Songwriting – The Musician’s Sermon

Do you think the lyrics in church music are important? How accurate should the lyrics be? How much artistic license should be allowed?

recent discussion on my Facebook Page about a line in a song that has been bugging me prompted much of this post.

At the last Calvary Chapel Worship Leader’s Conference  I went to in 2008 I took a songwriting class from Brenton Brown. This is what I remember from that sesson.

Every song is a sermon.

The chorus is the thesis statement.

All of the verses should support that thesis.

In the list of spiritual gifts the one that is most applicable to the worship leader and church songwriter is teaching. Continue reading Songwriting – The Musician’s Sermon

Guest Blog Post: Worship to a NEW Generation

Kirk Graham
Kirk Graham

Connecting with others via Twitter is such a great resource for information, ideas, and perspectives.  Kirk Graham is one of those such Twits.  Here is his guest blog post, which is a call to worship.  Enjoy.

For us, worship is about giving credit to the One who deserves it all. Giving Him less than everything wouldn’t be a true offering to begin with. The lights, the cameras, the action, the smoke, the instruments aren’t about us becoming better rock stars. All that is for Him.

It’s simply our creative expression about how we feel about OUR God. We will not hold back. We will not back down. We will not sit silent. We’ll shout the praises of our God from rooftops across this land. And we won’t be stopped. Continue reading Guest Blog Post: Worship to a NEW Generation

Chapter Seven: Your Role as a Mentor – An Excerpt from “On the Mountain”

Chapter 7: Your Role as a Mentor
Exodus 24:13

So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua,
and Moses went up to the mountain of God.
Exodus 24:13

Morro Bay, California

Another aspect of leadership crucial to the ministry of a worship leader is that of mentoring and discipling those God has placed in your sphere of influence or under your authority. Joshua was the attendant of Moses since his youth as well as one of his choice men (Numbers 11:28). He spent more than forty years along with and assisting Moses who was able to live as an example, through both the wise and foolish choices he had made.

The Bible is very clear about discipleship and this principle applies to being a leader in the church. Look around and discern whom the Lord has given you. Seek the Lord as you train up Joshua to take your place. This allows God to use your life by multiplying it—even as Jesus told his disciples in the following passage:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 14:12-14

Some examples of mentoring relationships in the Bible are the following: Moses mentored Joshua; Eli mentored Samuel; Elijah mentored Elisha; Jesus closely mentored John, James, and Peter; Paul mentored Timothy; Aquila and Pricilla mentored Apollos; and, Phoebe mentored young women. Continue reading Chapter Seven: Your Role as a Mentor – An Excerpt from “On the Mountain”

Sabbatical Coming to an End

Calvary Seaside:  Bridget, Mark Savalle, Keith Palmer, Pastor Kurt
Calvary Seaside: Bridget, Mark Savalle, Keith Palmer, Pastor Kurt

Well, my health-induced sabbatical is over.  Mark Savalle who has so graciously steped in for me when I had bronchitis in Dec/Jan is transitioning to a San Diego career opportunity.

So for the next six weeks, I’ll have to get serious about learning songs and thinking about building sets again (and blogging those decisions and results).

Look for my update Saturday or Monday.

Songwriting Seminar with Darrell Evans! WOW!

Early Bird Registration $22 - by April 15

Join us for our very first Songwriting Teleseminar. Worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist, Darrell Evans will be sharing insights on songwriting and also answering your questions.

All proceeds go to support the ministry of NightLight (

When: Monday, May 4th at 8pm Central

Where: on the phone

Cost: only $22 (early bird discount until April 15)

Christmas Song Collaboration: Gift of Love

Good and Perfect Gift   (CCLI 5350331)

I wrote this for our church ladies’ luncheon based on James 1:17.  Joel Klampert and I collaborated to re-work this song.

Get the chart here:

In the Key of C (G Capo on 5th Fret)

Here’s my newest version.

Here’s Joel’s first draft.

Continue reading Christmas Song Collaboration: Gift of Love