Today is an exciting day as it’s the release of our first Christmas album Christ Has Come.

Many of you may be familiar with my blog and podcast but not as familiar with my church, Allison Park Church. Allison Park Worship is our worship ministry – a collective of worship leaders, musicians, and songwriters who serve our local church.

This is our second album and our very first Christmas project. Enter…Christ Has Come.


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PCD_001If there’s one challenge every worship leader faces, it’s unifying the generations in worship.

My guest on the podcast this week has a unique perspective on this because he is both a worship leader and a senior pastor.

Dan Dean, from the popular Christian group Phillips Craig and Dean is both a recording artist and a pastor.

In this conversation we talk about the worship leader/senior pastor relationship, connecting the generations, the band, and an amazing story Dan shares from the road.


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Y1hediOeRoya666XCjYg_forestWe all know musicians should keep learning.

No one wakes up and says, “I’ve made it! I’ve finally learned everything there is to know!”

Whoever says that won’t have many friends.

Learning and growing is part of what it is to be human. That journey never ends.

But do you know why? Why do you need to learn, remain curious, and forever expand your creativity?

It’s not to be the best you can be. It’s not to create more opportunities for yourself.

It’s not be more successful, make money, or a name for yourself.

What is it? I’ll answer the question shortly, but first allow me to reference a great new book.

I’ve been loving John Piper’s, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully. It’s a necessary read for songwriters, musicians, worship leaders, and anyone involved in the arts.

The first chapter is a biographical sketch of George Herbert, the famous poet/pastor. The point that Piper makes is that Herbert used poems and beautiful language as a means to see and savor the beauty of Christ more fully. His art wasn’t an end in itself.

It was used as a microscope to see the glories of God.

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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.

Don’t miss it!

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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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