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February 17, 2019
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
Lord, enthroned in heav'nly splendor, first-begotten from the dead, Thou alone, our strong Defender, liftest...
February 15, 2019
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February 08, 2019
Friday Worship Quote: N.T. Wright on Good Liturgy
[W]hat we wear, where we stand, how we move (vesture, posture, and gesture) all matter,...
February 01, 2019
Friday Worship Quote: A. Daniel Frankforter on Phony Fun Worship
"Much Protestant worship consists of a desperate attempt to make it look as if something...
January 31, 2019
“M” Worship, Exhibit A: Bethel Church Worships Themselves
Last week's post on masturbatory worship certainly received the response I was anticipating. Many of...
January 30, 2019
A Simple Way to Improve Congregational Singing: Get Rid of the Carpet
I'm not exactly sure who first thought it would be a good idea to line...
January 27, 2019
Dear Youth (For Young People Who Loathe Entertainment Church)
Yep. I'm with you. Not very long ago, I was one of you. Sitting in...
January 25, 2019
Friday Worship Quote: Simon Chan on the Purpose of Music in Worship
“If music is to fulfill its intended purpose in worship, it has to be understood...
January 23, 2019
Masturbatory Worship and the Contemporary Church
Contemporary megachurch-style worship is a self-worshiping, self-referential, nearly auto-erotic pursuit. Many times, I've chosen to...
January 14, 2019
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January 09, 2019
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Most of the time when I talk about church music it's tied into its function...
January 07, 2019
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I recently read an online article entitled, "Where Next for Contemporary Worship?" It was actually...
January 03, 2019
Worship Myth: Worship Must Be Spontaneous
Neither praise nor worship have a style. They are to be spontaneous, unrehearsed, and...
December 24, 2018
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December 23, 2018
Off the Wall Worship: Why Screens Hurt Congregations
I should preface the following remarks by saying I am not anti-technology. How could I...
December 22, 2018
When Music Equals Worship: For Musicians, Worshipers, and Worship Leaders
One of the most frustrating misconceptions borne out of the commercial Christian worship movement is...
December 19, 2018
Churches, Don’t Be TOO Hospitable This Christmas Eve
As a professional church musician, Christmas Eve is probably my favorite holy day of the...
December 17, 2018
Hillsong Worship Makes “O Holy Night” Unrecognizable
Relevant online recently shared Hillsong's new version of O Holy Night, claiming it will "give...
December 06, 2018
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December 03, 2018
Handel’s Young Messiah: Why Christian Culture Can’t Have Nice Things
Someone asked me the other day if I was planning to check out the new...
November 30, 2018
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October 30, 2018
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October 29, 2018
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As a professional Christian, I don't get many Sundays off. In fact, I tend to...
October 25, 2018
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September 25, 2018
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September 06, 2018
The Contemporary “Worship” Song I’d Love to Ban For All Eternity
I need to be honest with everyone. There are a lot of contemporary worship songs...
August 31, 2018
Once and for All, Let’s Stop Trying to Make Worship Relevant
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