Why I created a new translation of the Book of Matthew (sort of)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard someone ask, “Why should I believe in Jesus? “ Or perhaps, “What makes Jesus so special?”  Okay, you can put your hand down. These days, it’s really not unusual…


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The four fears

"How are you going to make a million dollars in a year?" he said as he finished off his second beer with a thoroughly satisfied sigh. This was a textbook Bro Night question. For the uninitiated, Bro…


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Why great stories make me sad

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Ever since I was a kid, great stories made me sad. Sure, they’d be good fun for a time, but, as the story drew to a close, I’d begin to feel an all-too-familiar pang of…


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How to find your voice as a writer, musician, or creative

So there we were. At a restaurant, sitting around this table with people from church, when we find out somebody in our party (a young guy with a seriously epic afro) writes music. After some some…


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What does it really mean to forgive?

"Forgive God? Are you crazy?" I asked my friend Mike. "He's God. Why do I have to forgive him?" Mike sat quietly on the couch with his hands around his mug of steaming coffee. He nodded quietly. I…


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How to reset timecode in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is like a pet. Love it to tears, but it can drive you nuts. Lately, Logic has decided to change the starting timecode of my projects at random, perhaps in a desperate attempt to express…


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I wrote a piano waltz in Logic Pro X with Kontakt Samples. Here’s how I did it.

About a year ago, my friend called me to tell me about his latest impluse purchase: a Komplete Kontrol S88 keyboard and Native Instruments Kontakt samples. “Dude, you need to get these,” he said, as…


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