The Barbarian Way: 2 out of 4 stars
Erwin Raphael Mcmanus

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 10, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0785264329
ISBN-13: 978-0785264323

I was pretty excited about reading this book. After hearing and reading great reviews of it and Mcmanus being on the cusp of the “emerging” church I thought this would be a good one.

Sadly I wasn’t very impressed with it. I like the concept, but i think the title is a big issue. He calls for us to go back to our barbarian form of Christianity. The only problem with that is the def of a barbarian is:

bar·bar·i·an [bahr-bair-ee-uhn] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation –noun

1. a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.
2. a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.
3. (loosely) a foreigner.
4. (in ancient and medieval periods)

a. a non-Greek.
b. a person living outside, esp. north of, the Roman Empire.
c. a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization.
5. (among Italians during the Renaissance) a person of non-Italian origin.

–adjective

6. uncivilized; crude; savage.
7. foreign; alien.

I don’t think this is exactly what he was going for. I think we do need to be a people much like the original church fathers and like John the baptist. Not necessarily barbarians, but more so zealous for Christ and zealous for the furthering of His kingdom.

There are some great points in this book. The closer we are to Christ the harder the sacrifice.

The big issue is while there are great points if you took out the unneeded repetition you are left with a 40 page book.

I do recommend this book because the points he does make I think are dead on about starting a new fire in the church with creativity and openness and zealousness. Just keep in mind that you may find yourself jumping over sections.

God Songs: book review

July 16, 2007 — 5 Comments

God Songs: 4 out of 4 stars
Paul Baloche, Jimmy & Carol Owens

Length: 304 pages
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 inches
Format: Softcover
Available Date: November 2004
Published By: Lead Worship
ISBN: 1-933150-033AC

I am a huge fan of Paul Baloche. You can almost say that I seek to be just like him. His heart for worship is unparalleled and his song writing is fantastic. So when I found out he had a book available with Jimmy and Carol Owens (pioneers of Christian music and writers of antshillvania) I had to buy it.

What I got was a manual for not just worship writing but for songwwriting in general. It is full of information to help take a writers songs to a whole new level and goes through every process involved. From prayer and personal worship to thoughts, ideas and inspiration to words, rhyme, and structure to music, theory, and creativity.

I was blown away by how much they cover in this book and it has taught me to think differently about my songwriting.

This is a must read for any body in worship or writing worship.

July 15th Set List

July 14, 2007 — 3 Comments

Worship confessional (textfessional) coming after service. 

Processional
Be Thou My Vision – C

Gloria
We Praise Your Name (klamperts) – D

Praise
Shout Your Fame (beddingfield) – C
Famous one (Tomlin) – C
Holy God (Doerksen) – C
Hungry (scott) – C

Gospel
Word of God Speak (Millard/Kipley) – G

Offering
More of You (Klamperts) C#m

Sanctus
Holy Holy (knott)

Communion
Heart of Worship (Redman) – E
Open the eyes of my heart (Baloche) – E
Arise (Baloche) – E

Recessional
Let the Praises Ring (Brewster) – E

It’s been a while with my being out of town and uh….life…but make sure you let me know what your listening to right now.

1. Smashing Pumpkins –  Zeitgeist (welcome back Corgan…awesome CD and corgan does everything on it but the drums)

2. Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes (vintage coolness)

3. Brian Doerksen – Holy God (I keep coming back to this CD. the heart of the King is in this one)

4. PFR – Pray for Rain (What an awesome CD. these guys wrote some of the best christian music has ever had)

5. Brian and Jenn Johnson – We believe why are you reading this…get on itunes and buy this CD already)

30,000 hits

July 9, 2007 — 8 Comments

ok getting closer to that 50,000 and I think Ill run a cool contest when I’m near it. Thanks to all for checking this site out.