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Why Blend In?

I’ve only lived a few weeks now in the South but I’ve started to realize something.  I stick out like a sore thumb.   

I’ve spent most of my entire life in the Upper Midwest and considered states like North…

Music Monday: Grace Rising - The SOZO Sessions EP

Music Monday:  Grace Rising - The SOZO Sessions (Live Acoustic EP) 

Release Date:  October 15, 2017 

Maybe it’s just me, but I find it exciting when one of my favorite bands releases a live project.  Don’t get me…

What Will People Think When They Hear That I'm A Jesus Freak?

The year was 1995.  I was a senior in high school and finally starting to get through some of those “awkward life stages” but yet still geeky nonetheless (just picture acne accompanied by a mullet).  I can remember music…

Music Monday: John Mark McMillan - Mercury & Lightning

Music Monday:  John Mark McMillan - Mercury & Lightning 

Release Date:  September 1, 2017 

And the wilderlove is hidden within us 
And we reckon with it 
And we wrestle with it 
The wilderlove is hidden within us 

A New Season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 

I sometimes wonder if my openness and honesty in this blog is a little too much.  I ask myself questions like "Do people

Music Monday: Thine Worship - Tread Upon The Heights EP

Music Monday:  Thine Worship - Tread Upon The Heights EP 

Release Date:  March 31, 2017 

In an ever-changing music industry, it seems artists are looking at new ways to bring music to listener’s ears; ways which are bucking…

Music Monday: Alisa Turner - Self-Titled EP

Music Monday:  Alisa Turner - Self-Titled EP 

Release Date:  August 25, 2017 

An artist’s heart is readily apparent through their music; the degree of authenticity and genuineness always comes out in the final product.  It’s easy to tell…

A Bigger Picture Of Worship

I’m going to jump right into things this week.  I’m discussing worship…a topic that’s near to my heart.  But before we get started, I have a few questions: 

What drives you to worship?  Not just on Sunday, but throughout…

Music Monday: Songs of Heaven & Earth, Volume 1 - Corey Voss

Music Monday:  Songs of Heaven & Earth: Volume 1 by Corey Voss 

Release Date:  July 28, 2017 

Whenever I have the opportunity to talk about an upcoming or recently released project for #musicmonday, I’ve made the effort…

Music Monday: We Say Yes - Housefires

Music Monday:  We Say Yes by Housefires  

Release Date:  June 2, 2017 

There’s something about raw and organic worship that speaks to me; both profoundly as a worship pastor and also as someone just looking to connect to…

He Is Their Help And Shield (Psalm 115)

Israel, trust in the Lord! 
He is their help and shield. 
House of Aaron, trust in the Lord! 
He is their help and shield. 
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! 
He is their help and shield. 

Music Monday: Join The Song, Vol. 1 - Erik Michael

Music Monday:  Join the Song, Vol. 1 - Erik Michael 

Release Date:  March 3, 2017 

In starting this bi-monthly music review column, I did not fully realize some of the places it would take me or the…

The Danger Of Drift

My hometown of Duluth, Minnesota is beautiful.  Yeah I might be a bit biased, but I think it has some qualities that make it a lovely place.  Seated on the shores of Lake Superior, it’s not your typical Midwest-looking town…

Music Monday:  The Labyrinth - Aly Aleigha

Music Monday:  The Labyrinth by Aly Aleigha 

Release Date:  September 18, 2016 

In being a music lover, I sometimes come across an album that stops me dead in my tracks; causing me to simply listen and think…

Music Monday:  God That Saves - Iron Bell Music

Music Monday:  God That Saves by Iron Bell Music 

Release Date:  May 19, 2017 

If you go back 15-20 years, how many sizable worship movements can you think of?  My mind goes to a couple, each tied to…

Dismantling Lies series  Part 3 - Lies About The Church

Note:  For clarity’s sake in this discussion, I will sometimes reference things as “Big C Church" which is God’s Church universal.  “Little c church” is what I understand to be the local church on mission with God.  Slightly nuanced, but

Dismantling Lies series  Part 2 - Lies About God

We’re continuing on in a series that I believe is more of an open discussion than anything else.  I’ve been impressed to write more topically for a few weeks because of the need to give certain issues specific attention…

Music Monday: Grace Rising (self-titled)

Music Monday:  Grace Rising (self-titled) 

Release Date:  September 18, 2016 

There is a trend going on within the local church community and unlike so many other trends that influence the church, I sincerely hope this one is here

Dismantling Lies series  Part 1 - Lies About Ourselves

Do you ever wonder as a Christian, as a believer in Christ…is all of this stuff we believe really real?  I mean, do you ever step outside of yourself, your background, your upbringing, your context, etc. and examine, “what if…

Music Monday:  Love Made A Way - Aaron Shust

Music Monday:  Love Made A Way by Aaron Shust 

If you’ve followed Christian music and the worship-genre specifically over the last 10 or so years, you recognize the name Aaron Shust.  As a worship pastor, Shust’s career was…

Music Monday: Frontiers - Vertical Church Band

Music Monday:  Frontiers by Vertical Church Band 

I am standing on the great frontiers 
Of Your love, of Your love  
You have overcome my deepest fears 
With Your love, with Your love 

So sings out the title track…

Music Monday: Have It All - Bethel Music

Music Monday:  Have It All by Bethel Music 

OK full disclosure:  I've never considered myself a Bethel Music fanboy. Sure I've fallen in love with and led certain tracks as a worship leader. Sure many of their songs have…