The Sacred Trust of Songwriting
From Perspiration to Inspiration
One of the obvious truths about music and songwriting is that they are not passive media. God created music (Gen. 4:21) and then gave it the capacity to have incredible influence upon its listeners. So much so, that it carries the power of bypassing the mind (intellect) while still engaging the heart (soul/heart). Have you ever experienced a time when the melody or arrangement of the music alone moves you tears or deep reverie? That’s intentional. God created music specifically as a tool to encourage and bring pleasure to the soul and to purposely draw His creation to Himself. What an amazing gift. more...
hot tip #14
Mastering the Three M’s
This Hot Tip is actually more of a basic truth of how to do ministry. A truth that when understood and practiced will be helpful in guiding you in your journey of leading worship in various church/event settings or even during cultural shifts as the recent move from modernity to post-modernity. I understand this truth as the Three M’s: Message, Market, Media.
The MESSAGE refers to the Gospel and the truths of God and His nature. This message is unchanging and cannot be “tweaked” to fit a given situation or preference. God’s truth is just that, God’s truth; eternal, established and unchanging. It is the core of our worship and why we exist. When we lead worship there should be no question about what we are doing or for who’s Glory we are doing it for. The Message never changes. more...
When I finished “Your Beloved”, I had no idea of the exposure and longevity it would have in churches across the country and in the Christian community at large. I simply wrote a song that expressed my heart to God in that specific season of my life and I honestly hoped that it might be a blessing to the local church I was serving in at the time. It quickly became one of my favorite songs and truly appeared to have a significant impact at my church. more...