I have been a serious fan of James Tealy since I worked alongside him in ministry during the Summer of 2004 (back when he was still James Thiele). We were on a M-Fuge team that helped students learn about God and minister in the city of Denver. James proved to be one of the most talented men I have ever been around. He is a gifted speaker and a talented musician. Above all, he has a great heart for the mission of God among the nations. His heart will not be missed on this new album, Open Hands.
I also picked up (i.e., downloaded digitally from Amazon.com) a copy of Matt Papa’s newest Scripture Songs and Hymns. It is always refreshing to find Scripture songs performed in an honest and artistic way. I find Papa’s music to be saturated with the truths of Scripture without falling into the usual CCM clichés.