So Long For Now Rick Elias

Most of you have probably never heard of Rick Elias. If you were into Contemporary Christian Music in the 1990’s then you probably did, otherwise probably not.

Back then I was volunteering as a DJ on our local Christian station playing Christian Rock, Rap and Metal music on Friday nights. Along with my friend Keith we had lots of fun and were blessed to interview many of the artists by phone.

We also went to a Margaret Becker concert in Phoenix and that’s where we heard Rick’s wife Linda sing and go to very briefly chat with Rick afterwards.  I was a big fan of his music, especially his first album “Confession of Love.” It was amazing and I still love listening to it today.

I listened to several songs right before I taught Bible Study tonight because I saw online that Rick had died of cancer. It made me sad, and I’m still bummed to know that his voice has been stilled. But I’m grateful he can make all the music he wants now in the presence of his Lord.

I’m embedding a couple of his songs below for those of you who haven’t heard them. Take a few minutes and give a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

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So Long For Now Rick Elias

What A Weekend!

I’ve just finishing up one of the busiest weekends I’ve had a in a while. More important than that it was also one of the most significant as we begin breaking new ground for CCR and developing a clearer idea of who Jesus wants us to be.

It started for me on Saturday morning with the 5 K walk against Domestic violence I participated in. I ended up walking 8.5 miles because after walking to the starting point – The Bar I then walked up to La Paz County Park and then turned around and walked back home.

I got home at noon and after a short break was back at the church building for our first Fall Festival. Attendance wasn’t all that great, but we did touch a few people and I was home around 8:30 or so.

CCR's Positioning Statement
CCR’s Positioning Statement

Sunday dawned early for me as I woke up around 4:30. too stoked to sleep perhaps? After a long week of hard work the day arrived for not just a new sermon series, but an entire series of new things to roll out. Including in this was our new logo, new purpose statement and positioning statement (motto, tag line), new T-Shirts and best of all, our motto on one wall in the sanctuary that just looks fantastic!

Then I preached my first ever “tag-team” sermon. If you’ve never heard or seen that, it’s more than one person preaching one unified message. In this case Amy (my Associate Pastor) and I had all week on a message. I started it out, she did the middle and I wrapped it up.

It was pretty nerve wracking for me, but I think it went very well and Amy did a fantastic job as always.

Then after a quick lunch and change of clothes it was off to town for the wrap up of Red

CCR Positioning Statement
CCR Positioning Statement

Ribbon Week with Family Fun Day! We gave away a bike, had games set up etc.  and were part of a huge event with other church’s and community groups, schools, etc.

Got home from that around 5 PM, updated the church website and had one call to make. Now I’m writing this up and then I’ll be done!!!

Whew!

Now tomorrow it all starts again as we get ready for CCR Refocus week two and more big changes and new stuff coming your way. Including one (here’s the only hint you get) that’ll be evident to all of you on the internet.

New CCR T-Shirt
New CCR T-Shirt
Amy running one of our games at the Park
Amy running one of our games at the Park

With that I wish you all a good night and I’ll see you later.

What A Weekend!

Steve Taylor is BACK and AWESOME!

steve-taylor-and-the-perfect-foil-goliathIf you are a survivor of the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) scene from the mid ’80’s through the early 2000’s you almost certainly know who Steve Taylor is. If you’ve never heard of him he was one of the very best and most creative artists in the scene.

He was solo for years, then did a one album gig with a group he formed called Chagall Guevara. It was a fantastic album that got no support. Wasn’t too long afterwards that Steve departed the music scene to make movies.

Ever since that sad day I’ve been waiting and hoping that he’d make more music. Well he has, and guess what? I’m nearly a year behind times!

I have no idea how I missed this but last night I downloaded his newest album and listened to it this morning on my walk.

Goliath is vintage Steve Taylor. The lyrics are challenging, poetic, evocative and at times very funny. The music reminds me of a mix between his early style and that of Chagall Guevara that has evolved through the years.

I love it. It’s so great to finally hear some music from a Christian who is deep and thoughtful. This is so different from the homogenized, pasteurized, Nashville-ized “Worship Music” that has taken over Christian music today.

This is simply awesome and I hope you’ll check it out and buy some or all of it. I got my copy through Amazon. Check it out and thank you Steve Taylor for some simply great music – again.

Steve Taylor is BACK and AWESOME!