Leading Worship and being in a non-Christian band

Man, I wish I had some theological explanation for why or how one can do this, but I don’t.

In fact, I don’t know why God has given me this opportunity, or at least allowed me to participate. Things were going well. I’ve been leading worship for about a year now, plugging away Sunday after Sunday, and working on improving my skills as best I can.

Then, I get the invite to jump back into the secular music scene.

A few years back, I had walked away from that whole lifestyle to focus on my family and serving God. I told myself, ‘you can’t serve two masters,’ and that brought some reassurance to my decision.

But, what if God is not making me choose? What if, I can have my art and express myself by making music to the best of my ability with guys I love? And, what if I can still serve Him by leading Worship services and being a part of His kingdom work?

I don’t really know how this plays out, or if it will work at all. I’m just doing the best I can with the gifts he’s given me, and that will be enough for now.

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The truth about the Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger – A review of sorts

In simple terms, it works.

Playing electric guitar at church is a challenge. In a church of just over 300 in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, there must exist a balance between traditional and contemporary. In other words, you won’t find me climbing on top of the piano and wailing on the solo of ‘November Rain.’

However, the biggest challenge, especially if you play anything with single coil pickups, is battling the hum that comes from electromagnetic interference, old wiring, fluorescent lights, rheostats, etc, while still maintaining a good, basic tone.


See, bad tone DOES exist. I mean, there’s a graph on the internet that proves it.

Enter the Hum Debugger. Mind you, I have tried countless things, including shielding and proper grounding to get rid of said hum, all to no avail. To my humble ears, there is a slight change in tone, but the payoff is a hum free signal. I highly suggest that you still properly ground and shield your guitars, but a stomp on this bad boy takes away that nasty hum. On the normal setting, you may hear some hum leftover, with little to no change in tone; the strong setting yields a little more change in tone, but squashes all the hum.


So there you go. On, the hum is gone. Off, the hum comes back. I am not sure how or why, but EHX has a real answer to the hum problem.