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Baby Got Bus!

Anyone who follows us on Facebook, gets our fan emails or has gotten an update at shows knows that, with the generous love and support of our fan family, we got a *major upgrade* recently in the form of an omnibus 🙂

What a difference a tour bus makes! It’s major.

With a growing band that includes 3 kids and the occasional special guest, to say we’re grateful for a new spacious ride feels like a bit of an understatement. Let’s call it grateful plus a little extra. A far cry from the 15 passenger van we began touring in, our bus affords us room to stand up and walk around, recline seats, store gear, spread out baby car seats and even… wait for it… still stalling…………… enjoy bunk beds!! Boo ya.

Over the past few months, we’ve been blown away at how much God has appointed just the right people with just the right skills (and heavy duty tools!) to help us gut seats, build bunk bed frames, and install a fully functional chill space. It’s a vivid example of His faithfulness, and that things come together as, and when, God ordains them.

We could not have gotten our bus – and the extreme bus makeover-renovation-facelift – without you. Thanks for every single donation to our Baby Needs a Bus campaign. We believe God is calling us to continue 100% in our music ministry, and this bus enables us reach more people, further and together with our whole band family.

To think: Vera and Suki were just itty bitty babies when we filmed the campaign video in early 2011. And now? They’re walking around telling us how much they love the bus. Ok, it’s more “ba ba ba ba” but it translates!

From all of us in the REILLY band family, thank you. We thank God for you. An upcoming design touch in the bus is a thoughtfully prepared donor wall. Your name will live in our bus with us! We’ll see each name, pray over them and be reminded of how much in most important kingdom-building family together – God’s family!

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Pulpit in St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

A pivotal pulpit in the Reformation (St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva, Switzerland)

The band likes to pick on me for my interest in church history. On tour, some nights when it’s my turn to drive a late-night shift, I’ll pop on some church history lectures to keep me awake. The running joke is that it puts them to sleep. It’s a win-win!

While Reilly was in Europe last summer I read a biography on Martin Luther, which was neat to read while being so close to the birthplace of the Reformation. We got to visit Zwingli’s church in Switzerland too, although I still know very little about Zwingli.

What I do know is that Zwingli didn’t agree with Luther (although they wished they had) on the presence of Christ at the Lord’s Supper. He drowned some Anabaptists, which is the tradition I grew up in. And he was killed in battle (Luther suggested it may have been divine judgment for a minister wielding the sword). Zwingli is on a list of bios I want to read. If you know a good one, please share it with me!

In college, I studied in Rome for 10 months, which is where part of my fascination with church history began. Go there. You’ll understand what I mean.

There is much that intrigues me about church history. The doctrines of grace that are so central to my relationship with God seemed so fuzzy to the church fathers until Augustine. Many Christ-followers, in the early church especially, were willing to lay down their lives as martyrs for their faith. They knew that this world was not their home and were “looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Heb 11:10)

I’m by no means an expert in any of this… it’s way too vast. And that’s the very thing that attracts me to it. I don’t feel like I’ve “got it down.” As easy as it is to look back and see the many terrible mistakes and sins of the past, there is still so much to learn.

Sure, Christians throughout history had their blind spots. But I imagine we do, too. I wonder, could a Christian living hundreds of years ago speak more clearly into my blind spots precisely because they weren’t raised in the suburbs, living in comfort, and breathing postmodernism?

Call me crazy… it’s the sort of question that keeps me up at night.

– Matthew

Zoe Clothing Company

Last year at Creation Festival West in Seattle, Washington, we met some amazing people from ZOE CLOTHING COMPANY. They design and manufacture cool clothing and have a great heart too. We quickly hit it off and they became the provider of tee shirts for our Skillet, Tenth Ave North and Reilly “Asian Confusion” video. (Just youtube it 🙂 )

Anyway, here’s the thing with their clothes:

1) They have really cool looking designs and
2) They have a sweet message to them.

I highly encourage you to do some Christmas shopping for your friends (and yourself) online by visiting www.zoeclothingcompany.com

We also gave them our CD to give away with each order too because we love them so much! Spread the word!!

Cheers
Dan

Buffalo

Greetings from Switzerland!! We are in Europe now! 1st day is done. Keep in touch with our adventures at www.facebook.com/reillymusic for constant pics/videos.

In other news, if you’ve ever seen us play live, you know that one of our favorite songs to play is “For What it’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Such an amazing song for its time and it still has poignant lyrics even for today. We turn this folk-sy song into a royal rock jam.

Last week when we were out at Spirit West Coast Festival in the beautiful Monterey, CA, we had our friend and fellow violinist Jonathan Chu from the band SKILLET come by our Late Night Acoustic set for an impromptu jam session. Jonathan is an amazing man, husband, father, and musician and it’s always a joy to hang out with him any time we can at the festivals. Honestly we weren’t sure if Jonathan was going to be able to make it because he had just finished playing with Skillet 15 minutes prior, but he did and we were pleasantly SURPRISED. Check out this special 3 violin acoustic jam here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=CO6m8slPnhU

Summer update

Hey friends!

We are basking in the hot summer sun of South Dakota coming back from one of many festivals we’re playing this year. We had a great time at Hills Alive Festival in Rapid City, SD (home of Mt. Rushmore). We love festivals in general for the opportunity to make tons of new friends and to catch cool bands.  So far some fine acts we’ve seen have been The Afters, NewWorldSon, Abandon, Third Day, Matthew West, ManaFest , Switchfoot, and many more. It’s an honor to share the stage with these guys.  We’re about halfway through the year and summer, and we’ve got a big rest of the year ahead. EURO TOUR 2011!! We’re going back this August. Plus more festivals and headlining concerts on the horizon.

Despite all the great shows we’ve been playing, we were in need of some boost in our life.  The business of music can suck away all good art and intentions that you originally started out with. The good news though is that through communication, prayer and encouragement from each other, there is a recent infusion of drive/passion into the music and ministry of our band. We’ve been talking more as a band and that has helped us stoke our dreams and desires.  We’re talking about writing for a new album this fall and starting to do a heavy push for radio as well. Most of all we believe we have something that needs to be said.

Also we’ve seen God’s love poured out very practically through the gracious gifts and donations of friends and fans! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You know who you are!

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  See you around the world.

So May 21st is just around the corner and to a small group of people this marks the date of the Christ returning. For fun, let’s say that tomorrow is indeed THE DAY.

Some disclaimers: First I believe that one day there will be a time when the world ends whether through our own death or an apocalyptic event. However I believe no one knows the date or time except for God. Second I believe that we’ll be judged and left to ourselves, we would all FAIL.  Access to the pearly gates is not dependent on whether your “good” acts outweigh the “naughty” deeds.  Check out http://howgoodareyou.com/ to take the test and see what the Bible says about how your actions will be judged. Finally I believe Heaven is an awesome place and will be infinitely better than anything we’ve experienced here.

That being said, there are a few things we’ll miss out on earth if the world does end tomorrow.  And thus I present to you:

Top 10 things we’ll miss out on if the Apocalypse happens tomorrow.

10) Reilly raises $50,000 by midnight and never gets to buy their BUS.

9) We miss our 2nd European Tour to Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany and England! Switzerland is the closest to Heaven though that we’ve seen 🙂

8) Recording a Gold Record with famed music producer Bruce Dickinson

7) Recording more cowbell

6) Summer Festival Tour 2011! Thousands of people outside all day underneath the burning sun listening to bands. It’ll be hotter than…

5) Gaining more twitter followers than Lady Gaga. www.twitter.com/REILLYBand (Let’s go for it!)

4) BabyNeedsaBus gets more hits than Rebecca Black’s Friday

3) Our kids Suki, Evie, and Vera start a band called “Daughters of Rock” (get it?!?!)

2) We’ll never have that conversation that went “Remember when Coldplay asked if they could open for us?”

1) The new manager of The Office!?!?

Comments, questions, jokes, complaints can be made to www.facebook.com/REILLYmusic 🙂

Impact Weekend

REILLY had the honor of playing at a recent Youth for Christ Impact Conference; an incredible weekend filled with Gospel preaching and worship with the REILLY band. We as a band absolutely love playing for youth. God was on the move, and I found myself sharing the Gospel with kids I was talking to. I simply said, “Isn’t it awesome that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross to receive the punishment that we deserved, so that we could be forgiven and adopted into God’s family?” I probably asked that to about 20 kids throughout the weekend.

There was a young guy that I talked to that when I asked what God had taught him over the weekend he responded, “that I need to work harder for God”. I shared with him Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. I explained to him that a wage is something we earn and what we deserve from God is punishment. I had something in my hand that I held out to him and asked how he would respond if I gave him a gift. “Well, I’d have to take it,” he said. And he was right. You have to recognize the gift and receive it, acknowledge and accept it. Realize that the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life is an undeserved gift and all we have to do is simply believe.

The conversation that stood out most was with Jenny, a girl who loved to write songs who shared that she lived in a foster-home. She had me autograph her notebook that she used for writing songs meant to encourage other foster kids struggling with difficult life circumstances. I was really touched by her story and gave her a hug before she left. She returned the next day with her notebook and had me read a song she wrote during the Conference weekend. Like the day before I asked her, “Isn’t it awesome that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus?” She told me that she had just received Christ, so I prayed with her.

A few days later, the band got a message from Jenny’s foster mom, saying that Jenny came home excited and told her about the weekend. It turns out that the foster parents are believers and they were praying that Impact would be the weekend that Jenny would place her faith in Christ! They had to get special permission from the foster care agency for Jenny to go. When Jenny came home and told her parents about the weekend, her mom and dad went out and got her a cake and Bible to celebrate. How precious is that? God did a work in Jenny’s soul, and her parents acknowledged what happened by throwing Jenny a party. I can’t think of more of a reason to celebrate and was blown away hearing this family’s story. I’m so happy that Jenny is in a home that will point her to God’s goodness and faithfulness now that He has adopted Jenny as his precious child.

-Jordan

Here’s a picture of the party!