Monday, March 7, 2016

a new season

In 2014, I began a PhD program in Theology & Worship at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC - the last two years have been amazing and overwhelming.

In 2015, we added a 3rd child to our family - and this little blessing was equally a challenge at first as we spent time in the NICU at UNC Children's Hospital at birth and several months later.

As 2016 kicks off - I'm in my last semester of coursework for the PhD, and looking forward to several great opportunities this year:
- singing in two weddings in June
- writing an original song for one of those couples!
- presenting a session at the National Worship Leaders' Conference (NWLC) in May just outside of DC
- doing an independent study with a top-notch evangelical scholar that culminates in July

If you're inclined, please pray for me in this particularly full season of life!  And if I can serve you through leading worship or participating in your wedding, please don't hesitate to be in touch - those are priorities for me even in crazy seasons such as this.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

the story of: one thing leads to another

I have had this one Christmas card saved in my home office for about 2 years.  i bought it on clearance (the only time worth shopping for holiday stuff is December 26-Jan 1), and saved it.  it had a simple enough theme and not much text to it (i hate wordy cards), but the time had just not been right to give it to Sarah, my wife.

this Christmas, it felt right.

mostly because the song i wrote for 2011 carried along the theme - the idea of the snowball effect.  You know, how one thing starts and then it snowballs into a bigger thing and the next time you look there's an Indiana Jones-style snowboulder bearing down on you.

in relationships, there's a lot of movement, and indeed a snowball of emotion in most cases.  now, hear me out - it starts with holding hands... then maybe some cuddling... then the first kiss... then you're committed to each other... then marriage... then... you get it.

in our relationship, we've definitely been growing to love each other more and more.  and now that we have a son, it's pretty remarkable how much i can love my wife and love this new little person... it's still growing, too!

so, last year's song for Sarah captures that progressing idea of at first holding hands, then the kiss, then the comfort of just being held by the one who loves you.

since this hasn't been recorded yet, you'll just have to imagine your own melody :-)  it's a lot more 'pop' than some of my other songs, and even has a kind of Mraz or Needham feel to it (even though i don't listen to Mraz).  i'll hopefully be doing a rough version of this that i'll post in some format or another.  or, you can come hear me play it live if i do a show in the area!  just watch my twitter feed for details on that.

here are the lyrics:

The very first time that we went  out
we sat so close, practically overlapping
and in the dim light of the show
you whispered in my ear so soft and low

my love, my love, my love   hold my hand

sometimes we would sit and talk
often we were sitting nose to nose
lost in one another’s eyes
i touched your cheek, we felt it in our toes

my love, my love, my love kiss me

one thing leads to another
thankful we were led to each other

now when we find the precious time
to take a breath and finally sit down
once more we lean in close
resting on me you don’t even have to ask…

my love, my love, my love hold me

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

catching up

over the past few weeks, i've realized several things:

leading people in worship is a very comprehensive pastoral task... much more than just playing songs well.

i don't spend enough time writing anymore

i really love my son!

i've been in the midst of preparing a worship practicum/internship/seminar with my good friend Aaron Leeds, the worship pastor at Triangle Community Church, and i've been re-reading Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin with another good friend, Forrest.  in both of these circumstances, the immensity of the calling to lead people in worship of the Creator has been working to churn a lot of thought in my mind, but i haven't really decided what forum to express these thoughts... maybe here, after all.  Although i intended to largely post stuff related to the WeddingSongs project, maybe i should stretch the blog into a more general songwriting/theology space.

that said, i don't spend NEARLY the time writing that i used to, even a year ago.  part of that is because i read too much... well, maybe not too much, but more than is necessary to stimulate good thought.  i've caught myself reading for the sake of escapism a couple times recently, and that's not particularly helpful.  i'm probably going to take my guitar on vacation with my wife, and just play around, hang out with her, and try to relax for a day or two.  we'll see how that works out...

while my wife and i celebrate our anniversary (5 years) together, we'll be leaving our son with some trusted friends... but i don't know if i can handle it.  I've really grown to love the routine of getting him up in the morning, and spending time with him when i get back from the office before he goes to bed.  how weird will it be for those days we're gone...?

anyways, here's to some more frequent postings here...