Songwriting Workshop in Tochigi

I recently went to a songwriting workshop in Tochigi-ken. It took place over 3 days. We split into three groups and wrote as many songs. It was a great experience to collaborate with Japanese Christians who are exited to write songs about our Lord Jesus.

Just like there is a spoken heart language among people groups, I believe there is a musical heart language among people groups. Music is a way into a person's soul like no other art form. It has a way of opening the heart and allowing the Spirit of God to convict and encourage. Maybe that is why so much of the Bible is made of songs and why God Himself sings over us (Zeph. 3:17). No wonder so many of God's people love music; our God is a singer.

I really believe we are on the verge of seeing Japanese believers write songs that will help open this nation to the gospel like never before. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that a song is going to win the whole nation of Japan to Jesus but, I do believe that art and especially music highly influences countries. I know that God is moving His people in Japan to write songs. The Japanese Christian musicians are sensing a deep need to write worship songs that are distinctly Japanese and that will not only communicate to the Body of Christ but will also attract non-believing Japanese people to Jesus. I think music will be one of the ways that God uses to move in this nation in a mighty way.
I love it!!! I want to do what I can to help encourage this movement.


Demo Tutorial/Cover of "Jesus" by Chris Tomlin

Greetings from Japan!

I have been excited about this new song by Chris Tomlin since I found out about it because... it is explicitly about Jesus.

Many of you know that I and my family are evangelical missionaries in Japan. I use music as a part of my ministry here to share Jesus. This is a song I can sing and use to share testimonies about my Savior. As you listen to or play this song, I want you to remember Japan.

Japan is a country of about 127 million people where only 1/2 of 1% know Jesus. It is an unreached people group where most have not even heard the name of Jesus. Many of the ones who have heard His name are afraid to put their trust in Him because it might interfere with relationships they have with family and friends because of generations of Buddhist tradition. There are many other barriers to the gospel in Japan that I will not go into here.

Jesus, our Creator and Savior, is the answer to life's problems. "He stands in the fire beside us. He carries our healing in His hands."
I want to ask you to pray with me that the Japanese people might come to Him. The only way to tear down spiritual strongholds is through prayer. Here is a link to the imb.or/pray page and specific requests for Japan:
Pray For the Japanese

If you decide you want to share Jesus with Japanese personally as a volunteer missionary click the "Go" button on that same page and then click "mission trip resources" at the top of the page. You will be given information about how you can do a short-term mission trip.

ありがとうございます (Thank You Very Much),


"Jesus" by Chris Tomlin (Ab)
[capo 1st fret using G shapes]

Verse 1
                  G                                C9
There is a truth older than the ages
                  G                                         C9
There is a promise of things yet to come
               A7sus4                      Em7   C9
There is one born for our salvation
G    G/B C9
                  G                                            C9
There is a light that overwhelms the darkness
                  G                                    C9
There is a kingdom that forever reigns
               A7sus4                                        Em7    C9
There is freedom from the chains that bind us
G     G/B

G/B C9
Who walks on the waters
Em7 D                             D11/F#
Who speaks to the sea
         G                          D11/F#  Em7
Who stands in the fire be     side me
G/B C9
He  roars like a lion
Em7 D                           D11/F#
He  bled as the Lamb
      G                 D11/F#    Em7           G/B
He carries my healing in His hands

Verse 2
                   G                                     C9
There is a name I call in times of trouble
                  G                                            C9
There is a song that comforts in the night
                  A7sus4                                            Em7   C9
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
           G          C9
He is Jesus, Jesus


My Savior
               G         D11/F#  Em7
There is power in Your name
                  C9                   Dsus4
You're my rock and my Redeemer
               G         D11/F#  Em7
There is power in Your name
In Your name


2016 Jozenji Street Jazz Festival

Well, it's time to start making videos again in order to audition for the 2016 Jozenji Street Jazz Festival. The JSJF takes place every September here in Sendai, Japan.  Instead of mailing in DVDs, they allow you to audition using your Youtube channel. Hope you like this old Bob Kilpatrick praise song.

Thanks for listening,

Well, here it is June already. Scott and I did get to perform again but unfortunately my video camera stopped working a week before we were to perform and I still haven't been able to find any place that can get it going again. Below is a picture of us singing, "Could It Be",by Michael Card. I love singing with Scott. He was kind enough to lend his voice to a song I wrote and recently recorded called "NowN4ever". You will be able to hear it when this current project is finally done. It has been a long time in the making and still has a ways to go as I'm using musicians from America and Japan on the album.

Blessings and TFL,


Performing @ Cross Timber Baptist Church

Happy Easter,

I had a great time, recently, performing "The Nazarene" by Michael Card with Scott Smith, one of the amazing members at Cross Timber Baptist Church. Scott is a natural when it comes to harmony. He hears a melody and can instantly hit the 3rd or even the 5th harmony. What a range! I hope to upload a video of the next song we do together before we head back to Japan in June.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” 




I pray you guys had a great 2014 and are looking forward to a blessed 2015. I'm on my way working through my new year's resolutions for 2015. It's always the same through the Bible, eat healthy and exercise regularly. I usually do well with my resolutions but for various reasons I don't always meet my life/ministry goals. Those are different you know! Let's press on in 2015 accomplishing challenging achievable goals for the sake of the Kingdom.

I want to share some of the books, movies and music that were a blessing to me during 2014. I hope they will be the same for you.

Books:  The Bible- read it cover to cover. It will change your life.
             Night by Elie Wiesel- Winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize (1st hand account of Elie with his                                                       father in German camps at the end of WWII.)
             Radical by David Platt- Platt is the new president of the International Mission Board. This book will                                                   convict you and challenge your understanding of what a Biblical Christian is                                                   as opposed to an American Christian.

Movies:  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - An excellent picture of selfishness vs. selflessness.
                God Is Not Dead- A very well made and encouraging movie about a 1st semester college student                                               who stands up against his atheistic philosophy professor. Good acting,                                                           directing and screen play.
               Captain Phillips - A true story about Captain Richard Phillips and the hijacking of a US flagship                                               by Somali pirates. Tom hanks is convincing as Captain Phillips. It is a                                               must see for anyone like me who loves historical films.

Music: Fading West by Switchfoot released Jan. 2014 - Fading West is not my favorite Switchfoot album.                                                                                         In fact, it is my least favorite for various                                                                                                         reasons which mostly include production choices.                                                                                         But, I believe in  Switchfoot's ministry, the                                                                                                     message they communicate through their music                                                                                             and the dynamic relationship each member has                                                                                             with Christ.
             Resurrection by Sons of Korah - A great modern folk worship album.
             Anything by Levi Weaver - He has had 8 self-released albums. His music can't really be                                                                          categorized but it often has an acoustic/folksy flavor. His music is                                                                  lyrically driven with a purpose to influence his audience in a positive                                                              way. He is also very creative with his song arrangements. Give him a                                                            listen and tell me what you think.

I am praying that all through out 2015 you will be blessed beyond measure with the presence of God and an intimacy with Him like you have never known.

Blessings and thanks for listening,

Hey everyone,

It's been great being back in the States for a while. I've had many opportunities to encourage the Body through music since being back. Performing solo and with our church's praise band has been a tremendous blessing for me. I've also posted a couple of new videos on my youtube channel. So, head on over there and check those out. (You can just click the Youtube button on the left side of the screen to visit my YT channel.)

I'll be playing at our local Baptist Associational Missions meeting this Monday, November 3rd. After I lead music and perform, my wife will talk to everyone about our mission work in Japan. We would appreciate your prayers as we prepare.

CDBaby has provided everyone who distributes through them new music players. On the left side of the screen you can click any song and hear it in its entirety. You can also follow the link to download the ep for free.

If you want to get in touch with me, please leave a comment or use the email at the bottom right of this page. I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for listening,