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Jul 2017 12 Jul 12, 2017

The joy of the good news of Jesus outshines all other joys, making it seem like we must be dreaming, filling our mouths with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. So our worship services should feel joyful, right? On the whole, yes, of course, they should. But that is far from the whole story....Read More

Jul 2017 3 Jul 3, 2017
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In analyzing mistakes, the first question I ask myself is whether I could have done better in my preparation to avoid this mistake. But often times these flubs are just, well, flubs. ...Read More

May 2017 11 May 11, 2017
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Set lists are more than songs, and Sundays are more than gatherings. Every Sunday is an opportunity to call people to lift their eyes from unsatisfying idols to gaze at the infinite beauty of God....Read More

May 2017 2 May 2, 2017

There are several things that keep us from writing new songs—fear, insecurity, laziness, and lack of discipline to name a few. But perhaps the most prevalent, and ironically the easiest to overcome, is simply not carving out time for cowriting....Read More

Apr 2017 25 Apr 25, 2017
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Our difficulty as worship pastors is that we tend to be so close to the songs we lead that we cannot see the big picture which we are forming. The people of your church are worth your spending the time to take a few steps to take theological inventory the songs you sing....Read More

Apr 2017 18 Apr 18, 2017

I came across this passage in my devotional early one Sunday morning. As I read these words, honest and sobering questions flooded my thoughts: “This is true for Paul, but is this true of you and your congregation? Is it? Do you long to see them? Are you using the spiritual gift God has given you to strengthen the church? Are you and your congregation mutually encouraged by each other’s faith on a weekly basis?”...Read More

Mar 2017 28 Mar 28, 2017

If you assume that a book relating corporate worship and ethnic diversity does not affect you, then let me make the case that you must read The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World....Read More

Mar 2017 7 Mar 7, 2017

As soon as I finished a song, I had a flurry of thoughts: Did they like it? Were they impressed? Will they say what an amazing song it was? Do they think I’m a good songwriter? Will they all spontaneously stand up and burst into applause?...Read More

Feb 2017 28 Feb 28, 2017

This sense of nothing-new-to-say is magnified by the fact that worship leaders only have a few moments in between songs to speak. Our responsibility then is not only to hold up the Truth, but also to have wisdom in our economy of words, extending beyond just the same old thing....Read More

Jan 2017 5 Jan 5, 2017

Our lives are combusting with expectation and anticipation, and we're groaning for answers. Jesus knew this about us, better than we do. In fact, “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink’” (John 7:37)....Read More