HERE WE GO AGAIN: PUPPIES AT THE RIGGAN RANCH

For the third (and final) time, our pure-bred black lab Blackberry has had a litter of puppies.

Eleven puppies, actually. They’re still tiny, and their eyes aren’t open yet, but they’re awful cute, as you can see.

Rhino needs to leave the pups alone, so we had to lock him in the barn for a little while. I think he’s forgotten that he’s not a puppy himself anymore, because he tried to get out through the cat door.

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A LEAP OF FAITH

It’s been awhile since I’ve had any new music for you, so this is kinda big news: I’ve started working on a new CD – and it will be available before Christmas!

The title is “Deep Roots,” and it will be a collection of hand-picked hymns – some familiar, some more obscure – all of them personal.

I’m excited to get started. I’ve booked the studio, hired the musicians, chosen the songs, finalized the arrangements and bought my plane tickets for Nashville … but there’s one thing I still need: your help.

It’s very expensive to make a great record, so I’m turning to you, my friends, for help. Your support has made it possible for me to keep making music this long, and I need it now more than ever!

So please take a look at the short video below and then visit my KICKSTARTER page for all the details.

SPECIAL NOTE: For anyone who backs the project at the $50 level and higher, you’ll get an exclusive copy of my “secret songs” CD. This is a bonus disc of fully-produced recordings I’ve NEVER RELEASED along with some radio interview clips and some live recordings (around 20 tracks!) – and only for my Kickstarter backers!

I would love to have you share in this creative undertaking with me. Your support will make this project happen – and you’ll have a role in creating a work of art that I believe will be an encouragement to a lot of people.

Thanks, and God bless,
Scott

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NIGHT OF WORSHIP – SEPT 15

For those of you in the Boise, Idaho area, you’re invited to a Night of Worship this coming Sunday evening at 6:30.

I’ll be hosting the event along with other worship leaders from my church. It’s going to be a great night of uninterrupted praise.

See you Sunday at 6:30 pm at Eagle Christian Church (on State Street between Eagle and Star).

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NOT EXACTLY A SABBATICAL…

scott riggan concert_0425Back in January I made a decision. I made up my mind that 2013 would be a lighter year for my music career.

Of course, next year I’ll be back with a new record and a lot more touring, but for now I have plenty to juggle here at home. I’m a worship pastor, and between my work at Eagle Christian Church and family stuff, I have more than enough to keep me busy full time.

We’ve just built a barn at the Riggan Ranch, and for years I’ve been putting off a lot of work around here while waiting for my schedule to slow down a bit. What I’ve finally learned is … life won’t ever slow down until I choose to slow down.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m choosing to slow down for a few months. Of course, I still have shows on the calendar, and I’m working on a bunch of songs for my next CD… But I’m giving myself permission to take a break from constant booking work, shows, blogging, etc. I expect to come back refreshed and with renewed energy.

Thank you, all of you who follow my music and writing. Please be patient while I take this mini-sabbatical. I’ll look forward to reconnecting with you all in a few months.

Grace, peace and good vibes,
Scott

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SONGWRITING SEMINAR

Hey guys, just a quick note about the Songwriting Seminar that I’m participating in this coming Saturday, April 6 at Boise Bible College.

songwriter conference slideMy good friends and fellow songwriters Ryan Stevenson, Ben Bauman and Staci Frenes will all be on hand. Interactive sessions will explore the art and craft of songwriting, including ideas to help the creative process.

There will be a chance to discuss tools and tricks of the trade in navigating the professional songwriting scene.

Participants may submit a song for critique and for a chance to win prizes.

If you are interested in songwriting, don’t miss this (and if you have any songwriter friends, forward this to them ASAP)! Click the image below to visit the website.

Registration closes Wednesday April 3, 2013.

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DEAD IS DEAD (AND YET…)

2011-6 Big Trout2A couple of years ago we were visiting some friends who have a lake back behind their house.

I haven’t fished since I was a kid, but my boy Josiah was excited about trying to catch something. He actually caught a few small ones and tossed ‘em back in. And then he caught a keeper: an 18 ½ inch trout!

After the fish was cleaned, Joey brought it into the house and set it on the counter – and he about jumped out of his skin when the fish flopped and twitched again. He shouted, “Dad! That fish doesn’t know it’s dead!”

Now, we all know that dead is dead. The idea that a person or an animal could die and then come back to life – it’s the stuff of fantasy or sci-fi, fables and fairy tales.

And yet … the defining truth of Christianity is that Jesus returned to life three days after He was killed. Given the rarity of this kind of thing in our world, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many find His resurrection hard to believe.

This blog entry will not attempt be a definitive “here’s proof of Jesus’ resurrection” – that can be found elsewhere. Here’s what I’m interested in today: how did Jesus’ followers change – overnight – from cowering, terrified deserters into confident, bold and effective leaders? Willing to stand before all and proclaim Jesus is alive, and that He is God – and ready to die rather than recant? Continue reading

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PUPPIES EVERYWHERE!

Puppies - 5 weeks old

Between baby goats and puppies (and soon, baby lambs), the Riggan Ranch is a busy place these days…

These eleven cute puppies can go to their new homes at 8 weeks old (April 4th)… The litter had two different “dads” – 5 pups are Lab and Australian Shepherd mix and 6 are Lab and German Wirehaired Griffon mix.

We have several pups already reserved. You can see more pics at my FaceBook page if you’re interested.

Since these were “oops” puppies (not purebred labs), Josiah (the Puppy Entrepreneur) is only asking $50 each. Let me know if you’re interested!

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NIGHT OF WORSHIP – MARCH 3

Hey y’all, for those of you in the Boise, Idaho area, you’re invited to a Night of Worship this coming Sunday evening at 6:30.

I’ll be hosting the event along with other worship leaders from my church. It’s going to be a great night of uninterrupted praise.

See you Sunday at 6:30 pm at Eagle Christian Church (on State Street between Eagle and Star).

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BABIES AT THE RIGGAN RANCH

2013-02-18_17-31-44_21My daughter, Emily, has her own small business: Sparkling Water Ranch. She raises goats (specifically, mini-oberhasli goats). “Syringa” has just given birth to two new babies (a boy and a girl) and we’re expecting several more babies in the next week or so.

Here she is holding one of the new baby goats with mama watching me and my camera with more than a little suspicion…Blackberry - litter #2

My son, Josiah, has a purebred black lab (Blackberry) who has just had her second liter of puppies. Unfortunately, these 11 puppies were unplanned (by us), so they aren’t purebreds. But they’re definitely cute…

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DID JESUS DIE FOR A BUILDING?

Bulgarian cathedralA friend of mine visited Bulgaria last summer, and while he was there he went to see one of the largest church buildings in the world.

He said the cathedral was stunningly beautiful and ornate. The architecture alone was amazing, and there was also breathtaking art – especially a series of intricate mosaics. He said it was the most beautiful place he’d ever been.

But as he marveled at the building, it occurred to him that this beautiful structure was, in fact, just a building. A tourist attraction. A cold – and mostly empty – monument to the church.sofia murals

We who are followers of Christ ARE the church. The church is not that Bulgarian cathedral. It’s not your church’s building, nor any other.

We are the ones Jesus loves; we are the ones Jesus died for. He didn’t give Himself for the sake of a building – no matter how beautiful.

He died for You.

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