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

The Wounded Healer, a song

Another song from inversions.  It was inspired by a pastor I heard about who was "tweeting" his way through the whole Bible-- providing short, 140 character summaries of each book as he finished them.  His "tweet" summarizing the book of Psalms?

When my heart broke in two, I taught both halves to sing.



They say the bones always heal
Stronger at the break
It’s what they say, what they say

Some joys come stealing in
Through the backdoor of the ache
Then they steal away, they steal away

But somewhere at the bottom of a deep dark well
I thought I saw your face
And somehow when the silence got the best of me
That’s when I found you

When my heart broke in two, you taught both halves to sing
When I couldn’t mouth the words,
and I could hold the tune together in these clumsy hands
But you showed me the beauty that shines in broken things
In the rhythm of the hurt and laughter, I heard the cadence
When my heart broke in two, you taught both halves to sing

After the tree’s been pruned
You get the sweetest yield
You have to cut it away, cut it away

Only the deepest wound
Can teach us how to heal
There’s no other way, no other way

But somewhere in the middle of an emptied hell
I was tidying up the place
And I hoped you wouldn’t notice all the messiness
But that’s when you found me

When my heart broke in two, you taught both halves to sing
When I couldn’t mouth the words,
and I could hold the tune together in these clumsy hands
But you showed me the beauty that shines in broken things
In the rhythm of the hurt and laughter, I heard the cadence
When my heart broke in two, you taught both halves to sing

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