Respect: Seeing Again

    The word respect comes from the same root as spectator or spectacle.  To respect a person, or a community, or an issue, literally means to see again, or to see anew. This is bad news.  Respect is often described as a baseline, a starting point, something we expect people to take for granted, […]

A Discipline of Darkness

We turn the lights off during Lent.  As in, we don’t turn on the lights in our house for a month and a half. Five years ago, my wife and I were talking about Lenten promises and this idea came up, so we decided to go for it.  Why not?  Sounds weird, let’s do it. […]

New Album! SACRED DAYS

  I’m very happy to announce the release of my new album, Sacred Days! Sacred Days is a collection of songs written for specific occasions. Each speaks to a milestone moment in the life of faith: Welcome (Baptism) All In (Confirmation or New Decision for Christ) Never Far (Weddings) Love is the Cord (Advocacy in […]

Saying What Everyone’s Thinking

When people defend the outrageous statements of Donald Trump, they often say, “He’s just saying what everybody’s thinking.” So no apologies, he must be legit.   Okay, so obviously this is not true. Trump is not saying what everybody is thinking. I am a bona fide member of “everybody”, and I don’t think just about […]

New Sheet Music!

I’m very excited to share the notation for my song, Welcome, which is the opening track on my new album, Sacred Days. Download it for free! Download the Welcome Piano Score! Download the Welcome Leadsheet! Please help me finish the new album by making a contribution to my fundraising campaign, here.  I’ll send you copies of […]

Righteousness

  When Jesus’ mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.  – Matthew 1:18-19   The first thousand times I […]

Wedding Planning and the Refugee Crisis

  Weddings are complicated affairs – and the more spectacular and creative they are, the more challenging and fraught they can become.   Planning a wedding involves a gazillion difficult decisions, headaches and potential conflicts. Ceremony, venue, invitations, food, music – you have to figure all this stuff out, and every aspect of the planning […]