March 23, 2006

missions conference

today I played music for day 3 of the Erskine Missions Conference. it was a great week of teaching and singing. I have no idea why they asked me, a white American, to do music when we had such great leading from our Korean and Mexican students, but it was a great opportunity for me to meditate on the call to missions, whether at home or abroad.

the songs I did were as follows
  • "take to the world" by aaron tate, sung by derek webb. brilliant lyric: "take the bread on your tongue / and leave a trail of crumbs / to lead the hungry back to the place that you are from". that line didn't really catch me until this week.
  • "share the well" by randall goodgame, sung by caedmon's call. shared the story behind the song concerning the Dalit Freedom Network and the lyric's relation to Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well and sharing with her the "living water"
  • "this road" by jars of clay. great song written as a prayer for the underground church in China. followed it up with the first verse of "for the beauty of the earth"
  • closing song: "great is the Lord" by michael w. smith, followed by first verse of "all creatures of our God and King"

getting to lead music, no matter what setting, really forces me to meditate on the texts that are being sung, and in turn meditate upon the truths of Scripture which they express. it has made me realize that I can't use throw-away lyrics in worship. an ill-spent word can mean the message being lost among the syllables. doing a wider variety of songs is inspiring me to want to write songs again, but seeing the weightiness of writing meaningful lyrics is almost paralyzing when I pick up the pen. I have also been listening to a set of lectures that Kevin Twit just gave at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on the "hymn movement". most fascinating is the 3rd lecture on engaging the emerging church.

Exploring the 'Why' behind the Modern Hymn Movement Part 1 (MP3) -- Lecture Notes (pdf)
Exploring the 'Why' behind the Modern Hymn Movement Part 2 (MP3)
Engaging the Emerging Church with Hymns (MP3) -- Lecture Notes (pdf)

For more lectures, visit Southern's Institute Of Christian Worship lecture page.

March 20, 2006

but I still love technology...

even though it means I got to watch every agonizing minute of the Kansas-Bradley catastrophe on Friday night! I was totally excited about the March Madness On Demand website, since my beloved Jayhawks were being pre-empted by the local favorite UNC-Chapel Hill Tarheels (who also lost painfully this weekend). But no, it was all in vain since they played like they did during our 3-4 start to the season, and Bradley brought their A-game.

Then they brought their A-game against Pittsburgh on Sunday, and defeated my father-in-law's Alma Mater. He and I did have a bet going that the loser of the Pitt-Kansas game would take the other out for lunch in Columbia next weekend, but now all we can do is commiserate together over our hopes being dashed... (thanks KU for being out in the first round 2 years in a row)

so instead, I am treating you all to a look at the Erskine Campus, which is nearly empty this week due to the college's spring break...

I leave you with the words of Kip... "always and forever..."

currently in iTunes: Caedmon's Call "Share the Well" (for Erskine Missions Conference, Thurday)

March 03, 2006

the mcpassion

Maybe I'm behind the times and have just heard about this, but don't miss out on the latest tie-in with the greatest story ever told.

"Prepare for the second helping!"

March 01, 2006

paste magazine podcast

oh my gosh, if you're not listening to the Paste Culture Club podcast, you're missing out! and if you're not already the magazine, you're not allowed to pass go and collect $200!

so last week's podcast is a great starter: interviews with Marty Stuart who rambles about music, tradition, and Johnny Cash, and with Steve Taylor and his latest directorial effort... and then new music from Rocky Votalato...

do yourself a favor and listen to it by going here