I was encouraged by this quote today and it began a shift in thought for me…

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What does these words mean to you?

The Monday Mojo is a weekly posting of great resources for worship leaders. You’ll find anything from album highlights and releases, introspective articles on worship and the church, helpful media, tips on instrumentation and sound, sites and applications to boost the organization & structure of your respective teams, even simple words of encouragement. Click the Monday Mojo category above or come back every Monday to stay in tune with the mojo… -Jaydubbs

Today, the mojo takes us clear across the country to North Carolina where John Mark McMillan hails from. An absolutely amazing songwriter, John’s music has pretty much been the soundtrack of my life for as much as the past year.

I keep returning to his album The Medicine over and over again. It’s simply that good. medicine_album

But what I love most about John’s songwriting and attitude towards his music is his honesty and his heart. Every word that is sung is truly transparent, bringing hope and sorrow, tragedy and celebration with each turn of the melody.  And his deep love for Jesus is forefront throughout the entire project. He makes no mistake in doing so. John describes himself on his blog, The Promenade, as a “North Carolinian songwriter who makes music for human beings and God to listen to.”

With a mix of folk, rock, soul, country, and ambient layerings, this album simply jams.

The main reason for this post is that I keep running into worship leaders and worshipers alike who have never heard John’s music, besides the popular song “How He Loves” which most people assume is a Jesus Culture song.  And yet his music will encourage you and inspire you. Truly some of the best worship music I’ve had the chance to dive into in a while. The Medicine is on my top 5 albums of all last year.

Take a few minutes to check out John’s music and support him. You’ll be super glad you did, especially if you’re looking for music outside of the usual worship channels from Passion and Hillsong. But before you do check out this sweet video of John and his boys (and girl) at their finest. Here’s a live “acoustic-y” version of the song “Skeleton Bones”…



Tomorrow is a triumphant day in the life of mobile phone technology. Ok maybe not really the technology, but there’s gotta be a reward out there for having a phone for 6 years straight.

That’s right. I said it. I’ve had my phone for 6 years.

Even better…my phone has the exact same battery that it had when I bought it brand new in October 2003. When I used to sell phones for a living, it was a grand thing for someone to say they’ve had the same phone for 2 years.

So I’m pretty proud of it. And I’m not going to give it up until it dies.

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But to be honest, lately I’ve been really itching to get a new iPhone…

The Monday Mojo is a weekly posting of great resources for worship leaders. You’ll find anything from album highlights and releases, introspective articles on worship and the church, helpful media, tips on instrumentation and sound, sites and applications to boost the organization & structure of your respective teams, even simple words of encouragement. Click the Monday Mojo category above or come back every Monday to stay in tune with the mojo… -Jaydubbs

On November 4th, in theaters all over the country, Hillsong United will be screening their much anticipated documentary regarding worship and justice, “We Are All In This Together”. For this one night only, there will be a special intro from Joel Houston of United, followed by a live time of worship from the United team at their church in Sydney, concluded by the release of the new film.

You can see previews, get info on the screenings and tickets, and other details here.



I think this could be an amazing, resourceful event for your respective worship teams, bands, even church staff. The United peeps have been living out the relationship between worship and justice in the world in huge ways over the past couple years.

Are you going?

What do you make of this video?

It’s a clip of Oprah in Denmark talking to a group of Danish women during a episode which claimed that Denmark was the happiest place to live on earth. (Sorry Disney)

One of the Danish women makes a remark about how surprised she was that despite being the happiest people, Danes are considered one of the least religious people in the world.

Check out the video real quick, it’s only a minute long. What are your thoughts on what the women are saying about how they are happy despite not being “religious”?



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This is the word that keeps resonating in my brain of late. The truth that God’s providence is faithful, everlasting, definite, and present in my (our) lives is what I am holding onto in this current season.

You see, in the light of the current situation of not having a job, normally I and my wife Jessica would be freaking out.

A few months ago, we were simply trying to figure out how to pay the necessary bills. So this whole job thing, from the outside looking in is scary.

But Jess and I have come to realize that we are not on the outside. Indeed we have been shown the great providence of God in our lives when it doesn’t seem like it would ever really work out on paper.

After losing my job as an assistant worship director at our home church because of budget cutbacks, God began to pave the way into what could only be described as the theme of this post. Providence. I’ve had such huge support from friends, family and other worship leaders from around the valley and even out of state that have offered up encouragement, prayer, and even new opportunities. It really has been incredible.

And I really feel like this season of fruitfulness, growth, and holding firm to God’s promises is only the beginning. It took God kicking my butt out of my comfort, but I am so excited about where He is leading us.

Holding on to the journey. Holding onto His providence…

The Monday Mojo is a weekly posting of great resources for worship leaders. You’ll find anything from album highlights and releases, introspective articles on worship and the church, helpful media, tips on instrumentation and sound, sites and applications to boost the organization & structure of your respective teams, even simple words of encouragement. Click the Monday Mojo category above or come back every Monday to stay in tune with the mojo… -Jaydubbs

Ok. So if you haven’t heard this song yet, your day just became better.

Worship leaders, if you’re not leading this song yet and letting these words of hope fall on your communities…you need to.

This song, “You Love Never Fails”, came out of the friends over at Jesus Culture in Redding, CA. And boy, is this song amazing. I’ve had nothing but great feedback when leading this tune.

I’ll shut up and just let you watch the video. Turn up the volume and listen to these lyrics…

Like I said two posts below…I love this kid. He’s the best.

This fantastic shot was made during our trip to my cousins wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado. I was throwing Cruz up in the air on the beach while we were waiting for the reception.

Needless to say from his face….the little dude was diggin it.

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Photo courtesy of Dean Barker

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With television and media these days spilling over at the brim with anything and everything “reality” based, I have to say that I am very interested and excited to see what the new Halogen TV network will be offering.

The new project that is launching in about 9 days, describes their platform as “a socially conscious television network and website that empowers it’s viewers to make positive changes in the world around them”.

They have a show guide on their site including programs like the documentary-esque “Tainted Love” poised at helping expose the darkness of the sex trafficking underworld.



The other programming looks pretty sweet as well. There is definitely a faith-based subtlety to the vision of the small company. (Their Halogen Field Guide, has great quotes from A.W. Tozer and N.T. Wright)

You can visit the Halogen site here. Check it out and let me know what you think. Will it be successful?

My son Cruz is the absolute best. That little kid could make my gloomiest day turn bright. How can you doubt me when he has an infectious laugh like the one in the video below?

Cruz has a book that plays the noises of farm animals and whenever I read the part about Percy the pig, this scary version of a strung out Boston cabbie comes out of my mouth….



Don’t worry…you won’t hear me talk like this in public.

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