Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 56

those guys and that really sort of steered me in the direction of making music that helped people in a worship context and connect with the Lord and stuff like that. Through those guys I ended up meet- ing Martin Smith from the south coast of England who had this youth event going on called Cutting Edge. I ended up connecting with them and moving down there. This was the early 90’s and that’s were Delirious? came from. In a nutshell, that’s my journey in music there. Speaking of a journey, the Beatitudes; that has been something like fifteen years on your mind and in the making. That’s a little while, so it’s pretty cool that it’s coming together now. Maybe you could tell us a little about this project and its inspiration? Once Delirious? got going and we were traveling around the world, we would often be in America and part of the thing that we always imagined for us was that it wasn’t just about us. We had to involve the people and it was more a movement than a band in some ways. We would be out there meeting people, shaking hands, signing CDs or whatever and people would often ask me, “What’s your favorite scripture.” It was always the Sermon on the Mount. I would always sign “Matthew 5, 6, 7.” As time went on, I really felt this focus on my attention to the Beatitudes and at first, I just thought, “Well, there are eight things here. That’s like a nice album size. And it’s always the right time to talk about poverty and grief and power and what we do with it in the world and those that hunger and thirst for justice, mercy and peacemaking. It’s always a good time to talk about that stuff and I thought, “Maybe this is a good album for Delirious? to make. Maybe we can make a Beatitudes album.” I used to talk about it with the guys. We never quite got around to it. But then when Delirious? finished and I was faced at a time in life, when I was in my 40s and I was thinking, “Oh, is all my best work behind me? What on earth am I going to do now? What do I do as a career?” All those sorts of questions and all that doubt. I hit my own version of a rock bottom moment. I love Eugene Peterson and when he says, “Blessed are those at the end of their rope.” I had my own moment of being at the end of my rope and I realized that God was not far away in that moment. It started to help me see the Beatitudes in a different way. I hadn’t let go of that idea, it was just shoved to the side in my brain. What if the Beatitudes, were something more than things to attain, to achieve a blessing. What if they are announcements of God’s presence when things aren’t working out. When we ... it’s always the right time to talk about poverty and grief and power ...