Pictured with me at Ardent Studios is Katie Toebbe, Eric Mackey and Tommu Lozure from Visible Music College
As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the music of Rich Mullins. I recently had the opportunity to participate in a new record by Visible College in Memphis. As a school-wide project, they re-recorded “Liturgy, Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band,” an amazing record by Rich from 1993. So the artists on the project are students, graduates, and professors from the school, as are the engineers and producers. These are college students looking toward a career serving Christ in the music industry. So when they called and asked if I would sing on a song, I said, “When do we start?” They ended up recording the whole track and I just came in and sang. They treated me like a superstar. I’m used to being in the studio the whole time and costing us hours of studio time because I can’t play my guitar part correctly.
If you’re not familiar with the original record by Rich, you still probably know one song from it: Hold Me Jesus. And this was the song I got to record on the new Read more →
Well, it was time. The old white van took us around the country many times. The van brought us to most of the concerts where we met you. It was a 2001 Ford E350 15-passenger van with over 340,000 miles. The air conditioning hasn’t worked in over a year. I’ve had to unlock it from the passenger side for years because someone tried to break into it and broke the lock on the driver’s side. It got about 8 miles a gallon. And I was commuting to school across Dallas. So it was time.
Carmax gave me $500 for it. It was worth more than that. To me, at least. But honestly, they were being generous. So I bought another Ford. It’s 12 years newer. 309,000 fewer miles. And it gets 38 miles a gallon. THIRTY-EIGHT!! I’m sure it will be a great car. But it will never replace the van in our hearts. Oh, except that the sound system is killer!
Married, with children.
Is that the right response to a status question. I don’t keep up with these things. Well, in the first post on the new site, I promised to update you guys on life so here we go.
Jenny and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary in February. That’s crazy, right? 7 years! God has done so much work in my life through the woman he gave to me. I am so grateful for the time we have had together. Our two kids are also growing up quickly. So I don’t travel near as much as I used to. I want them always to think of our family being together as the norm and my being gone as the aberration, not vice versa. With school, church, baseball, softball, and the rest of life, we don’t have nearly as much free time as we used to.
We moved to the DFW metroplex almost two years ago. I am now halfway through the Masters of Theology (ThM) program at Dallas Theological Seminary. I love going to school and all the amazing things I’ve been learning. I’m sure you will hear much more about school in future posts.
So, there’s only one topic left… music. We are having serious conversations about the next project. The music industry has changed a lot since Grace Like Rain, and I am spending some quality time with my manager and with Ardent to figure out what the best next step is. The good news is there definitely IS a next step. The songs are here. I finally finished one that I have been working hard on for a long time. It’s called “Glory to our Great Redeemer.” I can’t wait to share it with you. So there is definitely new music in the pipe, and I will keep you updated right here at the new toddagnew.com site. Looking forward to sharing new stuff with you. If you’ve seen me live in the last couple of years and there is a specific song you are hoping will be on the next project, please comment below and let me know. Your feedback is always helpful. If you hated all the songs, you don’t need to comment. Thanks though!
Love to you all. Hope to see you on the road sometime soon. I will be in Alabama, Tennessee (camp), Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the coming weeks. So if you live anywhere near any of those, check out the tour page and let me know you’re coming. See you soon.
Hey everyone, welcome to the new site! Much thanks to Nick Perreault at Nikabrik Design for all the work he did on it.
I am working on a lot of new stuff, musically, educationally, blog-ally, so check back soon and see what goes on here. I’d really like to rebuild the community we had years ago when we had the message boards. This is a different environment, but you are all still family, so I’d like to increase the quality of our communication. Heck, why don’t you just comment below and let me know what’s going on in your life. That can be a step in the right direction. I’ll knock out another blog letting you know what’s going on in mine. Then I’ll start a new blog schedule. As always, the most constant contact from me is on Twitter (@agnewsdei), but that will post here as well.
Looking forward to sharing life and hopefully soon, sharing some new music with you as well.
Attention Worship Leaders: My song “Gloria” is featured in this week’s Discover Worship newsletter. Check out the song, a blog, Discover Worship’s online subscription service (and a free 3-song trial)!
“Gloria” featured in the Discover Worship newsletter.
Hey guys, here are the songs from camp as promised. So, the yellow script to the side of each song is a link to buy the song on iTunes. I don’t know why it’s yellow. And I can’t figure out how to change it right now.
If you’d like to comment below, I’d love to hear about what God did in your life this week.
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Michael Bleecker iTunes
Song of Moses Unhindered, Aaron Keyes iTunes
Look and See Village Church iTunes
How Great The Love Village Church Denton iTunes
Lord I Need You Matt Maher iTunes
10,000 Reasons Matt Redman iTunes
Here For You Matt Redman iTunes
One Thing Remains Bethel Church iTunes
How He Loves John Mark McMillan iTunes
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin iTunes
Jesus Paid It All Kristian Stanfill iTunes
In Christ Alone Stuart Townend iTunes
Cornerstone Hillsong iTunes
The Stand Hillsong United iTunes
So a few weeks ago, I fell off a ladder. Yep, just fell off of it. Feet were 7 feet in the air and then I was on the ground. It hurt. My knee still hurts. But the point of the story is not for you to feel sorry for me. The point is this…
A man came over to help me. He was at the park with his family and I guess he saw me fall. We had quite a conversation, some of which was quite humorous, but I’ll skip that. The important part was that one of the last things he said to me was, “You should thank whatever God you believe in that you were not hurt worse.”
I look back at that day and that sentence is what haunts me. He mentioned God and quite probably did not believe in Jesus. I had an opportunity to share with him, but I was so consumed with my own pain, with my own life that I didn’t even notice the opening. I wonder how often that happens in the rest of my life. How many times has someone left me an opening to tell them about Jesus, but I am so consumed with what is going on in my life that I completely miss it?
About 6 months ago, I ran out of gas on the highway. (Yes, I know I’m an idiot. Go ahead and laugh.) At the exit I had just passed was a large church, but there was no gas station. So I started walking on to the next exit, which it turned out was about 3 miles. During my walk, church got out. Hundreds and hundreds of people walked out to the parking lot, got into their cars, drove out onto the highway, and passed the stupid man walking 3 miles to the gas station. Most probably never even noticed I was there. And they had just left church! I hope the sermon wasn’t on taking care of the needy. But I’m not upset with them, instead I felt a complete understanding of them. They were just like me after falling from the ladder. They were so consumed with their own lives that they never noticed the opening right in front of them.
So my prayer for me and for you is that God makes our hearts sensitive to those in need, and helps us to notice when we have an opportunity to talk about him. So for the next few posts, I’m going to talk about evangelism. I know you’re thrilled. It’s an uncomfortable subject, but I learned some things this year that I’d like to share.
Thanks for reading.
We just moved, as many of you know. We left our old house clean and did the repairs the buyers asked for. We even left them a few bonus things, mostly things we didn’t want. We arrived at our new house to find a sheet of paper on the kitchen counter where the seller had written out everything she could think of to help us start our new life in this home. She made it as simple as possible to grasp all the details of a new place.
We came straight to our new house from camp. At camp, we had talked about how prayer, worship, and evangelism are all lifestyles, not just skills. As I saw that sheet of paper, I thought about the potential there. In sharing details of a home with someone, you could let them know where you went to church in this town. If they need help with something, you could give them the number of a Christian friend in your neighborhood. Obviously, they don’t have to take advantage of any of that, but just giving them the option opens the door to all kinds of possibilities.
Of course, hopefully you will only move a few times in your life. Can you think of any other ways that you could reach out to people in a non-threatening way? How could we connect people to other Christians and to church while actually helping them?
My wife is raising money for International Justice Mission. IJM is a great organization helping victims of abuse and oppression all over the world. You can learn more about them on their website. Right now they are doing a fundraising campaign called Just Run, where runners get sponsors and all the money goes to help IJM in their work around the world. She has just started and almost has 10% of her goal, but I know we can raise much more than that. I just wanted to let you guys know so you can either give, or at least learn about IJM and pray for this fundraising. You can help and learn more at this site. Thanks for your help.
Hey, the website’s up and running again. I’m so sorry for all the time that you couldn’t get on toddagnew.com, and instead had to read your Bible, hang out with your family, talk to real people, and eat good food. Seriously, I am sorry that the site has been down (in case you missed the news, it was hacked and had to be rebuilt from scratch.) So you missed a fairly strenuous time in our lives. We packed up and moved from Austin to Dallas. I preached two camps and led worship for one. I led for the last time at our church, Austin Stone Community Church. My wife got a great promotion, which instigated this process, but God made His opinion loud and clear for us and we are very grateful. I’m starting seminary in the fall at DTS (Dallas Theological Seminary). I’ll still be on the road a couple of weekends a month (same as last year) so hopefully I’ll get to see you somewhere this year. So we’re busy unpacking and getting settled here in the Metroplex. Definitely miss Austin but really excited about what God is going to do with us here.
So there’s the quick update from my end. Why don’t you leave a comment below and give us your summer update. New blogs coming soon. Thanks.