The King is here – testing out a new song

Our small group is currently looking at some of the encounters people had with Jesus as recorded by John in his gospel, and while we’re not yet up to his triumphal entry, I thought that it was still a good time to road-test a song I’ve been working on: Verse 1: Blind men see, and slaves are free The serpent’s head is crushed beneath his feet. […]

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Promises… acoustic session

Here’s a rather impromptu and unrehearsed live acoustic recording of ‘Promises were made (You are faithful)’ with Thomas on the piano: Don’t forget, you can download the song as an MP3 and sheet music here.

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A creative project in our church // Ein kreatives Projekt in unser Gemeinde

It’s dangerous to suggest an idea in our church, because chances are someone will reply with “Super! Mach das!”. Several months back, on a music weekend in the Black Forest I suggested to our music area leader that, as we’ve got so much talent in our church, we should do something to encourage people to create new works and to work together. In short, that’s […]

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Are all refugees genuine?

I wrote recently that one of the reasons I keep posting things about refugees is because it is an issue that is in the public discourse, and being used as a political chip, and yesterday’s policy announcement from Australian Prime Minster Kevin Rudd just proves that point. From what I’ve been reading, it’s a terrible policy (and quite possibly in breach of the International conventions […]

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Testing some new gear

I whipped up a little demo track this week, in order to test out a bit of new recording gear. It’s a bit rough and ready*, with improvised parts, but it gives and idea of the sound (not too mention the song). So here it is, followed by a run-through of what’s being used: I’ve been using an MXL 2006 condensor mic for my demos, […]

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Links worth reading #3

Digital gluttony is killing my prayer life – Paul Anleitner Gluttony is defined as an excess in eating or drinking, and in the same way consumption of food and drink must be mastered to have in moderation to the profit , and not harm, of your body, we must wrestle in 21st century to moderate or digital appetites for information and interaction to prevent the harm […]

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International Worship – Sunday Edition!

Last Sunday FeG Karlsruhe held its first ever International Sunday morning service. We (the International Worship team) joined forces with the Chinese congregation who meets in our building, and with Encuentro, the long-time Spanish community in our church. It was a great morning, even with the exhaustion of having to lead two services back-to-back. We heard some powerful testimonies, sang heartily about the risen Christ […]

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A history of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 100 riffs

This is probably the most awesome thing you will see on the internet today, if not this week:

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Vote for me + Free download

I’ve entered my song ‘Promises were made (you are faithful)’ into weareworship.com ‘s competition.. I’m not really a fan of the whole shortlist-via-facebook-likes approach, but it’s what it is, so if you like the song, I’d appreciate you taking 2 minutes to click through this link and ‘like’ my song. I’ve also put it up on Noisetrade, for free download, with chord chart and lead […]

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Do I speak too much about refugees?

A couple of people who I care about have recently said to me that I should stop posting so much about refugees and asylum seekers. As it happens, I haven’t actually blogged on the issue very much, but it is true that I’ve posted a fair bit on my Facebook wall of late. I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking through the criticism, and want […]

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