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Grace Amazing – Jimmy Needham ft. Trip Lee

People who know me know that I like music. I enjoy music that evokes thought through lyrics and/or beats.

I grew tired of the same acoustic guitar playing the same chords, using the same riff, with the same, in my opinion, shallow lyrics. I thought that I wasn’t a good Christian if I wasn’t listening to Passion or Hillsong or Jeremy Camp – because that was the music that every Christian was listening to.

About five years ago my wife introduced me to the music of Jimmy Needham. Mr. Needham’s music was differently. Although his main instrument of choice was an acoustic guitar, I was fascinated with his jive style and kind of Stevie Wonder-esk beat. His lyrics are thought provoking and real.

I also became a fan of Trip Lee‘s music as well.

A different genre, HipHop, which usually one thinks of drugs, sex, love of money, or big crosses around the neck laced with diamonds. But Trip Lee was different. His lyrics and beats came from a different source. A great source that changed the world with his death, burial, and resurrection. Of course, I’m referring to Jesus the Christ. Trip Lee’s music is dripping with Christ. It’s obvious that he has put in a lot of thought into his lyrics and beats – challenging believers in Jesus to understand what they believe and what to do with that belief. His recent album, Between Two Worlds is now on Amazon.

The two have recently come together on a couple of songs that are phenomenal. Jimmy Needham on his album Nightlights made a video that debuted just hours from this post being published. The song is called Grace Amazing.

Watch this twice – you’ll see why.

Watch the video here.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Articles


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The Church // Promo 1

A very, very talented man, DJ Essence (@Lampmode), has made a video in promotion of a new album called “The Church: Called and Collected” which comes out June 8, 2010. I’m always impressed & am enriched with the dedication these brothers have to the moving forward of the gospel.

Please visit Lampmode’s website at

What makes a healthy church? What ways do Christians evaluate their local church? What is the purpose of the local church in the context of redemptive history?

The Church: Called and Collected is a compilation album of like-minded brothers attempting to answer those questions. Join Lamp Mode Recordings and 9 Marks, as they bring together the hottest in Christian hip-hop, bringing an album centered around the manifold wisdom of God: The Church.


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Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Articles


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Why We Named Our Son Titus?

One of the first question Rebecca and I are asked when they meet our son is, “Why did you name him Titus?” I thought I would answer this question through this post.

From the ESV Study Bible –

The theme of Titus is the inseparable link between faith and practice, belief and behavior. This truth is the basis for its critique of false teaching as well as its instruction in Christian living and qualifications for church leaders.

While in Crete, Paul established churches through the entire region and left Titus as one of the leaders of the church.

  • Paul encourages Titus to stand up for sound doctrine
  • Paul explains to Titus that false teaching makes was for ungodliness
  • Paul gives Titus a description of a healthy church: proper leadership, proper handling of error, proper Christian living, & the gospel as the source of godliness

Here is a great song that was written by Trip Lee called “Sound (Titus)” going through the Book of Titus. We desire our son to be  a banner of truth to a fallen & corrupt world. Man is sinful and God is good. We pray that God would use our little boy, Titus, to build Christ’s church for God’s glory.

Sound (Titus) – Trip Lee (13 Letters – 116 Clique)

See the video on YouTube:

Let’s take a look at the letter Paul wrote to Titus
Yeah we about to dive in, I hope you excited
For sure it’s inspired let’s go and apply it
Arrive at conclusions useful to giving Christ His
Glory that He deserves, His story in His word
And Titus is all about giving Him glory as His church
From Paul a bondservant (1:1), to Titus (1:4) they both fervent
Both serving Christ with they life with the most urgence (1:4)
Titus was his disciple he left Him in Crete
To keep the church in order (1:5) this lessons complete
Wit rules about elders (1:5-9), fools who need help (1:10-16) and
Jews who do fail (1:10-14, 3:9) stay tuned see what he tells us
It may seem far from us, some irrelevant text
What if we not pastors? but just rest for a sec
I promise ill bring it home let’s invest in the text
I’m bout to hit you with the hook Ill be addressing it next
Let’s be sound in faith, in doctrine, in speech plus deeds
Rep Jesus, the King, let Him lead us please
Plus we see He told us how we must be
Let’s read and trust Jesus who freed us please
Paul told him elders needed to be above reproach (1:6,7)
With love and hope and living all the stuff he spoke (1:9)
But then there are those who wear the clothes of elders but the bear the woes
Of false teachers not speaking truth so don’t select those (1:10-11)
Correct those men (1:13) they defy Him they’re trying
To say they know God but by their deeds they deny Him (1:16)
1:5-9 are the type of cats we want to pick
For leadership within the church, them other cats we ‘posed to fix (1:13)
Don’t tune me out I hope that you’ll endure and see that
These things are really marks of a mature believer
We can see that and apply it to our own living
Instead of sinning, tripping and living with no vision
And don’t miss that chapter 2, really addresses me and you
And everybody in the body with some lessons we can use (2:1-10)
So read it all and peep the part that seems to be to you
And live out this sound doctrine, let people see the fruit (2:14)
Let’s be blameless and show consideration for men (3:2)
‘Cause we was just like them before He saved us within
It wasn’t strange we had rage and hatred for men
We was disobedient deceived and enslaved to our sin (3:3)
But He saved us and not on the basis of men
But thanks to His mercy regeneration begins (3:5)
He poured out His Holy Spirit, man He placed it within (3:6)
Justified by His grace, that’s so amazing for men (3:7)
If we see this, believe this, and we saved and freed
Then let Jesus lead us to engage in deeds (3:8)
Forget foolish controversy and stay in synch (3:9)
With He who saved us and raised us His name is sweet
I’m praying as the body of Christ we model His life
And reference the book of Titus to follow Him right
And we’re an accurate reflection as His beautiful church
Let us rep Him with our words and our beautiful works
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Posted by on January 11, 2010 in Articles


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HipHop the Way it Should Be – Shai Linne

hiphop_rap_blingWhen you think of Rap or HipHop – what is the first thought that comes to mind? Kanye West? C@$h Money? Bling? Black dudes? Drugs? Slangin? Murder?

Growing up I was always attracted to HipHop. Unfortunately, HipHop in the 80s & 90s didn’t give me the best message being a 14 year old kid. Listening to artists like 2pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, The Nortorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), & Bone Thugs  encouraged a teenager like myself to: sleep with as many women as possible (the “love-em and leave-em” mentality), get rich & flaunt it (any way possible – mainly by selling drugs or making an album), disobey any type of authority figure (sometimes for no reason – just to do it), if someone gets in the way of your success – kill them, literally.

The message has been sold and sold to kids (some beginning as young as infants). When I think of HipHop, I now think of a genre of music that God as created so that we could worship the Lord Jesus with conviction and joy!


When I think of HipHop, I now think of how much of a joyful noise I could make singing along with men like Shai Linne, Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee, Timothy Brindle, DJ Essence (esso), Flame, & Azriel. These young men God has used to take  HipHop to a place that teaches me, convicts me, & allows me to rejoice in my Maker & Creator – the Lord Jesus Christ.

Where other “Christian” artists can be sung by other sects of “Christianity” – I call “non-Christianity”, these men make it clear what they believe and what Jesus they are glorifying. 

Here is just a sample of lyrics that were written by my brother in Christ

Shai Linne – Jesus is Alive

Give praise to King Jesus, the blessed Son

victorious, glorious resurrected One

To Him belongs the power, glory and honor

Ascended where He sits at the right hand of the Father

At the cross He made atonement- His people He saved

After three days He was raised in defeat of the grave

By faith the elect behold Him, His scepter is golden

He must have been hot or slippery because death couldn’t hold Him

The spotlight is on today’s icons

In a thousand years, nobody will care- their light’s gone

But at that time, Christ will still shine bright

He’s not in the limelight- He IS the limelight

Criminal minded, you’ve been blinded

Looking for the body of Jesus? You won’t find it

We never lack spirit, letting you cats hear it

Because His tomb is empty like most secular rap lyrics

Oh how these lyrics feed my soul with amazing spiritual food. I hope that the music that you listen to will ultimately lead you to praise the Father and not some false savior like money, women, sex, drugs, or status. It seems like this is the way HipHop should be – HipHop redeemed.

You can pick up Shai Line’s albums at your local Christian bookstore. If they don’t carry – tell them to carry it. Or you can check him out on iTunes.

Storiez – Nov-2008shai-linne-storiez1




the-atonementThe Atonement – Feb-2008




shailinnetscpThe Solus Christus Project – Jan-2005




I’ll end with a clip of Shai Linne live in Long Beach, CA. Peace!

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Posted by on February 16, 2009 in Articles


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