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Time Out for Terry Taylor – Please Read and Forward (via CCM’s 500 Best Albums Of All Time)

Terry Taylor is a legend. His music was a formative part of my Christian development… and it didn’t (all) suck. Another health care tragedy…

I am taking time out from the countdown for this important message for fans of CCM and Terry Taylor     To any and all who been blessed by the life and gifts of Terry Talor, It is with much regret that I come to you with a desperate prayer. Our dear friend and brother, Terry Taylor, is experiencing one of the direst personal struggles of his life. Since the cancellation of Catscratch, his financial situation has been dismal to say the l … Read More

via CCM’s 500 Best Albums Of All Time


bonus track

Here is an extra song I recorded during my late night practicum recording. I was frustrated working with new stuff, so I went back and played around with some of my old stuff. It was written about  two years ago and my wife thinks it’s my best…

click on the link to download the song: what i’m wearing

what i’m wearing

i could use a new suit of clothes

cause i don’t like what i’m wearing

when i cruise around all over town

step back into the background

and i see your face you don’t turn around

you don’t like what i’m wearing

hey the clothes make the man

the man that i wish i am

and i don’t like what i am wearing

i could use a brand new car

a new car could take me far

i could finally leave this place

go somewhere and find some space

instead of trying to see your face

stuck in orbit around your space

and astronaut stuck in place

a stalled wreck on the interstate

and i don’t like what i am wearing

i could us a new pair of shoes

a pair of boots that have been finely tooled

embrodiered with the finest threads

with the finest lines you have ever read

and maybe when i walked

i could see those shoes and talk

and maybe they would hold the words

the finest words that you’ve heard

and i don’t like what i am wearing



get up and walk

This song also took shape from Christ the Center (I am constantly drawing ideas from Bonhoeffer!) and a lecture.
Basically the idea is that all the gospel events took place in real time at a real place, and the disciples didn’t really know what to do with it. Even after the Resurrection, they were still going back and saying, “oh wait- when he said that he meant this.” Some of these theological concepts (such as the notion of trinity) took hundreds of years of reflecting. There had to be a discussion as to what constituted Scripture. The Creeds and Confessions were birthed out of prayer, contemplation, and discussion (and a lot of argument). Understanding takes time. Revelation often does not happen all at once.

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the birth

Look I wrote a Christmas song!

I was pretty intrigued about this quote in Christ the Center, “in Christ the divine Logos enters the human logos; that is the humiliation of Jesus Christ” (Bonheoffer 49). This song is an attempt at trying to articulate some of the concepts regarding that. Continue reading

what does it mean?

I began the blog last quarter as a project for my Practicum. In my Practicum, I had to show some sort of articulation of the content of my classes in the wider world. So I started the blog, which was a lot of fun. However, this quarter I decided to do something different. Because of the time involved in my new project, my blog posts have slowed down considerably. I’m still keeping the blog, but I have to admit it’s low on my list of priorities.

Ok , that’s the back story to my current project. I have been working on creating a series of songs based on the concept of hypostatic union, i.e. the union of God and man in Jesus Christ. I was able to complete four, though I have odds and ends of a few more that may be developed at some time. Continue reading

it is well

Its been a hard adjustment back into school. Life and school are having a hard time intermingling this quarter. Things are starting to pile up and I’m already behind. It is pretty easy to be discouraged.

I know my life is, relatively speaking, pretty good- and probably most people (at least in America) have it okay. That almost makes it worse, reading and hearing about all those who struggle daily to survive or recover against horrific circumstances- and I am all torn up over a hit car, a kid being mean to my son, family moving, and being behind in homework. Continue reading


“The last time I saw Jesus, I was drinking bloody mary’s in the south.” That’s from “Jesus in New Orleans” by Over the Rhine. It is one my favorite opening lines of a song, rivaled only by “I married my wife on the day of the eclipse. Her friends all rewarded her courage with gifts” from Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Sorrowful Wife” and “I built a little empire our of some crazy garbage called the blood of the exploited working class,” from They Might Be Giant’s “Kiss Me Son of God.”

I’m going to see Over the Rhine in a few hours- my sister is coming over the watch the boy, and my wife is putting on her fancy shoes. It should be fun.

It’s hard to make time for fun. Life is so busy- and there are lots of things that are rewarding, but sometimes “fun” gets pushed aside.

I’m looking forward to tonight. This is a great band (or rather couple) I’m sure they are going to be playing some new material, produced by the legendary Joe Henry. I’ll be moved, heart pounding in my chest, tears in my eyes. I’ll be challenged- I’m always inspired by their sincerity, honest, and conviction. But most of all I’ll have fun.

Or I should say that my wife and I will have fun. It’s something we get to experience together.

Sometimes that’s what we need.