“Alive in You” by Jesus Culture

It’s been a while since I last shared what new music I’m listening to so here’s what’s been on repeat lately!

Jesus Culture’s latest cd has a song called “Alive in You” and I absolutely love it, especially the chorus:

You are God, You’re the Great I AM
Breath of Life I breathe You in
Even in the fire I’m alive in You.

You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire I’m alive in You.

This past season has, for various reasons, often felt like a furnace. Heat, pressure, no idea what’s coming next…but Christ, “one like a son of the gods” (Dan. 3:25) not only can keep us alive in the flames of the furnace and use it to refine us: He is also with us in the furnace and sovereign over every step that led us there and every step we’ll take afterwards. It’s truth I need to keep hearing 🙂


Monday Morning Music-“I Celebrate The Day” by Relient K

And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life

Christmas is a celebration of the fact that “He who was the Son of God became the Son of man, that man … might become the son of God” (Irenaeus, Against Heresies). What a wonderful truth! For our sake He lived the perfect life that we never could have lived and died the death that we never could have escaped in order to bring us into the family. Glad tidings of great joy indeed!

This week take time to rest in the gift that Emmanuel’s life and death and resurrection on our behalf is to us all. And Merry Christmas!

Monday Morning Music: “The Earth Stood Still” by Future of Forestry

Original Christmas songs aren’t usually that great. There are only a handful that grab you and demand a place alongside the standards and classics.

This song is one of them.

“Love came down and the earth stood still”

[And if you haven’t, check out Future of Forestry’s other Christmas songs/albums. You won’t regret it!]

Monday Morning Music- “The Times They Are A Changin'”

Things are about to get a bit crazier around these parts. We’re moving this week and classes for me start next monday! It’s important to me that this blog stays a priority but it’s almost unavoidable that I’ll have less time to give to it (at least for a while). I’m finally getting excited about all this change but also know that it has the potential to not be easy. But when everything else is changing, I’m thankful that God stays the same and that we can count on him. He is our Rock, in whom there is “no variation or shadow cast by turning” (James 1:17, HCSB). Thank God (literally) for that!


All Wars, Even Civil Wars, Must End


Well today seems to not be a great day for bands I loved in 2012. First there’s the news (not a surprise, since they’ve been on hiatus for a few years at this point) that Joy Williams and John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, have officially parted ways. From the statement on their website:

Joy Williams comments, “I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together… I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.” John Paul adds, “I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”

The only thing that makes this bittersweet (as opposed to just bitter) is that they have a version of “You Are My Sunshine” available for download that was previously unreleased for download in the US.

As if that weren’t enough, it seems that Gungor has been making some waves of their own for their shifting theology. World magazine reported on it a few days ago, but the gist of it is that Michael Gungor no longer believes in certain portions of Scripture, among them a literal Adam and Noah (which he compares to Santa Claus) and God being our Father and not our mother. Rather than commenting too much on it myself, I’ll just link to two articles that treat the issue more fully: the first one here and the second one here.

Both of these stories leave me wishing the outcomes had been different, albeit for different reasons. And who knows? Maybe this isn’t the final word for one or both of the bands. But it seems to be just another reminder that nothing here is permanent and of the importance of enjoying where God has us for now while expecting change in the future.

My Lighthouse-Rend Collective Experiment

Rend Collective Experiment is another of my favorites recently. I love this song off their most recent album in particular because of the imagery of God as our lighthouse: constant through the storm, always beckoning us towards safe harbor and guiding us through the storms. And also cause it’s just a really fun/catchy song. Enjoy!

Monday Morning Music- “Stay Alive” by Jose Gonzalez

I watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” over the weekend with my wife and a few friends. None of us had seen it before and we all enjoyed it!

The soundtrack was excellent and included this wonderful song by Jose Gonzalez. Happy listening.