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Blogging used to be cool. Or…made you feel cool. You could actually publish the deep wells of wit you just knew were inside of you, for the entire world to read. Of course, the entire world doesn’t read them…having a blog published on the internet is the equivalent of having a science fiction novel published in Barnes & Noble…nobody is ever going to read it. But they could! It’s out there. That’s the magic. I mean, Edge could be reading my blog right now. He’s not……but who’s to say what may happen tonight while I sleep? And therein lies the wonder. Of Edge. (Apologies if you hate U2.)

However, it seems that this magical new (ya I know…I’m about 15 years late) art form by which we can all call ourselves published writers (in our heads…never out loud) who have throngs of devoted followers (my throngs of devoted followers consist of people searching google images for ‘Paul Walker hot’ and ‘Steven Seagal with no shirt on’…which is really gross…he’s old…I did just hear that he is starting his own reality show where he is an actual deputy in an actual town……this may be the best thing to happen since life…or, at least since he came out with his blues cd…yep…he has a blues cd), is slowly being replaced by the giant corporate sellout facebook/twitter…it’s the same company, isn’t it? (Isn’t it funny how when we don’t like something, we automatically refer to it as a big corporate conglomerate whatever? Because wordpress is so small and indie. ;) hehehe) See, now, people don’t have to blog to get their free self-esteem boost. None of that actual writing and thinking out of an online journal entry! Who needs that? Now we can just say whatever we’re feeling whenever we’re feeling it! Stuck in traffic? The world wants to know! Climbing the stairs to bed? The entire western hemisphere might be hanging in the balance to know what happens at the top of the stairs! Eat a so-so hamburger at a normal restaurant at which you waited in a medium-sized line to order? These are the things the rest of us cannot live another day without knowing!

(And if you don’t like U2……come on! This picture isn’t helping any? ;) Wow. Normally it’s Bono who’s the frightening one. And still, his hair’s not something that anyone should ever wear…in the history of life…by any means here; but he’s, uh, not the one with his tongue licking his lips in a way that makes me feel violated through the computer screen. And with his shirt cut below what his shirt should ever be cut below. Definitely the most awesome picture of Edge that I have ever seen.)

So I have decided that I miss the old way of mentally fooling ourselves into feeling validated! I’m bringing back the blog! And to do that, I’m listing here the army of my blogging brethren, who defiantly stand against the tyranny of twitbook! Will you stand with me, my brothers! We will never surrender the mother land!

And…uh…just ignore the fact that this blog post will automatically post on facebook, too. I…don’t know how that happens! So weird. ;)

Alright…obviously my tongue has been lodged firmly in my cheek for the beginning of this post. (Why does that sound bad?) To be completely honest, every year or so I try to say some kind words about and send some some traffic towards, the incredible blogs of the incredible people in my blogroll. There’s seriously some great guys and gals over there, and I just want to give a little love their way. But that just sounds so touchy-feely and un-masculine! And if you’ve been reading my blog for any period of time whatsoever, you know that my comments about Edge and Brad Pitt have already thrown said masculinity into serious question on numerous occasions. So I made up the intro to this post about facebook and twitter and all that, to help mask my immense sentimentality.

So, here are the awesome people to whom I’m going to show some sentimental lovin’. And if those words frighten you, then…um…then they’re the last bastions of blogging hope! Ya! Freeeee-doooom! That better? But seriously, these are some awesome people, and you really need to check out their sites:

  • A Passionate Apathy –great blog by a killer bassist. I’ve played with this guy for years, and not only is he an incredible musician, but he’s also a really humble guy, and is a gifted amp and pedal builder.
    A Small Corner –our church’s Director of Sound, and a really close friend. He’s an amazing sound tech because he actually uses his ears, and listens to how the sound is coming off the stage…as opposed to how the gain structures look on the board. Pretty rockin’ bass player, too!
    Accidental Academic –this is Cam, who posts here sometimes. Great blog, with some really cool original music that gets uploaded from time to time!
    Analog Ambience –one of my closest friends, and a fantastic bass player. (Hmm…all my closest friends thus far have been bass players…haha…guitarists are nothing without bassists.) He’s a deep thinker too, and has some great musical thoughts on his blog.
    Baggas Blog –Baggas posts here quite often, and is a great worship leader. He’s got a killer sense of humour, and some thoughts that really peak your interest. A definite read over here.
    Bass for Worship –this blog is by Colty, who posts here fairly often. He’s a bass player, so I love him! (Colty, that love is in a completely brother-in-Christ way…just thought I’d clarify…) Great bass musings and effects pedal musings on this one.
    Behind The Mixer –an incredibly well put-together site with tons and tons of information for both sound techs and musicians alike…Chris really seems to be breaking down the walls between sound techs and musicians with this blog. Definitely go here.
    Better Than Blank –this is an awesome blog by a very gifted writer. We’ve known each other a long time, and even though we’re now at separate churches, I owe much of my musical tastes (and all of my U2 love) to this guy. He brought me out of metal and into the strange and wondrous world known as, ‘The Edge.’ Great reads.
    Booze and Blues –tons of awesome gear reviews and effects pedal conversations on this one. Great points of view, and always keeps your interest. Great site!
    Broken Headstock –one of the best players on the web. Check out his gear review clips…they sound amazing, and then you’ll go everything he plays. And buying more gear is always a good thing. ;)
    Chris Stout –very gifted, and very humble behind the scenes church guy. Incredibly gifted in all things technical, be it media, sound, computers, etc. He’s got some great info on his site pertaining to that stuff! And he’s a good friend. We’re also at different churches now, but he still helps me out in a second when I’m an idiot and can’t figure something out!
    Consuming Worship –incredible site with more relevant information regarding worship than you could probably read. Great writing, easy to receive, just a great resource all around.
    Cool Musings –this is Randy’s site, who posts here fairly often. He’s a great worship leader, with some really, really thought-provoking perspectives. Great stuff here!
    Dan Byron –great site, with some awesome perspectives on worship. On top of that, he plays some great gear, and is a really funny writer. Great reads over here! And come on, he has an Empress Superdelay.
    Electric Community –amazing site, written from a worship guitarist’s perspective. Incredible gear demo videos, and great perspective regarding guitar playing from a minimalist, worship mindset. Great guy, really humble, and one of my favorite sites.
    Elevated Praise –great worship leader, with some great info on his site regarding everything from song choices to worship leading to stage aesthetics. The whole package. Great guy, too!
    Eric Beeman –my former worship pastor, and one of the nicest and most passionate people you’ll meet. His site is always a great resource, from everything from church leadership, to effects pedals, to recording techniques. A lot of the reason I’m involved in worship today was because this guy took a chance on a long-haired, barefoot, BC Rich Warlock-playing kid about 7 years ago.
    Erin Wible –great guitarist who is without a doubt the most humble and unassuming guy you’ll ever meet. Now the junior high pastor at his church, his site has great perspectives on ministry, guitar in worship, and of course, Rush. :)
    Everybody Lies –one of the most well-written blogs out there, and from a very real and honest perspective. One of my personal favorite reads. Definitely go here.
    Feedback is a Joyful Noise –one of the best guitarists I know. And way too humble! If I had his skill, I wouldn’t be as humble as he is. hehe A great site, packed with perspectives and reviews of worship, effects pedals, amps, and guitars. One of my frequent haunts.
    Fred McKinnon –great worship leader, with one of the pioneer blogs of Christian music, I believe. A lot of the stuff you se on other blogs, he started. Great info, and a great hub to find out what other worship leaders are doing at their churches. Very community-based! Good stuff over here.
    Greg Jones Music –a great guitarist, and technical magician. He’s got some great perspectives on worship music, as well as some great original tunes. Awesome stuff!
    Greg Loesch (compulsiveguile) –a tech site from a guitarist. Which means it’s one of the few tech sites I can relate to! Tons of great information here. :)
    Holokinesis –killer original music, all ambient and synth-based. Check this one out!
    Jefferson Music –one of the bands I guest with quite often. Great band, with more talent and heart than should probably be fair to exist in one band. The vocalist is a good friend, and you should definitely give them a listen. ;)
    Jon Harrelson –great friend of mine for many years. Jon has since moved on, but God has amazing things in store for Him! One of the most intelligent people I know.
    Lakeshore Vineyard Worship Team –great worship team here, led by Matt, who posts here sometimes. They have great set lists to check out, and worship videos!
    Les Paul Player Doctor –great blogger right here. Tons of gear reviews, and pedal setup how-to’s. Great writing style, and some beautiful tone! Definitely a great read for gearheads and worship musicians!
    Maple Neck –another great guitarist. Beautiful soundscapes, and incredible tone, all from a worship perspective. You’ll love his writing style, too. Not just reviews and opinions, but videos to back them up. A definite must-read, from a killer and humble guitarist!
    Media Reviewed –brand new site from Blogsology, who posts here sometimes. Reviews of music, both secular and Christian, from a worship leader’s perspective. Quickly becoming one of my favorite sites! And a really humble guy, too.
    Mike Dalton –the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. Yep. Amazing bass player, a great friend, and a very gifted writer and thinker. Lots of information here; not just on bass playing for worship, but also on sound, band leading, and worship in general. Go here.
    My Worship Revolution –awesome worship leader who’s site ranges from worship perspectives all the way to taking action in our communities and showing God’s love. Amazing site, with lots of resources for Christian growth.
    Nikao –just go here. I promise, there will be perspectives you’ve never thought about before. One of the best thinkers I’ve ever met, and hilarious as well. All coming from a perspective of just simply loving God in the world we’re put in.
    Pamparo in Toronto –great site, from a great guy. Original recordings, pedal, amp, and guitar reviews, and original poetry. Very talented writer, and a site that’s got tons of resources geared towards worship guitarists. Definitely read it.
    Refill –awesome blog with perspectives ranging from tone, to worship, to Hillsong concert reviews. Lots of great info, from a very talented worship leader.
    Reflection Today –very deep thoughts, looking at Christianity from a perspective different than most you’ve read before. Great blog, and a regular read for me.
    Renovate –great blog from one of the most gifted writers and thinkers I know. And not afraid to say what needs to be said. You’ll gain some great stuff from this site.
    Rich Kirkpatrick –worship leader at Sunridge Community, here in Southern California. Very gifted blogger who starts great conversations, and has very intuitive perspectives. Another great community-based blog, with tons of resources, and great writing. Also an amazing worship leader.
    Scream the Prayer –great blog, with very real perspectives on worship and worship music. Another great read!
    Sound of the World –gotta translate this one, but Ben is an amazing guitarist, with great tone, and one of the best blogs out there. Gear reviews, how-to videos, just a great resource for worship guitarists! And really humble, too.
    Spiritual Regurgitations–Re/New –awesome perspectives here. This is by Robin, who posts here fairly often. Very deep thinking, and out-of-the-box views on God, life, and Christianity. A great resource for guitarists and Christians. Go here!
    Stompbox Blog –great blog on all things guitar effects. Awesome articles, and reviews and discussions on sweet, sweet gear! Good times.
    Synthesizerz –really cool music perspectives, basing around…yep. Synth. Awesome stuff, especially for those of us ambient-lovers.
    The Busy Pixel –awesome blog, by Kenrick who posts here fairly often, pertaining to worship, guitar, and life. Incredible guitarist, and very knowledgeable in all things sound. Also very out-of-the-box church perspectives that will really make you think. Great stuff here!
    The Resistance –awesome worship leader from Virginia who I’ve played with a few times. Very passionate perspectives! Very inspiring. :)
    The Sophisticated Arkansan –great blog. All things music, guitar, and Christianity. Great reads, and the guy has awesome writing skills.
    The Worship Forum –awesome perspectives here on worship music. Definitely an encouraging read.
    Travis Tingley –one of the most technically proficient guitarists I know. But yet soulful and tasteful. Lots to learn from this guy, on both guitar and worship. Check his site out! Also a great friend…even though I’m jealous of his skills. ;)
    Warnbro Worship Team –awesome perspectives from a worship leader’s point of view. Great reads, and a great resource. Also written by Baggas, who posts here fairly often. Great site!
    Whether a Tree Falls to the South… –awesome blog with lots of stuff on U2! hehe ;) But great worship perspectives, and original tunes. Written by Samuel, who posts here sometimes. Awesome blog!
    Worship City –great blog from a worship leader, and youth leader, who really seems to understand ministry. Tons of great resources here!
    Worship Guitar Guy –more resources than you could ever read. Just an awesome site, written by a really humble and selfless guy. It’s got everything from chord voicings, to tone discussions, to set list forming. Great stuff!
    Worship with Guitar –one of the best worship guitar blogs out there. Great perspectives, awesome reviews, well-written, and some very cool original ideas. Written by Jed, who posts here sometimes. Definitely a must-read!
    Amp Crazy –my amp tech’s site. This man is a genius. If you are in the Southern California area and need any repairs or mods, this is the guy to go to. Even original, homemade, or boutique circuits. I’ve got a feeling he’d even look at a Dumble and see right through the goup into the crystal lattice. ;)
    CGP Audio –recording site of Mike Oliver, who posts here fairly often. Awesome music at this site! Definitely check it out. Gifted guy.
    DIY Guitarist –resources galore. For building, fixing, inventing…effects pedals, amps, etc. You gotta go to this site.
    Frequency Worship –Chris Tomlin’s site. Very cool for a famous worship leader to actually care to show the rest of us how the songs are written, how the tones are made, etc.
    Guitar Bites –so much guitar resource stuff…you just have to go there to get it. Awesome site!
    Guitarmann Lessons –great and humble worship guitarist, who also gives online lessons. Very cool resource!
    Life Church –my home church.
    Music Academy –lots of worship info. Great site! Extremely resourceful, and written from many different perspectives from worship leaders. Go here!
    The Gear Page —if you don’t know…just go there and search ‘Axe-FX nails Trainwreck tone.’ You’ll know. This site is the be all end all of all things tone, and the reason for probably millions of dollars spent on sweet, sweet gear.
    • And there you have it. Please go read these people’s blogs. So much incredible information from some very gifted and humble people. And again, if that’s too sentimental for you, then…let’s go, fellow blogging brethren! Facebook shall be conquered. (Unless, of course, you’re reading this on facebook…… Obviously my convictions only run as deep as sounds cool in a blog…or on facebook. ;)
      P.S. If you’d like your blog or site listed here, just let me know. :) We can rock together. (Don’t worry about it. Makes sense in my mind.)

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    Someone’s going to study us. We study church history from 50 years ago, and in 50 years someone will study us. Some of it will be good, and some of it will be bad. To say it will all be good is both unrealistic and bordering dangerously on the common human error of thinking that since we are currently at the farthest point in time we have ever been, that we are also at the farthest point of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and progress we have ever been. And to say that everything we will be remembered for will be bad is to risk sounding like you’re trying to be all post-emergent, and that you have it all figured out, and that the church has become just terrible. Which is actually worse than the first mindset. In the first, at least you’re in a state of pride in something collective. That’s at least forgivable and kind of sweet. (And ya, contrary to what that last phrase would make you think, this is still a guy writing this.) But in the second mindset, there’s few things more awkward and off-putting than people who feel like they must be right and 500,000 other people must be wrong. I’m not saying it can’t happen…but let’s be real that just maybe…I know this is crazy…but just maybe we don’t have it all figured out and we’re actually going to learn some more stuff as we keep living.

    And yikes, this post is turning out to sound very ‘church magazine-ish’ if you know what I mean. And if there’s one thing I fear above all else (besides the ‘off’ switch on delay pedals), it’s church magazines trying to come up with new twists on old concepts in order to shock people into reading. And then when you get to the end you’re like, ‘No, I think that verse has always said that.’ So, before I can go any farther into becoming a caricature of my own fear (if you put ‘caricature of your own’ before any object you’re talking about…it’s automatic increase in perceived smartness), I gotta do this:

    Karl fails
    (This is me on my bachelor party. I decided to leap out of the car while it was still moving. I intended to hit the ground running like I was Jason Statham or something. I tend to over-estimate myself. What ended up happening was…well, you can see what ended up happening. Luckily, my friend Ryan, who snapped the picture, made sure you couldn’t see……uh…everything. Yep. First step out of the car, done. My other friend, Tim, somehow managed to not run over me. Thank you, Tim. The other one? Justin? Ya. Laughing. Probably would have been laughing even if Tim hadn’t managed to not run over me.)

    There we go. Any perceived smartness that ‘caricature’ may have added for a few seconds is now gone. And it’ll stay gone, as this isn’t a church musings blog. It’s ‘guitar.’ ‘For worship.’ So, most of these things that I kind of think our current church as an American/European whole might be remembered for in 50 years, have to do with music. As does most of life. Yes. And I cannot take all the credit for this post. A good deal of this has been brewed from a few talks with my father, who is quite a learned and wise man in his own rite. Much moreso than myself. Although if you end up not liking this post, I’m sure he’d be more than happy to let all the credit go to me. ;) But quite honestly, I think the majority of the established western 2000’s church might be remembered in 50 years for:

    –Making ‘worship music’ synonymous with ‘worship.’ And that is bad. However, when someone says to me, ‘How was worship?’, I immediately think of the music portion of a church service. It’s become ingrained in me. And in this way, when the Bible talks about ‘worshiping God’, we tend to think that God wants more music. But in the Hebrew, the words for ‘serve’ and ‘worship’ are the same. And in English, serving someone to show how much you ‘give them worth’, makes much more sense to me than singing to them. I’ve said it before, but I can write my wife all the love songs in the world; but if I never make her dinner or take her on a date or take out the garbage, is she going to feel worshiped? Nope. The songs are supposed to be just small mirrors of what our lives should be about. But usually, when we are told to worship God more, we sing Him more songs, because that’s what we in general automatically think of when we hear the word ‘worship.’

    –Bringing emotionality back into worship music. I think this is good. We see to have done a really good job making it widely acceptable to love God with all we are…and that includes deep emotions.

    –Forgetting missions. I know, I know. I hate that word, too. It’s been used so much, and has been associated with so many ‘I want to shoot myself in the head from boredom’ sermons in other languages on ‘Missions Sunday’, that literally the sight of that word bores me. It does. I’m totally turning on Airborne Toxic Event right now. Yes, out-of-tune yet somehow fun guitar. Combat the boredom. However…in making the church the center of outreach, we’ve kind of forgotten to reach out. Not that I’m down on outreach-driven churches. Sweet mercy, if people can’t find God in churches, where are they gonna go? By all means, let’s reach out to non-believers in church! But it seems like we’ve gotten to a point where we’ve said, ‘Well we opened our church doors, put flyers up on the Starbucks community board, and have our billboards up! What more can we do?’ And there’s nothing wrong with that at all! But it still has to be coupled with us going out and meeting people where they’re at, rather than waiting for them to come to us. I’m guilty of this one most of all. And I’m haunted every day by a book called ‘Simplicity.’ If you can, try to pick this book up. It was kind of shunned by the church in general because, I’ll admit, there’s some questionable things in there. But at least it’s honest. It asks the questions we don’t want to. And it’s written by the lead singer of Stavesacre, who used to be a Christian band. And this guy has chosen…rather than staying in a safe church…and even more than doing ‘outreach events’, to live an outreach. Of all the places to choose to work and live, he’s chosen to live in downtown Huntington Beach and work at a coffee shop famous for the convicts and parolees that patronize it. He chose to step out and live it. And that haunts me. Because I play a well-known Coldplay intro to a worship song, and think I’ve done my outreach for the week.

    (The third cover of the book. I believe the first was deemed inappropriate for some very odd reason.)

    –Making our churches more outreach-driven. hehe Alright, since I just railed on church and myself for not reaching out enough, I’ve got to say that I do think that the fact that the 2000’s church seems to have made itself much more accessible and open to the non-believers who do enter through our open doors because of the Starbucks flyers and billboards. And this, I think, is very, very good.

    –That almost every one of our movements ended in a scandal. Kind of sad, but history is not kind to this type of stuff. I mean, history will make up stuff about people if it feels like it. So the fact that so many prominent heads of so many prominent Christian movements over the last 10 years have ended their tenures abruptly by the uncovering of money laundering, affairs, or any other number of the visible sins, will most definitely not be forgotten.

    –Making ‘Republican’ and ‘American’ mean the same thing as ‘Christian.’ And ‘Democrat’ isn’t synonymous with this new breed of ‘free-thinking’ Christian we seem to be breeding, either. ‘Christian’ is completely different. Not all Christians love America; and I’d say especially the Christians in the underground churches of China and Indonesia and such. And not all Republican beliefs are Christian, and not all Democrat beliefs are evil. Anything beyond God’s commands (i.e. not killing babies, taking care of His creation, supporting the poor, etc.) is just politics. Nothing against America, Republicans, Democrats, or politics. But we’ve gotten to the point where if you’re a patriotic Republican, well then, you must be a Christian, too; and vice versa. And I’m not sure that’s in the Bible.

    –Focusing more on the buildup of the family and the alleviation of sin than on preaching Christ or loving people. I just have this scary feeling that we’re going to get up to Heaven and tell Jesus, ‘Lord! We outlawed homosexuality, kept prayer in schools, and kept all the bad people out of our neighborhood!’ And I think God’s going to say something to the effect of (and apologies, I don’t like putting quotes around things I’m merely assuming God would say, hehe), Okay. Well, I never intended homosexuality, I like prayer, and I’m glad you showed love to your kids by keeping your neighborhood safe. Cool. So, how many homosexuals, politicians who didn’t believe in prayer, and criminals in your neighborhood did you bring with you here to Heaven? And we’re going to be like, ‘Oh. You mean you wanted people brought to You, not the world to be cleaner?’

    –Making some asserted steps in art and music to create new things for God, rather than just recycling 15-year-old ‘secular’ ideas. Ya, we don’t have it perfect yet. But at least we’re going after it. The Christian music industry is far from perfect. And maybe it shouldn’t even be it’s own industry, in the purest form of simply living out Christ amidst a fallen world. But there is a concerted effort to create art for the glory of God, and I think that’s a good thing.

    –Confusing people who haven’t yet come to know Christ, for demons. I know it sounds stupid, but so much of current Christian culture is based on the war model. That it’s a battlezone out there, and we’d better fight the evil or be overcome by it. Which is fine. Ya, if you’re getting overcome by sin, or by Satan, or demons, you should battle it. But we seem to always want to battle people. If someone says ‘Christianity sucks’, we immediately go into battle mode and start to battle the person. Usually with words. And it’s understandable. Sometimes in order to take a stand for something you believe in, you have to pump yourself up. The problem is that it seems we’ve never gotten past that. I mean, how much do you really believe in what you believe? Do you believe it enough not to be shaken and go crying to your Bible study about the ‘persecution’ you’re enduring when someone says ‘Christianity sucks’? But rather to say, ‘Alright. I’m gonna tell you right now that I don’t believe that. But obviously you’ve got your reasons for saying that. What do you do for fun?’ And starting a relationship. Almost always, when someone makes fun of something, they’re a little intimidated by it. Like when I make fun of Paul Walker. Ya, I think…nope, not ‘think’…he just is…a horrible actor. But if I look deep enough, I’m sure that I’m also a little intimidated that someone who I think to have so little talent, can be that much more famous, rich, and accepted than I am. And I’m sure the fact that I always lived under the delusion I was kind of good looking until I saw how good looking he is, doesn’t help either. (Wow, I just said that.) Anyway, any emotion towards something is an open door. And not just to ‘winning’ them for Christ. To actually loving them for who they are…which of course includes caring about where they end up for eternity. But it also includes hearing out their side of the story, and listening to their hurts, successes, failures, and stupid things that humans tend to say. ;)

    (That man is a horrible actor. Such stern confusion. He is definitely better looking than I am, though. And this frightens me. Hence, I make fun of his acting skills.)

    I apologize for the serious tone in this post. There’s enough serious blogs out there that claim to know the secret to 2000’s Christianity, and I’m afraid this post fell right into that. But at the same time, as the title of the blog conveys topics about understanding worship, and ‘worship’ is not just synonymous with music, I think it might be good every once in a while to look at ourselves and our culture from different eyes. And to step outside ourselves and see if the things we may have become accustomed to, are really showing any ‘worth’ or ‘worth-ship’ (can’t believe I just did the Christian word switch thing) towards God. Maybe that’s good? And if it’s not, then hopefully all of you just scanned to the Paul Walker pic and the me jumping out of a moving car pic.


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