All over but the shouting

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Keynote's 'Summer Project' wrapped this week. (See my last blog entry for some background on that). My role in the Summer Project is very different from my normal job, and it really is one of my favorite times of the year. Normally, I focus on leading a team and interacting with a lot of ministries for short-term projects and events. For the Summer, my job is to interact with a small number of student musicians for a much longer period of time. It's an amazing privilege to get to be part of the process that God uses to stretch them, shape them, and use them to change lives for eternity. He also uses them to remind me that I am 42. That's another issue. Anyway, for the whole project, between Keynote and the Impact movement (who we work together…
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Like guitar solos, only with class…

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I've been working with a band called Young Isaac the last month or so. Where did June go, anyway? Young Isaac is one of 4 bands that are part of Keynote's Summer Project, which is where we take college students from all over the country, bring them here for training and rehearsals, make them into bands, and send them out on tour for 3 weeks to do outreach concerts. The members of Young Isaac were complete strangers a month ago, and now they're a really fun acoustic rock band. They have been through a month of training, classes and rehearsals, and now they are equipped to share their personal stories and get into meaningful and deliberate spiritual conversations with people at their shows, which is the whole point. You can follow their…
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Shifting gears

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Well, blue sky nine is done with our spring tours, and I am already shifting through gears pretty quickly getting ready for Keynote's Summer Project. Summer Project is where we bring students in from all over the country to do an internship of sorts. They'll get put into bands - and they'll also get training in public speaking/communications skills and a ton of other stuff, along with rehearsals. Then, they do 3 week concert tour where they will get to play music, tell stories and share how their relationship with Christ has changed their lives.  It's a whirlwind, for them and for us! I'll be serving as music director/producer for one of the bands, which means selecting music, charting it out, running rehearsals, and everything else it takes to transform 7 complete strangers into a road-ready…
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Living in a land down under…

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Yes, I did just quote 'Men at Work' from 1983...And that's because Young Isaac, the band I worked with for Keynote's Summer Project, is currently on tour in Sydney, Australia. They finish their last show today and then begin the trek back home at the end of this week.They have played gigs mostly in high schools. It's winter there, so they are playing for high school students during the day - during class time. Evidently, the Australian school system has some sort of religious education requirement in their curriculum. Because of that, it is completely fine for our little band to go in there, play a houserocking show, and then share how their lives have been changed by their relationships with Christ.It is also completely OK for them to explain…
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