Monday, July 11, 2011

Whatever it Takes

A friend of mine asked me to put a song together with clips from Passion of the Christ for a sermon he would give.  
It was a song by Pillar, a very hard-edged, blood-curdling kind of sound, and not at all the kind of music I'd normally lend my ear to.  I could already hear my dad saying, "Son, that is not music, that's just noise." 
But it was a way of serving Him, and so I accepted the challenge of putting the torture and sacrifice of my Savior in the company of music that if I heard it on the radio, I couldn't flip the dial quick enough.

What I realized as I waded into the work was that there would be no better way to describe the resolve of what Jesus chose to do, the pain He accepted on our behalf.  It was not a pretty song.  There was nothing harmonic about what He did for us.  It was a split from anything right in this world.  The terrorism that He and those around Him experienced was beyond sanity as they entered into the realm of a crazed mob, frothing at the mouth for the ultimate destruction of His life... and this song told that story.  It put to music the raw reality of anguish, the resolve, the harshness, the barbaric chords of what Christ endured for us.  
This, my friends, is what I feel we should be shouting from the rooftops, instead of rationalizing a comfortable way of life.  Anything we do in His service, whether it makes sense in the eyes of man or not, right down to selling everything we own and moving to a foreign land to share His story... it's worth it.  
He is worth it.  Watch this video, and ask yourself if you'd rather listen to a lullaby.

Music: Pillar. Whatever it Takes
Video: Passion of the Christ

Friday, July 8, 2011


It would seem Rough Lumber Ministry was only meant for a season.
Leo, our Lead guitar, left the band and is studying to become an I.T. guy.
Jeremy, our Bass, took a job in another town, and is now studying to become a pastor.
My family and I are moving to Haiti to bring bibles and start discipleship there.
And David, our drummer and most committed member of the band, still carries on this ministry.  He holds the equipment and is fully equipped himself, to deliver the message of Jesus Christ to ears that want to hear.

My last contribution, sung like an old Irish ballad, a guitar giving charge, ADA EDA, because I believe in stupid simple:

"I will win the fight for me.
I will see the victory.
In the fog of war, when I can't see,
my Master's eyes watch over me.

I know who will win this war,
Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords!"