One Way Love


If you don’t already know this about me, I LOVE sharing music, resources, and lots of other things! It is rarely enough for me to find a good thing and just enjoy it myself-I have to pass it on to other people too!

This is especially true if said resource/music/etc. is FREE! I mean, you barely even have to convince someone to give something a chance if it’s not going to cost them anything to give it a chance. It’s basically selling itself.

To that end, I’ll be sharing free resources that I come across here on the blog. Perhaps I’ll have a weekly roundup sort of thing (Freebie Fridays? …I think i need to work on the name lol). But for now, I think it’ll be intermittent updates.

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Right now Tullian Tchividjian (Billy Graham’s grandson) has one of his books on Grace and the Law on noisetrade.com for free! I don’t know how long it will stay there, but I’d recommend you check it out. I just downloaded it myself and am looking forward to diving into it soon. Here’s the link to use to download it:

http://books.noisetrade.com/pastortullian/one-way-love

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Monday Morning Music


I hope to make this a somewhat regular feature on my blog-sharing music that’s currently impacting me. We’ll see how often I’m successful in this goal, but at least I can start strong!

All Sons & Daughters is currently in my “Favorite Current Bands” category. There’s just something so authentic, raw, honest, and beautiful about every single one of their songs. I’ve been following them since their first release in 2011 and they’ve only gotten better these past few years. If you know them, good! And if you don’t…well, you should :). Here’s your first step along the way.

“Christ be All Around Me” is a song they cowrote with Leeland and that’s on their most recent album. It’s based on a prayer attributed to St. Patrick and focuses on Christ’s presence with us. I’ve always loved Scripture talking about God’s physical presence with us (Psalm 16:8, Philippians 4:9, Isaiah 41:10, and Matthew 28:20 just to name a few of my favorites), so this is definitely right up my alley.

But I won’t go on and on about it: here it is for you to enjoy yourself! The lyrics are after the youtube link.

As I rise, strength of god
Go before, lift me up
As I wake, eyes of God
Look upon, be my sight

As I wait, heart of God
Satisfy and sustain
As I hear, voice of God
Lead me on, and be my guide
And be my guide

Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
Whoa…Whoa…Christ be all around me

As I go, hand of God
My defense, by my side
As I rest, breath of God
Fall upon, bring me peace
Bring me peace

Your life, Your death
Your blood was shed
For every moment
Every moment

Are We Headed For A Crash? Reflections On The Current State of Evangelical Worship


I’ve seen this blog making the rounds recently and think this is a critical issue to engage with. We must always always ALWAYS “Point to Jesus…[and not] draw attention to yourself.” Great thoughts.

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1Last week I spent a couple of days attending the National Worship Leader Conference, hosted by Worship Leader Magazine, featuring many well-known speakers and worship leaders. The conference was held about 15 minutes down the road from me, so it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m glad I went.

I met some new people, heard some thought-provoking teaching, enjoyed some good meals and conversations with worship leader friends, and experienced in-person some of the modern worship trends that are becoming the norm in evangelicalism. It was eye-opening in many ways.

Over the last few days I’ve been processing some of what I saw and heard.

Worship Leader Magazine does a fantastic job of putting on a worship conference that will expose the attendees to a wide variety of resources, techniques, workshops, songs, new artists, approaches, teachings, and perspectives. I thought of Mark Twain’s famous quote…

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Endings and Beginnings


For a few months now I’ve been toying with the idea of reactivating my previous blog. It’s been nine or so months since my last update there, which was itself an attempt to reactivate that blog after five months of dormancy. But thinking about it and thinking about it some more has only led to inaction rather than in action. I couldn’t nail down all the reasons that I’m conflicted-desiring to write and create/curate but not actually doing anything about it. But last night, I think I finally made some progress.

The reason I haven’t reactivated my old blog boils down to this: I currently find myself at the end of one particular season of life and at the beginning of another. The particulars are still in flux and I’ll share them at a later point. But my previous blog is a specific product of the previous season of life that I was in. It’s always been more worship/music focused and while that is still a part of who I am today…it isn’t wholly representative. And that’s my desire: a blog that is more holistic and that folds aspects of those previous seasons of life together with aspects of this upcoming one.

That’s where this new blog comes in: a new blog for a new season. I’m not sure exactly how committed I am to the idea in general and this blog in particular, which is why I’ve gone with an option where I don’t have to get my own domain BUT have the option to in the future. Goodbye Blogger. Hello WordPress.

So stay tuned. I’ll still share thoughts on worship and new songs that I’m currently digging. However, current events, personal updates, theological musings, and more will join those thoughts. I’m excited for the journey and to share it in some small way too.