Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

Vinnie Colaiuta

Carlos Benson, Director of Drummers for Jesus, interviews Vinnie Colaiuta at the Christian Musicians Summit

INTERVIEW WITH VINNIE COLAIUTA – PART I

CB: With all the religions in the world, why Christianity?

VC: Wow, that’s a great question. One thing that I’m apt to think is that God came to me and sought me in a sense. Because see, I grew up in a Catholic background, although I was not what you might call a “GOOD, PRACTICING” Catholic, it seems as though in my younger years of childhood growing up I believed in Jesus and what I knew about him. Of course there was no scripture teaching so that was all really a mystery to me. And as I grew into adulthood I remember, I would like to say, for maybe ten years, I’m just throwing a wild number out there, before I got saved in 1998, that I had gradually found myself seeking spiritual answers, reaching out to spiritual values and higher values and spirituality and had sort of racked my brain philosophically and coming up empty. I found myself bargaining with God and I realized a lot of things. Wanting to know answers. It’s real easy for us to come up with answers to satisfy ourselves and appease our curiosity. After a lot of questioning and searching I think that God had engineered these circumstances providentially to bring me to him and that led up to me going to Switzerland [where friends of Vinnie would lead him to Christ]. So, it wasn’t like a situation where I was “SHOPPING” and looked at a laundry list: “Buddhism, Hinduism, etc, oh Christianity – that one looks good.”
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Worship Leader at Bethel Church, Brian Johnson

It seems that with the last week or so I have not updated the website! Here is one thing to kick it started again…Interview taken from Christian.co.uk.

Brian Johnson has been leading worship since he was 17. He is the co-writer of some of the United States most popular worship songs including One Thing Remains and You Are Good.

He leads Bethel Church’s worship team and produced the church’s latest acoustic worship project: The Loft Sessions.

Brian lives in Redding, California with his wife Jenn and three children. He is the son of popular author and church leader, Bill Johnson.

1. What made you record The Loft Sessions as an acoustic project?

There’s so many live worship CDs right now and I just took a step back and thought we want to do something that shows the fun, raw, real and passionate elements of our worship. And show that it doesn’t have to be on a massive stage with lights. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before, but for us we were excited to do something different.

2. There’s a great acoustic vibe to the record. How would you describe the sound?
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Shout To The Lord and Mighty To Save

I’ve already posted this on my Facebook and Twitter, but here are the final two videos. Truth be told, they are probably the ones I’m least happy about, but I’m still happy. Hope you enjoy! There is one more bonus video to come. And also, if you want to check out How Great Is Our God in better quality, the Vimeo video is now online, check out my channel. I will upload up here tomorrow.

Shout To The Lord

Mighty To Save

 

Video Filmed at Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh on Friday 27th January, 2012.

Video Filmed by Jelizaveta Burhanova, Chris Gillies & Molly Gibney.

Video Edited by Jelizaveta Burhanova.

Drums Engineered by Michal Jankowski & James Parnell. Mixed by Michal Jankowski.

Backing Track Engineered & Mixed by Frazer Knox.

Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

How Great Is Our God

At the tail end of last week I uploaded my fourth drum video on YouTube. Currently that video is uploading onto Vimeo, which is slightly higher quality. Also being uploaded to YouTube are the two final drum tracks, which I won’t unveil yet. In the meantime, enjoy ‘How Great Is Our God,’ one of the best tracks I think that was cut through the project, with Steph Macleod particularly shining.

 

Video Filmed at Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh on Friday 27th January, 2012.

Video Filmed by Jelizaveta Burhanova, Chris Gillies & Molly Gibney.

Video Edited by Jelizaveta Burhanova.

Drums Engineered by Michal Jankowski & James Parnell. Mixed by Michal Jankowski.

Backing Track Engineered & Mixed by Frazer Knox.

Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).
Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

Happy Birthday A. W. Tozer

from LogosTalk:

Aiden Wilson (A. W.) Tozer was born in a small farming community in Western Pennsylvania on April 21, 115 years ago. His spiritual path opened up when, as a 15-year-old, Tozer responded to a street evangelist. Five years later, with no theological training, he began pastoring his first church.

Tozer spent the rest of his life as a pastor, rising to national prominence during his tenure at Southside Alliance Church, Chicago, IL (1928–1959). Tozer wrote the spiritual classic The Pursuit of God during his time in Chicago, and over his lifetime authored more than 40 books. His steadfast call to repentance and faith earned him the nickname “the 20th-century prophet.”

On May 12, 1963, he went to be with his Lord after suffering a heart attack. The epitaph on his tombstone simply reads: “A. W. Tozer—A Man of God.”
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Free Church Essay 2

Free Church of Scotland College Certificate in Theology/Diploma in Christian Studies: 2011/12

Practical Theology Assignment

Brian Macleod

In what ways does the incarnation of Christ serve as a model for mission and outreach?

Method:

Responding to John Chapter 20 v 21, “As the father has sent me I am sending you”, John Stott writes as follows: “Now he sends us into the world as the Father has sent him into the world. In other words our mission is to be modelled on his. Indeed all mission is incarnational mission.” (John Stott, The Contemporary Christian)

 

John 1:14 says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (ESV).” It is perhaps the most well-known verse of the entire Bible about the incarnation of Christ. The ESV Study Bible describes the incarnation as “the most amazing event in all of history: the eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinitely holy Son of God took on a human nature and lived among humanity (ESV Study Bible 2009).” Relating this to Christian mission, John Stott says that “all mission is incarnational (Stott 2004)”, as we are sent into the world to proclaim the power of the Gospel as image-bearers of Christ. This essay will take a look at the incarnation of Christ as a model for mission.

 

The incarnation is Jesus Christ arriving on the earth in human form. Jesus came to announce the Kingdom of God through humble beginnings, and, as Jesus rose in stature (Luke 2:52), He grew in favour with God, and announced that the prophesied Messiah had arrived. Influential evangelical Pastor Mark Driscoll states in his book Doctrine that: “the incarnation is more of a miracle than the resurrection because in it somehow a holy God and sinful humanity are joined, yet without the presence of sin” (Driscoll 2010 pp209-10). In the incarnation, Jesus came to earth in human form, giving up His seat on the throne in Heaven to be with His beloved children on earth. Theologian J.I Packer notes how the incarnation and the Trinity are linked together, describing it as “the Son who came from the Father’s side at the Father’s will to become the sinner’s substitute on the Cross” (Packer 1993 p90).

 

As God calls all Christians to be missionaries to follow in the pathway of His only begotten Son Jesus and not to the world, questions can be asked as to how we can we be missional Christians and be as bold as Jesus was. Two verses linked comparing worldly living and Christ-like living are: 1 John 2:15 “do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (ESV),” and Romans 12:2: “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (NIV).” These verses also linked to mission, as two essential traits that Christians need to be disciplined in are found. The first trait is love. Without love for our fellow humans and for God a Christian can not do mission well. The second trait is a renewed mind. Without a renewed mind, one that has been changed from a worldly perspective to a Christ-like perspective, a Christian can not do mission well. When we live out in the power of God, living for His Glory, then we should not fear the world. As Jesus stood boldly declaring the Kingdom and enduring pain on the Cross, so then we as Christians must declare the Gospel boldly through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

In the book of Acts, the disciples “were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4 ESV). This is a true encouragement to all Christians today of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. As Spirit-filled missionary ambassadors for Christ in a postmodern world, we can boldly proclaim the power of the Gospel, just as the Apostles did in the First Century. Being filled with the Spirit also awakens our heart to the Word of God more, as well as imparting Spiritual fruit and gifts into our life, whilst also rebuking and correcting us. Romans 1:16 says: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” It’s a verse that speaks straight to the heart of mission that Christians are not ashamed of Christ and the power He so freely gives to those who are willing to believe in Him.  If as Christians we are to truly believe in God’s power and just as then being filled with the Spirit is again a daily choice that we must make. As Mark Driscoll has quoted, “God revealed that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the followers of Jesus are given the ability to live a life like Jesus by the same Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus” (Driscoll 2007 p129).

 

J.I Packer in his trademark book Knowing God described the incarnation as the “supreme mystery” associated with the gospel (Packer 1973 p45). This “mystery” is truly something special, and that we all partake in as Christians. When we partake in incarnational mission as Christians, we truly see how to live in the world.  We are missional because Jesus was missional. In His time on earth, Jesus spent a lot of time speaking and teaching the Word of God, amazing His followers. He didn’t necessarily perform many miracles of His own accord but they came to Him because He lived out through the love of His Father. When we truly realise who we are as adopted heirs as God’s beloved children, we can have the mindset of Christ. As believers in Jesus, the need for renewed minds and a prayerful, missional heart is a daily choice that we also must make.

 

A third quality for incarnational mission is what Paul speaks about in Philippians 2, and that is humility. Paul writes: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4 ESV). Humility in the context of mission takes many different forms, from being humble knowing that God is sovereign to honouring other people and caring for them the way Jesus would. The ESV Study Bible describes Christ’s earthly life as “one of continual humiliation. He subtly and selectively revealed his divine glory, even keeping it a secret at times” (ESV Study Bible 2009). So as Christ was humble, then we are to be humble.

 

Another quality that comes with being missionaries for Christ on earth is being cultural. John Stott in his book The Contemporary Christian writes: “no word of God was spoken in a cultural vacuum; every word of God was spoken in a cultural context” (Stott 2004 p194). Today many evangelical Churches are highlighting the importance of contextualising the Gospel in culture. To use a practical example, one that is making airwaves across Christianity is the emerging Church movement, of which Timothy Keller, Joshua Harris, Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler are prominent names. Generally known to be charismatic in worship and Reformed in doctrine, these “emergers” are trying to make the Church more relevant, accessible and culturally-connected. This is done through various means, from worship concerts such as the Passion Movement, headed by Louie Giglio, to coffee house evangelistic outreach. The emerging Church is a good example of how to be cultural in mission, where some of their Churches are based in God-less areas of America.

 

In conclusion, mission is something that we are all a part of as Christians. Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins not so we could go just to Church every Sunday, tithe, and be in fellowship with each other. Jesus died so that everyone could receive eternal life from Him, everyone who freely receives it with open arms. That’s our job as missionaries for Christ, to live for Him, a life full of faith and grace, hope and humility, all led by the Holy Spirit. As image-bearers of God and co-labourers with Him, it is our honour and privilege to serve our Heavenly Father in this way. Wherever our mission takes us, whether it’s to the student in the hallway or the receptionist in the Hospital, God has a purpose for each and every one of us to do mission the way His Son Jesus did it.

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References and Bibliography:

 

Driscoll, Mark & Breshears, Gerry, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway 2010)

Driscoll, Mark, cited in The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World ed.

Packer, J.I. Concise Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993)

Packer, J.I, Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1973)

Stott, John: The Contemporary Christian (InterVarsity Press, 2004).

Taylor, Justin & Piper, John (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway 2007)

Thoennes, Erik: Life’s Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most (Crossway, Wheaton IL. 2011).

Mars Hill Church, Seattle. Religion Saves: The Emerging Church. Retrieved February 10th from http://marshill.com/media/religionsaves/emerging-church

Christianity Today. Young, Restless, Reformed: Calvinism is making a comeback—and shaking up the church. Retrieved February 10th from

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/september/42.32.html

 

Scripture quotations indicated as from NIV are taken from The Holy Bible: New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society.

Scripture quotations indicated as from ESV Bible are taken from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version Study Bible.  Copyright 2001, 2009 by Crossway Bibles, Wheaton IL.

 

Robin Mark On The Heart Of Worship

Robin Mark is one of the most popular worship leaders and Christian singer-songwriters over the past 2 decades. He is best-known for songs such as ‘Days of Elijah’, ‘All for Jesus’ and ‘Revival’. With his distinctive Northern Irish Celtic style (which comes out in his book also), his theologically deep and musical songs are a joy to listen to. The following is taken from his book,Warrior Poets of the 21st Century: A Biblical and Personal Journey In Worship.

 

 “Herein lies a fundamental problem within the Church, when people get upset or wish to assess another church’s or individual’s worship, they will generally comment on whatever outward expression of worship they can see. They will pass critical judgment on the quality of the style of the worship activity that they can observe with their eyes or hear with their ears. That well-worn phrase,
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Drums in the OT

From Bob Kauflin: a list of drums and percussion in the Old Testament. You’ll be surprised at how many times it’s mentioned!

(Gen 31:27 NIV) Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?

(Exo 15:20 NIV) Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.

(Judg 11:34 NIV) When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.


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Why Do We Worship?

Why Do We Worship?

I suppose the best way to answer this question is to say “who do we worship?” Worship isn’t “let’s turn up to Church one Sunday a week, then return to our regular, run-of-the-mill lives.” Worship isn’t continually lambasting ourselves for falling short in our walk with God, however easy that can be, especially if you’re Scottish. Worship isn’t looking at ourselves, feeling sorry for ourselves, wondering why people aren’t helping “us”, why the Church isn’t responding to our needs the way it should be. Perhaps it never will.


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Gaelic Psalm Singing

I was brought up on the Isle of Lewis, where Psalm singing is very common in the Presbyterian-dominated Island. This video, filmed in the Free Church in Back, Lewis in 2003 is presented by Gaelic musician Calum Martin. It offers insight into one of the most unique, and, in my opinion, most amazing and Spirit-filled worship. Whilst it is so traditional, and seems so out of sync with modern-day worship theatrics, there is something unique and simple I just love about singing Psalms. And the fact they are sung in Scottish Gaelic I think makes it even more incredible. Enjoy the video!