Now introducing: Dollar Fund

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 1.15.53 PMMy friend Curt Beavers has been blessed & wanted to give back in a way that multiplied the impact he could have by leveraging his network for God’s kingdom. With that in mind, he’s spent the past few years developing something incredible: a simple, unique way to give a tiny portion of what God has given to us, back, in a way that helps the ‘least of these’ en masse.

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Life after Christmas

Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 12.12.36 AMWe’ve spent the past few weeks eating sweets, visiting with family, shopping, wrapping & exchanging gifts, on top of planning & executing what are likely the most complex services of the year. Now the hustle & bustle has come to a close of the year: what’s next?

 Well, the birth of Jesus changed everything, so we should expect our celebration of the holidays to change us, as well.

Life after Christmas is a life lived near to God. I remember as a teenager feeling utterly hopeless & alone, as though no one knew me or could want to know me. But Jesus was God-with-skin-On, born to the lowliest & most common. He didn’t see it as belittling to spend his first days in a feeding trough in a backwoods town which would’ve remained unknown if he hadn’t been born there. Emmanuel – literally “God with Us” – is not ashamed to live among us. God has come near, & it changed EVERYTHING! [Read more…]

Help finish MORNING WILL COME with Saint Lewis!

MORNINGWILLCOMEBack in 2011 we started a unique adventure. Following the release of our alt-worship album, “Songs from the Hope Farm“, it was our heart to impact the broader church with songs that weren’t simply an expression of our own creativity, but songs written for congregational singing. The first single from that project was “Your Mighty Hand“, which has been led at hundreds of churches around the world – that’s when we knew: “God is in THIS!” The concept for MORNING WILL COME was born – a collection of upbeat worship songs that help people wrestle with that tension between the sometimes harsh realities of life & the goodness of God.

We followed up with “Your Will“, which made it into the iTunes Top 100 (#72) the day it was released! Next was “When this Day Ends“, in partnership with McKendree Augustas (of Kari Jobe’s band) & Mark Siegel (then with Matt Maher). Last year we released “You won’t Stop” through Ascension Music‘s City Worship Project, which has since overtaken “Your Mighty Hand” in the CCLI charts! 

The end is in sight! All that’s left to do is mix/master (in one case, re-mix/master) “Joy in the Morning“, “Morning will Come“, “You won’t Stop (remix)“, & “Wandering Heart (reimagined)“. Each song fits within the same theme: sometimes life is hard, but God is good & HE has it all under control!

Would you consider joining us in this final push over the top? If so, click here to partner with us! THANK YOU!

NOW INTRODUCING: The Promise is Hope

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.02.38 AMAnyone that’s known me for long knows the significant role the band Over the Rhine has played in my musical development. They taught this full-blown metal-head that sometimes less is more, & that – at times -subtlety can be far more powerful that bombast. It’s not often that I discover new music that moves me life theirs did, so when I do I need to share it. [Read more…]

NEXT: New Worship Music Jan/Feb ’17

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 2.39.38 AMEvery month I scour the internet for the latest worship songs – both independent & label – looking for the best of what’s “NEXT”, particularly for those who don’t subscribe to the “one-size-fits-all” mindset of only pulling from the CCLI Top 25 (though I don’t deny that can be a great place to start). I listen, play along, & analyze to see which ones float to the top. I hope this curated list of new worship songs helps you better serve your congregation in the coming year!

And what a list it is! I could hardly narrow it down – I expect to hear a lot about these songs in the coming months & years…
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