Music and Missions

To those who know me, it is no secret that I am passionate about at least two things: music and missions.

When I was a freshman in college, the Lord filled my heart with a desire for missions that has never diminished. I majored in missions for my undergraduate studies, and throughout my pastoral ministry since then, I have always sought to promote missions and never ceased to ask God when it would be time for me to play a more direct role in missions.

But music has always been part of my life. So much so that several faculty members were surprised to see me enter seminary, assuming that I had been studying music. A reasonable assumption – thanks to God’s providence and my parents’ diligence, I started piano in 2nd grade, oboe in 5th, and singing in 12th. Finally, I ended up marrying Nichole, who has a B.A. in Sacred Piano. What can I say? We love music.

Why mention all of this? Because this fall these two passions have intertwined in one album that we’ve titled, “…Lead Me On.”

Front insert jpegTogether, Nichole and I have recorded this album – she on keyboard and me on vocals, along with a full orchestration – for a few reasons:

  • We have sung / played in many churches, concerts, and other venues, and people have been requesting an album for as long as I can remember
  • We’ll be moving soon, and we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to do this while we have the time, equipment, audience, and energy (before we get any older, OK?)
  • We intend to use the proceeds from this album to help with our upcoming ministry transition to church planting in Seattle.

We’ve chosen songs that have been a blessing to us over the years and which, we pray, will bless and encourage others and ultimately exalt Christ. I have sung most of these multiple times and in many locations, but we wanted the chance to set them to a fresh orchestration and really focus on communicating the messages clearly as possible.

Here’s the track list:

  1. Gentle Savior
  2. O Holy Night
  3. Psalm 51
  4. Out of the Depths / It Is Well
  5. You Raise Me Up
  6. No More Night
  7. I Bowed on My Knees

Maybe someday I’ll write a little blurb about what each of these songs mean to me and why we chose them, but for now, I hope that their meaning will come out in the performance.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little bit. We’ll be releasing the CD on December 5, but we’re taking pre-orders now due to limited quantities.

You can go to the album’s page here to learn more, or here to order through PayPal. The CDs are $11.99 each. Add $2.99 if shipping is required.

We fully believe you’ll enjoy and be encouraged by each of these tracks, and as the Lord provides, we believe that this album will be one small part in taking the Gospel to places where Christ is not yet known.



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