Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Hypostatic Union



Here's my new single called “The Hypostatic Union”  produced by Die-Rek. It’s the first single off my next album, Lyrical Theology Pt. 1. Release date info coming soon.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On the West Coast This Week

Hey Everybody,

For all those on the West Coast, I'm on the Beast Mode Tour, which kicked off last night in Riverside, Ca. Here are the rest of the dates and cities for this week.

Beast Mode Tour West Coast

10.16 Las Vegas NV.
10.17 Pomona CA.
10.18 Richmond CA.
10.19 Portland OR.
10.20 Lynden WA.
10.21 Vancouver BC.

For more info, see www.beastmodetour.com

Hope to see y'all this week!

grace and peace,
shai

Friday, August 17, 2012

Quick Update

Hey Everybody,

It's been a while since I've updated this blog, so I wanted to drop a quick line to those of you who are still checking for it . The last 5 months have been filled with a combination of:

1. Caring for and enjoying my wife Blair and our now 7-month old son Sage.


The Lord has definitely been showing me a lot through fatherhood. His love and care for His children is more clear now than it's ever been. It also has made me more and more grateful that God's disposition towards me is not based on my performance, but on what Christ accomplished at Calvary on my behalf. That's good news for a husband and father like me who daily finds something new to repent of!

2. Traveling for concerts, speaking engagements and conferences.


It's been a blessing to meet some of you out there on the road. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. The world of Christian music is a strange one indeed and your timely words of encouragement and appreciation go a long way and help me to keep going.

3. Serving at my local church.

Blair and I lead a community group and I've been serving on the sound team, along with having a few opportunities to preach. I'm intentional about not missing many Sundays and really trying to be involved in the life of our local church. This helps to keep me grounded in real life rather than the fantasy world of concerts with hundreds of admirers. Whenever an artist finds that he or she has more interaction with people who are "fans" than with true friends, that is a recipe for pride, which means destruction can't be too far down the road (Proverbs 16:18). That is a terrifying thought to me. Sacrificing some time on the road in order to truly be plugged in at your church is one practical way to guard against this.

4. Having a new home studio installed

This should enable me to record my vocals more easily now. (Prior to this, recording meant traveling to Lamp Mode's studios which are a 3 hour ride to Philly from DC.) My hope is that this will help put new music into your hands more quickly than before.

5. Writing for new projects

I have a few things in the works that I look forward to sharing with you when the time is right, which should be soon, Lord willing. If you remember, please pray that God would do for me what He did for Bezalel in Exodus 31:3. I would really appreciate that!

 What's Happening Now

Lamp Mode, the label I record with, is currently working through some minor internal re-structuring. They'll give more info about this soon, but what it means for me and you is that I will soon be focusing my online interaction in one concentrated place (a new website maybe?), which will be where you can go if you want info about what I'm doing. I do plan to continue blogging with much more consistency in updates, but it may not be with here with blogspot. I may merge this into another location, once and for all. Either way, I'll keep you posted about what I'm doing. In the meantime, the best way to stay plugged in with what's going on with me is to follow me on Twitter, where I post regularly, if not daily.

Thanks for your prayers. I appreciate y'all more than you know and I'm looking forward to what the Lord has in store for this next leg of the journey!

grace and peace,
shai


Saturday, March 3, 2012

How Can God Use A "Depraved Genre"?

I was recently asked this question for an upcoming interview I did with Credo Magazine. (Check them out here. It's a new online mag and the first few issues have been really good) I've been asked this question many times over the years. And it definitely didn't start with me or hip-hop. It's a question that has been asked for centuries. At its essence, Christians genuinely struggle with how a believer in Jesus Christ can use something that has long been associated with evil (such as hip-hop) and attempt to glorify God with it? If one were to attempt an in-depth answer, enough could be written to fill the pages of a thick book. But for those out there who may struggle to answer this succinctly, I gave the following brief answer. I hope it's helpful.

Credo Mag: In the past you have been criticized for redeeming such a “depraved genre” as hip-hop. What is your response to this criticism?

SL: To those who say, "How can you take that thing that is used for evil and glorify God with it?" My two word answer is "The Cross." The central act of redemptive history involved God Himself doing that very thing! (See 1 Cor. 1:18-25)

My longer response to that particular criticism is usually to simply re-phrase the objection. I would say something like, "Are you saying that you have a problem with me taking a medium that has been used to blaspheme God and using it instead as a medium to praise and exalt God's holy name, proclaim His glorious gospel, speak biblical truth and magnify the infinite worth of the Lord Jesus Christ?"  

Arguments against "depraved genres" are ultimately arguments against redemption itself, because depraved genres are the products of depraved human beings- who need redemption. (In fact, "depraved genre" is a misnomer because it's ascribing moral value to a medium, which by definition is morally neutral until informed by content.) Once God has redeemed a person, it's fitting for the Christian to take the "genres" or vehicles  (such as books, cameras, canvasses, the internet, language, musical forms, etc.) that he or she once used for evil and now use them to promote the glory of God. Those who make the objection (especially as they use the internet to do so) are often unaware that they themselves use "depraved genres" all the time.

grace and peace,
shai

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Introducing Sage Owen Linne


On January 5, 2012 at 8:42 p.m. EST, Sage Owen Linne entered the world, to the astonishment and joy of his grateful parents. He weighed in at a sleek 6 lbs. 4oz. From the moment he got here, he has lived up to his name, as far as having a low-key, seemingly thoughtful demeanor. He's been a very chill and relaxed baby- (except when he's hungry!) As you can see from the pic, I will teach him well what his proper sports allegiances should be. In other words, I'm teaching him how to endure suffering! But seriously, Blair, Sage and I are all doing well. It's already been quite an adjustment. I'm fighting to trust God's wisdom, goodness and provision in this season. Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated.

grace and peace,
shai