The worship leader as storyteller

This is really good: For the Worship Leader the goal of corporate worship should be to remind the people of God of the story of God’s redemption through Christ, thus leading this redeemed people into the worship of this active, living God. This corporate memory must be rekindled by connecting the local congregation to the acts of God in history, by singing songs and reading […]

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The gospel and approval

The gospel and approval

You may have read this week about the death of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch (though you might know her better as Jack’s mother on 30 Rock). My Facebook feed has certainly seen a number of tributes, but one quote in particular caught my attention: “The terrifying thing in my life is that I am just an actress. And I have to keep pushing it and getting […]

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My 2013/14 season in pictures

My 2013/14 season in pictures

The 2013/14 season finishes officially at the end of this week, but I had my last performance on Tuesday, so I’m effectively on summer break now. I need it. It’s been a really big season (but a great one!). I was in five new productions (and rehearsed a sixth, which I’ll do first in the coming season): Cristiano in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) – […]

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Dan Wilt on the spiritual discipline of hiddenness

Dan Wilt recently posted something which, frankly, I needed to read. Numbers only mean what God wants them to mean. For someone, their one Alzheimer patient they care for is worth the 1000 that someone else is called to care for. And so it goes. When we cross the line, love and faithfulness is the only measure we’ll see in God’s eyes if we can […]

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#Worship album review: ‘Yours Alone’ by City Alight

#Worship album review: ‘Yours Alone’ by City Alight

Yours Alone by City Alight July 2014 Hot on the heels of their Hills District neighbour’s new album (yep, that’s the ‘Hill’ in Hillsong) is the debut album from City Alight, St Paul’s Castle Hill. And it’s really, really good. Musically, it sits squarely in the current contemporary worship “sound”, with some nice ambient post-rock pop and a helping of upbeat nu-grass; there’s clear influence from […]

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#TwentyFourteenProject: The Half-Way mark

#TwentyFourteenProject: The Half-Way mark

This project was a pretty crazy idea, but I’m glad I’ve pushed through, as I’ve learnt a lot, and feel that the results have been good. It’s half-way through, and so here’s a little look back with a playlist of the 6 songs I wrote this year (as part of the project.. I actually have done two others outside of it.. but more on those […]

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Review: No Other Name, Hillsong Worship

Review: No Other Name, Hillsong Worship

No other name / Hillsong Worship (June 2014) I readily confess that I often judge albums by their cover, or at least, a good cover will often make me want to listen, and the cover of the new Hillsong album is pretty intriguing: Time Square lit up with the title of the new album (and it’s not photoshopped!) I was keen to hear the new album, and […]

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New #TwentyFourteenProject song from June: You have done it all

I’m a week late it posting  my new #TwentyFourteenProject song from June… Last month was hard. It’s half-way through the project, and I really had to push through the fatigue and feeling of being out of ideas. This is what I ended up with:

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