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#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 04.19.18

There is a book that was first released during my childhood called, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. I never read the book. I think I was 12 when it was first released. While I am sure it was a great book, my hunch is that it was written with a simple premise in mind: men and women are different. Men and women act differently, have different tendencies, and even speak different languages (in a sense). Their differences are so great that it’s almost like they come from two different planets. 

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 04.05.18

For the past several weeks we have talked about becoming a musical ninja. We outlined the different parameters for musical beat, discovered how to know what notes and chords are in each key, how those chords within a key can be represented by numbers, and even what notes make up each individual chord.

We learned a lot!

With great knowledge comes great responsibility. So… what now? What do we do with all of this knowledge? Why does it matter? How is it going to be helpful to us? Most importantly, how will this knowledge transform us into musical ninjas?

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 03.29.18

There is an interesting old legend that has come to us by way of European folklore in which it is said that newborn babies are delivered by way of stork. Perhaps you have heard of the legend. Perhaps you once believed the legend (or perhaps you still do)…

It is a ridiculous notion, of course. Newborn babies are definitely NOT carried by stork and gracefully dropped into the laps of hopeful, expecting mothers. I never believed that story. However, had you told me that music chords were carried by stork and gracefully dropped into the laps of hopeful, expectant musicians and songwriters… I probably would have believed you!

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 03.15.18

When I first started writing songs, I literally pulled out my origami skills and created a couple of cubes that would become my “chord dice”. I wrote every chord that I knew on the pair of dice, and I rolled the dice to decide what chord I would play. One of those two chords, I figured, would have to sound good!

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 03.01.18

When I was a kid, I was amazed by my dad’s driving skills. I was old enough to understand the basic idea of how to get from point A to point B. No problem. But somehow he always knew a faster way to get there! It was like he was some kind of car ninja -or perhaps a road wizard who understood the mystic arts of cartography at a level that mere mortals could never attain.

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 02.15.18

There is a song that came out during my childhood called, “Life Is A Highway”. It was a great tune! It has been remade by several artists since then, but I still remember that original version with the great drum beat, harmonica and electric guitar in the opening, almost spoken first verse, and classic chorus. “Life is a highway!”

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 02.08.18

It happens to everyone. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, or recently, it will. No one is exempt.

I was recently playing electric guitar for a local church Worship Team and I totally messed up. We were playing a song that I had played a dozen times, and I landed on the completely wrong note of the signature electric guitar part. It was noticeable to anyone with ears. That note wasn’t even pretending to be in the key. It was bad.

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 02.01.18

There is a time-honored wedding tradition in which the bride is supposed to bring to the wedding “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. I like that. It reminds me of something Jesus once said:

…“every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (Matthew 13:52, ESV)

#ThursdayWorshipThoughts 01.25.18

I used to work construction for a living. Chains were a tool that we would use on a daily basis. We used chains to lift, pull, or hold items as we worked, and I found out quickly that a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. You could only lift, pull or hold items that the weakest link could handle. If the weakest link of the chain was pushed beyond it’s ability, everything came crumbling down!