Yearly Archives: 2013

For Posterity (Or, “The Fate of Unborn Millions”)

I’ve been on a huge reading kick this year, and one of my latest conquests was 1776 by David McCullough. Now, I’ve never been a huge history buff, but David McCullough makes it come alive for me. (My family probably

Paper Beats Rock.

If you’ve ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” (who hasn’t?), you know it’s this circular hierarchy in which rock crushes scissors (naturally), scissors cut paper (duh!), and paper covers rock (what?!?). Imagine, if you will, what the rock must

Introducing Precious for Wind Ensemble!

If you haven’t read my previous post about Psalm 139, you should probably go ahead and do that right now. (No worries…I’ll wait right here…) So this new band piece I’m writing, “Precious,” which is based on Psalm 139, is

You Are Precious

Today I want you to read Psalm 139. Not just skim it, but really read it and ponder the implications of what it says about God’s attitude toward you. Here we go: O Lord, You have searched me And You

Christianity + Singleness = ?

Lord, help me… Today I’m taking on a topic that I normally wouldn’t touch with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole (Grinch reference!). But I recently read a book on Christian singleness that basically tore me apart inside, and I have some

What Is Worship?

I preached my first sermon last week. Crazy, right? Having been a pastor’s kid for my entire life, I suppose I should’ve seen it coming someday, but given my general disdain for public speaking, I’ve always been perfectly content to sit and listen

Self-Publishing 101: Binding

So I’m finally going to blog about my publishing process, which I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and just haven’t gotten around to it. Today’s topic is binding. I get pretty excited about it, which probably sounds

I Will Remember

Lately I’ve been reading a book called “Sons of Encouragement” by Francine Rivers. It’s a compilation of 5 short novels that are her take on the stories of 5 different men from the Bible (she also has one called “A

B-Major Bliss

So a few nights ago I had a dream. I won’t go into all the details (mainly because I don’t remember most of them), but somehow I woke up with the impression of “Happily ever after in the key of

Introducing Proclaim for Wind Ensemble!

As promised, here’s a sneak peek at the band piece I’m working on. First off, I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but the premise of this piece is to take the rhythm and pitch of spoken poetry (in this case,

Why I Hate Public Speaking (But I Do It Anyway)

Okay, first off, I am SO EXCITED about the piece I’m working on! I’ll keep you posted, and maybe give you a preview of my cover art in a future blog post, but as of last weekend, I have a

New Beginnings

So a funny thing happens when you talk about letting go of “should” – it often brings back your “want to”! Which brings me to… Good news! I’m composing again! Part of me has that hopelessly lost feeling that generally


Hey everyone! It’s been far too long since I last blogged, so I believe a quick life update is in order. First of all, I bought a shiny gold 2008 Hyundai Sonata toward the beginning of the year, which I