Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Christmas in September

September 16, 2009

Counterpoint music is offering low cost new Christmas musicals and Christmas music on its web site. I haven’t heard this material yet, but I’ve been impressed with their other offerings. Go check out what they have by clicking here.

And let me be the first this year to say Merry Christmas to you.

Theiss Jones is home

February 26, 2009

John Hall and I met Theiss Jones in a place he loved doing what he loved to do. We found him in New Hampshire in 2005 on yet another mission trip with a group from First Baptist Church, Temple. Theiss received his mail in Temple but that was not his home. His home was wherever God called him to be at the time because Theiss loved Him and the people He sent him to minister to through music but mostly with his smile.

Theiss went to his eternal home last night after a brave battle with a cruel disease. We grieve for our loss yet celebrate his life and ministry and look forward to the day we will join him in the choir before the throne in heaven.

Enjoy this short video we put together from our visit back in 2005 and thank God for giving us Theiss Jones for a while.

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Life in a song

December 10, 2008

How does grace flow to hurting people? For me, it often flows through the earplugs connected to my iPod. Music, God’s music, is a powerful tonic.

There is one album of music that seems to connect with my soul more than any other, at least it has over the past year. It’s Lifesong by Casting Crowns. It’s simply about the reality of life — the pain — and also the blessing — the gift of God in Christ.

One song hit me especially strongly tonight, “Love Them Like Jesus.” It speaks first of the pain of a broken marriage then of the pain of a couple losing a child. I’ve never walked that first path, but I have walked the second. It was 22 years ago, but it’s still there, part of my life today.

The writer of the lyric, Mark Hall, offers a chorus that speaks to all of us who would speak to others who are hurting.

“Just love them like Jesus, carry them to Him / His yoke is easy, His burden is light / You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions / just know that He loves them and stay by their side / love them like Jesus.”

Such good words. As we think of sharing the hope of Christ with all in Texas, I think these are good words to direct us.

Fly me to the moon

November 20, 2008

nasaWhile touring recently, Dutton, which leads worship at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, met Shane Kimbrough. After talking, Shane asked the band if he could take one of their CDs to work with him. Of course, the band said.

By the way, that’s Shane in the picture on the left. He’s part of the Endeavour mission that’s going on now. That’s right, he works for NASA.

Texas Baptist music is being played in space. Too cool.

Photo courtesy of NASA.

Guten tag! part zwei (2)

August 2, 2008

“You will be amazed at the German that your students will be speaking when they come home! Speaking of home, many of the students (and sponsors) are ready to get back to home – family, friends, pets and computers.

You would be so proud of them. They have been singing so beautifully and have been having many new experiences. I have been so proud to be connected with your students, especially this week. We received compliments from the conference stage managers on how well your students handled themselves during the sound check and rehearsal for our conference session. This made the job so much easier. We have also received compliments from the waitstaff at restaurants about how beautiful and polite the students are. Thank you for your part in encouraging your students to be like Christ in our world.

At the conference we are divided into small family groups. It has been so exciting to see students visiting with other students and listening to their experiences – did you know that teenagers in Germany watch YouTube, use MySpace and Facebook? They also struggle with spiritual issues and long to make a difference in the world for God!

Yesterday we met a young man who had been our interpreter in Puebla, Mexico when Texas Baptist All-State was there several years ago! He still has the shirt we gave him and remembers the names of several of the students. He even remembered some of the songs we sang that year!

Does Texas Baptist All-State make a difference in students lives? Ja! Yes, it does! The experiences, musical and spiritual cannot be measured, but they are life changing!

Thank you for your support. Thank you for your prayers! Thank you for sharing your students with us! Danke!”

Tim Studstill; Director, Music and Worship, Baptist General Convention of Texas

Delirious? — webcast live from Dallas!

June 27, 2008

I just uploaded another batch of Youth Evangelism photos. Check them up out by clicking here.

And check out Delirious? at It’s been a great night so far.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter dies in car accident

May 23, 2008

Wednesday, the 5-year-old daughter of singer Steven Curtis Chapman died in a car accident. Tragic.

Looking for some new music?

April 29, 2008

Check out Dutton. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.

Christian teens embracing harder music

April 11, 2008

The Christian Post, citing an unscientific survey, is reporting that Christian teens are getting into “harder rock music.” 

Here’s why a magazine editor believes the trend is taking place:

“I think it comes from mainstream culture. Harder rock appeals to younger kids, whether it helps get out the feeling or emotion…I’m not sure what it is,” he shared, adding that what was once considered rock is now considered Pop music.

And lastly, the magazine’s managing editor believes the iPod culture has allowed teens to access a variety of musical genres instead of only hearing songs selected by radio stations.

“Christian music is more diverse than it’s ever been,” Hertz added.