Sing the Bible Volume 2: What’s it all about?

 

Vol 2 Cover

As you may have heard, our new CD, Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Volume 2 will officially launch into the world on March 18th. What is Sing the Bible Volume 2 all about? I’m so glad you asked.

Almost every day, I pray my kids will grow more aware of God’s love for them. Just like you and me, when kids know they are loved, they behave differently.  They transform.

I’ve been calling Sing the Bible 2 a “musical handbook for the Christian home” because the verses give practical instruction for those transforming people. For example:

Do not worry about your life… (Matthew 6:25-26)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition… (Philippians 2:3)
Let your light shine… and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14,16)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing… (Philippians 2:14-16)
Give generously… (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Value others above yourselves…(Philippians 2:3)
Do not steal… 
Do not lie…

Of course, without God’s love and transforming power, these verses leave us with a bunch of rules we can never fully obey. That’s why this CD also highlights verses that are bedrock to our faith. These Scriptures bring to mind God’s presence and power, his limitless love and his ultimate sacrifice.

The Lord is the everlasting God… his understanding no one can fathom… (Isaiah 40)
How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ… (Ephesians 3)
God works for the good of those who love him… (Romans 8)
By his wounds we are healed… (Isaiah 53)
You forgave me, all my guilt is gone… (Psalm 32)

Taken together, listened to (over and over) in the minivan and in the home, these songs provide raw material for the Lord to use to build strong faith in parents and kids.

Oh yeah, and it’s really fun and groovy.

And there’s monsters.

And raccoons.

And a sharkbug.

And raisins.

So, why Sing the Bible Volume 2? Because it matters. Behind the catchy melodies and the random acts of silliness, we deeply desire to partner with families for their good and for God’s glory. About Slugs & Bugs, a fan recently tweeted that our “songs and lyrics have become part of their family culture.” And when the lyrics are word-for-word Scripture, that can be truly transforming.


“Do You Not Know” clip from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol. 2

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing in more detail about how Volume 2 came together, as well as a few stories from folks (Kickstarter supporters, woop woop!) that have already heard the songs. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share, please leave a comment below!

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Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music.

Pre-orders for Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 2 available March 1.

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To order the Dove Award nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 1 – click here.

Livi Goodgame’s Slugs & Bugs 101

As many of you know, my 14 year old daughter, Livi, is touring with me full time this January through May. She sings, plays fiddle, leads hand motions, trains the merchandise volunteers, helps load in and tear down and is always great company.  This is March, so we’re over halfway through this sweet season and I’m already bracing myself for when she goes to high school this Fall.

For now, though, Livi is neck deep in the Slugs & Bugs day-to-day. She likes helping me think about how to spread the word about Slugs & Bugs music, and a few weeks ago, she surprised me with this amazing video. (Kids these days! I didn’t even know she knew how to edit!)

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How to Talk to Your Kids About “Love One Another” (John 13:34-35)

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In the Spring of 2013,  I spent months compiling verse recommendations from friends and family for Sing the Bible.  One of the very last suggestions I received came in the actual mail… from my mother.  I opened the envelope, and found inside, penned onto a small purple leaf of paper, John 13:34-35.

It was the same handwriting that I’ve seen inside a birthday card every year I can remember. It was the handwriting from childhood permission slips and love notes slipped inside brown bag lunches. It was Santa’s handwriting. And now it said,

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

The verse was so perfect for a song that it practically wrote itself.  But how should we talk with our kids about this one? For busy parents looking for Scripture nuggets to feed our kids, this verse is so straightforward it is easy to skim. “Sure, sure. Jesus loves me, so I should love others. Got it. What else you got?”

But if we only look for a moment more… “As I have loved you…” How many of us walk through our lives ready to wash the feet of our friends? How many of us truly think of the good of others before our own comfort?  This verse is a bucket of cold water to my face every time I read it or sing it because of how often I think of myself first.

Unless you are ready to receive buckets of grace for your utter lack of obedience to this verse, don’t bring this one up to your kids. They will totally bust you.  You’ll either have to pretend like you think this way all the time, or you’ll have to come clean. I recommend coming clean, by the way. It’s a great way to enter the conversation about living with the Holy Spirit, and looking to Jesus and depending on him every day.  Clearly, we can’t do this “love one another” stuff on our own.

More about that conversation in our next post. Check back in a day or so… and thanks for stopping by. You can click on the CD cover below to check out our Slugs & Bugs store.

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This post is the tenth in a series on our new CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. All the lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk with their kids about each passage on the CD.

 

Rejoice! (Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Track #5 )

This post is the fifth in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

– Philippians 4:4-8

 

This is such a big verse.*  There is so much to think about – I’m going to come back to it again later in the series. Also, I actually haven’t talked with my kids about this one yet. But I’ll tell you how I plan to start.

“The Lord is near.” To me, the rest of the passage revolves around those four words, so I’d love to get them thinking about why Paul includes those words. Sometimes we’ll talk about God by trying to imagining the most trustworthy, most patient, most forgiving, most loving and most wise person possible.  If you knew someone like that, that always made the best decisions for you and everyone else, and you had their cell phone number, and they always picked it up when you called, how would that change your “hearts and minds” during the day? Would you develop a habit based on your confidence in him? How would that change stressful situations?

You can see where this is going. The Lord is near, and that can make all the difference, if we dare to turn and trust him in our daily moments.

As Christ followers, this “peace of Christ” is our birthright. It is the doorway to rejoicing in all circumstances, and I’d love for my kids to start the journey of realizing that truth right now. The Lord knows I’m still learning it.

*For those that don’t know, the Scripture reader on this verse is the most gifted and lovely Sally Lloyd-Jones (Jesus Storybook Bible, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing). Her newest children’s book is delightful, titled Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale.

Galations 5:1 – Freedom (Track #1 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)

Psalm 25 – To You O Lord (Track #2 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)

Two Shirts – (Track #3 Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs )

Deuteronomy 6:5 – (Track #4 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)

Be Dressed! (good advice most of the time) Luke 12:35-37

This Bible verse is one of my favorites.  In a post last week, I explained why.  Click here to read the backstory.

Today, I’m just going to let you hear the song.  This was one of the first I wrote for the Slugs & Bugs all-Scripture CD, and I can’t wait to see what goodness Ben Shive comes adds to it in the studio this June.

And don’t forget, we’re in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help crowd-fund this CD, so click here to pre-order your copy or share this link  http://kck.st/14xzPpB to spread the word to friends!

The Lord’s Prayer Song Conundrum

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Friends, I’d like to hear your opinion, as I work on the Lord’s Prayer song for the upcoming Slugs & Bugs Scripture CD.  Most of the songs on the CD will appeal to a wide age range.  Say, from 7 to 77. But I’ve written just a few that are geared toward little bitty kids.  The Lords Prayer is one of these.  It has a very simple melody that my 5 year old loves to sing.

As you may know, there are two different versions of the Lord’s Prayer in the New Testament; one in Matthew and one in Luke.  And as I’ve been making artistic decisions based on making it rich for pre-schoolers, I’m either being tempted or inspired to combine the two – taking parts from Matthew and parts from Luke and make Frankenstein’s version of the Lord’s Prayer.

Here are the two versions from the ESV –

Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.[d]

Luke 11

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,[b]
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

The main issue is whether to sing “forgive us our debts” or “forgive us our sins”.  I’m really leaning toward using mostly Matthew’s version but replacing the debt language with Luke’s sin language.  Anyone have a problem with that? Essentially, the kids would be learning a version of the Lord’s Prayer that does not actually exist.

The reasoning, of course, is that “forgive my sin” might mean more to an average 4 year old than “forgive my debt”.  Though I know children don’t always need to understand what they are singing, I’m still leaning toward mixing the language for their sake.   Please weigh in if you have thoughts.