian experience in their walk with God, starting with the latest single and music video “Parable of the Seeds”.  Unity performed 8 shows this year in support of the project.

Inspired by a family trip to the Creation Museum and the Answers in Genesis ministry, in July TMG Productions launched a new blog called ‘Grace With Salt’.  We have formed this ministry to combat modern secularist tendencies to pull people (often times including Christians) away from the accurate original Biblical message.  The blog discusses hot topics ranging from creation vs. evolution, homosexuality, abortion, modern politics, the supposed separation of church and state, often-cited inaccuracies in the Scriptures, end times, and much more.  The blog has amassed over 4000 hits in less than six months and unending discussion on the popular site reddit.

The Gilleand Brothers reunited this summer to film a new full-length mockumentary “Buck and Drake III: Buck to the Future”.  This is a sequel to their 2010 Buck and Drake movie “The Search for Spooks”.  The GBs decided to film the third movie in the trilogy prior to the second due to budgeting and to fit the time-travel model better – a feat never before accomplished.  The movie is currently in post-production and will be released in 2012.  You can see the full trailer here.

GB,inc. was also involved in two smaller projects this year.  Tim’s oldest son Michael debuted his first short film “Monster in the Woods”, and the brothers created a new “Christmas Special” featuring several holiday-themed spoofs of their previous films.

Looking forward to 2012…  Expect a new extended short film-style music video from Unity to their song “Beauty for Ashley”.   Expect “Buck to the Future” to be released.   And of course, many more surprises to be announced!  Stay tuned.

Mind frame of a Creationist

DISCLAIMER:   This is not meant to be the start of a debate.  The debate has been on-going for ages.  This is to prove that creationists who accept the Bible first have a logical basis for accepting the Bible and a literal 6-day creation.  This puts the Bible’s claims to the test versus the evidence.          

When a scientist digs up a dinosaur bone it does not have a nametag on it saying “65 million years old”.  Scientists use the best information available to them to make educated guesses about the past.  In fact, creationists and evolutionists have the same evidence.  We have the same fossils, the same rocks, the same laws of science.  Where we differ is our starting point. 

Evolutionists believe they start unbiased, but this is impossible.  Scientists come up with a hypothesis and then collect information to either validate or dismiss that claim.  But have they already assumed an old-earth during their research?  Are they encouraged to prove their finding financially?  These lead to bias and presumptions before the research even begins.  How about leaving out a crucial piece of evidence… the Bible.

 

 Most scientists will not use the Bible as historical evidence because of popular belief that it is such an ancient document it cannot be trusted, without even researching that position.  Current Biblical translations can be compared to much older original manuscripts, and it still holds up.  A study of the real processes involved in Biblical translation is awe-inspiring.  Scribes would destroy entire hand written scrolls if they misspelled one word.  And how about over one hundred Biblical characters verified outside of the Bible itself?  How about archeological evidence pointing to physical locations and characters in the Bible?  How about the fact that it is a collection of 66 books, written by over 40 authors, on 3 continents, over 1500 years, yet telling a cohesive prophetic non-contradicting story?  How about the fact that it’s principles and promises have been tested time and time again by billions of believers and proven to be reliable?  What we have is a historical written account of thousands of eye-witness testimony verified over and over again.

 

Now let me ask you this… how do you know the U.S. Revolutionary War happened?  Were you there?  Did you see it happen?  What kind of proof do you have?  Well, we have written documents, eye-witness testimony, and archeological evidence.  The same things we have in the Bible.  Why now, can we not use the Bible as a historical, reliable document?  If we can’t, does that mean that people a thousand years from now may doubt the Revolutionary War happened, just because of time?  That’s absurd isn’t it.

 

The Bible is unique because it claims to be the inspired word of God, written down by His appointed followers.  There is actually a way to test this.  In Genesis, the Bible makes a lot of bold claims about historical events: a 6-day creation, an originally perfect world made corrupt, a worldwide flood, people groups created at the tower of Babel.  Now, if we look at the evidence science has collected through a Biblical worldview – does it still hold up?

 

The Bible (and Jesus himself) claims over and over that the world as we know it was created in six literal days.  Many Christians have re-interpreted the Genesis account to fit into modern old-earth theories, but this doesn’t hold up with further scriptures that talk about taking a Sabbath day once a week because God only took six days to create the entire world and rested on the seventh.  The original Hebrew word for ‘day’ in Genesis in ‘yom’ which always means a literal 24-hour day, especially when combined with the phrasing of ‘evening, then morning, the next day’.  Any other understanding of the creation story requires us to re-interpret what is plainly written.  This becomes very dangerous for a Christian.  If we re-write this part of scripture, what stops us from re-writing any part that doesn’t fit our opinions?

 

Well then, why do we supposedly have so much evidence for an old earth?  There are actually several explanations for this.  Radiometric dating of rocks makes several critical assumptions before they even begin their dating methods.  They assume original and ongoing conditions of the rock have remained unchanged and uninterrupted.  But the Bible tells us there was a worldwide flood that would have disrupted the genetic makeup of every rock on the planet.  But if we assume the Bible is correct, when God created the world he would not have created it in an infant stage.  The animals and the people would have had no one to raise them.  If the plants and world was in an infant stage, there would have been nothing to eat, or insufficient air to breathe.  God had to have created everything in that week in its adult stage, therefore inferring age.  We would have looked at a plant, or tree, or animal and seen many years, but in actuality they would have only been minutes old.  Therefore when modern scientists use presumptive dating methods and see an older earth than it really is, this is actually what they should be seeing without the information the Bible adds to the equation.

 

But couldn’t have God just used evolution to do his creation?  No.  With millions of years of creatures living and dying before man is even “created”, we’ve undermined and destroyed the doctrine of sin, and ultimately Jesus’s reason for dying.  The Bible teaches that our world was created perfectly and when sin entered the world through Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, death was introduced for the first time and the land was cursed.  This is contrary to millions of years of things dying before humans were even around. 

Death is the result of separation from God.  God left our physical presence in the garden.  Ever since then our world has been gradually degrading.  This is evident in our current social relative morality decline, the increasing amount of disease and sicknesses, mental illnesses, anxiety, wars, and famine.  Natural selection is actually a testament to the fall as well.  Every mutation we have studied in a laboratory has always turned out to be a loss of DNA information, never an increase.  There is some re-arranging of information, and sometimes physical characteristics have adapted to the environment around them – but it is always a result of a loss of irrecoverable information.  This is the exact opposite of evolution.  Scientists have this evidence, they know this.   What is represented is that species develop within their own kind, but do not change into another species, exactly what the Bible tells us.  Again, with a Biblical worldview, these occurrences start to make sense as should be expected in a fallen and gradually declining world that the Bible describes.

 

The next fantastic claim the Bible makes is that God destroyed the world through a worldwide flood, saving only two of each animal, Noah, and his family.  Does the evidence make sense of this?  Absolutely.  In fact, the evidence is overwhelming, it’s practically everywhere you look.  Rock layers all over the world that stretch continents, canyon layers laid down rapidly from massive water flow, a fossil record of millions of animals killed instantaneously, polar ice caps, and the fact that the earth is still two-thirds water.  Evolutionists make the claim that because animals are in the fossil layer before humans, then animals came first.  But according to the Bible, all animals were created on day five, and two humans on day six.  That’s a big outnumbering of animals.  Therefore in the first 1500 years of existence before the flood, the animals would have reproduced in much greater quantities than humans. The animal to human ratio would have been astronomical.  So again, animals in the fossil record (laid down by the flood) before humans make sense according to what the Bible tells us.

 

The final topic I will tackle today in the story of the Tower of Babel.  After the ark, humans were encouraged to spread out and populate the earth.  They did not listen.  They stayed together and rebelled against God.  At this point God decided to confuse their languages as to separate them out.  This is what caused all the different “races” we see today.  But according to the Bible, we all come from Adam and Eve.  This would make us genetically only one race.  The Human Genome Project confirmed that there is only one race – the human race.  This is another example of different kinds within a species, but only one species, one race.  This is consistent with what the Bible teaches.

 

In these few short paragraphs I have presented a basic defense of using the Bible as a reliable historical document, a literal 6-day creation, the fall of man, a worldwide flood, and the Tower of Babel; and that each of these accounts align perfectly with the evidence of the world when properly interpreted.  Creationists do have logical reasons for believing what they believe.  We can debate the various issues, but classifying creationists as illogical is a horribly flawed argument.  In fact does logic and science make sense outside a God-created world?  In a completely random universe how would science and logic work?  Wouldn’t they be constantly changing and unreliable?  I am not claiming that my accounts are hole-proof, but I’ve obviously displayed that neither are the secularist’s claims.  Choose for yourself.  Man’s word or God’s word.  It’s up to you.

“MICHAEL” review

I finally got my copy of MICHAEL, and I am surprisingly impressed.  For all the haters and doubters out there, I gotta say, give it a chance, really… it’s a VERY good album!  You would be missing out if you don’t get this one.  It would be hard for me to say it is better than Invincible, since MJ actually had final say on that one, but it’s a great collection of songs.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually think the Estate did a good job of re-creating a Michael Jackson album.  As a full product, it actually feels like an MJ album, not a conglomeration of sounds and remixes like what I was expecting. 

 

HOLD MY HAND:  good, not great.  Tough song to like too much for me since it sounds more like an Akon song featuring a little MJ thrown in here and there.  Michael only really sings lead on 30 seconds of the whole song.  But it’s a great video! 

HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT:  Definitely a highlight!  The way the track is built musically it has a very retro Billie Jean feel, smooth bass line built upon.  Got a killer verse vocal.  The bridge from Taj is a little obscure, but nice to see him on a track with his Uncle again.  My second favorite song! 

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP:  This is a tough track for me.  Not a highlight.  Kinda has a “Don’t Walk Away” or “You are my Life” feel to it, not great tracks but decent.  Producer did a good job with backing track, but vocals are little questionable to me.  Only way I can resolve the vocals is to decide that in his older age MJ’s vibrato changed, or else was trying new things.  But then again, why did it not sound like that on This Is It?  

(I Like) THE WAY YOU LOVE ME:  I was really hoping for a much different version than the original from The Ultimate Collection.  This seemed like a very odd addition to a ‘new’ album.  This felt like a remix, and at the end I think I like the original better.  It’s not bad, and the voice-mail is nice, but there are obviously more unreleased tracks that could have been chosen for an already dinky 10-track album. 

MONSTER:  My favorite song on the album.  This is classic!  Love the groove.  I even like 50 Cents rap.  This feels very complete with all the MJ adlibs at the end.  Definitely a great addition to the Thriller/Ghosts/Threatened/Is It Scary legacy. 

BEST OF JOY:  Not overwhelmed by this track, but a great addition to get to hear MJ’s last song and recording. 

BREAKING NEWS:  This is the lowlight of this album.  I still like the groove and backing track, but the vocals and even lyrics are both very odd for MJ.  It takes quite a bit of stretching to think I can even hear MJ in there.   

(I Can’t Make It) ANOTHER DAY:  Very good track.  This song kicks butt.  I think Lenny and Dave Grohl did a great job on the backing, and MJ’s vocals are striking, very ‘Dirty Diana’ and ‘Give In To Me’, LOVE it!  A great rock track. 

BEHIND THE MASK:  Heard great things about it, loved it as well.  Sounded very updated for nowadays sounds vs. when it was recorded back in the 80s.  Not sure about the crowd sounds addition, but didn’t hinder it too bad.  Very unique track.  Couldn’t see it as a single, but a VERY good album track. 

MUCH TOO SOON:  Very well done.  Beautiful backing track.  Awesome very clear Thriller-era vocals brought current again.  I don’t think an average listener would even know the last 2 songs were from the early 80s.   

 

Overall I would probably put the MICHAEL album at 4 out of 5 stars.  In comparison to Invincible at 4.5/5 and Dangerous at 5/5.

2010 Year-in-Review

2010 was another landmark year for TMG Productions.  On April 28th, TMG Productions ventured back into the concert promotion department and  sponsored a full-fledged tour stop of Superchick’s Alive Tour featuring John Reuben, Bread of Stone, and Luminate at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.  TMG has previously promoted shows by Phil Joel (newsboys) and Supertones.  Opening act on the Phil Joel tour was unknown 16-year-old Katy Hudson, who later went on to be known as Katy Perry!  

In May, the GBs released their first full-length film since 2006’s “Extraordinary”, a mockumentary looking at ghost hunters in the Michiana area called “Buck and Drake: The Search for Spooks.”  The film followed two ghost-hunting friends on a day-long tour of actual haunted locations in the area.  Including a cameo from the actual Indiana Paranormal Society, the film premiered at the downtown South Bend library, and is available for purchase at the official TMG Shop.  The GBs are planning a sequel for 2011. 

Also in May, Tim & Marcy as UNITY unveiled the music video for the song “You Can’t Steal My Joy”, the second single from a forthcoming full-length CD coming May of 2011.   

On June 30th, the Gilleand Brothers reunited for their first short film in several years, an all-original suspenseful piece called “Comatose”, the brothers went on to screen this short at two area film festivals this year with more screenings planned for next year. 

In August, Tim & Marcy welcomed their third child Elijah into the world weighing 7lb 12oz. 

In September, the GBs unveiled a secret project they had been working on for a couple years.  Explore the White House is a full 3D computer-generated rendering of the most famous house in the land.  Created with the concept of using it for educational materials such as a CD-Rom, interactive DVD tour, and more.  The website unveiled several screenshots of development. 

Also in September, Tim virtually reunited his high school alternative band Driver Paul online through Facebook.  The new fan page reunited members, friends, and fans to peruse old pictures and video as well as three recently completed unreleased recordings.  Tim took three lost unfinished studio recordings, added new vocals and instruments to create a true virtual reunion. 

To round out the year, and celebrate the holiday – Tim, Marcy, and fam re-released their previous two Christmas CDs as well as a brand new “Christmas 2010” CD online for all their family, friends, and fans to enjoy.  The album included the new song for their son “Elijah”, as well two new originals from Marcy and Michael’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas”. 

As 2010 comes to a close, we here at TMG Productions continue to be thankful for the talents we are able to share with you.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

TMG presents true unreleased MJ collection

http://www.tmgproductions.net/MJ

There has been a lot of fans upset in the Michael Jackson community lately over songs coming out on the “new” posthumous album MICHAEL that seem to not be MJ on lead vocals.  Many fans wonder why Sony would decide to include these skeptical tracks when so many good legit tracks exist.  This new site feature is a sampling of 18 true unreleased MJ hidden gems including an exclusive video to a manipulated live version of “Blue Gangsta”.

Tim, Marcy, & fam to re-release previous Christmas CDs and brand new one ONLINE!

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In 2003, when Tim and Marcy’s first son Michael was born, they celebrated the birth by writing, recording, and dedicating a special song to him.  In 2008, when Tim and Marcy’s daughter Megan was born, they did another tribute for her.  They also accompanied each song with a corresponding Christmas CD release featuring contributions from each family member.

In August of  2010, Tim and Marcy welcomed their second son.  The family have just wrapped up recording a new beautiful tribute song for  ‘Elijah’.  They will also be releasing a new Christmas CD featuring touching contributions from Michael (6 yrs) and Megan (2 yrs), as well as two new original songs from Marcy, a sneak peak at the upcoming UNITY CD,  and much more.

To celebrate the impending release, TMG Productions has decided to re-release online the previous two CDs to lead up to the new release! 

On Saturday, November 27th, “Christmas 2003” will be available including the songs ‘Michael’, Marcy’s ‘Stressed Out’ / ‘Stressed Out Christmas’, and more.  Each song will be available for stream and/or download for a limited time.

The following Saturday, December 4th, “Christmas 2008” will become available including the songs ‘Megan’, Marcy’s original version of ‘Oh Well’ and Christmas version ‘Noel’, Michael’s ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, and more.

Then finally – the next Saturday, December 11th, exactly two weeks before, “Christmas 2010” will be released including the songs ‘Elijah’, Michael’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’, Megan’s ‘Moon Moon’ song, Tim’s take on an originally planned Unity song ‘United We Stand’, and more.

Corresponding with the December 11th release of “Christmas 2010” will be the tear-jerker music video release for “Elijah”, and Michael’s fun-loving “All I Want for Christmas”.

Watch http://

christmas.tmgproductions.net for these releases over the next few weeks.  Available now is a bonus track of Tim’s unreleased “Blue Christmas” including a music video time-lapse of Tim and Michael setting up their Christmas tree, and the lead track/video from their first Christmas CD “Michael”.  

Merry Christmas everyone from Tim, Marcy, Mike, Meg, and Eli!