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
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
In November, I will be teaching a series called "Singing Theology." We will be talking quite a bit about music and worship. Over the years, my thinking on this issue has swung back and forth a bit. On Sunday, our congregation sang people's favorite hymns. Generally, we worship using music from many different ages. We… Continue reading Singing Theology
Recently, someone showed me a "new worship song". They were so excited about the way it made them feel closer to God. The "new worship song" opened with a pretty, melodic piano piece and was then followed by a single phrase - something like "I want to see you" - repeated five or six times… Continue reading The Content of Worship
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
This is from November 2010, right before the merger. It is interesting in a couple of ways - not just how the stage and band has been shuffled and reformed but also the congregation that is gathered (although we can only see the backs of people's heads). I love our musicians and cannot wait until… Continue reading Music Flashback
Worth watching and considering.