See Why You’ll Hate to Love WRECKED by Jeff Goins

I'll just tell you right up front. I read Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins released just this week by Moody Press. I didn't like it. Not one bit. It made me feel uncomfortable. It made me squirm inside. I think I even grimaced when I thought no one was watching. So I bought ten copies. Confused? Conflicted might better describe how I feel now that I've finished Jeff's first traditional publishing effort. He's also published an excellent … [Read more...]

Who Else Wants to Be a Whistleblower in Church?

Worship Week continues here on Bill inthe Blank at Patheos with a guest post by Barbara Buzzard claiming I am a whistleblower in the church. You can find out more about her family's ministry mission here. Today's guest post is a response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church: I am very grateful to the writer for his honesty. He has a kindred spirit here. I once heard a pastor say that he wanted us to get "mellow" via the music before his sermon. Not me. Mellow is the last thing I … [Read more...]

Why Good Church Music Is So Hard to Find

Worship Week continues on Bill in the Blank at Patheos with a post by Keith Guilford. You can connect with him on Twitter or leave a comment below. This guest post is in response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church: The current American Evangelical culture seems to have become quite different than the secular American culture, but really the similarities are striking. While one culture might read books by famous pastors or TV evangelists and the other about 50 shades of light black, both … [Read more...]

How Worship Music Destroyed Me: From Bitterness to Blessing

Worship Week continues here at Bill in the Blank with a guest post by Dustin Germain. He can be reached via his blog The Paperthin Hymn. The following is a response to the post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church: I remember going off to youth events such as YC, Richter, Revolution, Re;vive, and worshiping for hours to what I had considered back then phenomenal worship music. It was loud, it was catchy, it was about my love for Jesus, and some songs would last over half an hour. … [Read more...]

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 … [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...]

Colorado Evil: A Father’s Reluctant Response to Gun Control

Evil exists. It reappeared in a violent and horrific way last week in a Colorado movie theater. I've tried to stay out of the ensuing debate placing blame in all directions. As the father of six, including one son on the verge of his sixth birthday, the tragedy just hit too close to home. It's a horrible thing that's been done, rightly prompting much prayer and sympathy in our own household and, I hope, in yours. Be sure to read this post by a woman of faith who survived in the theater that … [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 … [Read more...]

Feeling Frustrated? Maybe You Should Quit Trying

Imagine devoting your life to trying to do something that could never be accomplished. Suppose your mission in life were to stop the sun from coming up each day. We can safely predict how that would work out for you. Every day. Leave you feeling pretty frustrated, I suspect. What if instead of becoming frustrated with your lack of progress at the impossible, you simply quit trying? One reason you may be feeling frustrated is that you're trying to do what can't be done -- at least not by … [Read more...]