I had the privilege of speaking at Fuller Seminary's [trans]formation conference this past weekend. My talk, The Prayerbook of the Bible, was an introduction to praying through the psalms. I used Dietrich Bonhoeffer's little book on the psalms as a kind of outline for my talk.
I was asked to prepare this video for a Fuller Seminary class on worship and prayer. In this video I share about why I am interested in the psalms and about how they are changing the way I think, pray, and worship.
I am excited to announce that I (along with a stellar band!) will be performing a CD release concert on Friday, March 14th at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Tara Ward (you may know her from her days with Late Tuesday) will open the concert. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning. More info coming very soon...
Last year, it was my privilege to contribute the first chapter to an anthology called It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God (edited by Ned Bustard and published by Square Halo Books). I was overjoyed to contribute to this work for at least three reasons. First, this book's prequel, It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God, was very important to my development as an artist, pastor, and theologian. Second, the other contributors to this volume are outstanding and I am humbled to be in their company. Third, while I have published in various journals and magazines in the past this was my maiden voyage in book form.
Now that I've said all that I must not fail to mention that my contribution to the project is quite small and, according to some, quite curious. I decided that if I was going to contribute to a book on music that I should probably write about silence. I would explain myself in greater detail here, but I really am just trying to get you to read the book so I don't want to give anything else away. Insert smiley face emoticon here.
This morning I learned that Hearts & Minds book store listed It Was Good as the 2013 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR ABOUT MUSIC. Very exciting! Plus, there are so many other great books on the list you should check out. Read more at 2013 Best Books.
For more information about ordering books from Hearts & Minds (including It Was Good) go to their order page HERE.
I had the privilege of working with Bruce Benedict and many other fine folks on a project called Canticles. Here's a description from the album page:
Canticles - from the Song of Moses in Exodus 15 to the Song of Moses and the Lamb in Revelation 15 God has given voice to his people's response in poetic praise throughout the story of scripture. He has given poetic song as an embodied way for his people to corporately gather their spirits together and offer praise, thanksgiving, lament, and covenant proclamation. The canticles typically refer to songs in scripture that habitate outside the psalms.
Cardiphonia is a fellowship of church songwriters that crowd source worship music for the joy and benefit of the Church.
The song I was able to contribute is from the Magnificat found in Luke 1:46-55. Mary sings this song of praise to God as she prepares to give birth to the Christ child.
This summer I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in the studio with Erica Grimm at Trinity Western University. Erica was one of the leaders and co-facilitators for the Grünewald Residency in Leavenworth, WA. The following is from a podcast I do for CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) called the Art and the Church podcast. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
Tennebrae, 2004, encaustic, 23 K gold and steel on birch, 30” x 45”
Dr. Erica Grimm is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art + Design Department, School of the Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University. Represented in galleries across Canada, she has had over 25 solo exhibitions and is in numerous private and public collections, including the Vatican Art Collection, Canada Council Art Bank and the Richmond Art Gallery. She was in 2002 the Distinguished Nash Lecturer at the University of Regina, the first Prize recipient of the Imago National Juried Art Competition, and was honored as the Distinguished Alumnae from the University of Regina.
Bench, 2011, aluminum and steel, 36" x 78.5" x 28.5"
Brian Rush makes videos, performances, relational objects and interactions that use humour and discomfort to investigate inhibitions, fruitful vulnerability, invitation, and authenticity. An undergraduate alum of Trinity Western University, Rush received his MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University and is now practicing in Portland, OR. You can view his work at www.brian-rush.com.