12 Dec


New Logo for Gospel Reign!


Starting a new “season” of podcasting and writing, Matt and I wanted to rebrand Gospel Reign a bit. Part of that process meant the creation of a new logo. Our original logo was created by our mutual friend Nancy Nanney, and it served us well! We are so grateful for her help and skill getting us underway.

The new logo and look was designed by an artist/illustrator friend of mine, Tristan Cabral. You can see more of his work here on Instagram. His style appealed to both Matt and me as we thought about a new look, so we reached out and he agreed to tackle this project!

Tristan produced two looks for us, one white and one black. After receiving feedback from our listeners and friends, although it was a VERY close margin, we landed on the black one. Thank you! Here it is:

Some insights about the logo. Did you notice the flowers in the corners? Those are magnolia leaves/flowers, which reflect our Mississippi context. The cross and the crown are prominent and intentional as identifiers for the person and work of Christ. So, Gospel Reign = the good news (cross/resurrection) of the kingdom (crown).

Tristan also added more elements to the logo as well. After a couple revisions, he said, “The only new piece that I added was the water around the cross. I wanted to do a nod to the passing through the Red Sea and the salvation of the Israelites from the Egyptians. I kept both symbols (crown and cross) the same color scheme (blue and marigold) to symbolize that they are from one and the same God but different parts of the story. The Old Testament (the exodus) and the New Testament (the crowning of the true king, Jesus).”

We hope you like it. We do! And we are thankful for God’s good gifts of friendship and skill to help us communicate who we are and what we are about at Gospel Reign. Pray for us as we seek to serve our churches and our listeners through gospel-centered discussions and content. Blessings to you!


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10 Dec


Baptist Faith & Message Pt. 3


How does the Bible describe God? What do Southern Baptists believe and teach about God? Join Matt and Micah as they discuss the second article of the Baptist Faith and Message. http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

07 Dec


Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me


One of the things I find encouraging in modern Christian songwriting is the desire to provide biblically and theologically rich worship songs for the church, not just writing songs for airtime on Christian radio. There are many individuals (i.e., Andrew Peterson) and groups (i.e., Indelible Grace) doing this well. CityAlight is doing it well, too!

Who is CityAlight? They are a music ministry from an Anglican church in Castle Hill, Sydney, Australia, called St. Paul’s Castle Hill. The vision of CityAlight is to write songs with biblically rich lyrics and simple melodies for the Christian church to sing. They have three albums: Yours Alone (2014), Only a Holy God (2016), and Yet Not I (2018).

This song/hymn, “Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me” is outstanding. It is deep, rich, encouraging, hopeful, and Christ-honoring. I pray it blesses you as it has me! You can listen to CityAlight sing this song here.

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

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03 Dec


Baptist Faith & Message Pt. 2


What do Southern Baptists believe about the Bible? Matt and Micah continue with the series on the Baptist Faith and Message with some insightful discussion on the article on the Scriptures. http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

01 Dec


I Wait For You


by Matt Brown

O Word of Life who breathed into dust
Pronounced me guilty and sentenced to death
Yet in love you promised to crush his head
On the cross your justice and mercy met
You drew with love and destroyed my pride
You quickened my spirit, now I am alive

And I worship you
As I wait for you
I enter your presence assured of your grace
Holding tight to your promise till I see your face

O Priest who embraced the unholy tree
Who owned my shame, drank my cup for me
Who parted the curtain with wounded hands
Anchored my wayward soul beyond the veil
You offered up yourself to die for the dead
Now I am alive and I lift my head

And I worship you
As I wait for you
I enter your presence assured of your grace
Holding tight to your promise till I see your face

O King who stepped down to set Adam free
To conquer his death that had condemned me
You bowed to wear my crown of thorns
My sin multiplied, your grace multiplied more
The grave gave way, handed over the keys
You raised me to life and gave me victory

And I worship you
As I wait for you
I enter your presence assured of your grace
Holding tight to your promise till I see your face

My Prophet, my Priest, my King forevermore
My soul was condemned, your flesh was torn
You offered your hands, mine held the nails
My cross demanded blood, yours was spilled
I ran, you pursued and claimed my life
By grace, what's yours has now become mine

And I worship you
As I wait for you
I enter your presence assured of your grace
Holding tight to your promise till I see your face

This poem was inspired by my time spent reading parts of Hebrews and other selected passages of scripture. The people of God in the Old Testament waited for Messiah. Jesus came to earth as God in flesh. He is the Prophet who finally and fully revealed God. He is the superior Priest who purified us. He is the King who finished the work of redemption and sat down at the right hand of God. For now, we wait for Him to return. Until then, we worship him and hold on to his promises.

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26 Nov


Baptist Faith & Message Pt. 1


Matt and Micah begin a new series discussing the Baptist Faith & Message. The BF&M is the confessional document of the Southern Baptist Convention of churches which serves to unify those who cooperate together within the denomination. In this introductory episode, Matt and Micah discuss some of the background of the formation of the document. http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

20 Nov


Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul


This beautiful hymn by Anne Steele (1717-1778) was originally published as a poem in 1760. Since then, it was been set to music and published in nearly 350 hymnals. Anne Steele was the daughter of a Baptist pastor, and she lived a difficult life (for more, click here). This hymn captures both the reality of suffering and the hope we have in the Lord. May its truths bring comfort to our weary souls!

Dear refuge of my weary soul,
on Thee when sorrows rise;
on Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
my fainting hope relies.

While hope revives, though pressed with fears,
and I can say, “My God”;
beneath Thy feet I spread my cares
and pour my woes abroad.

To Thee I tell each rising grief,
for Thou alone cans’t heal;
Thy word can bring a sweet relief
for every pain I feel.

But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine;
The springs of comfort seem to fail
and all my hopes decline.

Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust;
and still my soul would cleave to Thee,
though prostrate in the dust.

Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face?
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sovereign grace
be deaf when I complain?

No, still the ear of sovereign grace
attends the mourner’s prayer;
O may I ever find access
to breathe my sorrows there.

Thy mercy seat is open still;
here let my soul retreat
with humble hope attend Thy will,
and wait beneath Thy feet.

Indelible Grace has a wonderful rendition of this hymn. Enjoy!

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12 Nov


An Encouraging and Challenging Hymn


John Newton wrote the hymn “I Asked the Lord” in 1779. Its powerful verses remind us that God, indeed, works all things for the good of those who love him. William Cowper once wrote, similarly, “Behind a frowning providence, he hides a smiling face.” And so he does. Consider Newton’s encouraging and challenging lyrics:

I asked the Lord that I might grow
in faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of his salvation know,
and seek more earnestly his face.

‘Twas he who taught me thus to pray,
and he, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way
as almost drove me to despair.

I hope that in some favored hour,
at once he’d answer my request;
and by his love’s constraining power
subdue my sins and give me rest.

Instead of this, he made me feel
the hidden evils of my heart;
and let the angry powers of hell
assault my soul in every part.

Yea more, with his own hand he seemed
intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
blasted my gourds [feelings], and laid me low.

“Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried.
“Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?”
“‘Tis in this way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.”

“These inward trials I employ,
from self and pride to set thee free;
and break thy schemes of earthly joy
that thou may’st find thy all in me.”

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