General, Music, Personal, Things We Shouldn't Discuss

Jesus Freak – 20 Years Later

The summer of 1996 was a peculiar time for me. For the first time in my life, I started to take my faith seriously and really ask whether I would stick with the Christian thing or move on to something else. I had spent the spring working like a dog at both college and work (I went… Continue reading Jesus Freak – 20 Years Later

Music, Videos

Our Trip to Israel in January

We were privileged to spend a couple of weeks in Israel with the Biblical Imagination team. Our church family and a number of friends we have met over the years helped us get there - a blessing to our entire family. After we got back, we tried to show people the pictures but we had hundreds… Continue reading Our Trip to Israel in January

Church, Music, Personal

The Blues

When I was learning the guitar, my dad had a whole bunch of blues tablature books. There were some modern players like Jeff Beck and Jerry Garcia, but most of his books were about acoustic, finger style blues. I cut my teeth on stuff like "Black Snake Moan" by Lemon Jefferson and old, old Mississippi… Continue reading The Blues

Church, Music

Keep Pounding Away

I have a reputation for being pretty good in front of people. It takes a lot to make me afraid or nervous. I've been in front of people all my life. There are family videos of me at the age of four or five, waving my hand in time from the platform, standing next to… Continue reading Keep Pounding Away

Media, Movies and TV, Music

I am Outta Here – for the weekend

I am headed to Syracuse, New York, for the weekend for the Biblical Imagination Conference with the man, the legend, the awesomely bearded Michael Card. While I could never aspire to have a beard like his, Michael has long been one of my musical heroes. He combines teaching and art in a way that you… Continue reading I am Outta Here – for the weekend

Church, Eschatology, Music, Theology, Videos, Worship

Psalms in Worship

Yesterday, the Acoustic Gurus presented a song I wrote using Psalm 1 for lyrics. If you have a songbook with 150 different lyrics that you claim is inspired by God, why do you sing songs by less inspired authors? Like it or hate it, I think our primary source material for music should be the… Continue reading Psalms in Worship

Music, Personal

See You in a Couple Days

As this is being published (I wrote it last week), my wife Nichole is in surgery to have the remainder of her thyroid removed. She has undergone a similar surgery back in 2009 and it is hard to believe we're here again. Here are some videos for you to watch while we wait to see… Continue reading See You in a Couple Days