A PLACE TO BE BAD

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Worship leaders, there’s a question that’s been gnawing at me for the last few years.  And it’s actually a part of my story.  Maybe your story is something like mine. After taking piano lessons when I was a kid, I picked up a guitar when I was thirteen and taught myself to play my favorite songs by Audio Adrenaline, DC … Read More

THE LAW OF GUITAR CABLES

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There are a handful of things that I’ve learned along the way as a worship leader: how to act natural when you capo on the wrong fret, how to switch from guitar to keyboard when you forget to change the batteries in your acoustic pickup, how to tell the drummer to kill the backing track when you inadvertently skip a … Read More

WORSHIP AND THE WORD

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We are categorical people; our brains work in categories. We love dividing things based on essential elements. We divide music and literature into genres. We divide stores into departments. We divide people into a host of categories based on a seemingly infinite number of criteria. At its best, this is a highly efficient method of processing information. At its worst, … Read More

GOODNESS & MERCY RELEASES OCTOBER 19

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a release date set for the new EP, Goodness & Mercy.  On October 19 we will release the record and celebrate with a CD release concert at our church, Bear Creek Baptist Church.  Doors will open at 6:30 and the concert begins at 7:00.  We’ll be playing all the songs … Read More

PRECIOUS HOPE

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Lyla Hope was born on May 24. She spent three minutes on this earth before Jesus brought her home and made her whole again. Lyla Hope’s parents are good friends of ours and we watched in admiration as they walked every step of this difficult journey, from the time her condition was diagnosed through a season of desperate prayer until … Read More

IS RELIGION THE SOURCE OF INJUSTICE?

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I was perusing a recent CNN photo gallery of famous atheists and was reminded that there is a concept currently en vogue in our culture which states, essentially, that the world would actually be better off without religion. The CNN piece pulled quotes from each person referenced, included Christopher Hitchens, who viewed religion as “the main source of hatred in … Read More

A COLLECTION OF MOTHER’S DAY THOUGHTS

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and it’s got me thinking a collection of random thoughts – which is really no different from normal. Here’s a sampling: Gratitude Increases This Sunday I sang a song in church that I wrote for Jess after our first child was born on Mother’s Day in 2010. (You can download it for free on our home … Read More

Greater Things

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I asked a group of kids that question for this video. Their answer? “Impossible!” But that’s precisely what Jesus tells us in John 14:12: “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these.” What an amazing promise – and yet how difficult to believe. If most of us … Read More