I have the great honor and privilege to lead services every Sunday at my home church,  Christ Community Church - Leawood Campus. I get the opportunity to work with some terrific musicians and spirit-filled worship teams and every once in a while I contribute a song that gets added into our church's "songbook." "Come Sing for Joy," is one of my latest that, as I like to say, wrote me rather than I wrote it. Charts and lead sheets are available on the charts/resources page.
     This song serves as a joyous response to the revelation of all that God has done on our behalf. Its foundation is in the language of the imperative of the opening strains of Psalm 98, “Sing to the Lord a new song for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” (Psalm 98:1). 
     The first verse focuses on creation’s praise (Psalm 98:7-8) and invites the worshiper to join with all creation in lifting this song of God’s salvation. The chorus sings of God’s deliverance of all things through Jesus and his ultimate deliverance as the King who will come again.
    The second verse invites the worshiper to sing over those who cannot, at this time, sing this song for themselves (the lost, the least, the weak, the poor), while the final chorus points to the day when all will be put to right and God’s justice will be made known to all of creation.

May the Words


May the words of my mouth...
     Back in July, I had the opportunity to do a concert at the Central Bible Leadership Institute at Camp Wonderland in Wisconsin. I wrote this song as a prayer and originally thought of it as a benediction, a sending. But since, I normally open with it as a song or prayer of preparation. Capturing the heart of Psalm 19:14, it is a prayer that my words and songs would bring glory to God. 




Help me if you can...
     A few years ago, I had the opportunity to do a solo concert with my good friend, Phil Laeger, at Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas. One of the songs in which I have found a great deal of satisfaction is my cover version of "Help" by The Beatles, written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney.      The Beatles' original version is quite different in mood and style, but I have always believed there was something deeper in the lyrics.
As Mahalia Jackson once said, "Anyone singing the blues is in a deep pit crying for help." So for me, I felt the deep pit, the heart and soul of this song, could be better expressed in a gospel-blues style as it felt like a spiritual cry. "Please, please help me" sounds so much more passionate and heartbreaking in a hard-hitting six. I imagine this is how Ray Charles might have considered doing it. 

So here is my reinterpretation of The Beatles' iconic song in hopes that this new translation might become an alternate way of telling a better  story...or at least my version. 
A week ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with Jonathan Taube of The Salvation Army's Central Youth Network for a casual conversation about life, worship, ministry, and training young leaders.
July 26-27, 2014, we had the distinct privilege of leading worship at The Salvation Army's Central Bible Leadership Institute in Wisconsin. It was a wonderful weekend and this video captures a snapshot of the activities of the first weekend. It was great to be with good friends and worship together again after a long absence from being a part of the happenings of CBLI.
A single for my Christmas song, "On Christmas Day" is now available at NoiseTrade.com. NoiseTrade.com is a website which allows you to download the content for free or leave a tip as a "thank you" for the music.

"On Christmas Day" was written to celebrate love at Christmas...specifically Santa's love for Mrs. Claus. Santa is a busy guy on Christmas Eve. It's hard for him to be away from home, but he's got a job to do. And the best part about it, I believe...is coming home to Mrs. Claus at the end of the day.