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About Warren Anderson

Emmaus Road Worshipers is written by Dr. Warren Anderson, Director of the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts at Judson University (Elgin, Ill.), where he also directs the Judson University Choir. A Judson alumnus, he has served his alma mater in a number of capacities over the past 30+ years, especially the chapel ministry, which he led for 22 years. From 1982-2016, Dr. Anderson served six different churches--American Baptist (X2), Converge, Evangelical Free Church of America, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist--as a "weekend warrior" worship musician/pastor. He is a former member of the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine. The views expressed in this blog are not necessarily the views of Judson University.

Reflection #18 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“How powerful it was for grandparents, sitting with other oldsters, to look across the room to see their grandkids in the young-and-hip section raising their hands in worship.  And how powerful for the kids to see their ‘ancient’ relatives, tears streaming down their faces, singing a familiar hymn. ” Continue reading

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Reflection #17, part 2, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Worship leaders that find opportunities to share thoughts along these lines with their congregations–judiciously, graciously, and regularly–will help the process by which their congregations mature in their faith, moving from the milk, say, of “Jesus Loves Me,” so crucial during spiritual infancy, to the meat of deeper theological reflection and understanding, which leads, I would argue, to a richer and more satisfying worship–and serves as a fitting response to the command of Christ to love the Lord our God with all of our mind.” Continue reading

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Reflection #17, part 1, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Failure to embrace a Trinitarian view of worship leads us to extremely unhealthy worship behavior that, at its core, is contrary to the Gospel itself.” Continue reading

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Worship-leading Lessons from Mr. Rogers

“Worship leaders, especially those with new-found insight, aspects of Christian worship that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt would, in fact, be beneficial to your congregation if they would only embrace them, you will never move people to new ways of thinking if they don’t sense that you not only love them (which is your Christian duty) but also like them as they right now, which is a conscious choice.”  Continue reading

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A Gift from the Judson University Choir

The Judson University Choir traveled to Iowa and Illinois over the weekend as part of our annual fall tour.  I didn’t have much time to write, so I’ll plan to continue the series of reflections on worship in the contemporary … Continue reading

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An Appreciation of Eugene Peterson (in Three Parts)

“We would sin a great deal more than we do if we were only energetic enough and were provided more generous opportunities.” Continue reading

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Reflection #16 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Creative contemporary worship leaders are using a variety of instruments–beyond the stereotypical praise band lineup (electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keys, and vocalists)–to great effect.” Continue reading

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