A Borrowed Flame

I’m still here.. let the partscasters begin!

It’s been rather quiet on the blog for the last few months. I feel like this year is just whizzing past. I’ve only got 4 performances left before the season ends! It’s also the case that I’ve rather lost my motivation for blogging of late. To be honest, I’m not sure it’s something I necessarily want to keep doing. In fact, I’m thinking of re-jigging […]

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The ‘five big boxes’ to check when choosing songs

Here’s some great advice from Jamie Brown on how to select congregational worship songs for your church’s repertoire: Biblical faithfulness, theological correctness, gospel centeredness, musical richness, and congregational accessibility are the five big boxes you should be able to check. If a new song is really popular but doesn’t check all five of those boxes, then maybe you shouldn’t use it. There’s other good points there too, […]

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‘Over All’ now available on Spotify & iTunes

I recently came across Routenote, an online distributor – a way to get tracks onto Spotify etc. – without any upfront fees, so I tried it out with a track I thought I’d mixed pretty well, and which wanted to add to a playlist of songs we’re introducing at church over the next few months. Lo and behold, it turned up under a week a […]

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Vater Unser von DMMK

On the topic of new songs,  here’s a great new setting of the Lord’s Prayer, from G5MeineKirche (aka FeG Rebland), which we recently introduced: Vater Unser (LIVE) from Jonathan Roth on Vimeo. Here’s the chord chart

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New Song: Beautiful Forever

New Song: Beautiful Forever

In February a group of musicians from our church had the privilege to lead the singing at a women’s conference in FeG Ettlingen, and introduce a brand new song we’d written for the occasion. Im Februar hatte eine Musikteam aus unserer Gemeinde das Privileg, bei einer Frauenkonferenz in FeG Ettlingen den Lobpreis leiten. Wir einführte einer neuen Song, den wir für diesen Konferenz geschrieben haben. The […]

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New #TwentyFourteenProject song from November

I didn’t skip November, but I suppose it’s a sign of how dissatisfied I am with November’s song, that I haven’t uploaded it until now (or that the past few weeks were very busy) Here it is.. not my best, but as ever, a helpful aspect of the bigger project:

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The drawback of quitting Twitter

Yesterday I posted about how I’ve quite Twitter (sort of). However, lest it seem like it’s a no-regrets, heroic charge into the disconnected future, I thought it worth noting what my reservations have been in partially disconnecting from social media. My biggest fear, if I’m honest, is I think what makes social media so powerful to begin with: importance. Why haven’t I deactivated my account […]

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Why I just quit Twitter

Why I just quit Twitter

Twitter Bird by 600poundgorilla on DeviantArt About five minutes ago I deactivated my main Twitter account – specifically, the @findo one. I’ve had the account for about 6 years, and had 1000+ followers, and have long had a love-hate relationship with it, but I feel like it’s time to call time on it. Here’s why: 1. I haven’t actually looked at it in about two […]

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Top worship albums of 2014

Top worship albums of 2014

A lot of excellent new worship music came out this year, and here is my inexhaustive, subjective list, in no particular order of my favourite  (i.e. most listened to) worship albums. If you feel like buying them, please consider doing so via my Amazon store. Kings Kaleidoscope – Becoming Who We Are CityAlight – Yours Alone see my review Falls Church Anglican – We Will […]

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The perfect Aussie Christmas

This is probably even funnier for we Aussies enjoying cold european Christmases:     The slip’n’slide kills me every time.

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Anchor – new #TwentyFourteenProject song from October

I’m a bit late posting this, but here’s the #TwentyFourteenProject song I wrote back in October:

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Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

I came across two excellent articles this week which deal with the role of music in the church, and attractional models* of church, or more specifically, critiquing such models: Churches, stop trying to get butts in the seats and start telling your story   When we gather for worship, we’re not just expressing ourselves to God. It’s not about what we can do for God. […]

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