Josh's most recent blog posts on music, counseling, and the liturgical life.
Saint Joseph welcomed God’s miraculous, chaotic, disruptive, and even costly invasion into his story, so are we, this Christmas, to do the same. God invites us to find Christmas (Himself) not in spite of, but in the midst of, our chaotic circumstances. LISTEN Author Michael Coffey, “Quiet Dismissal” Quiet dismissal is what we do to you still[…]
When I recorded “Joy To The World,” and made this video, I wanted to find a way to highlight the profound dissonance (for me, at least) of singing this carol in a broken world… JB
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways[…]
LISTEN “Don’t Lose Heart,” A homily on Luke 18 from the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke. Prayer, author Richard Rohr has said, is how Christians live in the tension of the now and not yet of God’s Kingdom. At least, that’s how I would paraphrase his comments from Everything Belongs. Rohr’s observation makes sense in light of[…]
Listen: “Jesus, The Great Samaritan” In recent weeks our country has seen how difficult it is to love. Terrorism. Racism. Mass shootings. Fear. Horrific violence. In Luke’s gospel we encounter the story of the Good Samaritan and our tendency is to read ourselves into the story as the Lawyer who instigates Jesus’ parable, or the clergy characters in[…]
Sunday Nights At The Cathedral Church Of Saint Luke 6pm in Downtown Orlando, FL What: Christian Worship In The Anglican Tradition If you’re in the Orlando area (or nearby), I want to invite you to Sunday Nights At St. Luke’s. Each Sunday night in the heart of downtown Orlando, in a beautiful Gothic-revival style church called The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, I[…]
What Do We Do With Our Pain? G. Rouault Listen: “Every Lament a Love Song” In ninth grade English class, my brutally honest professor once asked me, “Josh, do you know why your papers get C’s? Because your Christianity keeps you from writing honestly about the evil in the novels we’re reading- and in your life as[…]
Listen to the podcast. Last week I had the pleasure of joining one of my seminary professors and heroes, Steve Brown, in his studio to record a Steve Brown Etc podcast for the upcoming Grace Party that Steve’s Ministry, Key Life, will be throwing later this month in Orlando, FL. I shared a couple of songs while Charlie[…]
Holy Secret Telling: A Homily For Ash Wednesday LISTEN: Collect For Ash Wednesday Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you,[…]
“There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy” In the season of Epiphany the Church turns her attention from the manger of Jesus to the mission of Jesus. Listen Check out Faber’s hymn, referenced throughout the homily.
Autumn morning in North Carolina. Shared some music in support of Wycliffe Bible Translators’ great ministry here last night. A photo posted by @joshbalesmusic on Oct 28, 2015 at 11:09am PDT Mindy and I have had such a full summer and fall, and I wanted to catch you up on the highlights. Mindy! A[…]
“Held By God: Belief As Relationship” A Homily On John 6:56-69 Pope Benedict XVI once remarked that “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea… [it’s an] encounter with…a person….” This is a homily on John 6:56-69, preached on the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost at The Cathedral Church Of Saint[…]
LISTEN “God In The Physical World: The Scandal Of The Incarnation” Scripture Texts: Proper 14b RCL 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; John 6:35, 41-51 The Collect for Proper 14b From The Book of Common Prayer Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we,[…]
If you’re interested in checking out the new hymns album, you can stream it for a limited time at Relevant Magazine’s The Drop! More about the album… About “The Birds Their Carols Raise” An album of hymns from singer-songwriter Josh Bales I’ve wanted to make a hymns album for years. Hymns are the songs I[…]
Common songs for a common faith. Hymns are powerful expressions of our love for God and unity with one another. Preview & download the album here, or find it on iTunes.
Preorder The Birds Their Carols Raise from Bandcamp before it arrives on July 14th and you’ll receive the track, “Be Thou My Vision,” in advance!
A Homily On The Hopeful (Hidden) Kingdom of God For the Third Sunday After Pentecost (Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92:1-14, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; and Mark 4:26-34) From the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke in Orlando, FL “Oh it’s too bad,”sobbed Lucy; “they might have left his body alone.” “Who’s done it?” cried Susan. “What does it mean? It[…]
Listen This homily was given at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke in Orlando, FL on Trinity Sunday, May 31st 2015. The appointed Lessons and Collect can be found HERE. The Icon discussed throughout the sermon is Andrei Rublev’s Icon Of The Holy Trinity. The Collect For Trinity Sunday from the Book of Common Prayer Almighty and[…]
Fun things are happening in this late Spring season, and I’m excited to share them! 1. For a limited time, beginning this week, we are giving away the entire “Somehow I Knew” album on Noisetrade. Hope you enjoy it and please help us share the love by sending the link to a friend. I think it’s a fun, summertime[…]
The response to the songs of “Somehow I Knew” has been great and I am thrilled that so many new folks have found this album and can enjoy it- especially since Springtime love is in the air! That’s what this project is all about, and why it holds a special place in my heart. And isn’t the vibe of the record just plain fun?![…]
You can download “Somehow I Knew,” a fully produced 11 track album of songs about love and life, today at Bandcamp or iTunes. And please helps us share this album with friends who might be interested!
“Four, Three, Two, One” from the upcoming rerelease, “Somehow I Knew,” available next Tuesday, April 21st. You can preorder it now at Bandcamp! – Josh
I’m excited to be rereleasing these Nashville-infused pop songs just in time for summer road trips! My hope is, by breathing new life into them now, they’ll be introduced to many new listeners. Their lyrics, melodies, and instrumentation reflect the most basic influences on any songwriter: time and place. I was born in 1981, in[…]
Tertullian, 2nd Century At every forward step and movement, at every going in and out, when we put on our our clothes and shoes, when we bathe, when we sit at table, when we light the lamps, on couch, on seat, in all the ordinary actions of daily life, we trace upon the forehead the[…]
You can get a free download of my song Only The Sinner at Steve Brown’s website and blog: Key Life Network. This song is very dear to my heart and was inspired by years of listening to Steve’s teaching on God’s scandalous grace. It was a magnificent treat to get to say “thanks” publicly to[…]
Have you seen the behind the scenes footage from the making of the Count The Stars EP? It’s a brief taste of what it was like to rehearse, dialogue, record, and just be creative with a wonderful team of folks in Nashville. Glad to still be touring this CD, sharing the songs with fresh ears all around the[…]
2015 Plans Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Greetings from thousands of feet in the air somewhere between Orlando and Milwaukee. I’ve just left 80 degree temperatures in FL for a HIGH of -2 (that’s NEGATIVE TWO) degrees in Wisconsin later this week. I’m taking a class at Nashotah House Theological Seminary as[…]
“The Holly & The Ivy” is a new Christmas album from singer-songwriter Josh Bales. “I wanted to make a Christmas album that captured the longing of Advent and the hope of Christmastide,” Josh said. “I recorded most of the album in my home, and in my counseling office. As a part time mental health therapist, it[…]
My new Christmas album! Available for download here at my site (below), or on iTunes.
Soul care requires hard work, sincere grief, and profound laughter. Hard Work York Minster Cathedral in York, England, is one of the world’s architectural wonders. It’s also one of the longest building projects, taking over 250 years to complete. The result is breathtaking. The Cathedral is not only a beautiful and enduring work of art, it’s a[…]
Josh and Mindy Bales Josh and Mindy counsel individuals, couples, and families at Journeys Counseling Center in Orlando, FL. They are passionate about helping others apply the healing gospel of Jesus Christ to issues of mental health and emotional wellbeing. The Bales see themselves as wounded healers, offering counsel from their own experiences of brokenness[…]
A few years back I wrote a song called “Somehow I Knew” for my sister’s wedding. We recorded it with a full band for the record I made called “Somehow I Knew.” And the song seems to have connected with other happy couples. Here are some wedding videos that feature “Somehow I Knew.” You can license the song for[…]
Sunday Nights At St. Luke’s 6pm in Downtown Orlando What: Christian Worship In The Anglican Tradition If you’re in the Orlando area (or nearby), I want to invite you to Sunday Nights At St. Luke’s. Each Sunday night in the heart of downtown Orlando, in a beautiful Gothic-revival style church called The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, I lead worship for an ancient Christian[…]
Hope.Despair.Identity.Beloved.Forgiveness. Prayer.Desire.Salvation. Josh tells the stories that inspired the writing and recording of the songs of Count The Stars. Get your free copy of these 6 audio tracks exclusively from NOISETRADE.
Listen Healing is about encountering Jesus, the one who was broken for us.
Leaving this afternoon to drive to Chattanooga, TN- my hometown. This week I’ll be performing the songs of Count The Stars in three great venues: Silverdale Baptist Academy (9/24 Chapel On Campus Wed Morning), Bryan College Outdoor Concert (9/24 Free and Open To Public Wed Night), and The Camp House in Downtown Chattanooga (9/25 Thursday Night[…]
“Sweet Forgiveness” Listen I was surprised to see you in the store recently. And after all this time, the tears still welled up in my eyes. (Chorus) I do forgive you with all that that means. Though the wounds and scars you left still bleed. And who can say if I’ll ever forget, all those[…]
“I Need You” About ten years ago I was teaching through the Psalms at a local church youth group. One of the highlights of the series, ironically, was learning together that Psalms of Lament were more numerous than any other genre (Creation Psalms, Salvation History Psalms, Royal Psalms, Thanksgiving Psalms, etc). This was an epiphany[…]
VIDEO: Summer Tour Performances of Sweet Forgiveness, I Am Me, Your Love Holds On, Come To Me, This Is My Father’s World
Live Performances From Summer 2014 Sweet Forgiveness (Count The Stars) Your Love Holds On (Underneath The Armor) I Am Me (Count The Stars) Come To Me (Josh Bales Debut) This Is My Father’s World (The Washington Circle Home Recordings)
Mental health counseling, psychotherapy-or just counseling- whatever we call it, is so many things. My professors in graduate school taught me that counseling is science and art. It is a white coat and a paint brush. It is a personality assessment and a song. Author Frederick Buechner might add that counseling is secret telling. I[…]
Hey friends I will be joining in the Singer-Songwriter Shootout this coming Thursday night along with great songwriters from the Chattanooga area. Please plan to be there at 7:30 to enjoy all the talent. I’ll be on stage to share two songs around 9ishpm. Would love to see you there. I am pumped to play some[…]
So looking forward to hitting the road for two weeks. This coming Sunday morning, July 6th, I’ll be leading worship and sharing songs from Count The Stars at North Shore Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN. Then Sunday evening I’ll be playing at Mountain Fellowship on Signal Mountain, also in Chattanooga. Monday through Friday nights, from July[…]
Watch a recent live performance of “Isn’t That Amazing Grace,” a song from Count The Stars, inspired by the writing of Brennan Manning and Henri Nouwen.
Greetings from Naples, FL. My annual summer travel/conference schedule has begun. And I am loving it! Last month I finished the Master of Arts in Counseling degree at RTS in Orlando. And this coming year I’ll complete my Master of Divinity degree. My excitement is muted only by the shameful fact that it has taken[…]
Listen “The Hope, Habit, Hindrance, and Heart of Faithfulness” from 2 Timothy 2:20-26 QUOTES Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now we invite you to relax, pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents – your dinner! Life is so unnerving for a servant[…]
Listen to the original demo (acoustic, vocals, harmony) here: Get the Album Version on iTunes. Get the story behind the song at Noisetrade. Watch “Isn’t That Amazing Grace” (on piano at home in TN) “Isn’t That Amazing Grace” Lyrics with Chords Words and music by Josh Bales ©2013 Bryan Days[…]
*Forewarning: This is a SAD song. A song without much redemption- unless you count truth-telling and grieving as redemptive. So I post it for those of you aren’t in a redemptive place but want to be, and want to begin by just being sad about a marriage that deserves tears. I hope it helps you[…]
Beginning this summer (2014), I invite you to join me for a brief, one-hour service of music and liturgical healing prayer on Thursday evenings at Church Of The Good Shepherd in Maitland, FL. I am so excited to be making this event part of my weekly life as a worship leader and mental health counselor. […]
Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore A Life at Work, Thomas Moore The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life, Thomas Moore Thomas Moore is a fantastic blend of monk, Jungian psychologist, artist, and thinker. His work is challenging and paradigm-shifting. The Wisdom of The Enneagram, Don Riso and Russ Hudson Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery,[…]
The Birds Their Carols Raise
Josh’s newest release is a project of hymns and sacred songs- some originals. Recorded in his home and counseling office in Orlando, this album has been ten years in the making!
Somehow I Knew
An album of Nashville-infused pop songs. Josh was born in the 1980s, in Tennessee…which means he had Phil Collins in one ear and Country Music in the other. It was a great time to be alive for a songwriter to be. This is road trip music best enjoyed at top volume with the windows down.
Count The Stars
Josh teamed up with award winning producer, Ed Cash, to put together a new collection of songs about hope, identity, forgiveness, and grace- themes of every human story, and God’s story, too.
Underneath The Armor
On this project are some of the songs Josh is most known for- “Only The Sinner,” “Ten Thousand Places,” and “Your Love Holds On.” It’s a beautiful album with intricate guitar work and reflective songwriting.
There is a sense in which we may talk about the Christian life as entering into the life of the Trinity. Our Christian lives begin with baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! We are thus made participants in the very life of God.
Josh Bales is a singer/songwriter, pastor, and mental health therapist in Orlando, FL. With four diverse albums and more than ten years of touring under his belt, Josh has gained a following of fans from all walks of life. In 2006 Josh released "Underneath The Armor" (Only The Sinner, A Hymn For All The World, Ten Thousand Places). In 2012 Josh's fans funded "Count The Stars," an album recorded with multi-award winning producer, Ed Cash. In 2014 Josh released a Christmas album, "The Holly & The Ivy." And in 2015, in addition to "Somehow I Knew," Josh will be issuing a collection of hymns and sacred songs (projected release date of July 14th, 2015).
Songwriting is how I learn to tell my story.
Therapy is about learning how to listen to the stories of others.
The liturgical life is about telling God's story.