Singing in Church with Elvis, Aerosmith, and Bonhoeffer


I once actually stood in church and sang the words, "Blah, Blah, Blah." And no one could tell the difference. No one could hear anything anyways because the music was so loud.  Just being authentic here, but with the lyrics as simplistic as they were, I couldn't even tell the difference.I have to wonder if God noticed.As some of you know from my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church, I struggle to reconcile much of what passes for modern worship music with biblical passages … [Read more...]

Singing in Church: Is It Time for a New Worship War?

Modern Worship

Based on interest in my post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church," I thought FaithWalkers readers might enjoy this guest post from my friend Rich Birch. Rich serves as the Operations Pastor at Liquid Church, and blogs at about stuff you wish they taught you in seminary. You can follow Rich him on Twitter and Facebook. The first church I served at was in the middle of a worship war when I started there. It was like a cold war with a lot of passive-aggressive leadership on bot … [Read more...]

Announcing a New Site for Church Worship Music

In my post "Why I've Stopped Singing In Your Church", I offered some candid critiques of worship music in many of our churches.Tyler Braun is a friend of mine who recently launched a project that I believe is a step in the right direction and a terrific resource for worship leaders and worshippers alike.Check out to discover new church music that might not be heard on your Top 40 Christian Worship factory. Share songs you've enjoyed  or even vote for your personal fa … [Read more...]

Zip-Line Pastor Entrances and Skyfall Worship Music


Well,I thought I had seen it all. Does this zip-line entrance into church by Pastor Rod Parsley qualify as "by any means" or is it a step too far?What's next? Pat Robertson's hair catching on fire while he records a commercial for the 700Club -- while moonwalking?As a pallate cleanser, try out this stirring rendition of "Skyfall" -- by the Granger Community Church worship band. In church. Took me back to my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church.Big HT to A Little … [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 visit 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 leaves 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 your … [Read more...]