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.

inversions

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.

soundings

soundings
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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.

bridges

bridges
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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.

echoes

echoes
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.

Accidentals

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

random reads

Fear of Isaac

This is a whole new arrangement of a song I posted at this blog a number of years ago. I discussed the inspiration for the song back when I first posted it. You can check those thoughts out here. For today, I'll simply let the music speak for itself.

[listen]



Fear of Isaac


Fear of Isaac won’t you let your shadow fall
Fear of Isaac come and overshadow all
These temples made by hands, there’s so much we don’t understand
In the depths of your mystery

Fear of Isaac teach us who you are again
Burst those wineskins that we thought would hold you in
In the palm of our control, the high places of our soul
Tear them down and set us free

Somewhere behind the question
Between the thought and the conception
Breathe life into our confession
As we embrace the mystery

And we confess he was made known in the body
We confess he was approved by the Spirit
And seen by the angels, and preached among the nations
Believed on in creation and taken up in glory we confess

Fear of Isaac there so much I do not know
But fear of Isaac I just cannot let you go
Won’t you take me by the hand, a stranger in a strange land
And teach me to wonder

Somewhere behind the question
Between the thought and the conception
Breathe life into our confession
As we embrace the mystery

And we confess he was made known in the body
We confess he was approved by the Spirit
And seen by the angels, and preached among the nations
Believed on in creation and taken up in glory we confess

And all I know, is that nothing can take you away from me
And all I know, you've brought me back my dignity
And all I know, your mercy and love have purchased me
No angel or demon no power or throne
Could take from you what you've called your own
I'm yours, I'm yours, I'm yours I know it's true
I'm yours I know and nothing can ever
Take me away from you

And we confess he was made known in the body
We confess he was approved by the Spirit
And seen by the angels, and preached among the nations
Believed on in creation and taken up in glory we confess