A spoken word for Christmas

There’s an irony to telling the Christmas story via ‘spoken word’ when it’s the story of the word made flesh, but this is some great stuff from my friend Nat. He’s allowed me to share it here, and I’m not sure you’ll find it anywhere else. Have a listen. This might be especially helpful if you’re looking for some thing to play at some point in your Christmas service this year.

Here’s a link to the file to download it

Here are the words.

This world paints a picture that joy comes in the form of proof
Proof that you’ve succeeded if your house has a ginormous roof
We’re often torn in two and forming views
about our own self worth based on the next thing we’re looking forward to

But see, the bible is full of recitals
of all kinds of people with all kinds of titles
from those with good stature to those who were broke
whose lives looked fractured and at the point of no hope
from women who served well … to hurt women in search of a well
from royal officials to tax collectors to crippled beggars in the street
who when they met Jesus and found so much more joy than just renewed strength in their feet

See the reason for such joy in the lives of many
was because before they met Jesus their lives seemed so empty.

God has entered the world and he wants to walk with us in it,
our saviour has been born thats why we celebrate Christmas
Jesus is the light that shines bright to where you’re at in life
And the good news is that goes out to everyone in sight
See this relationship with God doesn’t start with us.
It doesn’t start with what we’ve done.
See it starts with coming to know Jesus Christ, our saviour, God’s Son
So Merry Christmas one. And Merry Christmas all.
And praise God that his love has been shown to you and me
And that at his son Jesus Christ’s feet, we can fall.
A saviour’s been born…

The music is from Whitesand.

7 Scrolls of Suffering: Some good Aussie Hip Hop

Check this out. It’s good stuff from my friend Nat aka Sounds Like Dsipl. He’s produced this 14 track Hip Hop album including 7 collaborative songs with other people involved in the Change the Tape label (on Bandcamp | on Facebook). 7 Scrolls of Suffering. I don’t just like it because he’s my friend though. I promise. It’s good. Plus, you can pay whatever you think it’s worth.

Each scrolls tells a story about how people who follow Jesus overcame suffering.

Nat has had his own share of suffering and I love how much he loves Jesus, and other people, how he’s persevered and grown, and how keen he is to tell other people about Jesus using the mediums that he loves and has at his disposal.

Get it. Sling him a few bucks. Stick around for the bonus “scroll” in track 14…

Krosswerdz: taking Jesus to the hip hop community one beat at a time

I’m not an expert on Hip Hop. It accounts for about 4% of my iTunes library and that number is increasingly diminishing (at the moment Hip Hop with Banjo would be a winner).

But my friend Nat is. Nat aka Dsipl is, without question, one of my favourite people in the world. He’s a marquee for turning personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others – and though he has to stab himself with needles a few times a day, as a diabetic – he’s one of the most others focused people I know.

Nat’s involved with a group called Krosswerdz – they’re Hip Hop people who love Jesus (apparently, according to Nat when I asked him once – Hip Hop is a lifestyle, Rap is what you do)… They put on regular Hip Hop church services around the country. Aiming to connect with people who are that way inclined.


Image Credit: The Embassy

I went along to one of their meetings in Logan a couple of months ago – and they’ve grown their Brisbane gathering from single digits to somewhere around 60 people (probably more – I didn’t count) in less than a year.

Anyway. Nat released a video today. I like it, and this seemed as good a time as any to plug Krosswerdz.