Glory to God, it’s Sadie Osenga!

Glory to God is the title of track #7 on Sing the Bible Family Christmas (the new CD by Slugs & Bugs). The Scripture verse is Luke 2:14.

To my ears, Sadie Osenga has the voice of an angel. So it just made sense to ask her to sing Glory to God, since that’s what the angels sang to the shepherds on the hillside so many years ago.

If you have Sing the Bible Volume 2, you’ve heard Sadie sing “You forgave me, all my guilt is gone,” from Psalm 32. She is a delightful and hilarious young lady, and I’m so excited to have her back on another Slugs & Bugs CD. Her parents (Andrew and Alison) are dear friends of ours, and Andrew accepted the job of iPhone cameraman for this interview, filmed yesterday, October 16th, 2017.

Be sure and watch through the end to catch a sneak peek / listen of Sadie Osenga on Sing the Bible Family Christmas. Available October 20 at www.slugsandbugs.com.

 

Sing The Bible Family Christmas (coming October 20th!)

I learned to play “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi when I was 14 years old. The music from The Charlie Brown Christmas Special has always existed in my memory, and the story (by Charles Schulz) continues to profoundly influence the way I write for families.

Through the excellence of his craft, his honest characters, and his keen sense of the brokenness of humanity, (informed by his understanding of the Gospel), Schulz impacted all ages through Peanuts. For 50 years of Decembers, families have snuggled up to watch the lights dim and the spotlight settle on Linus Van Pelt, alone on the stage. When the music stops, and he quotes Luke 2 (from memory, I might add), I always cry. In the midst of a terrible Christmas play, the Gospel shows up to save the day.

That’s one reason why the music from the program has endured. The sweet, life transforming truth of the Gospel is proclaimed, and it makes all the difference. I associate that piano music with the simple power of the truth proclaimed – from the mouth of a child, no less.

So, when I began writing Scripture songs for a Christmas CD last year, it was no surprise that my hands fell into the style I started learning so many years ago. (To this day, I play “Linus and Lucy” in the wrong key because I learned it from a cassette tape player that ran a little slow.)

My whole family participated in the recording, along with cousins, friends and neighbors from around Nashville. I wanted the songs to feel like Christmas tree-decorating music, so that while we unpack the ornaments, we can sing along with the very words of Scripture that celebrate the reason for the season: the King of the Universe, born as a baby, come to “save his people from their sins.”

Sing the Bible Family Christmas releases October 20 at   –   www.slugsandbugs.com

A note about the artwork: I am so grateful to Matt Cosby, our illustrator/animator (Old Testament, Ten Commandments, Ninja). The music was inspired by the Vince Guaraldi trio from the Peanuts Christmas Special, so Matt’s artwork reflects the work of Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts. He did a great job “tipping the cap” to Schulz while also retaining the joyful whimsy of Slugs & Bugs. Follow matt_cosby on Instagram!

A Baptist, an Anglican and a Presbyterian Walk Into a Monkey Bar – Episode 4

What do you do if your kid is bored at church?

Find out in this fourth and final episode of A Baptist, an Anglican and a Presbyterian Walk Into a Monkey Bar

Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. His book  Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel is a must-read for Christians in the United States of America.

Thomas McKenzie is the pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, TN. He is my pastor, and the author of The Anglican Way, the go-to guidebook for the Anglican tradition.

Russ Ramsey is an author and associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He just released Struck – a wonderful book about marriage, friendship, a heart surgery, parenting, and living a life of faith during trying times. Highly recommended.

Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music, and the creator of the two-time Dove Award nominated Sing the Bible series.


Psssst… Slugs & Bugs is Kickstarting 2 new Scripture CDs right now.

It’s only up for one more day, so join Slugs & Bugs on Kickstarter TODAY!

A Baptist, an Anglican and a Presbyterian Walk into a Monkey Bar – Episode 3

In Episode 3, Russell Moore, Thomas McKenzie, and Russ Ramsey discuss coming to Jesus “like a child.” In Luke 18 (and in two other Gospels), Jesus says, “whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. His book  Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel is a must-read for Christians in the United States of America.

Thomas McKenzie is the pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, TN. He is my pastor, and the author of The Anglican Way, the go-to guidebook for the Anglican tradition.

Russ Ramsey is an author and associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He just released Struck – a wonderful book about marriage, friendship, a heart surgery, parenting, and living a life of faith during trying times. Highly recommended.


Psssst… Slugs & Bugs is Kickstarting 2 new Scripture CDs right now.

It’s only up for a couple more days, so join Slugs & Bugs on Kickstarter TODAY!

A Baptist, an Anglican and a Presbyterian Walk into a Monkey Bar – Episode 2

In this second installment of A Baptist, an Anglican and a Presbyterian Walk Into a Monkey Bar, we chat about humor in the Bible, and ask, “Is silliness a virtue?”

Russ Ramsey is an author and associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He just released Struck – a wonderful book about marriage, friendship, a heart surgery, parenting, and living a life of faith during trying times. Highly recommended.

Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. His book  Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel is a must-read for Christians in the United States of America.

Thomas McKenzie is the pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, TN. He is my pastor, and the author of The Anglican Way, the go-to guidebook for learning about the Anglican tradition.


Psssst… Slugs & Bugs is Kickstarting 2 new Scripture CDs right now.

Click here to see! http://bit.ly/STBVol3

It’s only up for a few more days, so join Slugs & Bugs on Kickstarter TODAY!

A Baptist, an Anglican, and a Presbyterian Walk Into a Monkey Bar – Episode 1

Last week, my friends Russ Ramsey, Russell Moore, and Thomas McKenzie met me in a pre-school classroom in Nashville to have some fun and talk about family.

We recorded four short episodes, now titled “A Baptist, an Anglican, and a Presbyterian Walk Into a Monkey Bar.” Here is the first one, on the exciting subject of Scripture Memorization. Don’t miss it.

Russ Ramsey is an author and associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He just released Struck – a wonderful book about marriage, friendship, a heart surgery, parenting, and living a life of faith during trying times. Highly recommended.

Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. His book  Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel is a must-read for Christians in the United States of America.

Thomas McKenzie is the pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, TN. He is my pastor, and the author of The Anglican Way, a guidebook for the Anglican tradition.


 

Psssst… Slugs & Bugs is Kickstarting 2 new Scripture CDs right now.

Click here to see! http://bit.ly/STBVol3

It’s only up for a few more days, so join Slugs & Bugs on Kickstarter TODAY!

Our Struggle! (Ephesians 6)

Ben Goodgame and Zeke Mitchell came into the studio yesterday and sang like champs. They gave their all for 2 hours straight, singing on 4 different songs.

Oh, and they are both 9 years old.

And, they are both from Ethiopia!

Ben and Zeke have been friends for as long as they can remember. On the night my son Ben (and I) arrived home to America, Zeke was one year old and waiting with his family in our front yard. The Mitchells (and a bunch of other families) sang hymns and prayed for us as Ben began his new life in Tennessee, leaving behind his old life in an Ethiopian orphanage.

Both of these boys were born into a struggle. The first two years of Ben’s life were filled with  more hardship than all my 43 years put together. And yet, their struggle is the same as mine. Their struggle is the same as yours.

Here is Paul, in his epic letter to the Ephesians.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…

And here is Ben and Zeke, puttin’ on the armor…

This song will appear on Sing the Bible Volume 3, releasing later this year, and Kickstarting RIGHT NOW! Join us on Kickstarter today, and fill up on Scripture music for yourself and for your family. Here’s the link to click and share: http://bit.ly/STBVol3

For more about Slugs & Bugs Family Music, visit our website at www.slugsandbugs.com.