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mike brown

As a response to all the terrible things happening in Ferguson in Missouri, I want to get better at using my voice, my words, and my songs to actively speak out against injustice that I see in the world.  After Trayvon Martin died last year, I wrote a song in his memory.  I never got around to recording it and I still haven’t yet done so although I want to.  I figured I’d at least share the lyrics and hope that it might connect with someone else who has a heavy heart in the midst of all the unnecessary loss of black lives that happens on such a regular basis.  The song is called “Skittles and Ice Tea.”  If I do get around to recording it, I’ll plan to update this post with a link.
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wincon background

I recently had the honor of co-leading an incredible worship team at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s (IVCF) Northwest Regional Winter Conference (whew, that’s a mouthful) alongside my good friend, Thomas.  There were around 400-something students there from all over the Northwest.  It was easily one of my favorite worship experiences I’ve ever had and it was really encouraging to see so many students transformed and excited about their faith.  One of the singers on our team really captured the diversity of our musical selection when she posted on Facebook:

“I NEVER thought in one weekend I would be leading Praise and Worship songs representing Rock, Folk, Hip Hop, Go-Go, Gospel, Grunge, and Spanish…..but here I am! LETS GO!”

While we were there, Thomas and I also were able to lead a workshop on multicultural worship, and we got such positive feedback from that time that I figured it might be worthwhile to share some of the content from that workshop with others who are looking to grow in this practice, either from a worship leader’s perspective or as anyone out there who has an appreciation for worship.  (more…)

So this week was my pastor’s 40th birthday. I wrote/recorded a song about it, yes I did. Like to hear it? Hear it goes. (more…)