Coffee for change

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I’m extremely proud to be part of the Don Moen management team and to have worked closely with him over the last decade on various projects and releases. We have a killer team that’s doing amazing things. I work closely on managing his digital marketing in social media and get to release information about the latest projects and efforts we are working on like this video of our recent coffee partnership. In a future post I’ll unpack how we’ve reached over 3 million, real and active, Facebook fans, and also share information on a new site for the ministry arm of the organization. For now, I want to share a video we put together to announce a new product we sell and what happens when Don Moen fans get this coffee.

Know your audience and understand how to associate complimentary products with key relationships. I think coffee and music go great together. Drink up!

Future Past from John Mark McMillan

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The new song, Future Past, from John Mark McMillan is a worship cult classic. It will infect the Church. If you’ve followed John Mark’s music you know it’s been a progression to this sound, to these lyrics, and a story that’s brought us here–to this. From How He Loves, Skeleton Bones, Carbon Ribs, The Medicine, through Economy, some killer videos, nights and nights in all our cities, days weeks and months away from his family, and lots of wind through the windpipe…. to this. Future Past is one of those worship songs I hope rises with a fury. I can’t describe this song more than the videos and lyrics below. In all the years hearing people describe and deconstruct, “What is worship?”, it’s John Mark that I’ve heard add most to the conversation, and often with the simplest of descriptions. I love John Mark McMillan’s quote: “Worship isn’t music, you know, just like love isn’t kissing–but where there’s worship there will be music, like where there’s love there will be kissing.”

Watch the videos, read the lyrics, get the song and worship with it.

John Mark McMillan / Future Past from Chris Calnin & Nathaniel Calnin on Vimeo


*Recently featured on Relevant Magazine.


Lyrics to Future Past by John Mark McMillan

You hold the reins on the sun and moon
Like horses driven by kings
You cover the mountains and valleys below
With the breadth of Your mighty wings
All treasures of wisdom and things to be known
Are hidden inside of your hand
In this fortunate turn of events
You ask me to be Your friend

You, you are my first, you are my last
You are my future and my past
You, you are my first, you are my last
You are my future and my past

The constellations are swimming inside
The breath of your desires
Where could I run, where could I hide
From Your heart’s jealous fire
All treasures of wisdom and things to be known
Are hidden inside your hand
In this fortunate turn of events
You ask me to be Your friend

You, you are my first, you are my last
You are my future and my past
You, you are my first, you are my last
You are my future and my past

You are the beginning and the end
You are the beginning and the end

You, you are my first, you are my last
You are my future and my past
You, you are my first, you are my last
You are my future and my past

Little Talks

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Music quotes can be fickle and furious, and the right ones even bring comfort. This album filled a good part of my 2013. The “My Head Is An Animal” album from Of Monsters And Men gave us a bunch of gems, notably “Little Talks” and this great quote.

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In with the new, out with old

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Keeping things fresh is a must. My boy Carlos just launched his new blog. It’s like a re-grand opening – only better. We’ve teamed up and he’s giving away a $1500 Logos Bible Software package on his site to celebrate the launch of his new site. I like this because Los leverages the tool I’ve been working on, Proclaim, with the main product of Logos – Logos Bible Software. Basically the two tools work together, so he can study with Logos and then present with Proclaim. You may have seen an earlier post on the Proclaim blog talking about what he loves about Proclaim. The video below explains what he likes about Logos.

Follow Carlos on twitter at @Loswhit and here are my boys Evan Oliver and Joshua Gray who shot the video.

Check out his new site and while you’re there enter the giveaway to win a Logos 5 Gold Base Package. You’ll enjoy his insights and get a kick out of his posts. I like that he posted about facelifts on the day his website got one.

Ragamuffinsoul.com Carlos Whitaker

In The Silence – Christmas Album Release

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I’m very proud of our home church worship team at Christ The King in Bellingham, WA for putting out the new Christmas album, “In The Silence”. We celebrated the release with a release concert at the church.
You can get the album now on iTunes.
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Designer Jesse Morrow did the artwork.
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How is your church doing with honoring copyrights?

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You may not even know how to answer this question. The smart copyright guys over at Copyright Solver know exactly how to answer this questions, and they’ve made it into a fun AND ANONYMOUS game for your church staff.  Simple click the banner below or go to http://www.copyrightsolver.com/reportcard and answer a few questions. You’ll get a grade on how you are doing. You may have a CCLI license, you may work with Copyright Solver, or you may have a number of other licenses. If this quick report isn’t helpful, make sure to connect with a professional on it.

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For those churches that think you are too budget-strapped to think about honoring copyrights, let me point you to the blog @RKWeblog’s Rich Kirkpatrick posted on the subject.  He gives some good insight. Let me know what grade you get.
Mattofact: It matters that you honor intellectual property.

Death In His Grave

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Nothing better to follow the quote in my last post than this song. John Mark McMillan is one of my favorite artists. Check out this video from someone who is writing music and lyrics giving the church a new voice to worship with. I love how the video is recorded. Pump it up and whether it to this video or in your church or the privacy of your own car… sing a worship song at the top of your lungs. Let’r rip. This song is a good one to try if you don’t know what you would start with.

“On Friday a thief, on Sunday a King”…. I need that kind of grace.

Full Lyrics here:

Though the Earth Cried out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
for the souls on men she craved

Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious Love would taste the sting
disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept
The Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death
And over turn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled a new

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke holding keys
To Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

He has cheated
Hell and seated
Us above the fall
In desperate places
He paid our wages
One time once and for all