These songs came about in 2014. At the time, my friend Reagan Taylor was leading worship with me at The Vine Community Church in Oklahoma City. She loves Christ and his people—so much so that she has since moved to Thailand to tell people about Jesus and plant churches. My wife Wendy and I support Reagan financially and through prayer. We follow Reagan’s stories and pray for her needs and those of the Thai people. We think you should too!
You can follow Reagan’s mission on her blog, www.missionary-ish.blogspot.com
, and support her financially through avantministries.org/give/
These are the songs that Reagan and I recorded together. Mended is inspired by an A.W. Tozer quote I read while struggling with some theological ideas that I still don’t fully understand, and possibly never will…
"If all this appears to be self-contradictory---Amen, be it so. The various elements of truth stand in perpetual antithesis, sometimes requiring us to believe apparent opposites while we wait for the moment when we shall know as we are known. Then truth which now appears to be in conflict with itself will arise in shining unity and it will be seen that the conflict has not been in the truth but in our sin-damaged minds."
I am learning to exercise the act of surrender. Surrendering my heart to God in the moments of uncertainty that we all have. Surrendering my mind to the possibility that there are facets of God’s being that are too wondrous for me to entirely grasp. Allowing the mysteries of God to be a catalyst for worship instead of frustration (Hebrews 11:1 and Isaiah 55:8-9).
Mine Eyes is simply a raw and transparent view of my sinful condition and the Gospel that redeems it. The story of the Gospel is only complete when it doesn’t merely give the good news, but precedes that good news with the bad news. That’s the whole story. I am utterly and completely sinful. Jesus lived a perfect life, yet he took my sin upon him and the punishment that comes with it. We must fully concede our desperate condition. Only then will the Gospel be exercised in our lives (Isaiah 6:5, Psalm 36:3-5, Romans 7:24-25).