My 2009 MTC Mission costume

April 2, 2009

Why is it that every Moore College mission I find myself dressing up in a crazy outfit and playing guitar?

This is not part of the syllabus.

(But I secretly really enjoy it)



    Really good music in Church (Part II)

    March 27, 2009


    So why is Uncle Joe’s ukulele sing-a-long worth a look? (See Part I)

    Well, if we get to the point where our church music is like Uncle Joe’s sing-a-long, we get to the point where love of the community trumps personal preferences.

    There are heap of places we see this. Last time I mentioned the football victory song. What about a national anthem at a medal ceremony. Who cares if you like the melody of the song. Who cares if there is a backing track and not a live band. The point is, the music of a national anthem connects the medal winner with the people of his or her country. The tune is not important. What is important is that everyone participating identify it as their own.

    Another example is the recent Sound Relief concerts. When I saw on paper that Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John were going to close out the Sydney show, I thought ‘that won’t work’. But I watched the footage. And perhaps it was careful editing or the effects of alcohol, but I didn’t see a dull face in the crowd. Despite the fact that most people in the front section of the crowd would not have Barry Gibb on their iPods. Yet because of the occasion of Sound Relief, everyone was able to put aside their personal preferences and participate with enthusiasm.

    So what does this mean for our churches. I think really good Church music begins with the Church loving what it is. A deep sense of valuing the time spent together.

    Too often we try to do it the other way around. We typically try to get the Church to value itself by trying to improve the music. If the Christian community know and love why they are what they are, the music flows out of them – which is kind of biblical don’t you think?

    New Church music

    March 18, 2009


    I have just added a new set of links. They’re mp3 demos and lead sheets of church songs my wife and I have written. Feel free to use them at your church.

    Hopefully the list will expand.

    Really good music in Church

    March 3, 2009

    This is the first in a series of short posts I am planning to do on Good Music in Church .

    Music. I listen to it, play it, write it and love it.

    I have seen the impact good and bad music has on a Church. So I want music to be good. I mean really good. Good does not mean slick, polished, or even theologically faithful. I want music at Church to be really good – the right stuff, for the right moment.

    I want the music in our Churches to be as good as Uncle Joe pulling out the Ukulele at the end of the weekly family feast, everyone joining in, no matter what’s on their usual iPod playlist. I want the music in our Churches to be as good as a victory song in a sweaty dressing room. You can’t tell me that if an outsider, who usually listens to radiohead, peered through a window at Uncle Joe’s family sing-a-long, they wouldn’t want to be a part of it? Or if down a long corridor, the stadium owner hears the victory song, wouldn’t they want to be part of what was going on there?

    Good music is good for so many reasons other than slickness, style, professionalism and even musicality. Really good music in our Church has to be the right stuff, for the right moment.