“A Mighty Fortress” for missions…

Posted on 31. Oct, 2016 by Tim Bushong in News

My daughter Rachel is preparing to head to Hawaii for her third trip to serve with Surfing the Nations, a wonderful organization based in Wahiawa on the island of Oahu. (Think inner-city Hawaii, not the tourist areas.) She is committed to 15 months this time, and will need to raise support for her time there. Her first three months will be spent in intensive discipleship training, followed by a year as a full-time staff member serving the Wahiawa/STN community with all of their various outreach and service efforts.


So I’m kickstarting the fundraising by donating all of the proceeds from this full-length rock version of “A Mighty Fortress” (that’s the link, FYI) toward her upcoming adventure.

In April 2015 things were a bit slow in the studio, and I was really looking for something fun to do musically. As a listener of the “The Dividing Line” podcast, I always looked forward to the “Radio Free Geneva” segment, where James White examines anti-reformed polemics and teachings. The standard theme was fine, but I felt that it needed a more, er, muscular musical treatment. I put my old-school, classic rock mind to the task, and out came “A Mighty RFG.” It was first aired on July 30, where Rich Pierce sprung it on an unsuspecting James White—and eyebrows were raised!


Hard at work...

It proved to be a popular theme, and I was thrilled to be able to contribute to one of my favorite ministries in this way. Then I started getting requests to do a full-length version, without all the breaks and inane comments from synergists. That’s what I should have done in the first place, so I had to do some backwards engineering, adding all four verses, four-part harmonies, replayed drums, and lead guitar fills.

Thanks to our friend Jon Swerens at Rockhill Records for hosting and selling this single without taking the traditional label “cut”! All proceeds, except for credit card processing fees, will go to Rachel’s ministry.

(Here’s the original version, with all the breaks and comments)

“A Mighty Fortress” sample.


2 Responses to ““A Mighty Fortress” for missions…”

  1. Darren Smith 30 November 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    Just found out about the full length version of Mighty Fortress which I have been wondering about ever since I was BLOWN AWAY by it’s first appearance on RFG. Your link above doesn’t work but I followed Dr. White’s link to the cdbaby page where I’ll purchase the whole album. I trust you’ll still be able to use the proceeds for your daughter. Cheers brother!

  2. Jeff Coulter 11 December 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    The link to “A Mighty Fortress” brought me to a “page not found” at Rock Hill when I clicked on it on Dec. 11. I’d love to get this and donate, if I could get to it!

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