We asked worship pastors what music inspires them on their discipleship path. “Pins and Needles” Mutemath Armistice Songwriters: Paul Meany, Dennis Herring and Tedd Tjornhom “I’m growing fond of broken…
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In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus heals a woman so crippled in body she couldn’t stand up straight for 18 years. Not only does Jesus free the woman from her physical ailment, he ministers emotional and spiritual healing by chastising those who criticize her, and naming her a daughter of Abraham. “This is my story,” says singer/songwriter Cathy AJ Hardy.
Sufjan StevensSufjan Stevens has been releasing electronic and folk music on the Asthmatic Kitty label since 2000, but is most well known for his 2005 album Illinois, which is often listed as one of the best albums of the decade.
Dappled ThingsFriesen Family BandI was truly inspired by Dappled Things, the second CD produced by the Friesen Family Band from Edmonton. Chris Friesen, pastor at Lendrum MB Church, his wife Louise, and their five children sing and make music together. The older four children (9–16) join their parents in singing amazing harmony, beautiful solos, and exquisite instrument playing. The youngest (3 years old) sings with the family at home and appears once or twice during concerts.
Acoustic Hymns ProjectBy: Johnny MarkinMy standard for good music is, “What can I do while listening to it?” Acoustic Hymns Project strikes me as something you put on at 8:30 p.m. as you reflect on a day lived more or less with God. The album by Johnny Markin, worship pastor at Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C., can either dictate or reflect a mood of peace.
Rural UrbanitisMartin BlumrichRural Urbanitis is a fresh and exciting collection of acoustic/folk-style music with inspiring, honest, and hope-filled lyrics. This multi-talented musician and songwriter sings of faith, hope, and love, as it intersects with life. Martin Blumrich wrote all but one song, and in short notes in the CD jacket, describes the inspirations for each of them.