Remember that one time when everything worked perfectly and went according to the plan?

Remember that one time when everything worked perfectly and went according to the plan?

artistry and excellence, Guitars and music
Last week, I served at a conference in Nerja, Spain (not all service is drudgery) by taking a team of musicians to lead worship for international missionaries. Our travel was beset by cancellations and delays and mis-directed baggage, so we suspected that it wasn't going to be an easy week. We got set up, worked through several technical glitches, and began planning for the first few conference sessions. [caption id="attachment_2757" align="alignright" width="300"] My normal guitar rig (with optional angelic lighting...)[/caption] Then, it happened - after working fine for a day or two, my pedalboard (to me, the equivalent of a painter's palette) fried due to some sort of power conversion issue. All I could get to work was the guitar and ONE amplifier sound. The style of music we had…
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Live from India

Live from India

missions and ministry, updates
[caption id="attachment_2678" align="alignright" width="300"] Teresa, talking with some college students after a show[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2681" align="alignright" width="300"] You can't tell, but I am making a great 'guitar face'.[/caption] I’m writing from a hotel room in Calicut, India, and wanted to give you a mid-tour update. Our band (called Stone), has played concerts in schools and colleges and public auditoriums, playing for over 4500 people so far. We’ve been getting extremely energetic responses from the students (and adults!) - they really love western rock music and are very engaged. More importantly, our concerts have led to some really great spiritual conversations. In Kochi, our first city, the students were predominantly Hindu. The Indian ministry staff are thrilled with the concert turnouts. They’re also happy that our concerts helped develop their relationships…
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How do you eat an (Indian) elephant?

missions and ministry
One bite at a time, or so the parable goes - but you have to get yourself to India to do it. Last fall, I went on tour in India with a rock band called The Gap Theory. We performed for thousands of people and shared the gospel, and several hundred indicated that they began a relationship with Christ. India is 80% Hindu, 15% Muslim, and maybe 3% Christian, so there is a never-ending need for sharing the gospel. The ministries in India were so happy with our work that they have asked us to do it again - so we're going back this September! [singlepic id=42 w=208 h=168 float=right] We are excited to go, but there is a TON to do. There are Visas to apply for. Rehearsal plans to…
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Things I’ve learned touring with a band

missions and ministry, updates
To borrow a quote from Tim Hawkins, "We ain't no rock stars". blue sky nine heads out on tour again throughout this spring, and even though we aren't huge or famous, we get to have some pretty cool experiences as we travel. Here are some things you may never come to know until you tour the world with a band: All "Flying J" truck stops are the same. And as far as I can tell, none of them know the difference between brake fluid and coffee. You can wear the same pair of pants 4 days in a row, as long as the only people who see you every day are also in the band. Because, you know, they are also wearing the same pants THEY wore Tuesday. The number…
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