Gungor

my top 5


what are your top 5 worship songs? what are the songs that really speak to you when you sing to God? it could be a right now list, or an all-time list. these are mine.

5. Overtaken-Gateway Worship/Walker Beach & Zach Neese

this is a powerful song for me. it was one of the first times that i was exposed to the songwriting of Zach Neese. he has been a great voice and mentor in my own worship life. funny thing is when i’ve introduced this as a congregational song, it has always fallen a little flat.

4. How He Loves-John Mark McMillan

i remember the first time i heard this song, and i wept. for the record, i love the lyric “sloppy wet kiss”, but that’s not the focal point of the song. it all leads to “i don’t have time to maintain these regrets when i think about the way He loves us.”

3. You Bled-Rend Collective Experiment

i was first introduced to Rend Collective at recreate10. i found myself just weeping at this video because it’s such a beautiful depiction of Christ in that little boy. it has fast become one of my favorite songs, and is powerful when sung in a corporate setting.

2. Beautiful Things-Gungor

again, thanks to the recreate conference i got to hear Gungor debut their album “Beautiful Things”. honestly one of the most holy moments i’ve ever experienced in my life. the passion with which each song was presented and the heart behind them made me play this CD in my car for 5 months straight. i love every song on this record, but the title track was so healing for my life. for a stretch of 2011 i couldn’t sing it because i didn’t believe it, but that has changed. He makes all things new.

1. O Praise Him (All This For A King) David Crower Band*

i don’t know what to say about this song. i tear up just thinking about it. it is my heart’s cry. i thank David for writing it. as well as being my #1 worship song, it is my #1 song period. the lyric that says “it’s the sound of salvation come, the sound of rescued ones” might be the most meaningful lyric i’ve had the pleasure to sing. all this for a King.

so what are your favorites? tell me in the comments.

just thought i’d post this picture.


it’s from 2006 on a trip to NYC.  i met Michael Gungor.  we were at Columbia University at the Ethos Conference with Mosaic Church.  he looks about the same.  little did i know he could shred like he does, but the fact he carries a guitar with him should say…

1. he’s writing songs

2. he’s practicing

hope to see Gungor very soon again.

Late Have I Loved You….


i’m continuing to marvel at the lyrical and musical beauty of Gungor’s album “Beautiful Things”.  i don’t know that i’ve ever latched onto an album this long.  typically they sit in my cd player for about two weeks and then i’m on to the next thing, but this record just speaks to my heart first as sonic musical goodness and secondly due to the lyrical depth.  there are some amazing theological thoughts in each of the songs.  so much that i don’t even try to dissect them, i just let them stand for what they are.  as i listened again to my 3 year old sing ” You make beautiful things out of us” last night, God just spoke through that, then as we are getting out of the car he says, “Oooh Daddy, look at all the stars.”  I asked him who made the beautiful stars and he told me, “God put them there.”  wow.

this song might be my favorite one on the album.  it’s just a story of God running and shouting and revealing Himself to us….yeah!

Late Have I Loved You

Written by Michael Gungor

Late have I loved You
Beauty so ancient
So new

Late have I loved You
You were within me, but I was outside You
It was there that I searched for You
It was there that I searched for You

Late have I loved You
Beauty so ancient, so new

Late have I loved You
You were here with me
But I was not with You
It was there that You found me
It was there that You found me

You called and You shouted
You broke through my deafness
You flashed and you shone
Dispelled all my blindness

You breathed Your fragrance on me
You breathed Your fragrance on me

Late have I loved You
Late have I loved You

I drew in Your breath
And I keep on breathing
I’ve tasted I’ve seen
And now I want more

You breathed Your fragrance on me
You breathed Your fragrance on me

Late have I loved You
Late have I loved You

© 2010 WorshipTogether.com Songs (ASCAP)

my kids love to sing in the car…


(just for the record, i don’t wear cowboy hats while driving)

my girls typically control the songs we are singing, but lately as my boys have gotten older and remember the names of songs, they have begun to yell out what they want as soon as they are strapped in the car seats.  as i’ve mentioned on here before, we’ve nearly burned the laser grooves off of Gungor’s  “Beautiful Things”.

my youngest son always wants to hear the title track but today, he began to ask for the “Holy, Holy” song.  so we went to track #7, “The Earth is Yours” and as the chorus kicked in, i hear my boy who will be 3 on Sunday singing at the top of his lungs in his best understanding of the language,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!  The Earth is Yours!  Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!  The Earth is Yours, the Earth is Yours!”

he and his brother and sisters all sing this.  i’m thankful that God lets me see and hear my children worship Him in spirit and truth.

hear is the whole song lyric.  if you haven’t listened to any Gungor, there is some beautiful theology in the lyrical content of their songs.

The Earth Is Yours-Michael Gungor

Your voice it thunders
The oaks start twisting
The forest sounds with cedars breaking
The waters see You and start their writhing
From the depths a song is rising

Now it’s rising from the ground

Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy Lord
The earth is Yours and singing
Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy Lord
The earth is Yours
The earth is Yours

Your voice it thunders
The ground is shaking
The mighty mountains now are trembling
Creation sees You
And starts composing
The fields and trees they start rejoicing.

Now it’s rising from the ground
It’s rising from the ground
Hear us crying out
Hear us crying out

Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy Lord
The earth is Yours and singing
Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy Lord
The earth is Yours
The earth is Yours

a quote….


“If leading worship is just about bringing a group of people into a room so we can get goosebumps and sing songs together, there’s not much value in that. But if leading worship is a means to an end, that we leave this place as a different kind of people, as part of a new humanity that God wants to create – the people that are caring for the widows and orphans, that aren’t bound by the systems of this world but becoming free, becoming fully engaged in our world – then that matters.” Michael Gungor

i had the privilege of…


seeing a live performance of the new Gungor (formerly known as Michael Gungor Band) album “Beautiful Things” on Thursday.  it was one of the most amazing and surreal performances i’ve ever had the honor of seeing and hearing.  i’ve seen U2, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, etc.  this ranks up as one of the tops if not the top.  it moved me in ways that i can’t explain to you.  it is literally indescribable. you would need to see it yourself.  you need to own the record.  i’m on my 6th listen through and it is definitely in my top 5 of all time and that is saying a lot.  here is an acoustic version of the title track.  it is no comparison to what we saw, but it’s still pretty amazing.  enjoy….