Thursday, July 19, 2018

How Should Christians think about Hillsong's "So Will I" (100 billion x)?



I wanted to speak on Joel Houston's (Hillsong)song "So Will I" (100 billion x). Many of you probably already know the controversy surrounding this song nad Joel Houston's theology of creation. I wanted to share a video from the Answers In Genesis ministry that might clarify some things that Joel tweeted. It will be at the bottom of this post. I just wanted to personally share one thing that has not been shared in any of the articles I've read or videos I've watched on the subject. While talking about the writing of the song, "So Will I", Joel is quoted as saying,

"aware of the implications 'evolving' would serve as a conflicting adjective for some" but said they still felt "it was worth it--if just a foolish desire to enlarge our thinking of a God who was-is-&-is to come, making all things new, 'from-Him, through-Him, To-Him.'"

I think this is very irresponsible for a worship pastor to purposely write lyrics that he knows will cause confusion and controversy. This is a song that is to be sung by congregations for worship. Worship is not a time to impose one's "foolish desires" that cause confusion but, worship should be a time of celebrating the clear promises and truths of scripture. this is my opinion but I would think it best to not sing "So Will I (100 billion x)"as a congregation.
Below are an article and a video that I think will help in explaining the theological problems surrounding this song and how to begin to think about them.
An article from the Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/…/hillsongs-joel-houston-cla…/ 
Video from Answers In Genesis: https://youtu.be/y-Pttja1b-U

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jeremy Camp - "Never Stopped Loving" Review & Cover


 Jeremy Camp is a great singer! He has a very distinct and memorable voice. However, in spite of his many #1 singles, as a songwriter he is average if one looks at the CCM industry as a whole. I have been listening to his music since his major label (BEC) debut album, Stay. I have enjoyed his music tremendously but for a while I couldn't listen to it because his songs were becoming too predictable. His song structures and arrangements were driving me crazy. The intro., verse, chorus, verse, chorus, break, chorus, outro. structure just seemed monotonous. That is the pop song "formula" and he is a "Christian" pop artist but....every song! JC's new album, The Answer doesn't deviate very much from his previous work. Even so, it is a good pop album. And, if you are a Jeremy Camp fan, I would recommend you buying this new album

 The song, Never Stopped Loving is my favorite track on the album. It is the sixth song on the album which puts it in the middle with a mid-temp feel. Even though it follows Camp's normal pop song structure, I enjoy the melody. The lyric, When I have gone a astray/How you would chase me stuck out to me. There is nothing particularly new about this line but for some reason at the time I listened to the song it resonated with me. It brought back memories of when I had been away from the Lord and how He used circumstances and people to encourage me back on the right track. So, I decided to cover it. My version is guitar driven and I think it turned out alright. It will not get very many views on Youtube but that is not the real reason why I cover songs and upload them. Before I can cover a song, it must speak to me on a personal level and this one did. I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by my version.
As always thanks for listening,
Kevin

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"My Help"

Hi guys,

Just a short note...
I'm trying to get accepted again to perform at this years Jozenji Street Jazz Festival. It takes place every September in Sendai, Japan.
I turned in my application and will hear back from the board by "snail-mail" at the end of this month.
"My Help" is an old acapella song written & recorded by Michael Card. I covered this song in between going back and forth from Japan to the US. My Mom was in the hospital in March and she passed away of glioblastoma (brain cancer) in April. So, my family & 1 were very busy during those months. She was a strong believer and ready to be with her Lord and Savior. Praise God, we will be able to see her again. It's the hope of the resurrection.
Well, I wanted to share the song, "My Help" with you guys. I will let you know the outcome of my application.
Love and peace to you.
TFL,
Kevin


Monday, March 6, 2017

Vocal Cords Healed!

Hey guys,

Praise the Lord!! My vocal cords are healed. From last September 2016 to January 2017, I couldn't sing due to vocal cord strain. I had never experienced anything like that before. For someone who loves to sing, it discouraged me on a whole new level. Many of you prayed for me and encouraged me during this time. The best way to thank you for your prayers and the Lord for His healing is to use my voice to honor and glorify Jesus. Here is a cover of Michael Card's song, "Jubilee". May this song bless you as it has me!


Your servant of songs,
Kevin

Thursday, September 22, 2016

MY THOUGHTS ON A PORTABLE WHITE BOARD!


Hello Friends,

What's been going on in my world lately? Well.....glad you asked!

For the past TWO months I have been talking to my family & friends via a portable dry erase board. Why?.....GOOD QUESTION...vocal cord problems.

                  I was singing until late one night in early Sept. and started feeling my cords start to swell.

I stopped singing, drank some water and didn't think much about it.

      I went to bed......but, the next morning I couldn't hardly speak.

As my day progressed, I felt a feeling I never felt before...vocal fatigue.
                                 
                                            I DIDN'T KNOW THAT WAS POSSIBLE!

Scared to death that I may never sing again, I searched the internet for answers (NEVER DO THAT!), asked friends for advice (THAT WAS GOOD!), went twice to an ENT (SHE COULDN'T HELP) but....she did refer me to another ENT who specializes in vocal cord damage
(HE'S AWESOME!).

Long story short.....I've been on vocal rest again for the past two weeks per doctor's orders. He looked at my cords via fiber-optic camera through my nostril (DID NOT FEEL GOOD!
).

                      He said, my cords had hardened but there is no permanent damage (nodules, polyps, etc..). I go back to him tomorrow for a check-up. Praying for good news and......
                             
                             to
                                                     GET OFF THIS VOCAL REST!

TFL,
Kevin


Songwriting Workshop in Tochigi


I recently went to a songwriting workshop in Tochigi-ken. It took place over 3 days. We split into three groups and wrote as many songs. It was a great experience to collaborate with Japanese Christians who are excited to write songs about our Lord Jesus.

Just like there is a spoken heart language among people groups, I believe there is a musical heart language among people groups. Music is a way into a person's soul like no other art form. It has a way of opening the heart and allowing the Spirit of God to convict and encourage. Maybe that is why so much of the Bible is made of songs and why God Himself sings over us (Zeph. 3:17). No wonder so many of God's people love music; our God is a singer.

I really believe we are on the verge of seeing Japanese believers write songs that will help open this nation to the gospel like never before. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that a song is going to win the whole nation of Japan to Jesus but, I do believe that art and especially music highly influences countries. I know that God is moving His people in Japan to write songs. The Japanese Christian musicians are sensing a deep need to write worship songs that are distinctly Japanese and that will not only communicate to the Body of Christ but will also attract non-believing Japanese people to Jesus. I think music will be one of the ways that God uses to move in this nation in a mighty way.
I love it!!! I want to do what I can to help encourage this movement.

Kevin

Chris Tomlin - Our God (2018 Cover)