Thinking the Worst……

I hate how haters hate other haters, complaining about the hate of the hated hater, using hateful words.

I think we’re all guilty, aren’t we?  Maybe it’s just me, and I like to justify my hatred with “Well everyone’s doing it”, or “He started it!”

But I do very often think the worst.

Even about those I love most.

Even my wonderful wife!  I wonder how long she’ll be so graceful with me.  I haven’t hit that limit yet.  I don’t want to find out where it is – I’d rather not push her, instead love her….

Even with God!  Ever do that?  No?  Yeah, me neither…

Oh yes you have.  You HAVE thought the worst of God, when he didn’t “come through” when you needed him (Oh, he did, just not how you wanted him to);  when he took you to the woodshed; when he was faithful and just, when you wanted a waffling, happy-love God.

Or maybe that’s just me again.  I have.  I do.  Too many times.  I’m thankful HE is even more graceful than my wonderful wife…..  And I would rather not push him to his limits, even if his grace is limitless……

I don’t want to think the worst anymore.  About anyone.  I want to see the world as Jesus sees it.  This doesn’t mean “rose-colored”, “happy-hippy-love”, “it’s all good”.  But this certainly means I no longer have any enemies in this world – real or imagined.  My enemy is not flesh and blood – and he’s already been defeated.  So I would rather fix my eyes on Christ, the author and perfector of my faith.

And that is what I’m going to do, from here on out.  God help me to do this….  And help me to get back up, when I fall down doing this…..  Thank you for your grace…..  Thank you that you don’t think the worst of any man, that you so loved the world, that you sent your only begotten son that we who choose shall not perish but have eternal life.



Oh, Sweet Love!

I wrote this song, in response to a good friend of mine and his challenge to me.  See, lately I’ve been writing songs that expose my doubts, fears, failures, struggles.  Not to say “Poor me”.  Not to say “It’s ok to stay in your funk”.  More to say “I understand, my friend”.  More to expose some of the hypocracy in me.  Granted – some of it stemmed from my disdain for hyporcacy in others – but God showed me that which I’ve hated in others is in me……

But I digress.  This friend of mine heard me perform some of these songs – many of which will be on my upcoming record – and had a few words of encouragement for me.  I’m including here – hope that’s ok Mike….

Good job Ted it was fun. I had some thoughts during your show thought you might b interested.  But the picture I would like to see u holding a giants head i’n your hand while on stage. 

 Explanation, I listen to main stream Christian songs and you have a couple similar sounding as far as verbiage. Singing about your weakness and where your faltering on your walk and those are cool and needed.  Like skillet for instance a lot of my faith is failing and I suck songs speaking to people i’n there pits, again needed.  But one thing I have never heard is I have conquered, I have entered  the promised land I heard the word of God, followed and have tasted victories I’m not done yet but I have tasted victory I have slain giants.  

Food for thought i fig I’d stir your pot see what u think.

So – I’ve been wrestling with this since then (I think that was in January?).  I love Mike, and he has a lot of Godly wisdom which he has so gracefully shared with me over the last few years.  This however exposed to me that what I really am writing about is ME.

I haven’t written a lot of the “I have conquered” songs, because I haven’t conquered.  I’ve tried to conquer.  I fell down.  Over and over again….

But HE has conquered!  (Jesus, not Mike 🙂 ) – so why not write about him instead?

This is what came of it.  This and others.  Praise God that I AM a conqueror, that I AM righteous – because he traded HIS righteousness for my sin in that moment when he defeated death once and for all!

Freedom DOES exist.  Don’t resist…..

You can get the song for FREE, here.

Please share with whomever might need encouragement.  All my love, and may God bless you abundantly.



I gots some shows coming up!  Some will be backing up Jeromy Darling – he’s super great.  You can hear his stuff here:

He has a new record coming out soon, so check back often – or come see us this summer/fall!

I have this solo gig coming up in October too!

Red Sea
October 14th.  5:30 PM
330 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454

Early show on a Sunday, so we can all get home early for work or school.  All ages, but bar open with ID.  Pretty much everything you could want or need is right here.

Or – there…..

On October 14th…..

Hope to see y’all there!

Oh – and go buy tickets now!  Advance tix cost only $8, and it makes me look cool to the booking agent.  So please do so today, so you don’t forget.

I thank you much.



  First, I’m going to apologize up front.  I’m doing one of those “proud papa” posts.  If that is not your flavor, you can skip this one.

After reading this thing over again, the word “Ambassador” hit me.  Pretty hard.  My son is declared an Ambassador for the city of Robbinsdale.

If you think about what that word means – pretty heavy stuff.  They are to whoever comes in to contact with them, ROBBINSDALE.  Or Minnesota, if you prefer.  Other kids might encounter these boys, the coaches, the fans – and get an impression of our city or state from that.  What kind of impression will they get?  I’m confident they’ll get quite a great one.  My son is in great company this trip – the coaches and kids are amazing, every one is someone I am very proud to say I know.

When we think of Christianity – can we always say the same?  Sadly, I would say “no”.  I don’t say that because of biblical beliefs that are stated, that set people afire with anger – real love will be offensive at times.  If you are married, have any family, you know what I mean.  Some times we need to hear the things we need to hear.  and often that will be offensive – “the truth hurts” is, well, TRUE, isn’t it?  🙂

Sharing the gospel with those who don’t want to hear it, but need to hear it, will be offensive too.  We can’t get away from that, and we should not shy away from that.  Though we do so often – I know I do…..

But when you look at what we as a “christian nation” are standing up for – I’m not seeing a lot of REAL sharing of the gospel.  We care more about winning a debate than sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  We care more about who is eating at a fast food restaraunt than we do who can’t eat today.  We are taking a very big, VERY personal issue such as sexuality and politicizing it – dehumanizing it.  God created sex, and it is very good.  Yes, it’s been distorted – has been in this world for ages, along with pretty much every other good thing God has given us.

Let me ask you this, my Christian friend – are you not distorting it even more, by relegating your stand for “biblical truth” to a voting booth, when you and I should be in the world, sharing his love and truth every day?  Are you not distorting family values by publicly speaking on “what you believe” about them (on Facebook, even…), but ignoring your children at home?  Are you not distorting even the term “love” when you can so easily tell someone what is wrong with them, when you perhaps don’t even know them?

That last sentence applies to everyone – myself included.  Stop with the hate speach, all of us.  And ALL of us – believers and non – are in the throws of it seemingly every fricken day….  Let’s get to know our neighbors, before we dig our fingers in their eye to get that speck of sawdust out……

But I digress – I didn’t start this post with the intent of getting negative.  I’m sorry if any of this offends.  If it does – ask yourself if what I am saying might be true of you.  Even so – I started this to rant about my son and his team.  I sort of derailed here.  🙂

Back to happy things.  I wrote the letter below to my son today.  I’m tickled pink at the tought of the experience he is going to have – and the opportunity he has to represent his city well.  I pray we would do the same with what we are given.

Dylan – Check out the attached picture!  We looked at this last night, the declaration from the mayor.  One thing I noticed on it, he declared you guys “Ambassadors of Robbinsdale”…….

 That means you are representing the city of Robbinsdale.  To the world right now (at least this tourney, hopefully more) you ARE Robbinsdale.

 I’m so proud of you Dylan, that you are able to be the face of a city for a few days or weeks.  I trust you will take this responsibility and privilege (Yes this is a huge privilege, and  HUGE responsibility) very serious.  I trust you will do us all proud, and people will walk away – no matter the outcome of the games – thinking “wow, those Robbinsdale boys are some pretty amazing young men”.  Dylan – do your part to represent very well, and encourage your brothers in arms (your team-mates) to do the same.  At all times.  I know you will – you’re a huge blessing from the Lord, to so many, and I’m praying for you and your team.

 I love you, with all my heart.  Gonna leave you with that, as your old man is starting to cry like a babbling brook…..