Risk means everything from being honest about your faith, to moving, to quitting a job that's paying you a fortune but it's not what's in your heart. Risking things is one of the biggest fears we have.
I was 23 years old. It was a wild time. I was covering everything that blew up - blackouts, Studio 54, son of Sam killer, and all of that stuff.
After playing so many songs in churches for eight or nine years, I've learned what songs people react to. Then I just had fun with the arrangements. That's how this album came together.
I've been stuck on John Eldredge lately. He's all about being a warrior outside of the church. I hate to think about this kind of stuff - I just like to do it.
The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business. The difference between the people who make it across the finish line and everyone else is one simple thing: an action plan.
I call it the Etch A Sketch life. Every few years, you should shake that thing up.
A great moment of clarity when I realized I'm dying. There's no reason to wait to do the things we want to do.
If you want to get an education in how to get a story and how to survive, then get a street reporter job in New York City.
Those worship songs on the Christmas project will air on PBS television. That's highly unusual.
I'd like to do a television show that is encouraging, useful, and clean, and I'd like to go up against Entertainment Tonight and beat it.
I took the ET job because I wanted to stop traveling and they said I would only work half a day. Then I could work on music the rest of the day. They put in my contract that I wouldn't work after 1 P.M.
Every three or four shows, we have somebody that will come up onstage and propose marriage.
When you have a 13 year old child, you suddenly realize that you may need to pick a vocation.
If you want to write the next great novel, but you think, No, this won't work because no one will buy it or it won't be any good, then you talk yourself out of taking a risk.
I spent another six years in Europe covering sporting events such as the Tour de France.
I come from the performance world, but the idea of a worship song is different. It's useful music.
A lot of people are willing to pray or to put in work, but they're not willing to take true risks.
The real advantage for me is that I have the opportunity to lead worship every Sunday.
I grew up wanting to be a musician, but my parents were sure I would starve to death. So, they put me in physics and chemistry. That eventually blew up, and I got into radio.
I always wanted to be a full-time musician. Every television job I had was a means to buy a grand piano, or to put in a recording studio, or something like that.
Really, at a time when theyre debating when and where a nativity scene can be used, this is the kind of stuff we need to have out there - outside of the church.
To understand this Christmas record, you have to understand our ministry.
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