20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (7-8)

7.  Have a plan to capture inspiration If you are like most people, inspiration is like an unplanned guest showing up at your doorstep.  It can happen at the most inopportune times: in the shower, driving, during a prayer meeting.  Have a plan on how you can capture your inspiration in the moment.  Carry a …

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20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (5-6)

5. Great songs are about ONE thing Without exception, the most enduring songs are those that are centered around ONE theme.  The theme is usually universal, meaning it’s something that a wide range of people can relate to or have experienced.  When writing, make sure you have a clear idea of what your theme is.  …

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School Shootings and a God who is “Able”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT4n-IHfvF0&t=17s In the wake of yesterday's massacre in Parkland, Florida it can be hard to acknowledge a sovereign God when He seems so distant.  For some, the easiest thing is to deny His goodness and to make assessments based on the little we see. The problem of pain, evil and suffering has seemed to explode …

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My Tribute: Three Black Artists who helped pave the way for Modern Worship Music

I'll never forget the first time I heard Aretha Franklin sing.  My mother had a copy of "Aretha's Greatest Hits", a compilation of her best known recordings for Atlantic Records she played regularly when I was young.  As I stared at the spinning red label I couldn't help to be moved by what was being …

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