A Collective of Thoughts
We compile the thoughts and themes of Rend Collective over the years, as told to Kevin Davis.

AN NRTEAM EXCLUSIVE, A Collective of Thoughts
Posted: February 02, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Rend Collective first caught our attention when they were still an experiment, a quirky, out-of-the-box Irish worship band that used crazy instruments and wore bright colors. They invaded the modern worship movement with the intent to give people a fresh expression of praise to God, and they've been keeping us on our toes ever since. 

As we enjoy their latest project, Good News, we take a look back at some of the themes and inspirations that have shaped their eight albums--as told to us by Kevin Davis' Behind the Song Devotional series!

"Movements" from Organic Family Hymnal (Devotional #188) 

Gareth Gilkeson:"This is a really intense song, lyrically. The song is about commitment and reminds us to move closer to God no matter what happens in our lives. We can think of commitment as sobering, but it is also freeing. We had experienced tragedies as a band. A close friend of ours had been killed. That experience really challenged us to see God at work in our lives. We all have a choice in those moments to run away from God or run towards Him. This song is a prayer of commitment, whether it's walking, running or crawling to God. We need to always make 'movements' towards God." 

"Second Chance" from Homemade Worship by Handmade People (Devotional #294)

Gareth Gilkeson: "The song, as you can tell, has come out of a place of realizing failure and personal mistakes--those days where you know you are not who you want to be. There are two options. The first is to wallow in guilt. The second is to actually take what the Bible says and put it into action. To put to action the promises of redemption and the fact the Cross is about the grace of God and not about the Law of God. Putting that into action you need to realize that grace is something that changes us and gives all of us a second chance."

"Build Your Kingdom Here" from Campfire (Devotional #428)

Gareth Gilkeson: "We are praying for the Kingdom to come. Amidst all of our making music and playing concerts, there's one desire that we have, which is for God to build His Kingdom wherever we go. This song came from a place of calling the Church back to the place of praying for revival. I feel like... we must mature beyond just asking for God to come and do stuff. Jesus sent the disciples out in twos to proclaim the Kingdom. It seems the more mature approach is... [to] say, yes God, I'll be the hands and feet and I'll be the vehicle for Him to build His Kingdom."

"My Lighthouse" from The Art of Celebration (Devotional #504)

Gareth Gilkeson: "Jesus said, 'I am the Light of the world,' and throughout the centuries, the picture of the Church is that we are the light of the world. It's great to see that symbolism. That's what we were thinking about when we were working on the song, and we sing about failures and doubting, and knowing that God doesn't walk out on us, and that He's the peace in our troubled seas. No matter what we are going through, or are looking for God you can know that He's not going to let you drown in your circumstances. There are so many pictures of that in Scripture: Peter walking on the water and Jesus calming the storm. Those are powerful pictures and calming for us."

"Immeasurably More" from The Art of Celebration (Devotional #562)

Chris Llewellyn: "Our ability to conceive of God and to even think about Him falls short of Him in every case. Even our ability to form a song always falls short of His glory. He's more than we can imagine or create. That's something that is really exciting. As a Church, we can be tempted to sing to God with a kind of intimacy that's not wrong--it's the Gospel--but doesn't always include the mystery of the unreachable beauty of God. One of the neat things about the journey with the song is that we began with that passage, but the more we thought about how God is more than we can imagine, we started thinking about the whole idea of the end times with the return of Christ. That's the whole summation of the imaging process. We finally will see Him face to face."

"You Will Never Run" from As Family We Go (Devotional #661)

Chris Llewellyn: "The beautiful thing about our God is that He is a perfect Father, and He will never leave us or forsake us. This idea that God is a Father who will never run out on us, and He will never leave us, is that He's not like our earthly family who has the ability to disappoint. That's not in His character. Our God is love, and He can't act outside of that impulse. That's why the song is so celebratory in nature. Whenever you hear a truth like that, that no matter what ways you screw up, and no matter how far you run away from God, He'll never run away from you--that stirs up a song in you. That's why this song sounds the way it does."

"Every Giant Will Fall" from As Family We Go (Devotional #748)

Chris Llewellyn: "Before I started traveling around and seeing people, I used to think that most people were OK--like 95 percent were OK and 5 percent were going through difficulty. Now I realize that those percentages should be flipped around. Everybody carries their struggles and difficulties into worship. We have been trying to learn how to meet people where they are in that, in a scripturally-rooted way. 'Every Giant Will Fall' is a song that is rooted in the Old Testament, inspired by the account of Caleb and Joshua being able to see past the giants and past the difficulties and struggles of entering the Promised Land and know they could get past that. We want to be those people as well."

"Rescuer" from Good News (Devotional #888)

Gareth Gilkeson: "The whole idea of 'Rescuer' is in our DNA so much. I have two small boys, and everything they watch is about being rescued or rescuing someone. Ultimately, that's something that God has put on their hearts. We do need a Rescuer and we do need a Savior. In this case, Rescuer is another way of saying Savior, using slightly less religious language. There is a lot of bad news currently in the world, and I don't think you can turn on your television and not see things that are devastating and hurtful. But we need to balance the bad news with remembering the Good News of the Gospel."


Marcus Hathcock is the Executive Editor of, a husband to Savannah, father of three and a worship leader living in Boise. He has released an EP, Songs For Tomorrow, and occasionally blogs at

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