Over the last two years, I have been writing a self-biographical novel titled “What the Church has Taught Me : and What I am Trying to Forget.” It is basically a story of this artist/father/son as he struggles in his attempt to find a place and purpose in the Kingdom as both a servant and a son. In anticipation of it’s publication, The Worship Community has graciously allowed me to publish a couple of chapters of the book for your enjoyment/critique, but be forewarned. This is a vain attempt to hook you on the story, and then compel you to purchase a copy when it releases! I hope you are okay with that. Please enjoy, and know that your opinion is both welcome and necessary!
Advent is the time when God breaks in on us with new surprises and touches us with a renewing and restoring power. –Robert Webber, Ancient Future Time
It’s the time of year when we enter into the season of Advent, which comes from the Latin adventus, meaning arrival or coming. Advent is traditionally a time when people slow down and take time to celebrate and prepare for Jesus’ birth at Christmas time. Many religious traditions choose not to sing songs of Christ’s birth until Christmas Day since Advent is not a time of joy, but of longing for the coming of the Savior. [Read more...]
Well, it’s that time of year again and I know that many of you are swimming in last-minute choir rehearsals and church presentations. So, in the spirit of a little respite, I thought I’d share with you some lesser-known songs you won’t likely be singing in your church this Sunday, but nonetheless are some of my personal favorites.
Bob Kauflin (of Sovereign Grace Ministries) recently engaged in an interesting conversation with David Powlison (of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation) to discuss the powerful connection between Worship and Counseling among the Body of Christ.
As Kauflin so eloquently states, “Leading worship is a pastoral function before it’s a musical one.”
My current job title is “band director” within a creative arts team at a local church. Essentially my job is to help the instruments and the church worship during our weekend service gatherings. I wish I could say that I spend a good majority of my time focused on answering the question of why we worship, but the sad truth is that my time is focused around how we worship.
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I just love Christmas. Really, I do. Except for the few months following the holiday season, I could literally listen to Christmas music for hours. (In fact I annoy everyone in my office by starting to play Christmas music on July 3rd!) That being said, I have anticipated this album’s release since February when my friends from Nashville wrote about their experience in recording this live album with Chris. Most of their comments were so powerful and exciting that I knew something special was waiting in this release.