We're meeting this morning in Nashville to begin planning for the next Zoe conferences. Then Brandon will get busy selecting songs and putting together the next CD. So many of our the songs we're singing in Churches of Christ right now come from the arrangements on those Zoe CDs. So . . . want to make a few suggestions to Brandon? (He'll kill me. But, hey, I'm not making any promises.) What are some songs you wish could work their way into our worship assemblies? Now . . . a complaint. Why aren't there more songs being written today about mission, discipleship, and justice? Faith, as our brother James said, is worthless if it isn't an acting faith. Some people have thought James was heretical here; I think he was just writing about faith as he'd learned it from Jesus. (Try reading the Sermon on the Mount again.) I'm tired of "Shine, Jesus, Shine." But at times it seems like there aren't many other options when you're wanting to sing about the call to follow the Way of Jesus -- a way of justice, evangelism, and mercy. What songs are leading us to our identity as people who participate in the breaking in of the kingdom of God? Any songwriters out there? Or any songwriting wannabees out there? Get with it! I love all the "praise songs" that have been written. They were certainly needed -- especially for those of us who grew up on a steady diet of "To Canaan's Land" songs. But it's almost as if we've now equated "praise" and "worship." There are so many other voices of worship besides praise: thanksgiving, lament, and confession come to mind. Where are the new songs that lead us to the mystery of God like "Be Still My Soul" and "God Moves in a Mysterious Way"? But mostly, we need more songs that speak of our new identity as the people of God --blessed by God to be a blessing to the world.