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Rich Mullins Cover Night @ The Local Show

We’re super excited about tonight’s Local Show for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the first Local Show to feature a theme—something we hope to see more of as the show evolves. And second, it’s going to be an entire night of Rich Mullins songs as a slew of artists pay homage to the man who inspired so many of us. We hope you’ll join us tonight for this special show. It’s going to be a ton of fun.

To give you just a taste of what might happen, here’s a video of Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Jeremy Casella, and Andy Osenga covering “Calling Out Your Name” at a show a last month. Get your tickets here.

The Local Show – “Calling Out Your Name” from The Rabbit Room on Vimeo.



Listening to the Right Voices

Eleven years ago I knew exactly what kind of parent I was going to be. I had decided what books my daughters would read, what songs they would love to sing and how I would handle difficult situations.

It turns out that life cares little for my theories.

The challenges facing our children seem to grow on a daily basis and the truth is that some days I go to bed feeling like every choice I made turned out to be the wrong one. It feels like the future is approaching at an ever-increasing pace, relentlessly mocking my naïve arrogance and tempting me to give in to the fear that I have not adequately prepared my daughters for what lies ahead.

For me, one of the most sobering moments in the entire Old Testament narrative is when the children of Israel discover that the land they are ready to conquer is inhabited by giants. Crippled by fear for the future of their children, the Israelites turn back and head for the wilderness. Every time I read it I wonder whether I would have acted any differently in their shoes. Honestly, I doubt it. Sometimes, when I look at the world around me, the temptation to retreat can be almost overwhelming.

It strikes me that the thing which swayed the Israelites more than any other was the voice they chose to listen to. All twelve of the spies saw the same thing when they looked at Canaan. Giants. Strongholds. Danger. The facts were inescapable.



Live at North Wind Manor: Julie Lee & Friends

Next Saturday night we’re hosting a house concert for Julie Lee at North Wind Manor. We told you last week that Julie would be joined by Corrie Covell and Sarah Masen Dark, and this week were happy to announce that Ron Block will be joining in as well. We can’t wait to have you over for the evening. Bring a snack and enjoy the music (and the company). There are only about 20 tickets remaining and they’re available here.

Unfamiliar with Julie’s music? Check out this video of her performing the title track from her most recent album, Till & Mule.

And don’t forget about Rich Mullins Cover Night at next week’s Local Show. Tickets here.



Pre-order now: Mortar & Stone

Jill Phillips premiered the songs from her forthcoming album, Mortar & Stone, at Hutchmoot last week, and those who were there even got the chance to buy advanced copies of the CD. The official release day isn’t until November 18th, but today we’re happy to announce that pre-orders are open to the rest of the world. When you pre-order, you’ll be able to instantly download two tracks from the album: “Mortar & Stone” and “Bear With You.”

Click here to pre-order. If you picked up a copy of the record at the show, let the rest of our readers know what you think.

Here’s one of the tracks you’ll be able to download when you pre-order:

“Bear With You”
by Jill Phillips
from the album Mortar & Stone

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Hutchmoot 2014: Re-entry

The fifth annual Hutchmoot has come to an end.

It’s hard to compare one Hutchmoot to another because each one has had such a different flavor, but this year was one of my favorite of the bunch. From Luci Shaw’s keynote (not to mention her presence with us all weekend) to Jill Phillips’s concert to the Local Show to session after session that I wish I had been able to attend, we were overwhelmed by good stories, good music, good food, and time to think deeply about beauty, calling, obedience, and the Kingdom.

Now comes the tricky part. Now comes the daily grind, the reintegration into our vocations, our churches, our families, the long work of building the Kingdom brick by brick, book by book, meal by meal, day by day. I want to offer a resounding THANK YOU to all the volunteers, session leaders, kitchen masters, trash haulers, painters, organizers, and encouragers who gave so much of themselves this weekend, and to give each of you a chance to sound off on the impact of the weekend.

What were your favorite parts? What did God teach you? In the words of Stephen Trafton at the end of Encountering Colossians, “You know you have been changed. How?”

 



Live at North Wind Manor: Julie Lee

On Saturday, October 25th, we’re hosting Julie Lee for an intimate house show at North Wind Manor. There are only 30 seats available. She’ll be joined by Sarah Masen Dark and Corrie Covell. This is going to be an awesome show, and if you aren’t familiar with Julie’s music, you are in for a real treat. You’re all invited. Please bring a snack to share—we’ve got the drinks and music under control.

What: Julie Lee—with Sarah Masen Dark and Corrie Covell
When: The show starts at 7:30pm on October 25th. Doors open at 7:00pm
Where: North Wind Manor, Nashville, Tennessee
Why: Because you love great music

Click here for your tickets. Rabbit Room members, don’t forget to use your member discount.

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