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Derek Webb: I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry, and I Love You

August 12th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Music | Songs - (4 Comments)

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ve learned two things: I’m a huge Derek Webb fan. I have some huge resentments against the church. I like Derek Webb for several reasons. The simple reason is that I like his music. Beyond that, I respect him for his willingness to speak things … Read more

Sand and summer storms: Gratitude list

August 5th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Gratitude - (0 Comments)

Here’s what I’m thankful for this month. 1. Cherries and berries. I take advantage of the summer harvest. 2. Sand between my toes. 3. Watching a summer storm come in over the ocean. I’m always amazed at the power of nature.                     4. A chance to … Read more

I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry, and I Love You

July 31st, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (11 Comments)

Hey, guess what? I'm in a music video! I'm honored that I had the chance to have a small cameo in Derek Webb's video for his new song, I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry, and I Love You. Stay tuned for some more stuff on Derek's new album. In the meantime, check out the creativity in … Read more

Letting go

July 29th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Thoughts - (10 Comments)

I'm having a hard time with church. I feel hurt, betrayed, and let down by Christianity. Because of that, I really want to walk away from church. I'm a bit of a loner anyway, and besides, people get on my nerves. Who needs church, anyway? I do. Despite all my hurts, resentments, and overall annoyances … Read more

Be My Song

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Poetry | Prayer - (8 Comments)

Sometimes life takes the melody Leaves me barren and empty With nothing worth saying Yet You come with inspiration And a purpose to sing And I feel I have something to bring Sometimes I push You away from me Refusing to let Your grace play through me I'm stubborn and prideful And full of myself … Read more

Don’t do, just be

July 15th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This post originally appeared in October 2012. It’s something that I still need to be reminded of. Years ago, after finishing my time on tour with the African Children’s Choir, a fellow chaperone and I went to see a pastor/counselor. She specialized in helping missionaries who were returning from the field. My friend and I were … Read more

I completely blanked out last week and forgot to do my monthly gratitude list. Whoops. Well, better late than never. Here’s what I’m thankful for this month. student discount microsoft office 2013 A new job. Things are going really well, and I’m thankful to work with a great group of people. Bowling. My old job … Read more

I led worship for one of my church’s contemporary services almost ten years ago. I was fresh out of college with my church music degree clutched tightly in my fist, and I was ready to serve God with it. I found myself thrust into a worship leader position at a new-ish service. All the other … Read more

Secular worship songs: Stairway to Heaven

June 24th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (4 Comments)

I have a pretty embarrassing confession. I had never heard Stairway to Heaven in it’s entirety until last week. It’s possible I’d heard the whole thing and just don’t remember it; that sheltered, Christian me tried to block it from my memory. After all, Led Zeppelin is one of those satan bands. There’s a whole … Read more