The church season of Epiphany contrasts our darker nature reflected in the recent words from our president about immigration. As a Christian, true religion is more about the “least of these” than the great, powerful, and rich. There is nothing profane about having privilege. What is offensive to the Gospel is the dehumanization of the vulnerable people in the world–be they from Haiti, El Salvador, or Africa, or even Norway. Our president at this moment appeals to the darkest parts of our human nature. This nature blames the blameless. It shames the shameless. The darkness of this type of power shreds the bonds that even Christians should have for one another. The survival of the fittest is not a biblically solvent idea and even a potentially genocidal policy. People win when we apply a “survival of the weakest.” This is what Jesus Christ modeled for us. The Incarnation brings a child into the world, not a powerful leader. A scandalous yet orthodox belief is the Incarnation. God entered his creation and now is one with human flesh–Jesus Christ, born a child. Nothing is intimidating and powerful about a newborn baby. This youngster fled, surviving as a time as a refugee in Egypt—as a foreigner! As Herod decreed the death of babies, Joseph took his young family to a place of Gentiles. As we celebrate in the…
Greg Johnson of On Being Human has been busy lately. Besides his band, Greg and his bandmates work on movie and TV soundtracks, produce artists (even people like me), and have been known to cover a video game tune or two. Murrieta, California has few as talented and creative when it comes to the professional music field.
There are many causes that deserve our end of year giving back. I have chosen to make you aware of some friends who do amazing work to “empower women” and “embrace children” in places like Ethiopia, Eastern Europe, and in the USA. Doma International Founder and Executive Director Julie Clark has this to share with you my readers. MERRY CHRISTMAS! – RK
Last year I was part of a vision team trip to Ethiopia with Doma international. I am so impressed with the work being done there and in other places on the globe by this non-profit. Upon returning home, I made a movie which prompted my daughter creating music that she performed in a live-stream to the world. Well, 100 people watched, but there were in several time zones! In March of this year I recorded an original EP that is currently released digitally all over the world. However, if you want the project, I am GIVING it to you for free via NoiseTrade.com. IF you leave a tip, I will give 100% of that to support the new clinic that serves these kids pictured above in the village of Bora and thousands of others unreached with clean water and health services. A full birthing center and holistic health care are now present in the brand new Hidota Health Center. Please consider my music as a gift to you this season. And, please directly support Doma or, leave a tip on the widget below so I can personally live out the vision of my recording. Just so you know, all the proceeds from my digital distribution on iTunes and Amazon also will go to support Doma. Listen to the tracks below and please share. Happy Thanksgiving!
My daughter, Emilie, is embarking on creating once again. This time it is a single to be released in December. Crowd funding is the approach this time, and with a humble budget we hope to make amazing music. Our friends Greg Johnson and Beau Trembly of On Being Human are producing it here locally. So, this is a homegrown project! Please check out the link http://indiegogo.com/disguises.
My daughter Emilie and I are attending the National Worship Leader Conference and presented today three classes that I wrote called “The Six Hats/Roles of the Worship Leader” and were pleasantly surprised at the positive response from the talk and conversation. If you attended one of the three sessions, I am glad you came to my blog. Most of you, my readers, did not attend my class. But, I have a remedy for that. Anyone who signs up for my Newsletter (once a month email) will get the session notes as well as chapters of the eBook “Six Hats” exclusively before it is published or posted on the blog. Here are some links I mentioned in the class: Emilie’s music project My Newsletter copyrightsolver.com My podcast about worship Come and say hey in the comments if you attended the class!
In September of 2005 I launched “Rich Kirkpatrick’s Weblog” under the URL RichKirkpatrick.com. There were fewer of us creative ministry leaders out there back then on the “blogosphere” posting everything from our reading lists to reviews of worship tech. In the picture above, I was using a Mac G4 laptop. My blog was called a “weblog” which was still an acceptable term. A lot has changed since pre-Facebook, as MySpace.com then was a way I used to reach blog readers since it was the 4th largest website at that time. Today, as RKblog.com I reach more people and different people than when I began this journey. Facebook.com is a huge deal, without being the next thing in most of our minds any longer. I write better than I used to write. You would hope seven years honed some skill in that area, at least. Blogging has kept me up to date with all the social networking tools, since it still serves as a perfect hub for those–even in the midst of the rise and fall of many of them. I decided that celebrating this anniversary deserves a list of things I future-cast for the next seven years. So, let the party begin! Blogging will outlast Facebook. Sell your stock right now in FB! Blogging will become even more professional, but still be personal. Twitter will…
Worship Leader Media interviewed me about the workshop I will be teaching at the National Worship Leaders Conference in Escondido, California next month (October 9-11). Here is a 3-minute cut of that interview. Embedded in the video is a code for 12% off the registration. If you are going to the conference, I would love to meet you! Anyone?
I launched Rich Kirkpatrick’s Weblog about seven years ago. Back then, “weblog” meant something, and my name was easy to recall since fewer people blogged back in the first decade or the 2000s. But, now its time to rebrand, relaunch and help a whole new crew of readers find me in the noisy world of the WWW. So, my blog “rkweblog.com” is now “rkblog.com” and if you forget that, well the 301 redirects will get you here. But, doesn’t that URL rock?! In 2010 a web developer and friend coded a site and designed the look of my blog for me and I wanted to badly to have the URL rkblog.com. When I found out it was available I was so excited until the price tag for bidding started above $2000 for the aged domain. A wholesaler of domains was kind enough to allow me to have a bulk price, even after the sale ended. And, presto, for under $100 I have rkblog.com! So, PLEASE, if you already link to this blog, please change to rkblog.com. If you subscribe, all feed coding will follow. Thanks to so many of you that have encouraged me to keep writing and who have engaged in meaningful, life-changing conversation these past years. Here is to another seven years…at least!