Lamenting Childlessness

“It’s God’s will.” “Maybe God doesn’t want you to be a parent.” “You need to get on with your life.” Society is good at handing out advice to childless people. It tells people how they ought to feel and for how long. Those of us who are grieving do not need a pat answer or […]

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Start Again

Like so many of my songs, “Start Again” began with an honest moment of prayer. I had been repenting of some hidden sins suddenly thrust into the light, when the words seemed to form musical phrases in my mind. Before I knew it, I was writing down this song. There are many songs out there […]

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No More Bitterness

When you write a song and play it for people you are supposed to do a little spiel beforehand where you talk about the meaning behind the song. It’s a bit of a “behind the scenes” approach to song exposition. Being a bit of a rule-follower myself, I now present the story behind No More […]

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River

This song showed up in a dream one morning. I was asleep at the time, minding my own business, when the words “Give us a river. . .” started singing in the dream. When I awoke, the music stayed with me. The full song was written a few minutes later. When I think of the […]

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Lord Forgive Us

  In the past week I have received many comments from people about Pewsitter. The most memorable among these was the prayerful comment of a pastor: “Lord forgive us.” My reply to him was that I too feel convicted by Pewsitter about my spiritual state. In fact, every time I listen to Pewsitter, I get […]

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Pewsitter

[WARNING: Contains Satire. Consume responsibly.] Your typical local church is a great place to go. Yours probably has a Sunday School, comfy chairs and half-decent coffee. But some churches get it into their heads that it’s not enough for you to just attend. Some churches want more from you. Heck, some even go so far […]

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God as a Haven

    The Bible uses some lovely metaphors to describe God: God as a fountain of living water, Jesus as the bread of life, the Father as a mother. One of my favourite types of metaphors for God is the use of place. Here are a few quick examples: “I will say of the Lord, […]

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Writing “Haven”

  Three years ago I contracted salmonella poisoning in Europe. Exotic, right? I was hounded by relentless nausea for the first three days, accompanied by chills and other joys not appropriate for public consumption. Even though I started to get better after a few days, it is fair to say that I was not myself […]

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Come to the Garden

  Come to the Garden There was a young lady in Sydney, Who’s lifestyle was terribly busy, Til one day inside her, She heard a small whisper: “Come to the garden with Me. “My garden’s a place for refreshing, An oasis from worldly enmeshing. The air will revive you; It’s beauty inspire you; Come to […]

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The Purpose of Parody

Listening to songs by Weird Al Yankovic has got me thinking about parody songs, their nature and their purpose. For those unfamiliar with Weird Al or with parody songs generally, strap yourselves in and we’ll go for a spin. The world of parody is part humour and part serious. Typically, parodies aim to make comment […]

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