Macon Project", or "Macon" as we call it for short, is
a missionary musical production; a compilation of nearly thirty
original songs. It is uniquely
designed to reach out to a demographic no one has yet targeted as
such, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Set in a laid back warm
southern rock style of music, Macon touches on many current social
themes from a biblical perspective. I’ve done my best to create
Macon to be an emotionally moving musical journey through life’s
hills and valleys; ultimately leading listeners to the climax of the
concert, a direct challenge to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Temporarily named “The
Macon Project” or “Macon” for short; as an
reference to the strong Macon/Muscle Shoals musical influence.
Macon is intended to
be more than just a missionary journey; in fact it is our Mars
Hill campaign. So please hold us in prayer. Gerry says,
"...Macon is intended
to be my Magnum
Opus evangelistic musical endeavor...."
The demo version of the
audio portion has been completed. Plans are still in development for
implementation of the full finished production with video footage.
would love to make the video production
a live ‘Coast to
Coast--Body Wide’ effort
and record segments of video footage from
each with a mass choir made up of representatives
from local churches...
similar to what Jimmy and Carol Owens did with
'If My People'...
I participated in one of the 'If My People' concerts
in the mid-1970s
and it conveyed a powerfully effective message...
anyone who participated in If My People remembers its impact,
how Americans were so powerfully moved,
and how since that event,
quoting II Chronicles 7:14 has never been the same....”
And Gerry says regarding
incorporating the prison ministries,
dare say that many people who are incarcerated
probably have a
ministry call on their lives
and that's why the devil has tried so
hard to put them out of commission...."
thought how cool it would be
to record some of 'Macon' in a prison
using Spirit Filled inmates
for the band and choir...
that's something worth praying about...."
He goes on to say
dream is for a finished video product
that will be an evangelistic
that will continue to reach an un-reached segment of my
long after I'm gone...."
Finally, he says
any excess proceeds,
I plan to divert a generous portion of them to help
organizations, and individuals
who have a proven track record
of helping the homeless, the poor, the sick,
the prisoner, the widow,
the orphan, and the elderly;
those who walk in Matthew
IS Church Worthy
hints of the influence of The Allman Brothers
and Waylon are obvious
in nearly every song...
also, you can hear a strong southern breeze
from Muscle Shoals,
as well as Black Gospel...
and there's even a tiny whiff
of Classical, Celtic, and Bluegrass
coming through on a
couple of songs...
and of course
flavors of my musical first love
'Messianic Worship Music'...."
He goes on to say
understand that 'Macon' might not be a perfect fit
for some church
and it may even offend some brethren...
but I assure you I
don't mean to offend anyone...."
"...as I state
in my book “Stone Age Evangelism”,
if we believers don't rethink
our approach to modern evangelism,
Christianity in America will
continue to shrink exponentially
in size and influence...."
it is Hermeneutical mal-practice to ignore the fact that
Paul took a vastly more a cavalier approach
to his 'Mars Hill'
than the strict reverent 'church order' that he prescribed
in I Corinthians,
regarding Communion, operation of spiritual gifts,
and other matters of church order...."
manifestation of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost
vastly different than
Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians
regarding the orderly operation of the manifestations of the
In fact, the way those Jerusalem believers
were behaving on
that Day of Pentecost,
spectators swore they were drunk!…
were the Jerusalem believers out of order in Acts 2?…
I don't think
church service is a unique gathering for a specific purpose,
different in a multitude of ways than a public evangelistic
is my 'Mars Hill' campaign!!!!"
I've prayed for Holy Spirit guidance on
where to draw the line with
I've been involved in various music programs in many
since I was ten years old...
concerning the scriptures, in no
way bragging, but I'm not a novice...
I too am apprehensive
about a lot of the music I hear played in
have proceeded with 'Macon'
cautiously, and deliberately...and
I covet your prayers
regarding this issue...."
is designed for evangelism in the public arena,
and not for the
"...if we 'go
forth' as it were, to do a concert
at a park, or a beach,a state
fair, or in a stadium
dressed in three piece suits and singing only
'shaped note hymns',
we will mostly draw the attention of people who
are already saved...
and while hymns can be moving and nourishing to
and that is a worthy endeavor,
it is not evangelism
according to the centuries long history of usage
and application of
the term of art...."
that same scenario,
if unbelieving Southern Rockers passing by
hear a distant
beckoning call of the music they love
they might be drawn to it, if for no
other reason than nostalgia,
and they might come close enough, for long
and then hear enough for the Holy Spirit to touch their
and change their lives…that's our primary objective for
'Macon' is not a compromise with the world…
rather it is merely
intended to serve as a vehicle
to carry the message of truth
who don’t even know they need to hear it...."
visited many prosperous Park Avenue type churches.
I've seen people
pull up in their long beautiful luxury cars...
ridden in some of those classy rides...
they’re certainly a pleasant
way to get to church...
but I imagine if one tried to use those same
long beautiful luxury cars
to bring the message of truth to the
deepest jungles of Central Africa,
they might not get very far...."
missionary of sorts in the city jungles of the United States,
have been so for soon approaching forty-five years...
and some of
those jungles have steeples, but not all of them do....
have required me to actually go into some muddy places...
a few times
I've come out dirty,
and I've had to take time off for purging and
I'd rather get a little dirty doing something for the
and have Him cleanse me,
than to stay clean by doing nothing....
...while I am
proficient in many styles of music,
for this unique mission, Gospel
Southern Rock music,
and more specifically ‘Macon’
is the best
missionary vehicle I have
to get me to my post of duty so I can
fulfill my mission...."