Studying the OT is hard

Studying the OT is hard

Studying through New Testament books by one’s self is kind of easy, in the sense that the writer’s point is usually pretty clear. It’s usually pretty obvious what the implication of a given text is. That’s not to say it cannot be challenging or enlightening, but I recently decided to try spending my morning bible-reading sessions going through Lamentations, and it’s really hard. My usual […]

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Jesus’ Precious Blood – accoustic video

Jesus’ Precious Blood – accoustic video

Just another plug for the IBC Many Places Many Faces CD Project… I made this video of Jesus’ Precious Blood (a song Tim Burstow & I wrote back in 2005) for the MPMF YouTube channel: Here’s the lead sheet. Don’t forget to get the free Noisetrade download before the 16th of November.

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International Worship #1

International Worship #1

I had meant to blog about this earlier in the week, but got a bit distracted by the 7in7 challenge. Last Sunday evening we held the inaugural International Worship service at the FeG Karlsruhe. It was a great evening, with over 100 people joining us. The singing and preaching (Eph 4 – Unity in Christ) was in English, with French and Farsi translation. The food afterwards […]

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Liederabend

Liederabend

I have a Liederabend (song recital) in Karlsruhe tonight, with my Aussie colleague, Kate Tier and pianist John Parr. I’m singing Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and a world premiere of three songs – settings of Walt Whitman – by Anno Schreier. Kate is singing Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder (songs on the death of children).  

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Some musings on imago dei via Wallenberg

Some musings on imago dei via Wallenberg

Tonight is the revival of our production of Wallenberg, an opera based on  Raoul Wallenberg who gave Swedish passports to Jews in Nazi-occupied Budapest during WWII, and who was subsequently imprisoned by the Soviets, never to be seen again. There is a particularly disturbing scene, in which a Nazi officer (represented as a pig; the production has a slight nod to Animal Farm I think) […]

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7 in 7 challenge – Day 7: Lead us Lord

7 in 7 challenge – Day 7: Lead us Lord

I’m a bit late posting this, but I did finish the song yesterday (day 7), so it’s ok. For the 7th and final day of the 7 in 7 songwriting challenge, I used the idea of the 7th day as a starting point for a hymn (a much more difficult undertaking than a pop-format song). I had thought about incorporating ‘shabbat shalom’ but it didn’t eventuate. The […]

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7 in 7 Day 6: Psalm 96

7 in 7 Day 6: Psalm 96

Day 6 of the 7 in 7 songwriting challenge; I’ve never written a call-and-response song, so I thought I’d give it a go. This call to worship is based on Psalm 96 (the first time through is the C&R version – with a very reluctant Peta helping out as a makeshift congregation! – the second is straight through – preferences?)     Here are the […]

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7 in 7 challenge Day 5: You are Faithful

7 in 7 challenge Day 5: You are Faithful

Today’s time & effort in the 7 in 7 songwriting challenge was much more fruitful: The key is a bit low, and needs to go up, but otherwise, you get the idea. Here are the lyrics: You are faithful Verse 1: Promises were made Before you made the seas Before you made the stars That you would come to earth The One who would redeem […]

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7in7 challenge days 3 & 4

7in7 challenge days 3 & 4

This weekend was a crazy time to try and do this challenge. Yesterday was the very first International Worship service (more on that in a subsequent post) for which I had put a music team together; we had a rehearsal on Saturday, after which I had a house concert – a kind of practice concert of next weekend’s Liederabend. Suffice it to say I was […]

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7 in 7 challenge – day 2: Galatians 5

7 in 7 challenge – day 2: Galatians 5

After realising that yesterdays first attempt at the 7 in 7 challenge included accidentally ripping off three songs, I hope day 2’s effort is more original! Technically it’s already day 3 where I am, but I ran out of time yesterday to put this up. While some are clearly getting finished songs done, I’m going to use this process for coming up with sketches which […]

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Many Places Many Faces now available! (+ free download)

Many Places Many Faces now available! (+ free download)

I wrote a little while ago about the IBC worship CD project Many Places Many Faces, which includes two of my songs, and it’s finally available for digital download! (iTunes | Amazon) Here’s the official blurb: Stemming from the diverse, multicultural network of IBC churches, ‘Many Places Many Faces’ is an eclectic compilation of 15 songs gathered from international artists representing 9 churches located in […]

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7 in 7 Day 1: Psalm 98

7 in 7 Day 1: Psalm 98

I came across this challenge today, well, this evening, actually. Basiscally, it’s a challenge to write 7 songs in 7 days: WHAT ARE THE RULES there are only a few rules.  and here they are. can’t use any old material. you can’t go dig through old journals and finish songs you’ve had laying around for years.  this is about digging for new ideas, fleshing them out, […]

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