Sing Unto the Lord

The Harrowing Tale of John William Tate
September 26, 2008, 3:38 pm
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I went to Mike McCarthy’s album launch last night at Lizottes. It was a packed out room full of punters being forced to buy food. Mike was supported by Isaac De Heer
Isaac was pretty good. He used some unreal instrumentation and voicings to create a powerful soundscape that was authentic and beautiful.
Mike’s set was unreal. I’ve seen Mike play a bunch of times, but never like this. His new songs are really different to anything he’s done before. Particular favorites were ‘2 bent frames and a Holy Cross’ and ‘Small remedy’ – simple and profound.
One of the members of Mike’s band was a young girl named Coral Latella. I’d seen Coral already that day at a year 12 graduation. I had noticed her voice but was surprised to see her play with Mike that night. She was fantastic. I bet we’ll hear a lot more from her in the future.
I’m stoked that Mike has heard her around the traps and has just given her an opportunity. Made me keen to think through how our band is going in seeking out gifted young musos.
Mike’s new album is called ‘The Harrowing Tale of John William Tate’. It tells the story of a young man who leaves his farm and family to chase his dreams of sailing the pacific. Worth checking out.


Decided to get flock
September 17, 2008, 5:53 pm
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This is my first post from the embedded blog editor. It’s pretty cool.
There’s heaps of mad features with Flock. Its like all integrated and blue.
A little crowded on my screen but I’ll clean up the stuff I don’t use.

Coaster and Jesus
September 17, 2008, 11:29 am
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I wrote this for It’s all about a new music festival starting this weekend on the coast. Its already sold out. I tried to win some tickets this morning from our local paper but was unlucky. Might drive past though and check the crowd.

Here’s the article:

Nitechurch is on about bringing Hope to the coast through Jesus. In particular we aim at young people living on the coast, of which there is a growing number. We want to help these people see that while the coast is a beautiful place to be, surf in, work in, study in, enjoy life – all of these things become empty without hope.
We are a culture who lives for sunshine and beer. We live for music and good times, but death and eternity make fools of us. Ultimately it is tragic if all we live for is empty promises. But this is the air we breathe. Somehow we want to show people the emptiness of the idols they are living for. They need to see that in the end they can’t satisfy. The only one who can bring hope and eternal significance and meaning is Jesus. He is the one who really died for the Young guys on the coast so that they could have life, real life. Hope can only be found in him.
As we take this message to the coast as a church we want to know the coast. We want to love the coast. We want to love the young people on the coast so that we can engage with them where they are at.
This year on September 20 the coast is hosting an event for young people that will possibly go on to be one of the biggest music events of the year. Just like ‘Splendour in the Grass’ is for Byron and ‘West Coast Blues and Roots’ is for Fremantle, ‘Coaster’ is set to be the defining music festival for the Central Coast.
Bands like Cog, The Living End, The Matches, Kisschasy, Something with Numbers, Blue King Brown plus heaps of other acts are going to be coming to Gosford Showground.
I think this is going to be huge for our culture on the Coast and it would be just like Christians to have nothing to do with it.
Imagine though if at Nitechurch we thought through ways that we could engage with the culture that we are part of. Imagine if we spent our time thinking about what the questions are that our culture is asking.
It would be mad to see a crew of Nitechurch at Coaster. Maybe in the future we can have more of a presence in events like this on the Coast. Maybe I’m just raving. But I don’t think so. I think we need to work hard at making sure we are enough in our culture so that we can engage with it.
If all we do is go to our work or uni for as little time as possible and then spend all our weekends with our Christian friends, how can we possibly move towards seeing more young people on the coast coming to know Jesus? I know that this is a huge challenge to me. I need to make sure that I get off my butt and start looking for ways to engage with the coast.
Pray for the coast and get amongst it so that you can know how to love it like Jesus does.

Missionary Methods: St Pauls or Ours
September 17, 2008, 11:24 am
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Starting reading this yesterday. Pretty hard to put down.

Two quotes that seem timely in terms all the chat going on around the Australian blogosphere…

This is from the Preface to the 1927 edition in reference o part of the book:

‘Part three stresses the short time devoted by St Paul to training converts before they were baptized, and the contrast between the rapid manner of appointing responsible church leaders in his day with the slowness of the present, together with our unconscious ‘suppression’ and ‘silencing’ of natural leaders and prophets’

This is in reference to ‘strategic cities’ and planting churches in them:

‘A concentrated mission may be a great prison or a great market: it may be a safe in which all the best intellect of the day is shut up, or it may be a mint from which the coin of new thought is put into circulation. A great many of our best men are locked up in strategic centres: if once they get in they find it hard to get out. At many of the strategic points where we have established our concentrated missions it is noticable that the church rather resembles a prison or a safe or a swamp into which the best life of the country round is collected than a mint or a spring or a railway station from which life flows out into the country. We are sometimes so enamoured with the strategic beauty of a place that we spend our time in fortifying it whilst the opportunity for a great campaign passes by unheeded or neglected.

Pretty interesting thoughts for a book written in 1912.

Music from Driscoll on the Coast
September 16, 2008, 4:06 pm
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The vids are up from driscoll on the coast.

There’s some music there.

From the first night:

Blessed be your name vid and audio

Nothing but the Blood audio

When I survey audio

From the second night:

Amazing Grace audio

How deep the Father’s Love vid and audio

Ahhh. Christian Music is funny
September 16, 2008, 11:53 am
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Saw this on Ed Stetzer’s blog. Hilarious.

New browser
September 12, 2008, 9:43 am
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Feeling itchy. Looking at a few new browsers. Firefox is great and I have no complaints. I’m just looking at greener grass. Has anyone tried any of these and can give it a laymans plug?




Any others? Opera? Something I haven’t mentioned?