All posts by Jon Wellman

Servant of God / husband to @jamywellman / daddy / worship pastor / blogger / pianist / guitarist / Mac guy / a fool relying eternally on the grace of God / DV

Ten Years

I have been married to Jamy for ten years today.

If you had asked me eleven years ago if I was about to meet the love of my life, I couldn’t have imagined how good things were about to get.

Love you, Babe! I thank God for you.

Why Do We Sing?

This post originally appeared in The Loop, newsletter of Lexington Baptist Temple.

Why do we sing? Why do we lift our voices in praise and adoration? When you stop and think about it, it’s a strange concept – talking with pitch and duration.

Sure, some instruments have strings. Some you hit with a stick. Some use air from the musician’s lungs and the vibration of their lips. But the voice is very special. Personal.

And it’s the only instrument God Himself made.

The voice is a part of a person. It is an expression of the inner self, the soul. If you want a trombone to sound different, take a hammer to it. Change a guitars strings. Play the violin with a different bow. But a person’s voice doesn’t really change, aside from training. But God doesn’t require that of us.

He just says, “Sing.” And He wrote a whole book of the Bible about it.

So why sing? Here are some reasons…

Gratefulness. – I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6)

Praise – …So will we sing and praise thy power. (Psalm 21:13)

Sacrifice – …Therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. (Psalm 27:6)

WitnessTherefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, And sing praises unto thy name. (Psalm 18:49)

Christmas gives us even more reasons to sing. We do it rejoice with fellow believers. We celebrate Christ’s birth. We have fun! This Christmas season, let go and lift your voice. Whether you’ve sung in front of hundreds or just your bathroom mirror, you were created to sing praises.

We all were.

Come Hear Us Sing!

The Worship Choir at Lexington Baptist Temple is presenting their Christmas Cantata on December 14th at 10:30am. If you can be there, I’d be thrilled. The choir has worked very hard, and it should be a good time of worship.

Here’s a list of the songs…
-Christmastime
-A Strange Way to Save the World
-God Is With Us
-Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven
-Sing the Glory
-Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

See you there!

Why Retina Everything?

pixelsI’ve used the movie Minority Report as an illustration on #NoCamo before. If you have seen the movie, you know that it is a good representation of the way many people believe the future will look. Myself included.

Particularly, the fact that there is video everywhere! Continue reading Why Retina Everything?

Congress: Change is Not a Done Deal

Yesterday, the United States experienced a change in leadership, as a number of seats in the Senate and House of Representatives were gained by the Republican party, giving them control of the Congress. The election is seen by many as a mandate for the country to change directions, countering the leadership of Obama.

So, will the country change directions?

Maybe. But it’s not a done deal.

I think that this country has made huge mistakes in the past couple of Presidential elections, to be sure. But electing a conservative President in 2016 will not necessarily fix it all. I’m dubious that any one person in power is the answer to a country’s woes.

Same holds true for Congress. It is entirely possible that the shift in power will lead to a 180-degree turn for the US. And yet, as I said, it’s not a done deal.

Ultimately, through the President, the current Congress, the courts, and the media, this nation continues to reject God at every turn. Only one of those variables changed last night. And who knows what course the new Congress will take? Will it roll back abortion? Embrace true marriage? Recognize and support Israel? Protect speech and religion? Steward our resources?

We’ll see. Don’t stop praying.

“My hope is built on nothing less…”

Guitar Player or Guitarist? Piano Player or Pianist?

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Three little words. But I believe they have lots of meaning.

Well, they do for me. Continue reading Guitar Player or Guitarist? Piano Player or Pianist?

Coding – a Journey to Somewhere

codingMy journey into coding has begun anew. Continue reading Coding – a Journey to Somewhere

The Day the Nexus Died – Coding?

7In my last post, I lamented the passing of my Nexus 7, my discouragement with my techie lameness, and the lack of time to fix either.

I have been tossing around the idea of learning to code for a while now. I even began some CSS lessons on Codecademy a while back, but other things took precedent.

I feel like it’s time to dive back in. Continue reading The Day the Nexus Died – Coding?

The Day the Nexus Died

7So my Nexus died.

I have referenced that tablet in other posts. How I loved that thing. How it suits my content consumption (and some creation) needs to a T. Well, that ceases to be the case when it seizes up after 18 months. #Google #fail Continue reading The Day the Nexus Died

Learning Licks vs. Chord Progressions

acoustic closeupKey of G. I – IV – V – vi – IV – V – I.

If you play acoustic guitar in most youth praise bands in churches today, every song with the above chord progression will sound EXACTLY the same.

Well, sorta. Continue reading Learning Licks vs. Chord Progressions