Sing Unto the Lord

Two days to go!
December 9, 2008, 6:40 pm
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Nite.EV Live is set to go online in two days time and I’m pretty excited.

I’m excited because I think that in Australia we have tons and tons of Christian CDs but few genuine Church CDs. What I mean by that is that Nite.EV Live is pretty different to many other albums in the Christian marketplace at the moment. While there are heaps of great studio albums that are polished and have heaps of great tunes, there are few that leave me feeling like they have come from an authentic expression of love and gratitude to God for Jesus.

Lots of technically savvy riffs and polished synth sections, but at times it can feel like there’s little heart.

When we first came up with the idea for Nite.Ev Live we wanted to buck that trend.

We wanted to record something that wasn’t a sweetened up studio version of our songs, but rather an authentic expression of who we are, what we live for, and some of the joy we have in singing together as a church to our Saviour and to each other.
In order to do that we decided to do something ‘live’ so that all of church could be part of the process and could own the recording as their own. There is something incredible about hearing 150 18-25 year olds belt out that Jesus is the King of the World or that he is the ‘Holy, Sovereign Lord who will reign forever. Particularly in a culture where most 18-25 yr olds think that they reign and that they are King.

We also decided that we would include everyone in each of our bands rather than a small ‘crack team’ because we wanted to reflect who we really were as a church rather than what the best of the best were.

There isn’t a group of people I love singing with more than Nite.EV and I think that if you listen to this album you will understand why.
It’s God honouring. It’s warm. It’s authentic and its ours. We would love to share it with you.
Download a copy from December 12th at


I got ink done
November 28, 2008, 4:02 pm
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‘he asked for a thirteen but they drew a thirty-one…’


October 30, 2008, 6:09 pm
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so… I got one. I wasn’t going to, and then vodafone called me and offered one to me on a deal ten dollars cheaper than I was already paying. Hard to resist. Any sweet bible software apps I should be aware of other than youversion?

Nitechurch live out VERY SOON
October 23, 2008, 8:54 am
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Nitechurch live is due out in less than two months. I put together this vid for Nite EV (the new name for nitechurch – don’t know what we are going to do with the cd name…)

For more info check out

Passion Sydney 08
October 22, 2008, 8:51 am
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Had an awesome night last night. I actually learnt a stack about ministry. But, first… a few more humorous observations:

Chris Tomlin looks like what you would look like if Tony Abbott and Michael J fox had a baby

Chris’ drummer looks exactly like a friend of mine greg, so the whole time Chris played I was stoked because it felt like my mate was on stage.

All of that aside there was heaps to learn last night about ministry to Gen Y people. It mainly was in three different areas: Cause, Music and Preaching


Gen Y love causes. Look at Make Poverty History or the massive increase in TEAR support among uni age students as examples. We love causes that are tangible and right in front of us. Its difficult for us (generalising) to conceptualise the future so causes for the distant future are almost lost on us (Our church is having this issue now with helping Nitechurch understand the importance of giving to our building project) but we love giving to things that are instant and tangible… like building a well or buying a cow for a village in Africa.

Passion recognise this.

Lots of things last night were cause related. The way that we prayed for the city. The way that we gave to support another city. The way that we were excited by cities all over the world giving to one another. The way that we were encouraged as poor uni students to give what we could towards

The cause of passion was clear. To spread Jesus fame and renown among uni students. Gen Y love cause and they can be captured by cause. I reckon we need to hone this and keep helping our Generation see the cause of making Jesus known.


Dave Crowder is a Gen Y worship leader. His songs (generalising) have poetic, ambiguous phrases that are difficult to sing but easy to listen to, then he sings strong, anthemic choruses. I was talking to a guy who oversees a large Christian music festival and he was talking about how he was struggling to understand it but younger generation love having parts of songs being sung to them rather than with them. Increasingly Hillsong united and others are following the pattern of more popular styles with more complicated verses but with anthemic choruses. If you listen to your radio you’ll find the same.

While twenty years ago songs were good if you could sing along with them, now it doesn’t matter so much. If theres a good tag or line that we can sing, thats cool, but other than that a good song doesn’t have to have an easy melody or simple phrasing.

I’m still unsure whether this is a good, bad or cultural thing. The Bible tells us to sing to one another. There are also cases in the Old testament where people listen to others singing. Not sure…

But, a friend I was with said that if he had brought an unbelieving friend, Dave Crowder would have been the best part of the night. Maybe its a missional thing.


In our circles I reckon preachers work hard at not allowing themselves to be emotionally vulnerable or expressive because they see the danger of emotional manipulation. I wonder though if for Gen Y, a preacher who conveys authentic personal attachment to what they are saying, carries more weight. I think our Generation appreciate people wearing their hearts on their sleeve. Not in a manipulative way, but in a genuine, authentic way. If Jesus really is your only hope do you convey it in your voice, in your body language, in your inflection as you preach it?

I wonder if thats why we love American preachers so much. There seems to be a bunch of them who can convey emotion and are obviously personally attached to what they are saying and are theologically grounded and preach biblical truth. We are used to good Bible teaching being dry in Australia (generalising) but we can see another way over the pacific. I’m obviously generalising on this point, but I found last night an encouragement to be more personal when I’m preaching because my generation appreciate testimony and authentic emotion. I think thats why we blog. We love people and so we want to love and hear how the word is shaping the one preaching to us. I think Louie Giglio is pretty good at doing that in an appropriate way.

They are just some of my thoughts from last night…. Did anyone else go and glean some other reflections?

Noisetrade and Passion
October 21, 2008, 9:38 am
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Hey all. Weekend at Bernies was off the hook.
Off to Passion tonight. should be fun.
While you are on the web… check out
Its a site dedicated to independent musicians in the states. Its kind of Radiohead style in that you pay what you want for each album. There’s tons of good music on there including:
Derek Webb
Sandra McCracken
Sixpence none the Richer

I’m just downloading Derek Webb’s new album as we speak.

Bernies 2 (revenge of bernie)
October 14, 2008, 9:42 am
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Haven’t blogged in ages. Heaps on. Thinking about heaps of stuff. This weekend coming is our 2nd muso weekend for the year. The first one (weekend at Bernies) was a hit. We had a mad time being encouraged from the Bible, encouraging one another and re-focussing on our vision.
Pray for this weekend that it would be another killer time.
I’ll be putting together a little bit of material for it and hopefully will post some of it next week.