Derek Webb

i know this video came out on the interwebs a few back…

but the album Stockholm Syndrome dropped today, and i really love Derek Webb. you should go get this record

be advised Derek says a word that might be offensive to some.  but i think that it fits in the song.

i have this theory!

it’s about East Texas…

i thought about it one day as i was listening to music.  when i think of worship leaders several names come to mind…Paul Baloche, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Shane and Shane.  lots of great worship leaders and they all are from Texas.  with the exception of one of the Shanes, they are all specifically from East Texas.  Well I will clarify that, Paul Baloche is from Philadelphia, but he got to Lindale as fast as he could.


Tomlin is from Grand Saline


 and Crowder is from Texarkana.


so what is your point Chuck?  well i have this idea of the mantle being passed to these guys from Keith Green.


he built his place in Garden Valley, just outside of Lindale and lived with “no compromise”!  i believe his legacy lives on in these worship leaders.  it’s just a theory, nothing i can prove, but i believe his life, that ended to early at 28, made an impression on people that live in that area of the state.  his willingness to live the life that God called him to blessed that land  so there you have it.  it’s not a conspiracy theory, just a theory.

i also believe that Rich Mullins handed his prophet mantle to Derek Webb, but we’ll save that for another time.


hopefully you don’t think i’m too crazy.  have a great day.

this week has been tough for me…

and not because of the election…

i have really been struggling this week with why i care about things.  is it because i feel a sense of duty, or because it makes me feel better? is my heart broken for the things that break the heart of God, or do i just continue to live the way i live and hope that i get a job so we can continue our standard of living?  don’t get me wrong, i want to work, and i don’t want to go into more debt.  i often wonder if i made more money, would i give more away?  more money often means more management.  i guess what i’m trying to get at is my heart.  do i truly LOVE the least of these, or do i say and do the things i do out of obligation or guilt?  i mean i get a fire in my belly and often get sad or angry when topics that i’m “passionate” about come up.  but is it all talk?  what have i done about it.  when we justify the things we do we are often just masking denial.  if i say i believe that the bible is true, but don’t let the Word of God transform my life then i am lying to myself and others. 

i’ve been listening to lots of Derek Webb this week, and this song really hit me right between the eyes.  be sure and read the lyrics carefully.

I Repent by Derek Webb

i repent, i repent of my pursuit of america’s dream
i repent, i repent of living like i deserve anything
of my house, my fence, my kids, my wife
in our suburb where we’re safe and white
i am wrong and of these things i repent

i repent, i repent of parading my liberty
i repent. i repent of paying for what i get for free
and for the way i believe that i am living right
by trading sins for others that are easier to hide
i am wrong and of these things i repent

i repent judging by a law that even i can’t keep
of wearing righteousness like a disguise
to see through the planks in my own eyes

i repent, i repent of trading truth for false unity
i repent, i repent of confusing peace and idolatry
by caring more of what they think than what i know of what we need
by domesticating you until you look just like me

i am wrong and of these things i repent

oh, and just for laughs.  here is Derek performing one of his songs that has become a favorite of mine.

i had the privelege to attend…

(thanks to my good friend DW) the Art*Music*Justice tour on Saturday night.

what a great show and platform to talk about issues of justice.  i think i enjoyed when all of the artists played together the most.  Sandra McKracken has the most haunting voice and to hear her and Sarah Groves sing together was a treat.  Brandon Heath was amazing and Charlie Peacock remembered my name.  the highlight of the show for me was definitely hearing Monkey’s at the Zoo live.  i did have another favorite moment and it happened during Derek Webb’s portion.  Derek was discussing voting and how we have to live with our consciences and if that didn’t jive with the candidates, that we were perfectly within liberty to NOT vote.  this is Derek’s stance.  He didn’t say not to vote, he just said we need to really pray, read and think about it.  after he sang Savior on Capital Hill, a lady accosted him from the audience about voting.  my first question was, “didn’t you know you were coming to a Derek Webb show?” and my second was, “what are you thinking?”

Derek handled it like only a prophet and a pro could by talking about the heavenly father taking precedence over our forefathers and then said, “this is not your time, i’ll be happy to discuss it with you afterwards”.

i got to enjoy this with my 11 year old daughter Kenedy who thought that was the most rude thing she had ever seen.  it’s good that she has some of my musical sensibilities as she loves a good acoustic show, and also loves rocking it out.  a big smile crept up across my face as she got a kick out of the lyrics to Monkeys at the Zoo.  all the way home she kept saying “smells sorta funky too.”

i’m so proud.

hey go check out one of my former student’s band.  they are out of austin and are making some nice music.

The Beautiful Fools


this post is part of Watercooler Wednesdays over at Randy Elrod’s Ethos