See How to Get Lifted by Angels with Joel J. Miller

It's not just a book. It's an experience. I know it sounds like the tag-line for something Disneyesque, but that's how Joel J. Miller's latest book Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians made me feel.I didn't just read it, my soul felt mystically reawakened by the ancient truth of these angelic hosts that surround us each day and night. I know that sounds a strange statement coming from an Evangelical raised in Fundamentalist circles who's supposed to fea … [Read more...]

Tyler Braun’s Why Holiness Matters: A Gen X Review

It is a rare thing these days to find a Millennial writer who enjoys delving into deep doctrines such as sanctification, propitiation, redemption, or the holiness of God. Yet that is exactly what Tyler Braun does in his new book Why Holiness Matters: We've Lost our Way--But We Can Find it Again just released from Moody Publishers.Tyler Braun unites a writer’s talent, a theologian’s  careful intellect, and a pastoral heart to tackle the issue of God’s holiness and what it means for our daily liv … [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...]

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 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...]