SPECIAL EDITION :: Music Tuesday :: New Owl City album

I did not post a fun song for Music Monday yesterday because I was anticipating the release of Owl City’s new album “The Midsummer Station.”  To be honest, I’ve previewed the tracks, and aside from the tracks that have already been released on this summer’s EP, I’m not entirely impressed.  I only love two songs on it (again, outside of those that have already been released):  “Silhouette” and “Bombshell Blonde.”  I’m a big fan of all different types of techno, dubstep, trance, and the like, and I think Adam Young has produced a wonderfully catchy tune in “Bombshell Blonde.”  I’m not a huge fan of the lyrics (they’re clever, but cheesy).  Overall, I love it and I hope you do too.  Here it is:

Have a great day!

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Worship Wednesday :: “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin

Today’s worship Wednesday is a song that I have often been critical of in my heart due to some of the man-centeredness I felt was prevalent in it, but after singing it a couple of times this summer, I gained an appreciation for it.  While the song is about believers rising on eagles’ wings and falling on their knees before the Father, Tomlin makes it clear that this is all made possible by the saving work of Jesus Christ for the body of believers.  Here are the lyrics followed by a video.  I really love this song and I find the images Tomlin paints in it to be incredibly refreshing and encouraging amongst the difficulties of this life.  I love when worship songs beautifully paint the majesty of heaven and the joy found there–I think this song does that wonderfully.  Enjoy.

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
[x2]

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

——–

-Chris

Blog name change!

So tonight I decided to change the name of my blog.

It’s been named “In Christ Alone” for a while now, and I’ve been thinking about a name change for a while, and I finally decided on this one last night.  I was tired of hijacking the name of my favorite worship song, despite how great of a name it is.

I decided to change the name to “Growing in Public” for a number of reasons.  The primary reason is because it’s fitting–“Growing in Public” is what I am doing here on the blog.  Not much, if anything, that I write here is a fully-baked thought.  Most of it is half-baked thoughts about theology or otherwise that I throw out here for my own thought-processes’ sake, in hopes that these thoughts might encourage you, the reader, in some way.

Also, I plan on keeping this blog until I die, which is hopefully after I have kids, which is definitely after I get married.  My hope for this blog is that it turns into a Martin family blog (more on this later), and thus you will be able to watch our family grow both physically and spiritually as we continue in our lives of ministry here on earth as heavenly ambassadors.

Anyway, that’s a quick explanation regarding the name change.  And with a new name comes a new look.  I hope you like it.

-Chris