Showing posts from August, 2008

JJ Heller Give Away

I first came across JJ Heller at and loved her voice and haunting lyrics. I just found out that she is giving away her next album until the end of October, so make sure and check it out. Here is a video of her in concert, and below is the link to the free CD. Check it out.

Charlie Hall

The Bright Sadness is the latest release from Charlie Hall. Although he doesn't get the pub that the other Sixstep People do, I believe he is the best. The Bright Sadness is such a beautiful term, and it really puts the whole album into persepective, talking about how even though we walk through deep dark places in our life, times of incredible sadness, following God gives us a bright joy that cannot be hidden. A few of the songs and sample lyrics. My Brightness "Yesterday I felt so angry/ and today so insecure/ And I hated that I wrestled/ with the God that I adore." Hookers and Robbers “Crack kids, track kids, hookers and robbers, the naked and hungry, Mothers and Fathers Abuses, excuses, and guns in your hands, and I even welcome the arrogant man!” "Come break this bread, celebrate the Forgiver. Come as you are!” Click to watch that one on youtube! Mystery Sweet Jesus my sanity Sweet Jesus my clarity Make sure and check out the videos for the whol

The paradox of Youth Workers

We just got back from youth Camp, and we had an awesome time. We took 22 kids and had 4 get saved and 4 rededicate their life. Working with students is something I love to do, and I have done a little bit of everything in the church. But Youth is different for lots of reasons. As a a Youth Pastor, I am all at one time the students friend, leader, pastor, teacher, and in some ways parent. I have to tell them to take showers at camp. I tell them what to do when we clean up to go home. But at the same time I am their friend, we talk and tell jokes and stories. It is something that doesn't really happen anywhere else in ministry. In pastoring, I was the leader and friend, but I couldn't tell them what to do, or what to wear or say. But with students I have to do all those things at once, and it makes the road tricky. It is not something that people always understand, and typically they think being youth pastor just means being their friends, but it is not that simple.