Worship Week: Completely Missing the Point of Worship

Worship Week begins here at Bill in the Blank with our first guest post by John Lehmberg. He is the owner of Make It Loud, Inc. specializing in web design, SEO, printing, & branding. He is also a worship music leader in his church. He can be reached via e-mail at john@makeitloud.net. The following is a response to the post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church: The article Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church completely misses the point.I would argue that far more of contemporary … [Read more...]

Worship Week: Opening Ceremony for Singing in Church

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)Such is the cry of my heart as we launch this opening ceremony to what I am calling Worship Week here at Bill in the Blank at Patheos.No, Mr. Bean will not be making a cameo -- although I've been told I inadvertently resemble him at times by my loving sister-in-law.One commentator called my recent post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church" another battle … [Read more...]

Reason for Hope: A Fresh Voice in Church Planting

I've published a few posts of late pointing out problems with the evangelical church here and here.But today I'll spotlight something going very right -- a fresh voice and reason for hope in church planting.I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Dan Nichols through his years as a high school student where he led the school's worship efforts. It's been a delight to watch him grow, first as Student Body President at Baptist Bible College and now as he follows God's call to plant a fresh … [Read more...]

Where Have All the Children Gone in Your Church?

"But where have all the children gone?" The classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang portrays the rather bizarre kingdom of Vulgaria in which children have been outlawed, banished to hide underground, separated from the world of the adults. The zany plot describes how sweet treats get offered to entice stray children into captivity.It's weird. It's a bit disturbing.It also describes the worship services of many evangelical churches.Of course, I add the usual caveat, not all of your c … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Singing in Your Church

I love music. Truly I do. I love to sing. But you wouldn't know it on Sunday morning when I'm visiting your church.I'm not talking to all of you, of course. I'm sure many churches, maybe even yours, get it right. I just haven't been there that often, I guess. My experiences with modern worship music in evangelical Christianity often leave me not just silent, but wondering if I should be joining George Bailey in making a quick exit from the agony.To be candid, I know how to behave in y … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Church for Free

Nothing is free! I can hear the critics already. I get that. You can't grow without paying a price. But attracting and keeping people in the pews of your church doesn't require a new line item on your already thin ministry budget.Photo via Creative Commons at http://www.flickr.com/photos/adammclane The question is are you willing to do what Jesus did to WOW those God has brought into contact with your church?First, take a quick visit to my guest post at Godvertiser with my friend Kenny Jahng … [Read more...]


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