On-Air Interview at Victory 91.5 in Atlanta

logoOne of my favorite radio stations is Victory 91.5 out of Atlanta. I fell in love with them while passing through Atlanta, toying with the radio dial: I heard a song by IHOP artist Misty Edwards on the radio. That is NOT so common. Followed by a mainstream Chris Tomlin tune. “Wow, that’s quite a mix“, I thought to myself. Then – BAM – a really incredible unsigned indie worship band out of Atlanta. I was hooked. [Read more…]

Songs of Thanksgiving: a short guide

GiveThanksSometimes the special seasons of church life can also be the most frustrating to plan for both a challenge & a blessing. Church attendance surges, but you don’t want to rehash the same set from last year, and the year before… and the year before that.

Well, Thanksgiving is almost upon us, & I have a few song suggestions, all of which are doctrinally rich, melodically memorable, work in multiple styles (lead them as ballads on a piano with a choir, or rock them out with a band) & sure to be a “win” with your congregations. [Read more…]

Resources: “When this Day Ends”

A couple weeks ago I announced the humbling things God has done with our latest single, “When this Day Ends”. Well, we’ve been blessed to work with a number of other great ministries working hard to help resource the local church. [Read more…]

KINGDOM: Love as a sign of the Kingdom

Your kingdom come – Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
– Matthew 6:19

PuzzlePieceKingdomMy middle son, Tucker, used to love puzzles.  Not the simple wood-cut baby puzzles, but a good 100+ piece puzzle that would take anyone at least an hour to complete – he was only 3!  I remember once helping him with one that had him baffled and I have to admit that I, too, was stumped.  Turns out, we were missing two or three significant pieces, which really kept us from getting the bigger picture.

Likewise, the “Kingdom of God”.  Never mind that it’s the backdrop for the entirety of the whole Bible, mentioned no less that 140 times in the New Testament alone – we really don’t ‘get it’.  That’s just to say, the church as a whole hasn’t really committed much time coming to terms with the Kingdom – in many ways, it’s the ‘missing piece’ that makes us miss the big picture of our faith. [Read more…]

I can’t do it without you

Frank Sinatra used to sing what for many is considered the them song for the American dream: “I did it MY WAY.” A mantra to independence – going it alone. And a lie.

1525507_646645908712409_1607326068_nNone of us go it alone with any lasting success – we weren’t made to. The creation story paints a picture of a pair – Adam & Eve – after God confessed, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 states “A cord of three strands is not easily broken” – even God is Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Being made in His image, we were MADE to be in community. That’s why we have the church… we’re MADE to be with others. [Read more…]

Call me Blessed

This is GOOD NEWS!  This isn’t a new set of rules to obey, but freedom to be EXPERIENCED.

Not long ago a blog post entitled “The One Thing Christians should stop Saying” went so viral that it was picked up & re-published by the Huffington Post.  In it, Presbyterian missionary Scott Dannemiller states that Christians should stop saying we’re “blessed.”  Read the blog to see his point.

He makes one.  Personally, I’m not sure – even as he’s using the word “blessed” – that I agree with it… I see his heart, but Matthew 5:45 states that God makes “…the rain fall on the just and the unjust“… [Read more…]

Everybody Wins

10257811_10154107731240024_1083842353019193685_nThis Spring was the first year our oldest has played baseball.  I won’t lie, he didn’t even get on plate until the final game of the season.  Once, he ran for the ball but passed through a patch of pricklies on the way.  Having a seat in far left field, he began to pick the tiny cacti from his clothes – the ball sitting in the grass not 5 feet away – as the other team’s players continued around the bases.  You should’ve felt the rage from the stands: “WHAT IS HE DOING?!“… but he wasn’t concerned.  After the game – not oblivious but totally unconcerned with the mishap – he spread encouragement among all of the players, joyfully congratulating the other team, & doting compliments on all of his teammates.  He wasn’t concerned that they’d lost, & honestly I wasn’t too concerned either – he played his best & enjoyed it, & that was a “win” in and of itself.

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REVIEW: The Church by Ascension Worship

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With rise in popularity of iTunes an increasing number of independent artists have – wisely I believe – focused on releasing single or EPs instead of full-lengths, so when I see an independent band release a full-length I often approach it with apprehension. At best, I expect I will download two tracks – the highlights – and the rest of the CD will turn out to be filler. I can count on two fingers how many full-length indie worship records have proven otherwise; Unhindered’s self-titled CD, and “The Church” by Ascension Worship. [Read more…]

Podesla teaches “Your Will”

Saint Lewis’s honorary Atlanta-area guitarist, the amazing Matt Podesla, blessed me with a bit of his time – between Matt Redman shows, and before his tour with John Mark McMillian gets underway – to help give us a detailed lesson on his studio parts for the Saint Lewis single “Your Will”… this is not only educational, but entertaining, & if I didn’t already make it clear, Podesla is an incredible guy. Enjoy!

By the way, if you are looking for a chart, the most accurate & detailed one is available from PraiseCharts.com

Look and See

ShannonLive2013A unique special event took place just a few weeks ago – a partnership between local churches spearheaded by Fred McKinnon which resulted in a beautiful night of God-glorifying corporate singing.  Given that Saint Lewis is a multi-church band 3 of our 5 core members were on stage, as well as 2 of our regular guest musicians, and it was at my former church, St. Simons Community Church, so I felt right at home! [Read more…]