The Whole of It

This week I started reading Brennan Manning’s book, The Furious Long of God with one of my friends and brothers in Christ. Brennan has written a ton of books over the years and one of the things I most appreciate about Brennan’s work is that he stays on message – and his message is all about God’s love and grace for us in Jesus Christ, something I desperately need to be reminded.

Manning begins the book with a brief personal intro:

I’m Brennan. I’m an alcoholic.
How I got there, why I left there, why I went back, is the story of my life.
But it is not the whole story.

I’m Brennan. I’m a Catholic.
How I got there, why I left there, why I went back, is also the story of my life.
But it is not the whole story.

I’m Brennan. I was a priest, but am no longer a priest. I was a married man but am no longer a married man.
How I got to those places, why I left those places, is the story of my life too.
But it is not the whole story.

I’m Brennan. I’m a sinner, saved by grace.
That is the larger and more important story.
Only God, in His fury, knows the whole of it.

Manning’s intro got me thinking, “what’s my story?” I’m a man, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a musician, a pastor, a writer, a friend. I’ve had my share of success and failures in every dimension of life, but those success and failures are not the whole story.They do not define me. And so today, with Brennan Manning I declare:

I’m Terry. I’m a sinner, saved by grace.
That is the larger and more important story.
Only God, in His fury, knows the whole of it.

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Some of My Favorite Things

As this year draws to a close, I thought I would take a few moments and share some of my favorite things from the past twelve months. This is by no means a complete list but is intended more as a stream of consciousness kind of thing. How about you? What good things have flowed into your life over the past year. I would love to hear about your favorite things from 2011. Make sure you take a moment and leave a comment or two.

Books

Musical Projects

Concerts

Movies

  • Moneyball
  • The Ides of March
  • Midnight in Paris

Meals

  • Roasted Fish and Cornbread in Hilton Head, SC
  • Fresh Tilapia (from Lake Victoria) on a rooftop terrace in Kampala, Uganda
  • BRGR (East End of Pittsburgh)

Experiences

What were some of your favorite things from 2011?

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New Music Tuesday: Make a Record with Robbie Seay Band

After 6 years with EMI Music, the Robbie Seay Band have begun the journey of recording their first independent album since ‘Better Days’ in 2004. Recording is underway and they’re currently nearing the halfway mark in the process.Here’s the kicker – you can help the RSB make the record.

As one of the current 438 backers of the project I have already received three of the tracks digitally (and loving them). The tracks are:

  • Raise My Voice
  • Baptize Me in the River
  • Cannot Have My Soul

Here’s the line that has captured my attention today:

“If the devil wants to come for me I will tell him to his face, you can have my body, but you cannot have my soul – in the heavens I will be singing songs of hallelujahs, you can have my body but you cannot have my soul” (Cannot Have My Soul)

Learn how you can make a record with Robbie Seay Band via Kickstarter

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New Music Tuesday (9.27.11)

Over the past couple of weeks the stream of new music has been an abundant one and as a new music junkie, I’ve been in my glory. Unfortunately, my music budget isn’t quite large enough to keep up with the all the new projects.

Here’s what’s new on my playlist over the past two weeks:

  • Switchfoot – Vice Verses
  • Robbie Seay Band – (Check out how you can get involved in this new project via Kickstarter)
  • Matt Maher – The Love In Between
  • Gungor – Ghosts Upon the Earth
  • Jason Gray – A Way to See in the Dark
  • Jeremy Riddle – Furious

Question: so what are you listening to these days?

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New Music Tuesday – Stephen Curtis Chapman’s Re:creation

Five time Grammy winner, Stephen Curtis Chapman is one of the giants in the Christian music industry. He is a both masterful songwriter and skillful guitarist (he is a Taylor guy). Despite his success in the music business, he is no stranger to suffering, pain and sorrow for in 2008 his daughter Maria was tragically killed in an family accident. His daughter’s death reframed his perspective on life and faith and also challenged him to look at his music with a renewed purpose.

Chapman said this about the project:

“I found that since Maria went to heaven, many of the songs that I have written over the years continue to grow in meaning. The heart behind doing this was asking, how can I take some of those songs that have a new depth to me and reinterpret those, recreate those? Thus the title re:creation.”

As I have been listening to re:creation this morning, my heart has been touched afresh by SCC’s heart for God and passion. HIs song “Magnificent Obsession” says it all:

This is everything I want
This is everything I need
I want this to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus
Be my magnificent obsession

You can listen to Stephen talk about his latest project at Hear It First or read about it at CCM Magazine.

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