“It’s somber and a little menacing, melodically. It’s the one I used to sing when 1) my voice was shot, and 2) when I knew there’d be a lot of older folks in the congregation. Old folks love to feel guilty for Christmas. IE, what happens when you give a Christian comedian a microphone for too long.” – Mike C. “Every time someone sings “Mary, Did You Know” an angel rolls his eyes. And I die a little inside.” -… Read more

For your average worshiper, Christmas Eve is a beautiful time of carols, candlelight, and community. For organists, choristers, choirmasters, and music directors, however, it’s nearing the end of the most grueling season of the year. And there are so many things that can go terribly wrong. Here are ten things that strike horror into the hearts of jaded and exhausted church musicians. 10. “And now to kick off our new blended Christmas Eve service, please welcome our worship band.” 9…. Read more

What are the Christmas songs you hate? Which ones can you not stand to be lumped in with Christmas? Read more

The firestorm of sexual abuse and harassment stories has officially reached evangelical Christianity. You might not know the name Judge Paul Pressler, but you should. Without him, the largest (though currently shrinking) Christian denomination would look quite different. Pressler is now 87 and retired. He surfaces now and then to endorse GOP political candidates or throw temper tantrums on the convention floor, but he is no longer a vocal leader. That’s why it has been jarring for some to hear… Read more

How to do worship is not fundamentally a question of preference, but meaning. Read more

The commercialization of our music for worship has led to a global takeover by a few key players in the so-called “worship industry.” Read more

Apparently Mark Driscoll’s blog now has a home in this neighborhood. Yes, that Mark Driscoll. Don’t recall? Let me refresh your memory. This is the Mark Driscoll who built a Seattle megachurch in his own image. “I am the brand,” he was reported to say. This is the guy who claimed men hated the church because it made Jesus into a “Richard Simmons, hippie queer Christ.” “I cannot worship a guy I can beat up,” he said. It’s the one… Read more

The practices that much of Christianity dismisses as artificial ‘traditions of men’ have a Biblical and historical foundation. Read more

I get the most interesting responses when I tell people what I do for a living. “You must play guitar!” No. “Do you have your own band?!?” No. “Have you heard the new Hillsong album? I just love it.” Let me stop you right there. Let’s start over with the introductions. I’m Jonathan. I’m a church music director. And these are all things I’d rather listen to than the new Hillsong album. 71. Elmo, Abby, and Rosita sing “If You’re… Read more

Everyone is talking about Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church. Apparently, they didn’t open their doors to flood victims until they had been thoroughly roasted on social media. It’s more than a bad look. The city is devastated. We are used to flooding, and we thought we’d seen the worst of it before. But we’ve never seen anything like this. The gravity of this situation is enormous. Believe me, I really want to jump in on the criticism. But I can’t…. Read more

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