I’m Colin. Here’s some bullet points about me and why I enjoy writing:
I’m a Christ-follower. I love Jesus. I love the Doctrines of Grace.
I’m a Husband. Jessica is my prize of grace and a treasure of joy.
I’m a Dad. Somehow, God let me have 5 incredible children.
I’ve studied piano, woodwinds, voice, choir, and conducting.
I’ve served as a choir director, collegiate music teacher, and worship leader.
I have a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and am currently an M.Div student.
I’m a serving member of Sovereign Grace Church of Midland, TX.
I’m a songwriter. Kind of. But I do have 2 albums. Hopefully more.
I’m a book collector. Lost count a few years ago, but read viraciously.
why “rooted & relevant”?
The name comes from my encounter with Bob Kauflin’s “Worship Matters”, his first book. Inside he captures the healthy tensions that exist within the church’s worship between comprehensive doctrinal purity, and being accessible to each generation. I’ve expanded upon this and set this tension as somewhat of a theme for my life: rooted in biblical truth and gospel-centered theology, while deploying relevant vehicles to engage with our culture in a way that promotes the excellencies of Christ.
In the realms of music and theology, we see two areas that have been largely compromised in the modern church to almost unrecognizable levels, when evaluated in light of the Word of God. The church needs men and women who will stand for what is truthful and what is right, no matter the tradition or denomination.
This is how I found myself in the Reformed stream of the Church. It started with a “skim” read of John MacArthur’s provocative book, “The Gospel According to Jesus.” I took it upon myself to make sure I knew what it said and not what someone else wanted me to think it said. I was shocked at the simplicity of the Gospel, and yet the urgent necessity to view repentance and faith as simultaneously acts of a truly regenerate heart. I‘ve since grown to love the Reformers of old, the Puritans and the teaching of modern expositors like Steve Lawson, J.I. Packer, Tim Keller, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Mark Dever, Iain Campbell, Derek Thomas, Carl Trueman and others.
But perhaps most striking was my encounter with theologically rich, biblically grounded songs for the church. In my role as a music teacher at my alma mater, I became increasingly dissatisfied with the lack of depth and richness and original beauty arising from the songs we sang. Someone introduced me to an album from Sovereign Grace Music that powerfully gripped my heart and mind. The concepts of the gospel and theology, that I had previously considered too difficult to digest during corporate singing, was instead clear and vibrant, rich and accessible. The more I dug down into what magical secret they had seemingly discovered, I realized that it was nothing more than a robust theology that overflowed into zealous doxology.
As church leaders, worship leaders and musicians, we do not need to shed what some might considers the “shackles” of theology and terminology that explain the Trinity, the Gospel, the Church, or the marvelous depths of Saving Grace. Rather, we must embrace the fullness of the Word of God, and tell of His excellencies to all generations.
I’d like this blog to reflect that, whether we stick to discussions revolving solely around music, or go beyond. We cherish the rich history of the church gone before us, those who have labored tirelessly and selflessly with their hands to the plowshare. We must earnestly seek the personal and corporate expressions of biblical truth from the church to continue to flourish and thrive amidst the world around us.
Forever rooted in the gospel message, always relevant in gospel method.
some semi-legal jargon
I try to be thorough in citing sources on this site, and giving credit to others for useful artwork and material. I’m not shy about using other people’s material to exhort the body of Christ. But please let me know if I need to correct a citation, or if I didn’t give you proper credit for your work.