A Borrowed Flame

Graham Kendrick on why we don’t sing

Graham Kendrick on why we don’t sing

One of my favourite songwriters, Graham Kendrick, nails it here:  

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New #TwentyFourteenProject song: All in all

New #TwentyFourteenProject song: All in all

Here’s a simple song I whipped up in September for my #TwentyFourteenProject based loosely around Colossians 3 (sadly I ran out of time to figure out a bridge for v18 😛 )

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What it looks like to serve for Jesus’ sake

What it looks like to serve for Jesus’ sake

Thank-you, Bob Kauflin: What does it look like when leaders seek to serve others for Jesus’ sake? We recognize that the goal isn’t to have musical experiences dwell in people richly, but the word of Christ (Col. 3:16). We’re more confident in God’s words than ours, both in our songs and our speech. We choose songs that help people understand, apply, and benefit from the […]

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#TwentyFourteenProject song from August: Bear Your Name

#TwentyFourteenProject song from August: Bear Your Name

I was in Australia for most of August, but I managed to squeeze in some time on the piano for some songwriting, and I managed to come up with what I think is still really a first draft. I didn’t want to leave a gap in my youtube playlist, so here’s a really quick, one-take demo of the song where it’s at:

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Orchestra Flashmob in Nürnberg

A friend from Nürnberg recently sent me this video of the Staatsphilharmonie (the ‘house’ orchestra at the theater where I used to work) doing a Beethoven flashmob in the Altstadt. It’s good to see some familiar faces, and be reminded of how beautiful Nürnberg is…

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#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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I heart warm winters

I’m writing from a warm, sunny winter in South-east Queensland. And what better way to recover from the brutal 23hr flight than a spot of fishing? … even if the only thing I caught I had to throw back. Fishing is good for the soul.      

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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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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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