CHRISTMAS SHOW TONIGHT!

Hey guys, if you’re in the Boise Idaho area, I’m part of the 89.5 FM KTSY Christmas show TONIGHT (Thursday, Dec 6).

I’ll be doing some of my Christmas songs (including a brand new one that I’ve never performed) along with special guests Ryan Stevenson, Jaime Thietten, Illusionist/Ventriloquist/Comedian Scott Guinn and more.

It’s all going down tonight at 7:00 pm at Eagle Christian Church. Admission is free – but please try to bring a new, unopened toy for KTSY’s toy drive.

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SNEAK PEEK: NEW CHRISTMAS SINGLE

I know, I know … it’s kind of early for anything “Christmas” … but I just finished a new song – a duet with the fabulous Jaime Thietten – called “Come To Us (O Little Town)”.

It will be featured on the multi-artist “Idaho Ho Ho” CD, available EXCLUSIVELY in the Boise, Idaho area at Moxie Java coffee shops and at the Record Exchange.

The best part? All proceeds go to The Idaho Food Bank.

To hear a snippet of the song, click the CD cover image or click HERE. Please comment to let Jaime and I know what you think!

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ALL THINGS?

I recently heard this quote, and maybe you’re familiar with it:

“Everything will be all right in the end. And if it is not all right, that is because it is not yet the end.”

I like that. It’s comforting … kind of. But I think it’s incomplete.

Romans 8:28 is much better, in my opinion:
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” 

Take a minute to go back and read the previous verses; Paul has just been writing about enduring suffering and seeking strength from God as we persevere. So when he writes “all things” work together for good, he’s not saying “everything’s fine – you won’t have trouble paying bills, your kids won’t ever make poor choices, and you won’t ever get sick.” Remember, he’s writing to a church that’s facing real persecution. So when he says “all things work together for good,” what can he possibly mean?

The answer lies a little later in the chapter:

Romans 8:31-39: “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one – for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)  [There’s a Halmark card slogan for ya…]

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

  • Neither death nor life,
  • neither angels nor demons,
  • neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow,
  • not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love!
  • No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God makes all things work together for our good. Amen and amen.

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OBSTACLES TO KNIGHTHOOD

One minute, Josiah was just fine. He was almost ready for school and was in a great mood. Next, I heard a plaintive wail coming from the hallway and I turned back around to see Joey collapsed on the floor, sobbing bitterly.

Assuming he’d run into the wall or stubbed his toe (he has, unfortunately, inherited all of my physical grace) I asked him what was wrong.

With all the anguish a seven-year old can muster, he answered through his sobs, “I’ll never be a knight!”

You have to understand that Josiah is obsessed with everything to do with knights. Armor, swords, Narnia, Arthur – this is the stuff that really stirs up his already vivid imagination.

So I figured it was just one of those sad moments in life when the cold hard anvil of reality comes plummeting down to crush childhood fantasy into smithereens. Maybe he had realized, suddenly, how hard it would be to find a career path that rewards specialized knowledge like how to rescue princesses from dragons or how to properly care for your sword.

So it was with sympathy that I asked him why he couldn’t be a knight. Still sobbing, he answered with despair, “Because knights don’t have freckles!”
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TOURING UPDATE

So we’ll be heading out in a few weeks for a quick tour. I usually direct y’all to my Tour page for concert schedule updates, but instead today I thought I’d just post my concert plans for the rest of 2012 right here. It is my website, after all…

9/29 thru 9/30 – Everett, WA
10/10 – Cheyenne, WY
10/11 thru 10/14 – Colorado Springs, CO (private conference)
10/14 – Colorado Springs, CO
10/15 – Grand Junction, CO
10/17 – Las Vegas, NV
10/18 thru 10/21- Hume Lake, CA (private conference)
10/21 – Vacaville, CA
11/4 – Caldwell, ID (Valley Church Invasion service)
11/8 – Chapel at Boise Bible College
11/9 – Eagle, ID (Gary Smalley event)
11/17 thru 11/18 – Idaho Falls, ID
12/6 – KTSY Christmas Event

We decided to not tour in December this year, but I’m going to be working with 89.5 KTSY on a really cool Christmas event (more details to follow).

For 2013, so far we’re planning shows in AZ, TN, IL, IN, CA, OR, WA, ID, UT and CO. I’d like to get some things rolling for MI, WI and OH as well – and if your church or venue or conference is interested I’d love to talk with you guys – no matter where you are. Comment below or message me!

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TEN YEARS

Ten years ago, I hung out my shingle as a solo artist (after several great years with my indie band “the nobodys”). 2002 was a big year for me; I released my first solo CD, my son Josiah was born … and I moved my family 2,000 miles from Nashville to Idaho.

But secretly … I feared my music might never be heard by much of anyone, and that moving to a place like Idaho would be the death knell for my career. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, but there was a nagging voice in my mind saying “it’s all over – you’d better have a Plan B.”

But then a funny thing happened: my tour calendar started filling up, and by 2003 I had my first bona fide radio hit when “I Love You Lord” hit #1 (and stayed on the Billboard radio charts for over 9 months!). Soon I had more songs on the radio and had toured all over the U.S. I began a partnership with The JESUS Film Project and started hosting their daily radio feature. I was traveling overseas Continue reading

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVS (AND WIN A CD OR DVD)

(NOTE: CONTEST ENDED SEPT 4th. THANKS EVERYONE!)
Okay people of Earth, I have an assignment for you! Of all the songs I’ve written and recorded, what are your favorites? While it may come across as a little needy, I can’t help asking – and I’d really like to know what you think! This kind of info is actually pretty helpful as I look at freshening up the set list for my shows.

So to make it interesting… Please take the poll (select up to 10 songs) and then comment with your #1 favorite. I’ll randomly select one contributor to win a CD or DVD of his/her choice. Click on for the poll… Continue reading

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A HAND ON MY ARM

In my family, it isn’t okay to interrupt someone when they’re talking.

When Julie and I still lived in Tennessee we took a really helpful parenting class, and one of the ideas we came away with was to train a child to put a hand on your arm when you’re talking and he or she wants to say something. You can acknowledge them by putting your hand on theirs and when you’re finished talking you ask what they want.

When Emily was 4 years old, she accompanied me to a Father-Daughter event. While I was singing, she needed to ask me something, so she came up to me onstage and put her hand on my arm – while I was playing the keyboard and singing. As I continued singing, she got tired of waiting so she started HANGING on my arm. This is where that particular parenting strategy breaks down.

So the other day, Joey interrupted my wife and I talking – a big no-no. And I said “Josiah, you’re interrupting!” He explained: “I wasn’t interrupting – I was moving myself into the conversation.”

There may be a career in politics in Joey’s future … Continue reading

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PUPPIES AT THE RIGGAN RANCH

Five weeks ago, our sweet-natured black lab (Blackberry) had a litter of 12 puppies. They are cute and playful and curious, as you would expect. They are also poopy. And they like to bite – something which we’re actively discouraging. I especially love the wobbly way they all walk (a little drunkenly, it looks like) and how they’ll gambol around when they play.

We’re going to keep the runt of the litter, a chocolate lab that Josiah named Rhino (I don’t think Josiah knows about irony yet, but I love that name for such a little pup.) There’s another one that has kind of won my heart (sweet little Rose, a black lab who has more personality than the other 11 combined), but we can only keep one, so Continue reading

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CHERRY FESTIVAL – WHEN THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM

I’m doing a free concert at Cherry Festival in my town (Emmett, Idaho) on Thursday at 7:00 pm. This is our town’s week-long community festival, and it’s a really fun family event. But I have to admit that I’m a little nervous about it because of what happened several years ago, the last time I played at Cherry Festival.

Things started off fine, but sometime during my first song, a few people began drifting off. By the second song, people were actually running away. Yes, running. So we all looked at each other wondering what we were doing wrong.

(My strategy in those kinds of situations is to glare at the sound man, so that if we sound bad everyone assumes it’s his fault…)

But anyway, people were actually running away from my concert. This could shake one’s confidence; it’s the kind of thing that makes a singer question if he’s in the right line of work.

So when I saw the smoke from the big building that was burning down the street (corner of Main and Washington), I have to say that I was relieved. It’s an ugly thing to admit … but I was really glad things weren’t what they seemed. Continue reading

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