Nothing left to lose

missions and ministry
As of late, I've been working on preparations for a tour in India with a band called The Gap Theory. I'm excited about that, but I was leafing through some blog entries from blue sky nine (the band I spent 4 years leading and touring with) and came across this article that I had written, but never clicked the 'publish' button. So... here's a previously unpublished story from the 2010 blue sky nine tour. - - - - - - - - May, 2010 Recently, in addition to a bunch of colleges and other shows, blue sky nine played outreach concerts at 3 different prison facilities. One was an outreach at a Level-5 security, ‘Supermax’ prison. At that event, we saw literally hundreds of guys make decisions to turn their…
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Justice, or grace?

missions and ministry
“Whenever I would bring a bible home, my father would burn it…” blue sky nine just came off the road doing from a bunch of concerts in correctional institutions in Florida. There are a number of things that make those concerts difficult. One is that, to the correctional officers, our band and equipment represents an entire travelling circus of items that could be potentially made into improvised weapons. Another is that the physical security of the women in our team requires a level of diligence that is, in a word, creepifying. It can be a dangerous place. To me, though, the hardest thing is learning about the events that led up to whatever they did to become incarcerated. We get to talk to the guys a lot before and after…
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What do 3 prisons in Kansas, Ft. Knox, and Romania have in common?

missions and ministry, updates
...they're all stops on the blue sky nine 2010 tour! We're at about the midpoint, and I'm in and out of home a little bit. And by a 'little bit', I mean it's enough to be here for Sarah's 11th birthday this week, but not enough to catch any of Rachel's soccer games on the weekends. We just got back from 5 days in Kansas working with some prisons; we saw a lot of guys get their freedom in a spiritual sense, even if not in a legal sense. We play Ft. Knox this weekend - I'm looking forward to that; we usually play for about 700-800 recruits, and it's always fun. Then, we head overseas to Romania! The tour is coming together; there is a daily flow of emails…
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A tour update…

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Been on tour with blue sky nine a lot this spring, and most of our shows have been on college campuses. But… this last weekend, we played for the Aruna 5K event in Cincinnati. The Aruna Project is an organzation that rescues young girls (some as young as 10 years old) from the sex trafficking industry in Mumbai, India. check out the event website for more details. The event raised $14,000 towards helping girls find their freedom. We're planning on helping them do it even bigger next year - LOVE that we can help out with stuff like this. Don't think it's really an issue, or that it's relegated to brothels and sleazy dance clubs? Better read this article. From there, we headed to Ft. Knox in Kentucky and played…
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