This has been a project bringing me back to God. The music and songs express the holiness and mystery of God. They call to repentance and worship. They are worship.
And Brian's ministry is authentic. It grows out of his own life experience and his relationships with God, his family and his church. It is now gaining depth from his maturity and experience and his personal ongoing journey with God. The music style and presentation are moving with the times. He has great musicians on his team. And the message is become deeper and simpler - "Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your Name" - captures everything. He is Holy. He is in heaven - remote, unreachable. Yet He is our Father, close, intimate, loving, immanent, indwelling.
The CD notes include commentary from Brian on each track telling something of the history of the writing of the song and the musicians involved. Each track was in itself a project with singers, instrumental musicians and recording technicians drawn in to create a piece worthy of a Holy God. Philip Janz, the producer must have had his hands full working with Brian on this.
Brian's page on mySpace currently has a few YouTube clips where he talks about background on some of the tracks with Philip Janz and here and there gives some tips for musicians and worship leaders playing them.
This morning, early on Pentecost Sunday, listening to the devotional on the extra CD had me in tears. It's entitled "Reopening The Ancient Wells Of Devotion And Worship In Europe".
This comes out of Brian's history of work in Europe. An awakening is starting to happen in Europe. Jesus is on the move again in Europe. Here is an overview of what seem to me to be the main points Brian is making: