downloadWhen I was first getting started as a worship leader, Tim Hughes was one of the guys I looked up to.

Tim is one of the best worship songwriters I know. Having written Here I Am to Worship, Happy Day, Let it Be Known, and many others, his songs have theological depth and incredibly catchy hooks.

In this interview, Tim and I talk all things Worship Central, prophetic worship, songwriting, embarrassing moments (it’s a good one!), and much more.

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Anybody love compliments?

I’m kind of obsessed.

Most of the time I would rather serve in front of people than behind the scenes because of the attention.

When I wake up on Monday morning to ready my Bible, there’s no crowd poised to cheer.

No one is waiting to praise me for the man of God that I am. No fanfare, no hi fives, no thank you cards.

Little by little, I can shortcut my time in the secret place for the pull of the public eye.

But according to Scripture, God isn’t into what is seen.

He’s more concerned with who we are behind closed doors – doing good…quietly.

He’s more concerned with our inner man – who are as people rather than our gifts, talents, and what we achieve.

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Not much. Success in God’s eyes is much more robust, hidden, real.

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10348869_10204083134459245_9217684608051465718_oHave you ever wanted to sit down with a renowned musician/producer and pick their brain about what it takes to be a pro?

Going pro is about making a decision and going to work. It’s not just going to happen for you.

That’s what Gabriel Wilson and I talk about on this week’s podcast. Gabriel is our first repeat guest, a good friend, and incredible producer with such heart.

If you’re a songwriter, musician, or creative leader (or know someone who is), you’ll love this interview.

The interview is very informal, like two friends catching up. Enjoy!

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worshipSunday morning has its share of busyness and distraction.

It’s not that we worship gear, tone, & rock stardom. We’re just distracted – crowded minds and preoccupied hearts

I hate to say it, but oftentimes meeting with Jesus on Sunday morning feels like a reunion with an old friend. It’s refreshing, we remember the past, but it’s like we’re just “keeping up appearances.”

We aren’t connecting on a regular basis.

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8627341322_eb713ff36a_zThe more we make worship ministry about us, the further we get from God’s heart.

It’s about passion for Jesus and compassion for people. And this podcast is all about getting real.

I had a conversation with Jimmy Thorpe, local church worship pastor and all-around great guy about the ins and outs of worship ministry.

So many valuable topics are discussed in this interview – two local church guys talking about what we do week in and week out.

This is less about songwriting, music production, and art and more about what it takes to lead people, which is what most of us spend our time doing.

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finishYou know what’s difficult for me? Finishing songs.

It’s agonizing for me to declare a song “done” if there’s still possibility that it could be better.

It could always improve. It could always change.

But there comes a time when you have to finish.

There’s more at stake in your creative projects than you may realize. Your creativity, your art, your work sets inspiration into motion.

Throughout my life I’ve been inspired by artists, musicians, and writers who could have made the decision to stall and never finish.

Influence belongs to those who step out and make something happen.

Good intentions don’t change the world.

Dreams don’t make a difference unless they’re put on a deadline.

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safe_imageWe don’t really need more songs.

We need God songs – songs that transport our wandering hearts and distracted minds to behold a greater reality.

Without a doubt, that’s why I love the songs of Jon Egan and the Desperation Band.

It was so fun to catch up with Jon and talk about Desperation Band, the new album. miracle stories, songwriting, and discipleship.

Check out the interview…AND we’re giving away 5 copies of the album. Details below!

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2588347668_a1006846fa_zWhen it comes to preparing for Sunday’s worship, we have the usual routines.

We pick our songs, we arrange the music, we schedule the band, we rehearse. But what if I told you there was more to your preparation than that?

What if I told you there were ways to leverage your influence on a deeper level each weekend?

I know, we’re all busy. But no one wants to get stuck in dead routines that have no meaning. This post is all about breathing life into those rhythms we keep every week.

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Justin-Jarvis-ImpactingIt’s a powerful truth when you realize Christ is within you and Christ wants to extend His grace through you.

This theme runs deep in the music of Justin Jarvis, worship leader at the Harbour Church and artist with Jesus Culture Music.

Justin has a heart for the presence of God, a unique voice, and powerful songs that will shake the complacency right out of you.

In this conversation we talk about all things Jesus Culture, being used by God, guitar pedals, comic books, musical influences, and healthy worship team culture.

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14656401742_4bf8e40393_zWe say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it?

Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as “a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live.”

If that’s the case, this is pretty important stuff.

It makes sense, right? The Bible isn’t silent on this matter:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).”

All.

Do all.

Whatever you do.

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