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“Already But Not Yet” CD Release

I am overjoyed to announce that my CD “Already But Not Yet” is now available! Overjoyed by the hope that God will use these songs to encourage many people and churches. Overjoyed to contribute to the hymn-renewal movement that the Spirit is using to revive the Church. Overjoyed to exalt the true Redeemer!

“Already But Not Yet” tells a story–God’s story of Redemption through King Jesus. And each song moves the story forward from Christ’s Cross, Resurrection, and Exaltation to our life of Exile and Prayer, and finally to the celebration in the New Creation. Already redemption has been accomplished. But not yet completed. We await the Return of the King!

Song Titles

1. He is Risen (Resurrection)

2. Look! Ye Saints (Exaltation)

3. Christ is Coming (Exile)

4. Come, Lord Jesus, to Redeem Us (Prayer)

5. Upon this Mount–Isaiah 25:6-9 (New Creation)

6. There is a Fountain (Our Theme)

CDs are now available to purchase at BullMoose Music (Windham and Portland) and will soon be available for download at ITunes.

For mail orders please mail a check to Joshua Otte |973 River Rd |Windham, ME 04062. $7ea or 2 for $10. Just add $3 shipping (up to 4 CDs). Add $0.50 for additional CDs. If you have any questions email me (eucatastrophe101 at yahoo dot com) until the website is launched! Thanks!

UPDATE. Please check out my Facebook Music Page. Listen to the tracks, leave a note, tell your friends!

UPDATE. Please check out my Facebook Music Page. Listen to the tracks, leave a note, tell your friends!

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Numbness will be the Exception, not the Norm

Some rich, gospel encouragement from an excerpt of Jared Wilson’s upcoming book.

But! Oh man. If we are regularly and excitedly engaging people in the good news of the finished saving work of the sacrificing, dying, rising, exalted, sovereign Jesus Christ who is the death-proof, fail-proof King of kings before all things and in all things and holding all things together as he sustains the world by the mere word of his power, the ones whose hearts are opened by the Spirit to be won to Christ will be irrevocably changed. Numbness will be the exception, rather than the norm. We will not have to lead them through hoops of creative entertainment, constantly hamstrung by the limits of our artistic brainstorming sessions, seeking to keep their attentions stirred by a well-composed aesthetic this or that.

 

Is “Missional” a Movement?

After offering sharing some great quotes overheard at the VERGE conference, Jonathan Dodson concludes

Something is happening. Maybe it will result in a movement, maybe not. It depends on us…depending on the Spirit. It will require an absolute shift from mission at leisure to mission as lifestyle. But this missional movement will die out, burn out, and go nowhere if we aren’t continually brought to repentance and faith in Christ ourselves, over and over again, for our idolatry of mission and indifference to mission. May Christ be more precious than mission, but may mission be more precious than our very own lives.

Amen!

 

Santa Christ?

From a post by Sinclair Ferguson.

“The Western world gives itself over annually to its Claus-mass or commerce-mass. We celebrate a reworked pagan Saturnalia of epic proportions, one in which the only connection with the incarnation is semantic. Santa is worshiped, not the Savior; pilgrims go to the stores with credit cards, not to the manger with gifts. It is the feast of indulgence, not of the incarnation.

It is always easier to lament and critique the new paganism of secularism’s blatant idolatry than to see how easily the church — and we ourselves — twist or dilute the message of the incarnation in order to suit our own tastes. But, sadly, we have various ways of turning the Savior into a kind of Santa Claus.”

Read the whole thing.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2009 in celebrate, Christmas, culture, family, gospel, santa

 

Tim Keller Loves The Rural Church Too!

Being a pastor in the woods of  Maine, I was overjoyed to read this recent post from Tim Keller. With so much emphasis on urban church planting these days it’s quite rare to hear such encouraging words to consider pursuing ministry in a rural setting. After Keller’s litany of good reasons for being a ‘country parson’ he wisely cautions us to not view the pastorate of a small church as a mere stepping stone. This quote is worth a million Dunkin Donuts coffees.

Young pastors should not turn up their noses at such places, where they may learn the full spectrum of ministry tasks and skills as they will not in a large church. Nor should they go to small communities looking at them merely as stepping stones in a career. Why not? Your early ministry experience will only prepare you for ‘bigger things,’ if you don’t aspire for anything bigger than investment in the lives of the people around you. Wherever you serve, put your roots down, become a member of the community and do your ministry with all your heart and might. If God opens the door to go somewhere else, fine and good. But don’t go to such places looking at them only as training grounds for ‘real ministry.’

Thank you Tim Keller! May God raise up many men to serve Christ’s Church…even where there’s not a Starbucks within 20 miles!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in church, leadership, Pastoral, rural

 

Where the Wild Things Aren’t

I haven’t seen the movie, but I really like Russell Moore’s take on it. Here’s his conclusion.

Where the Wild Things Are isn’t going to be a classic movie the way it is a classic book. But the Christian discomfort with wildness will be with us for a while. And it’s the reason too many of our children find Maurice Sendak more realistic than Sunday school.

Too many of our Bible study curricula for children declaw the Bible, excising all the snakes and dragons and wildness. We reduce the Bible to a set of ethical guidelines and a text on how gentle and kind Jesus is. The problem is, our kids know there are monsters out there. God put that awareness in them. They’re looking for a sheep-herding dragon-slayer, the One who can put all the wild things under His feet.

Read the whole thing.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2009 in biblical theology, children, movie

 

Songs of Redemption Project

I’m super pumped to announce that I’ll be in the studio this week recording a  6 song EP. The songs include…

  • “There is a Fountain” (William Cowper)
  • “He is Risen!” (Eric Schumacher)
  • “Come Lord Jesus to Redeem Us” (Gary Parrett)
  • “Upon this Mount (Isaiah 25:6-9) (Gary Parrett)
  • “Look Ye Saints the Sight is Glorious”(Thomas Kelly)
  • “Christ is Coming! Let Creation” (John R. MacDuff)

Each of these songs build the theme of Redemption from Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to our waiting for his return and our celebration of his return. This is an exciting project not only for me but also for our music team, our church and Jesus’ Church everywhere because the end result will be more Truth-saturated music in the ears, hearts and minds of many!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2009 in gospel, Jesus, music, worship