Moving Annnouncement

Dear Friends, this post is mostly personal. Since going on staff at HFUMC in Hendersonville, we’ve been in the process of praying about, preparing for and finally making the decision to pull up roots in south Nashville and relocate north to Hendersonville.

It was typically a one hour hour commute one-way to the church (on bad traffic days, much longer), which translated into at least 2 hour project every “work” day just to get there and back. After doing that for the better part of 2 years, it just made sense to live closer to the church. Our biggest motivation was to be able to build closer relationships.

This was a tough decision because we have loved our current house and location in Brentioch. We were close to everything and we have a lot of friends nearby. The setting was exceptional, every morning I have a fantastic view of the morning sunrise which inspired the “Sunrise Worship Devotionals” series and my book Resurrection Power: 50 Days That Rocked The World: A Devotional Journey.

I had a wonderful recording studio in a full daylight basement with plenty of space for writing and producing content. I was able to finish record and mix What Words Can’t Say and Joyful! Christmas Praise and Worship, as well as producing several audio books for authors such as Jeff Goins, Allyson Vesterfelt and Tyler Ward.


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Neotek Series III Cutting Rack

  • Ivalene is also posting furniture and a bunch of other cool stuff to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ivalene.still?fref=ts
  • We’re having moving sales on Feb 14 and 21. I’ll update a link to the details on Craigslist.

So the packing and downsizing is a HUGE project, but we’ve been blessed to have friends help.The move will be in March. We’re excited about the next chapter God has for us in His story.

The Lord be with you!

32 Years of Making Beautiful Music … Together

Back in the day ...

Back in the day …

On October 2, Ivalene and I celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary. Yee-haw! 32 Years of making beautiful music … together.

We met in the Music Department of Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University. (Go Seagulls!)  She was the perfect girlfriend – beautiful, musical and she could play my theory homework on the piano.

After we graduated we started a music duo and played in clubs, restaurants, yacht clubs, wedding receptions – you name it –  all over the Eastern Shore. It was a great life.

We moved to Nashville 29 years ago to start a new season, and it’s been a great adventure! Kids, business, cancer, ministry. But that’s another story for another day.

We’re still making music together, traveling on missions trips, and directing the music programs at HFUMC. It’s still a great life, though not without a great deal of challenges. And that’s yet a different story for different day.

We’re happy!


We’re Happy!

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Time to Re-Think and Re-Focus

My 500 Words
Today is January 1st, 2014 and this is my first essay for the My500Words challenge with Jeff Goins.   I’ll be writing everyday for the month of January 2014. The goal is write at least 500 words everyday. I’m not sure if I’m going to publish on the blog anything of what I write in this assignment.

Michael Hyatt says that before you begin a project start with understanding the big”why”.

Why I’m writing and taking up the My500words Challenge.

1. First, writing is really important to my life’s work and purpose. I could use the motivation to be purposeful to complete the projects I have in my heart to do,  and get better at writing. With the new job, I have been so busy that I just haven’t had the time or energy to focus on writing content.  Since I took the new assignment my blog writing has been almost non-existent.

2. I like Jeff, he is good writing mentor. In fact I’ve produced his audio books “The In-Between”, “Wrecked” and “The Writers Studio.”

To focus on writing in community with other people will be very helpful to me. And I know some of the folks that are participating. I think it be good to be hanging with them in this common experience.

3. I have several writing projects that I want to make significant progress on this year 2014. These include a new Christmas season book, a free e-book to go with an upcoming Practical Theology of Worship course on Udemy, finish the book on Resurrection Power, and write a book proposal and draft for Worship Ministry Blueprint.

Challenges to Overcome

One problem is deciding what to focus my writing on. I have so many ideas for so many projects, it’s been very difficult for me to just focus on one and finish it. So I’m hoping this 31 day period will help me prioritize, focus, carve out the time in my schedule  and get some projects finished.


First part of my strategy is to simply “brain dump” and get everything that’s in my head out of there.  I have done this in multiple lists, project planning and brainstorming activities,  but I’m going to use this narrative approach to further process and refine my thinking and bring closure to some of the open loops in the various projects, goals and aspirations I have going on right now.

Problems I’m trying to solve.

One conflict I feel,  and I’m trying to work on, is clarifying the purpose of my blog and the purpose really of my on line “platform”. One thing I’ve been learning and observing is that the best practices of a web-based platform is to serve the needs of a particular audience or tribe, to solve a particular problem or group of problems for a specific group of people.

My personal life mission is to “encourage wholehearted worship worldwide”. I do that in three primary modalities – through music, missions and ministry instruction.  I lead worship in churches, I teach on short term  missions projects, I write songs, I produce recordings, I develop instructional resources, I teach at conferences and workshops, I write devotional/inspirational articles. So far, my blog has been the central hub for all of that activity.

The main problem is someone who is interested in my Music may not necessarily be interested in my instructional resources on Theology of Worship. Or someone who’s interested in my Practical Advice or Shoptalk for Worship Leaders may not have any interest at all in hearing about or donating to my Missions trip’s.

But I write and talk about all of these things, as if I’m talking to the same group of people. I wonder if lumping everything together is causing my content to not be connected with any of these constituencies very well. At least that’s a concern I have.

I consider all of this (music, missions and instructional resources) to be very interrelated with what I’m all about, what my message is, and what my content needs to be about.

So I’m just not sure how to position and share these different areas of content in a way that adds value to and grows “my tribe”.

So, here at the start of a new year, with the possibilities that cone with a fresh beginning –  I’m just not sure what to do. But this is the time to re-think and revamp my approach. More in the next writing session. (Today was 741 words)

Tell me what you think in the comments.