Marriage: Lay Your Life Down

So when I lose my way, find me
When I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, till the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

So intones Andrew Peterson from his 2010 song “Dancing in the Minefields”

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And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
When I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, till the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

‘Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadowlands
Till the shadows disappear

‘Cause he promised not to leave us
And his promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos, baby,
I can dance with you

I Am Worn By the War In Me


…I don’t believe the words you said
But I can’t find the words I want
Oh, I can’t find the words I want

…Oh, I’m afraid of the world I’m in

One day I will see Heaven’s reach…
Oh, I’m worn by the war in me

Chorus
Somebody found me here
Somebody held my breath
Somebody saved me from the world you left
If you’re gonna cry my tears
If you’re gonna hold my breath
If you’re gonna let me see the sun you set
Oh, I am lost and found
Oh, I am lost and found

Our Idol is the Worship “Experience”

AlexMcDonaldAlex McDonald is a pianist. But not just any pianist: he made his orchestral debut at 11, earned a Doctorate in Musical Art at Juilliard, recently competed in the 14th Van Cliburn International Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, and is younger than I am! World magazine interviewed Alex McDonald, where he made a staggering point about worship. I hope to come back and revisit this idea in greater detail, but for now, consider his suggestion all of our arguments about music styles in the “worship wars” are just a smokescreen for the idolatry in our hearts.

What role do you think church music should play in one’s experience of worship?

In modern churches, we have a graven image of what the experience of God ought to be like, and we want our music to simulate that experience in us. It could be an organ or a praise team—either can create a God experience that may not have any of God in it at all. But people will feel like they’ve worshipped. Continue reading

August Burns Red: Creative Captivity

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Here are the lyrics:

This is a barren wasteland,
A lonely place where inspiration goes to die.

Rescue the beauty that’s left.
Restore the character that’s long since gone,
Because these colors must never fade.
The beat must carry on.

We will fight to save this.
We will fight to keep it alive.
This is a cause worth fighting for.
We will rescue and restore.