The inspiration for song ministry

Ron Man has a really helpful article over at TGC Worship:  7 Characteristics of the Ministry of Song which I recommend to you.   Ron takes a look at Ephesisans 5:18-20 and pulls out 7 foundational principles for congregational sung worship, but his observation about the first point, that our singing is to be “spirit-filled” caught my eye: With all the debates about the filling […]

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New Song (Jan 2014): Still on the throne

At the end of last year, I hadn’t spent any time songwriting since we finished Jahreszeiten der Seele, and so one of my 2014 priorities is to re-engage in the discipline of songwriting (you’ve got write a lot of bad songs to get a couple of good ones!). At the end of last year we had some sad news of a friend’s death, and then […]

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An open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister Dear Mr Abbott, I’m very glad to read that you welcome feedback, and advice as you seek to lead “an accountable and open government”. These are laudable values for any government. I recently read some comments you made, and what began as a small Facebook comment regarding these comments, turned into an open letter of sorts, which I […]

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Good stuff from Bob Kauflin

This interview with Bob Kauflin might be short, but it’s a suckerpunch alright! Nothing is more important to communicate to people than the gospel of Jesus Christ. No song, arrangement, vocalist, riff, or technology will be more impressive than the Savior. People are starved for the glory of Christ, not the glory of our presentation. Another thing I’d impress on myself is the importance of […]

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The business of busy

A few people have been sharing this interesting piece on busyness, which is worth reading. I confess, I often respond to inquires of my well-being with ‘pretty busy’, and it’s true, that I have a lot to do, often. The Spielzeit tends to regularly pile unexpected pressures on, but I did appreciate the challenge about ‘busy’ become a stock answer. My wife and I began […]

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Happy New Year

A slightly belated happy new year to you all. Here’s what I was doing on new year’s day, enjoy:

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The “top” new worship songs from 2013

Happy New  Year! Worship Leader Magazine recently came out with a list of the top 20 Worship songs of 2013, which you can look at  and listen to here. It’s a list featuring most of the usual suspects – Hillsong, Worship Central, Elevation, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman – which is to be expected. Of course, ‘top’ in this context means the editors’ favourites, but I […]

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