There's a Trick of the Light I'm Learning to Do

This is a collection of songs I wrote and recorded in January - March, 2020 while on sabbatical from ministry. They each deal with a different aspect or expression of the Gospel. Click on the image above to listen.

Three Hands Clapping

This is my latest recording project (released May 27, 2019). It is a double album of 22 songs, which very roughly track the story of my life... a sort of musical autobiography, so to speak. Click the album image to listen.

Ghost Notes

Ghost Notes
A collections of original songs I wrote in 2015, and recorded with the FreeWay Musical Collective. Click the album image to listen.


Recorded in 2014, these songs are sort of a chronicle of my journey through a pastoral burn-out last winter. They deal with themes of mental-health, spiritual burn-out and depression, but also with the inexorable presence of God in the midst of darkness. Click the album art to download.


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"soundings" is a collection of songs I recorded in September/October of 2013. Dealing with themes of hope, ache, trust and spiritual loss, the songs on this album express various facets of my journey with God.


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"Bridges" is a collection of original songs I wrote in the summer of 2011, during a soul-searching trip I took out to Alberta; a sort of long twilight in the dark night of the soul. I share it here in hopes these musical reflections on my own spiritual journey might be an encouragement to others: the sun does rise, blood-red but beautiful.


Prayers, poems and songs (2005-2009). Click to download
"echoes" is a collection of songs I wrote during my time studying at Briercrest Seminary (2004-2009). It's called "echoes" partly because these songs are "echoes" of times spent with God from my songwriting past, but also because there are musical "echoes" of hymns, songs or poems sprinkled throughout the album. Listen closely and you'll hear them.


This collection of mostly blues/rock/folk inspired songs was recorded in the spring and summer of 2015. I call it "accidentals" because all of the songs on this project were tunes I have had kicking around in my notebooks for many years but had never found a "home" for on previous albums. You can click the image to download the whole album.

blogs I follow

Readings, 2020

Readings, 2020
Paradise Lost, John Milton

Adorning the Dark, Andrew Peterson

The Soul of Shame, Curt Thompson

Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado

Halos and Avatars, Craig Detweiller, ed.

Fool's Talk, Os Guinness

Brendan, Frederick Buechner

The Screwtape Letters

Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis

The Pilgrim's Regress, C. S. Lewis

Becoming Whole, Brian Finkert and Kelly Kapic

Real Sex, Lauren Winner

Out of the Silent Planet, C. S. Lewis

Voyage to Venus, C. S. Lewis

That Hideous Strength, C. S. Lewis

Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis

random reads

Some Summer Specials

Things will be quiet for the next few weeks here at terra incognita, as I take a bit of a summer break from blogging. Conventional wisdom says that guests will stop visiting for supper if there's nothing on the table for them when they do, so I thought I'd put together a little menu of some of the "daily specials" we've served at terra incognita over the last number of months, to whet your appetite until I'm back online.

I'll be back some time before the end of July, but in the mean time, might I suggest...

1. These thoughts on the Triumphal Entry

2. This reflection on Sabbath and Rest

3. My home-made video game, served with a reflection on faith, longing and gaming

4. Some thoughts on youth, served with a review of Wal-Town as a starter

5. A love letter to Saskatchewan

6. Reflections on joy and grief in the community of Faith

7. A very funny comedy routine by Brian Regan, with some reflections about listening on the side

And for those with a bit more theological appetite, I've also put together a couple of "main course" items, namely a few papers on bible, theology and/or ministry that I've had kicking around on my hard drive for a while and thought they might be worth making available online.

1. A paper on art, aesthetics and church ministry

2. A theological/historical study on baptism

3. A research project on drama and Christian Worship

4. A paper on the temple theme in the Gospel of John

5. A theological study on Worship and the Mediation of Christ

And for dessert, here's a very simple guitar arrangement of the hymn, "Holy Holy Holy" that I recorded a while ago for an altogether different blog post idea that never came to be. It's been on the shelf for a while now, and I didn't want it to go to waste, so I thought I'd offer it here.

Enjoy, and I'll talk to you again in a few weeks.