O Come Emmanuel (a hip-hop Advent resource)

It's been wonderful not blogging or surfing social media this week. Lat night, God gave me a song that I've had in my head for a good three years and I recorded it. Since it might be a resource for some of you, I felt like He wanted me to interrupt my fast to share it. Its hook is a hybrid between "Look Down," the opening song of Les Miserables, and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." I've kind of allowed myself an exception for my sermon podcasts over Advent as well since they don't require investing … [Read more...]

Five verses God has tattooed on my heart — #1: 1 Corinthians 1:28

In seminary, I learned to think of truth as a symphony rather than a single voice or instrument. The goal is not to get everyone to play the exact same note with the exact same instrument; the goal is to enter into harmony with each others' instruments so that we can become God's song. It's not the absolute relativism of playing our own autonomous songs; that would be a disastrous cacophony of sound. Rather, we are all playing our own particular improvisational variations on God's melody. God … [Read more...]

The light shines in the darkness (download my @WildGooseFest trance set!)

I have just uploaded my 25 minute trance set that I will play at Wild Goose to noisetrade.com where it is available for download. The photo was taken at Election Day Communion this past fall. Click below to check it out and tell me what you think! … [Read more...]

Surprised by mercy: my train-wreck conversion story

I was invited to share an occasion when I was surprised by mercy. It was August 2002. I had just rushed my ex-girlfriend to the emergency room because she slit her wrists in a bathtub. I was a severely depressed, chain-smoking mess. And I discovered the gospel of mercy that I proclaim today when I opened Henri Nouwen's book Life of the Beloved in a small group gathering where everyone other than me was a lesbian. I only remember Tanya and Pat by name, but if that group of lesbians had not been … [Read more...]

If I were to make a Christian hip-hop/electronica album…

Then my artist name would be εξουθενημενος and my album would be בן בלי שם (both of these words roughly translate to "The Nobody" because God refines my art by making people ignore it). I used to have a rock band seven years ago called the Junior Varsity Superheroes. I learned how to navigate the local rock scene and we did pretty well. Hip-hop is very much a second language to me; I learned how to rap because I was a youth pastor. I have little interest in mainstream hip-hop. I'm more interested … [Read more...]