Equipping musicians for missionary service
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 1-615-477-3525

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  • I’ve returned from my first WMM adventure to Durban, South Africa. I was given the opportunity to lead music at SIM’s South Africa conference focusing on rest and renewal. Each and every SIM missionary I met were a gift and blessing, encouraging to me for a variety of reasons, especially in how welcoming they were of me in to their own SIM family while we all attended this conference together. It was a representation to me of the global body of Christ. In light of their conference being a time to rest and renew, many expressed their gratitude for having someone outside of their SIM community c...

  • Here's a brief video recap of Joal's time in Mombasa, Kenya

    https://youtu.be/fWY8vKTdVHg

  • I’m finally sitting down to write a post-trip update.  My last update was the night before the last day of the retreat.  On that final day I ended up getting a solid half-day of work in and was well enough rested to give me energy for not only the morning session but to lead the evening session and give the concert that I mentioned.  For the Lord’s Supper, we arranged the room so that all of the chairs felt like they were sort of seated around a giant table (we happened to have one of those!).  I had the bread and wine placed around the table almost like it was set at different place settings....

  • The Church, your church, is made up of a group of different and unique individuals.  Each with their own gifts and abilities. Each with their own part to play in the makeup of the body of Christ.  But let's not forget that the body of Christ is not just made of your local congregation.  It includes believers from all over that make up "The Church". And each church, even within the same denomination, does things a little bit differently.

  • At about 8:16 this morning we took a left turn off the pavement onto what could only be described as  an off the beaten path gravel and mud backwoods country road. We had gone about 9 miles West of the seaside town of Punta Gorda to reach this turn and it took us about 10 minutes. We were making good time by any standard. The next 7 miles or so clicked off at an excruciating pace of 1 hour as we bounced, dipped, and splashed our way to Santa Teresa. The rain was steady, the road was muddy, and the guitars were safely tucked in a small Toyota crew cab with four grown men. To us it was the begin...

  • I, IV, V--for the non-musical readers among us, those would be the named numerical identities of the 3 main chords used in a Western Music Major key: the 1 chord (the key you're playing in/ the dominant tonal center) and the 4th and 5th chord of the scale progression. Honestly it's not deep theory, it's not overly complicated; but when it's explained to a young musician and they "get it" it actually is a bit of an "of course!!" kind of moment. But...somebody has to teach it, show it, explain it, play it for that moment to ever arrive. Without the clarity from the theory, the ear will often div...