#TwentyFourteenProject July: Overcome

#TwentyFourteenProject July: Overcome

Oops, I forgot to post about last month’s new #TwentyFourteenProject song before I flew out.. good thing I’d uploaded the recordings.   I struggled with July’s song. I didn’t get any solid ideas until late in the month, so I didn’t have so long to develop it. If I was to use this song in the future, I’d probably go back and rework the verse […]

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Two Excerpts

Here are a couple of quotes for your Sunday reading: Those of us in ministry, whether it’s full-time, part-time, flex-time, or volunteer, are just stewards of God’s ministry. He uses us for a time, and then he moves us on and uses someone else. We don’t build dynasties – God builds His Church. – Jamie Brown   I’m starting to think that a lot of […]

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Migrant service

Before I jumped on the flight to Australia, I helped lead a special migrant & refugee focused service at the Karlsruhe FeG last Sunday. My friend Vimal spoke on what the bible has to say about about God’s heart for the vulnerable and how he expects his people to treat them; about how he is able to understand what migrants go through, as Jesus was […]

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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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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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Some reflections on my songwriting

Some reflections on my songwriting

I’m in the process of setting up a new file system and backup, and as part of that I’m moving my songwriting files and archives across to a new drive. Over the last couple of hours I’ve been enjoying looking and listening back to old stuff and some more recent stuff. My first really productive time of songwriting was back in the first half of […]

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Writing songs from scripture

Writing songs from scripture

Ross Hutto has written a really helpful post on worship song writing which is worth checking out. Most, if not all of my worship songs come directly from scripture. There’s a plethora of ideas and in my opinion the best source for writing songs for worship. So, I try and read scripture. A lot of it. I don’t mean legalistically, but it’s a great idea […]

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The heart of worship planning

The heart of worship planning

A few weeks ago Jamie Brown stirred up the evangelical worship leader blogsphere with this post. While there was quite a lot of pushback from some, there was also a lot of helpful dialogue about why we do what we do in our services. I think it was a good conversation to have, and Jamie raises some really important points. In the week following, another thoughtful worship […]

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