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YouTube – Grover Henson Memorial Day Tribute from WJP. I created this video just using iDVD for a sermon this past weekend. Its a great song by Bill Cosby called Grover Henson Feels Forgotten. It came out in 1970, made it up to #70 on Billboard, and then disappeared. I was six when it came […]






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The Acapodcast. On a non-religious note, I was sad to hear that one of my long time favorite podcasts – The Acapodcast – is ending production. As you Wired Jesus know, podcast production for oldtimers and indies like me can become hit or miss, with droughts and then a short spurt. In a world where […]






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Prepare Ye: Everybody Hurts, But You Are Not Alone. Came across this video this morning while working on weekend advent worship. A seminary student at the Lutheran Seminary there posted it. Great song, great cover.






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95 Theses Rap

It appears I spoke too soon. Here you have the bio of Martin Luther and the Reformation in a rap. Unfortunately the web site of the creator is down, so I can’t give you more than this youtube link. Word, dawg.






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At the beginning of this year I wrote an article for our denominational magazine, The Lutheran, about a new set of song books by my friend, Eric Wefald. Like many mainline denominations, we have a difficult time getting our groove on in worship with anything that was written after the 19th Century. This collection of […]






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Laughing With By Regina Spektor

I have found it fascinating how much some people in congregations struggle with “new” music in worship, completely forgeting that the “old classics” were once new and equally criticized by their ancestors. It is simply human nature that we forget our past often in favor of our own preferences. Its too bad because it means […]






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Lately I have given a great deal of thought to the state of Christian music. There seems to still be the ongoing split between “traditional” and “contemporary”, although its mostly in existing congregations. The battle is largely over in new church starts, where its band over organ from day one. The problem seems to that […]






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Happy New Year Music

My first podcast for the new year is going to be on the state of “Christian” music, which I think is something of a misnomer. Often people will slap the label “Christian” on some product to draw the devout consumer when the reality is that its a product that would be considered second rate in […]






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One part of my wired wanderings that I have come to appreciate are the people who take the time to explore wired jesus to learn more about the postmodern journey of faith and my take on it. This includes some saavy call committees who have come here to get a better idea about who I […]






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Yesterday I was supply preaching at a church in Aurora, IL, a far west suburb of Chicago and the Gospel for the day was the call of Matthew to be a disciple of Jesus. Now this was a fairly traditional congregation but good folks that I enjoyed worshipping with but I would have liked to […]






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