Help Soma Tacoma Make A Children’s Worship CD

July 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

As many of you know, Church of the Cross, my church family is part of the Soma Communities family of churches as well. The musicians and artists in Tacoma have begun working on a children’s album. Won’t you consider helping them out through Indiegogo?

  • Visit the project’s page.

Be The Church (GCM Collective)

March 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Be the Church from Caesar Kalinowski on Vimeo.

Oh What A Party, Oh What A Feast

September 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

I’m loving this song “King Of The Ball” from Soma Music‘s The Story, Volume 2. I love the line, “a beautiful circus of crazies and freaks.” I would love for our church family to be able to sing that at the top of our longs with children dancing around us and know that God is glorious, so we don’t have to worry about what other people think; He is gracious so we don’t have to try and prove ourselves, He is good so we don’t have to look for comfort/satisfaction anywhere else and He great, so we don’t have to try and be in control.

Eat, drink and be merry, because God is good. Oh, what a party, oh what a feast! A beautiful circus of crazies and freaks.

Soma Music: The Story, Volume 2

September 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

The Bible is a single, amazing, true story in which God is the author and the hero. In Jesus, he powerfully rescues us and sets us free for his glory and our joy. The good folks at Soma Tacoma have helped countless people understand God’s progressive revelation through The Story-Formed Way, a powerful resource for understanding the story of God’s pursuit of His people. My church family has been tremendously blessed by this resource.

A while back, the musicians of Soma Tacoma, led by Aaron Spiro, created an album of music inspired by and reflecting upon this great story of the world. Now, Spiro and the other great artists of Soma Music have released volume two of this awesome growing collection. They bring a fresh voice to worship and a joy in Jesus that is contagious.

  • Visit Soma Music’s Bandcamp page and get both albums

The Story-Formed Way (Street-Level Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos Is Smiling)

May 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

Around 14 years or so ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the writings of Geerhardus Vos and the discipline loosely known as “biblical theology.” If you haven’t read Vos’ Inaugural address as Professor of Biblical Theology in Princeton Theological Seminary, from 1894: “The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline,” I highly recommend doing so.

Biblical Theology, as outlined by Vos, Graeme Goldsworthy and others, is simply the tracing of God’s progressive self-revelation over the course of redemptive history, centering on the idea that Jesus is the true lens through which we understand all of Scripture. This approach ties us to the organic unity of Scripture and reinforces its inter-relatedness as an unfolding story. Each bit of revelation is dependent on what has come before and lays the groundwork for what comes next.

While biblical theology can sometimes trace the progression of somewhat technical theological ideas, the basic idea has gained widespread interest as the excitement about the idea of “story” continues to grow. Everyone loves a good story and the Bible contains the world’s greatest story.

A biblical theological approach to Scripture helps avoid a disjointed understanding of the Bible. At some point in growing up, I realized that I knew a lot of biblical stories without fully realizing how they all linked together or formed a cohesive whole.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of co-leading a great group of people through something called The Story-Formed Way. If you’re not familiar with this great resource, it’s a 10-week paraphrased, guided dialogue journey through the story of the Bible developed by Church of the Cross‘ family Soma Tacoma.

I’ve been able to lead this event numerous times and I see something new every time. It’s great watching people put the pieces together and see the big picture of a God who constantly pursues His people for His glory. It’s something that just about everyone can understand and just about everyone will also be challenged by. If you want a better idea of the big picture or if you know people who are curious about the Bible, I can’t recommend this resource highly enough.

A Missional Contradiction?

April 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

My friends over at Verge Network have started making some clips from the recent 2012 conference available. I was able to watch a few of them the other day and I came across these two from Alan Hirsch and Jeff Vanderstelt that initially seem to contradict one another and I wanted to get your thoughts.


The first is from Alan Hirsch on the missionary nature or “sent-ness” of the Church:


The second is from Jeff Vanderstelt, explaining why he’s actually growing tired of the term “missional:”


What do you think? Do Hirsch and Vanderstelt contradict one another? What do you you think?

Soma Communities and Living In Gospel-Centered Community On Mission

April 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

Our friends at the Verge Network recently created this video profile of our family from Soma Communities in Tacoma, WA and it’s definitely worth passing on. It’s this kind of heart that has led, in part to Soma Communities having such an impact on our Church of the Cross family:

Soma Communities – Tacoma, WA from Verge Network on Vimeo.