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Aug 2016 24 Aug 24, 2016
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Our church sings original music. Not always, but sometimes we do it. Most of the time it’s awesome, but other times, it’s an exercise of patience for our congregation. Recently someone asked me to explain why our church writes original music, so I’ve been thinking about all the ways songwriting serves our local church....Read More

Aug 2016 17 Aug 17, 2016
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Song and melody not only unite us with others, but also touch parts of our hearts that might surprise us. This Independence Day liturgy took a truth that wasn’t immediately at the forefront of my mind and moved me from passive forgetfulness into active gratitude....Read More

Aug 2016 4 Aug 4, 2016

As worship leaders, our lives and leadership must reflect the gravity of unreached peoples. We are a part of God’s story: we tell the story in song and in prayer. We are a part of the going and sending of the church....Read More

Aug 2016 2 Aug 2, 2016

Do you think of the psalms as divine instruction that you must respond to by faith? Or do you typically view the psalms as a conglomeration of songs and prayers? When you read the psalms, do you get the sense that you must respond?...Read More

Jul 2016 26 Jul 26, 2016

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs is one of the most helpful books I have read in dealing with the plague of discontentment in my own heart. ...Read More

Jul 2016 22 Jul 22, 2016

In a day and age where so many distractions are fighting for our attention, one of the best ways we can help center our people’s hearts is through a specific and pointed call to worship. It urges people to turn from worldly distractions and set their minds, hearts, and attention on the glory of God....Read More

Jul 2016 20 Jul 20, 2016

1. Dividing congregations along age and affinity lines. 2. Eliminating choral expressions in worship. 3. Worship leader ageism. 4. Elevating music above Scripture, Prayer and the Lord’s Supper. 5. Making worship and music exclusively synonymous. 6. Trying to recreate worship with each new generation. 7. Ignoring the Christian Calendar and adopting the Hallmark Calendar. 8. Worshiping like inspiration stopped with the hymnal. 9. Worshiping like inspiration s...Read More

Jul 2016 11 Jul 11, 2016

The songwriters of the Church have a special responsibility. We should be writing songs that expose God’s people to more and more of His powerful, life-changing Word....Read More

Jul 2016 8 Jul 8, 2016

Whatever the ambient volume of our sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. It is one of the most glorious truths in the universe: implicit, and seldom mentioned. That is, when we gather to worship at our local churches, behind all our prayers and all our songs, behind all our exhortations and all our encouragements: the Lord hears....Read More

Jul 2016 6 Jul 6, 2016

I recently had a conversation about the process of creating art with a friend who writes movie scripts. As we talked, I mentioned a difficulty I’ve had in writing a song that I’m actually happy with. I’m trying to write more because I want to cultivate this gift in my own life and serve the congregation I am privileged to lead. But it’s been frustrating....Read More