I don't think I need to give much reason for the sparsity of posts this month other than that I am in full-time ministry and Holy Week is approaching. So, I thought, as I sit here on my couch watching golf and basketball this snainy Sunday afternoon, I'd check in with you and share a few things that have been on my mind.

What I've been listening to:
Jeremy Riddle's The Now and Not Yet. If you haven't listened to this album, and I mean really listened, you simply must! I have been absolutely blown away by Jeremy's songwriting (melody and words) and the overall production of this album. I know I just plugged it a month ago, but I have to say it again: It is incredible! There have been two occasions the past month that I have had the alone time (driving) to listen intently to the intricacies of the record. Both times, by the time I get to track ten, I am bawling my eyes out, completely overwhelmed by the Good News of Jesus Christ. This album is more than Christ-centered; it is Christ-consumed. It blazes with the Gospel. Holy crap! That's all I have to say about that.

No, it's not. It is so biblical and prophetic and illuminating and evangelistic and Kingdom-focused, I cannot see how any onlistener would not be moved to deeper faith in Jesus. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me to hear stories of unbelievers coming to faith in Christ through this anointed album. The part that moves me the most is during "The One, the Only" (track 10). After nine brilliant songs of pure Jesus, Jeremy paints the beautiful picture of Christ's suffering, death, and our salvation (Isaiah 53). Then he says these words that pierce my heart with deeps wounds of brokenness for my sinfulness and for the lost:

Who will believe this message?
Who's been given eyes to see?
This man of lowly birth
Is Christ, your Lord and King

Listen to it for yourself. It crushes me again even now as I write about it. If you have been listening to it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Also listening to:
Brother Sun, Sister Moon by John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers. This gorgeous choral and chant album was recommended to me by one of my music ministry members. He was reminded of it after reading my post on Chant. Although it was recorded in 1988, the pure vocal arrangements and sounds are timeless. The first half of the album is intended for morning use (Brother Sun), focusing on the Resurrection of Christ. The second half, then, is for the evening, particularly Compline (Sister Moon). I just listened to this for the first time today, and I'm very much looking forward to using it as an aid for prayer and meditation.

Life happenings:
On a more personal note, my wife and I are gearing up for the coming of our son, our second-born, who is expected to arrive May 9. Our firstborn, Lily, just got up from her nap, so I must go now and change her diaper.

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