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...]

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 c … [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...]

Legacy of Wisdom: One Christian’s Tribute to Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey changed my life. I never met him. Yet I know he changed a lot more lives than mine before his unexpected death this week.But I suspect he would be the first to agree -- it wasn't really Stephen Covey who changed anything.It was wisdom. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. (Prov. 4:7 ESV) Where does wisdom come from? I trust most readers in this evangelical Christian audience would agree with Scripture (wisdom literature, as Covey of … [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...]


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