That day, He told me He wanted to trade my burdens for joy and pain for healing. That day, He reminded me that He had seen every tear, every disappointment, every frustration, every compulsive behavior and every panic attack. There was nowhere I had gone unloved or unseen. He told me I wasn’t annoying Him but instead, delighted Him. And of all the crazy, lavish, nonsensical, reckless things, He had taken me to Scotland to do it!
As we continue this conversation, we must remember that diversity is not the end goal - glorifying God is. As we unite in this goal, diversity is both an essential building block and a priceless reward, and shows the world that God’s love inside us is stronger than the forces trying to divide us.
This spring, I took a crack at it! I put into words all I’ve learned about songwriting and the posture of heart required to write worship. We gathered 12 writers. We spent a few months working through a course, experimenting with teaching and deep discussion. We laughed, we cried, we grew. It was beautiful. Now, we are ready to share it.
Many times as songwriters, we believe we are supposed to fit into one of two categories: words or music. Have you heard this before? After over 1,000 co-writes, I have come to believe that I see seven types of songwriters. Seven tribes, if you will. I hope this broader view helps you to understand who you are as a writer and those you write with in greater ways. There are amazing things about every one of these types, and we need them all in the Kingdom!
I created a resource a few years ago called "The 4 Pillars of Christian Music". Surprisingly, I've had a number of people come to me since then telling me how valuable it was for them to do an honest overview assessment of their music and marketing. So, in that same spirit, I'd like to update it a bit (back then, there was no Instagram or Snapchat, and mobile phones weren't as popular as they are now, for example) and add a twist to it for artists and songwriters recording music (that's you!) today.
Have you ever wondered how worship leaders choose which songs they use? Have you ever wondered how YOU should choose the songs you bring to your church? After years of planning worship services I can say that there are a few key things that I consider when choosing songs. By no means is this a complete list…and there’s lots of biased sprinkled in all along this process. However, I believe that these ten tips will help you be more confident in choosing the right songs for your congregation. Here we go!
There are a few things in nature that really speak to my spirit: the ocean, clouds, and trees. I can sit and look at any one of them and feel like God is telling me a story. Their sound and movement always seem to be sharing something about His character. They remind me that while He is so much greater than I can comprehend, He also cares about each little part of us, every moment and breath…
Dear Brave, I would much prefer this introduction be in person, over a cup of coffee with good music playing in the background, rather than a letter I’m writing from my front porch in Ohio. However, God seems to find ways of connecting us all despite geographical divides, so I’m being obedient and believing that community pervades distance. As I write, I’m picturing you all in my mind. I’m hoping this letter finds you rested, healthy, and whole.