Song Explanation: You’re There

You’re There Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. – Psalm 139


I am terrible at writing worship songs. Allow me to explain:

Part of … [Continue reading]

Avoiding the Post-Christmas Slump

You did it! You survived the worship leader’s busiest season of the year. Most of us work our tails off throughout November and December preparing for special events and additional services. By the time New Years’ arrives, many of us are exhausted and ready for a break.

But there’s just one problem: you still … [Continue reading]

Five Artists that Give Me Hope for the Future of Worship Music

As the Worship and Youth Pastor for a mid-sized suburban church, I’m responsible for selecting the songs we sing from week to week. While we don’t stray very far from the expected contemporary/blended approach to worship, our congregation is generally open to trying anything that’s a) Jesus-centered and b) singable. This gives me a lot … [Continue reading]

Camp 2012 – Day 5

I’m writing tonight’s post from the DVD burning party in the camp office. I’ve joined Craig, Marc, Danny, Jeff, Becca, and Tate in burning 138 DVDs of the daily recap videos for all the campers to take home with them tomorrow. We’ve only got 5 computers working for us so we’re going to be up … [Continue reading]

Omaha Collective’s Christmas EP

Well, this was unexpected.

About a year ago, I got together with my good friends Jared Kliewer, David Potter, and Cody Villarreal to record some Christmas songs for our friends and family. It was very much a “just for fun” project; we tracked everything in one afternoon in the basement of a church friend’s lake … [Continue reading]