Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

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I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right?OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost friends, and raise my hands higher (Higher!), I might b … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

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It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Never Stop Singing In Your Church

You read that right. I'll never stop singing in your church. Never.I know. Shocker. I'm the guy who wrote Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church not long ago and stepped unwittingly into what some have called "worship wars."Not my intention. If that's how you look at it, consider this a white flag.I was just voicing frustrations that had been brewing for the last decade or so. It seems as if there are a lot of others who've felt the same way. You might have been one of them. But … [Read more...]

Here’s a Quick Plan for Great Worship Music in Your Church

Worship Week nears its end with our final guest post of the week on Bill in the Blank at Patheos. Today's post comes from Josh Brahm, a writer and speaker with Right to Life CA, a podcaster, and part-time worship music leader. You can connect with him via Facebook. Today's guest post is a response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church:As a young worship leader, I have a lot of common ground with Bill’s article on worship. In fact, some of the hallmarks of the way we do worship music at m … [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 want to … [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...]

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...]


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