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Mar 2018 21 Mar 21, 2018

Writing for the church is good and God-glorifying, and I truly love doing it. I wonder, though, if more honest songs would arise if we didn’t only write for the church....Read More

Feb 2018 22 Feb 22, 2018

The strong movement produces strong music. There is no greater movement and no greater passion than Jesus’ gospel, the power of God to save. The songs of the redeemed should pack passion, creativity, intensity, and be sung loudly to reveal the story of God and how that story collides with our lives....Read More

Feb 2018 5 Feb 5, 2018

In previous posts, we talked about why it was important for songwriters to write from scripture, and how to do it faithfully, creatively and regularly (make some goals!). Today I want to list some specific ideas, writing prompts, scripture passages, and examples that might help you get started....Read More

Nov 2017 6 Nov 6, 2017
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How exactly should a songwriter go about writing from the Bible? I’ll explore three key concepts we need to keep in mind as we attempt to write songs from the Bible....Read More

Aug 2017 9 Aug 9, 2017

Congregational songs must be singable enough that unmusical people can participate and theologically understandable enough for new believers to benefit from their truth. But the biggest struggle I see when songwriters show me new congregational worship songs isn’t musical or theological. The greatest struggle in writing good congregational worship songs is structural....Read More

May 2017 2 May 2, 2017

There are several things that keep us from writing new songs—fear, insecurity, laziness, and lack of discipline to name a few. But perhaps the most prevalent, and ironically the easiest to overcome, is simply not carving out time for cowriting....Read More

Mar 2017 7 Mar 7, 2017

As soon as I finished a song, I had a flurry of thoughts: Did they like it? Were they impressed? Will they say what an amazing song it was? Do they think I’m a good songwriter? Will they all spontaneously stand up and burst into applause?...Read More

Aug 2016 24 Aug 24, 2016
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Our church sings original music. Not always, but sometimes we do it. Most of the time it’s awesome, but other times, it’s an exercise of patience for our congregation. Recently someone asked me to explain why our church writes original music, so I’ve been thinking about all the ways songwriting serves our local church....Read More

Jul 2016 11 Jul 11, 2016

The songwriters of the Church have a special responsibility. We should be writing songs that expose God’s people to more and more of His powerful, life-changing Word....Read More

Jul 2016 6 Jul 6, 2016

I recently had a conversation about the process of creating art with a friend who writes movie scripts. As we talked, I mentioned a difficulty I’ve had in writing a song that I’m actually happy with. I’m trying to write more because I want to cultivate this gift in my own life and serve the congregation I am privileged to lead. But it’s been frustrating....Read More

Feb 2016 26 Feb 26, 2016

For the last twenty years, I have been trying to bend the English language around for the glory of God and write melodies to encourage the hearts of his people. I know the difficulty and the reward of this labor and, more than ever, I feel the need to sing to the Lord a new song....Read More