Thoughts on Passion’s Whole Heart

Is this Passion’s Whole Heart, delivered to us here in 2018?

I’ve followed Passion Conferences since 2000, even writing a review on this blog about one of their albums, and taking any opportunity to bring them before our church or students.

My well-versed and trustworthy friend returned from this year’s Passion conference saying, “Passion was good this year.”

“Oh yeah? But how was the music?”

He replied, “This is easily their best year in, well, maybe ever.”

Can I just take a moment and say what you’re thinking? I hate it when someone tells me what to think, like, “Bro, this movie will change your life” or “Oh my, that person is just the best” or “You’ll really like* that dessert that has milk, buttermilk, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Life. Changing.”

*I dislike milk heavy items, so I’ll never ever believe you if you say this to me.

I digress.

So when my friend told me this, I thought, “I’ll be the judge of that.” I found a track online and thought it sounded weak. Of course, wanting to exert my superior, although somewhat removed, opinion, I told my friend, to which he said, “You should listen to it again.”

Four weeks later, I’ve sang four songs from the album to my daughter almost each night for a week, the life-giving lyrics resonating deeply within as we sing their truths.

“Almighty God,” written by Daniel Bashta (the How He Loves writer) and Sean Curran (side note: a guy in Atlanta once gave me Sean’s number to call if I ever needed a worship leader. Wish I would’ve saved it), has a great message, as any song about God being Almighty is a good song. We don’t have enough of those in rotation, do we?

“God, You’re So Good” is the track I heard online about a month ago. The tracking and mixing wasn’t final which makes a bigger difference than you’d imagine. On second listen, this song speaks to God’s goodness. What is really powerful are the identifying statements in the bridge, where you’re reminded of what Scripture says of you, “I am blessed, I am called/I am healed, I am whole/I am saved in Jesus’ name.”

The best line of “Whole Heart” is “Your love/it comes with no conditions/You give us your whole heart.” The writing is anthematic, shouting declaratively about God’s love.” Also what I love about this song? Louie Giglio has a writing credit on it. Yep, Louie has written songs for Passion since it’s inception, I believe. His songs are sparse, but his lyrics are so deep to the soul.

My favorite song, at the moment, is “More Like Jesus,” pictured above. A couple new to the Passion leadership helped write this, and in it, the chorus gently and prayerfully says, “If more of You/means less of me/take everything. /Yes all of You/is all I need/take everything.” May we be more like Jesus.

His name.

His fame.

Worship music helps orient my heart around what matters most (sure, I listen to 80s and 90s almost every day too, but I indulge on a daily diet of worship songs too).

Maybe we could all be more aware of what music points us toward.


10000 Reasons

I don’t know if you have a song that you’d consider a “life song,” the type of song that resonates with your journey.

But this is a life song for me. It resonates deep.

Based on Psalm 103, it says,
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!

From now until your final days, think of all the reasons you can bless the very name of God.

And when that day comes, you’ll bless His name for 10,000 years and forever more. There is no death for those who believe. There is only life with the King Eternal.

What is one reason that you can bless His name today?

iFollow, MS Super Summer, Day 1

Quick thoughts:

There will always be challenges, but a leader rises above.
“If you’re going to say ‘I follow,’ you better know what that means.” Greg Pinkner
“I follow because I lead.” Kenny Stanteen

Great consecration service this morning with Kenny Stanteen of FBC Clinton and Bethany Barr Phillips.
Energetic Team Leaders for Red I, and solidarity amongst Red I, II, and III. Love it!
Spaghetti always makes me happy.

Dave Hunt, amazing as usual.
Sitting in the choir loft of FBC Clinton so that over 1000 others can worship freely? A humble privilege.
Sitting in the choir loft of FBC Clinton and not being able to see words at all? A humbling experience.

Greg Pinkner?
Wonderful. Glad to get to see him again.

Thoughts on how I feel my leadership as Dean of Red I is going?
Good, I hope. I have a good feel, at least. I love being stretched and grown, no matter how pleasant or painful the growth may be.

Looking forward to Day 2.