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April 24, 2018
There Are Some Things Music Can’t Do, So Let’s Put It In Its Proper Place
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April 21, 2018
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Guest post by Les Lamkin. I briefly attended a church that, every few weeks, would...
April 21, 2018
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April 20, 2018
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Worship: A Prelude to What? I don't use the term "orgasmic" to be unnecessarily graphic...
April 18, 2018
Your Mercy Is Like Worthless Bits of Paper: Dumb Words Churches Sing
If there's one thing commercial Christian "worship" music does well, it's mixing metaphor. There's one...
April 08, 2018
No More We Doubt Thee: Why It’s Okay to Be a Thomas
I've always loved the story of Jesus appearing to Thomas. Maybe it's because of the...
April 03, 2018
Jesus Chose a Woman to Preach the First Easter, So Let’s Do the Same.
This Sunday was my 34th time to hear an Easter sermon. Well, I was probably...
March 31, 2018
13 More Things You Don’t Want To Hear the Pastor Say on Easter Sunday
13. I tell you what, our jesusy cover band is making Easter great again! 12....
March 29, 2018
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March 20, 2018
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As I rocked my infant daughter late last night, I started humming a gospel song...
March 15, 2018
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And this is why you always - ALWAYS - proofread the bulletin. Answers were provided...
March 05, 2018
Dear Preacher: You’re Not a Performer, and You Don’t Have an Audience
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February 27, 2018
Some Things I Don’t Understand: What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Worship
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February 20, 2018
Dear Church: It’s Time We Stop Idolizing the Millennials
A decade ago, my wife and I were a young newlywed couple in the process...
January 25, 2018
The Perfect Hymn For a Narcissistic Church
"Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee/though the eye of sinful man Thy glory...
January 08, 2018
Highpoint Church Worship Leader Either Receives Holy Spirit or Suffers Medical Episode
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January 07, 2018
Today at Highpoint Church: When a Worship Song Is Blasphemous
If you haven’t yet read Jules Woodson’s horrific sexual assault story, you can do so...
January 05, 2018
The Andy Savage Story: Christian Culture MUST Hold Abusers Accountable
One of the tragic things about contemporary megachurch worship is that it often worships the...
January 02, 2018
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Far too often the church forgets the privilege of its own calendar, instead rushing ahead...
December 31, 2017
The Real Reason I Love to Hate “Mary, Did You Know”
"It's somber and a little menacing, melodically. It's the one I used to sing when...
December 24, 2017
Top Ten Things a Church Musician Doesn’t Want to Hear on Christmas Eve
For your average worshiper, Christmas Eve is a beautiful time of carols, candlelight, and community....
December 18, 2017
Songs That Are NOT Christmas Songs, Or Even Winter Holiday Songs
What are the Christmas songs you hate? Which ones can you not stand to be...
December 12, 2017
What Exactly Do We Know About Judge Paul Pressler
The firestorm of sexual abuse and harassment stories has officially reached evangelical Christianity. You might...
October 29, 2017
95 More for the Modern Church’s Door: Sparking a Reformation in the Entertainment Church
How to do worship is not fundamentally a question of preference, but meaning.
October 15, 2017
Hillsongization and the Insidious Nature of Commercial Worship Music
The commercialization of our music for worship has led to a global takeover by a...
October 03, 2017
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Apparently Mark Driscoll's blog now has a home in this neighborhood. Yes, that Mark Driscoll....
September 27, 2017
But There’s No Liturgy in the Bible!
The practices that much of Christianity dismisses as artificial ‘traditions of men’ have a Biblical...
September 08, 2017
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I get the most interesting responses when I tell people what I do for a...
August 31, 2017
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