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Apr 2016 1 Apr 1, 2016
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Easter is not the "Super Bowl of the church." Easter is not the day we suit up, march onto the field and win the game for Jesus. Easter is the day we fix our eyes on the resurrected Christ. Easter is the day we gather together to remind one another that Jesus has already won for us....Read More

Mar 2016 24 Mar 24, 2016

Alas! and did my Savior bleed, And did my Sovereign die? Would he devote that sacred head For sinners such as I?...Read More

Mar 2016 21 Mar 21, 2016

For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel I. Block. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014, vii + 410 pp., $34.99, hardcover. Daniel I. Block, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, writes from the conviction that “true worship involves reverential human acts of submission and homage before the divine Sovereign in response to his gracious revelation of himself and in accord with his will” (23). Block seeks to elucidate thi...Read More

Mar 2016 11 Mar 11, 2016

The word "yet" brings together what I intend to do and what I actually do, though more often than I like to admit, there’s a significant gap between those two things....Read More

Mar 2016 3 Mar 3, 2016

We must continue to preach the Gospel through song to those who already know it and rest in it. So what are some practical ways we can accomplish this as worship leaders so that our weekly planning is not mundane but done with intentionality and excellence?...Read More

Feb 2016 26 Feb 26, 2016

For the last twenty years, I have been trying to bend the English language around for the glory of God and write melodies to encourage the hearts of his people. I know the difficulty and the reward of this labor and, more than ever, I feel the need to sing to the Lord a new song....Read More

Feb 2016 20 Feb 20, 2016
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At the end of our lives, hopefully we’ll be forgotten and people will be marveling and worshiping the One we lived our lives for. “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 ESV) We are here to simply run our leg of the race. I feel so passionately that today’s pastors are being crushed by the weight of tryin...Read More

Feb 2016 19 Feb 19, 2016

Do you want to become a more effective worship leader? This new offering from Austin Stone Worship will help you learn from leaders like Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, Charlie Hall, Robbie Seay, Tony Merida & many others! In this free 3-video training (plus free PDF download) you will learn: 5 rhythms of healthy worship leaders that you can incorporate into your own life to help you become more effective.  The roadblocks to becoming a more effective worship leade...Read More

Feb 2016 12 Feb 12, 2016
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New church, new worship team, first rehearsal. Awkwardness and nerves. I start slowly with a familiar tune. We reach the end, notes still trailing off and fading. My mind computing through a rapid succession of silent assessments. The drummer only played three fills, the bass player stuck to the root and even though the guitar player had seventeen more pedals than I thought necessary, the playing was tasteful and appropriate. I look up to gage the teams reaction, and the...Read More

Feb 2016 10 Feb 10, 2016

Do all churches practice gospel-shaped worship? So what can churches do to ensure their services are centered around the gospel? At the 2015 Gospel Coalition Conference, I sat down with Jared Wilson (director of content strategy at Midwestern Seminary and managing editor of For the Church) and Shane Barnard (one half of the musical duo Shane & Shane) to have a discussion about how to deliberately make corporate worship gospel-shaped.   For more on this sub...Read More