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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 #43 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Not wittingly, of course, but while encouraging worshipers to “celebrate Jesus,” “[run] out of that grave,” and/or “bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, ‘My God, how great Thou art'” (this isn’t just a contemporary worship issue), how often did I merely serve up a shot of spiritual cortisone when some kind of ministerial out-patient surgery would have been more appropriate?” Continue reading

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Blessings for 2020 from a Small, Traditional Church

The pastor gave us three certainties for the new year: 1) We’re going to have needs (be they spiritual, physical, relational, financial); 2) we’re going to need help; and 3) we’re not alone.  Continue reading

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Lessons for Congregational Singing from Advent Worship

“There are lessons to be learned about congregational singing from typical churches’ Advent worship.” Continue reading

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Reflection #42 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“It’s been good to see so many other writers incorporating The Big Story’s essence.” Continue reading

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Reflection #41 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Now that I’m no longer praying about, laboring over, and rehearsing through worship services–when I’m, frankly, just showing up on Sunday morning in various stages of unpreparedness like the vast majority of lay congregants–I find (surprise) that my knee-jerk expectations for what transpires and (for the purposes of this post) how long it will all take have changed.” Continue reading

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Reflection #40 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“[S]ome songs do run the risk of becoming a bit bland near the end, so why not help the cause by taking the energy up a notch with a modulation?” Continue reading

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Three New Worship-Leading Initiatives for the New Ministry Season

“Having experienced over 25 years’ worth of starts to new ministry years during my time as a weekend warrior, I know occasionally you enter this time of year feeling the well has run dry, at which time a few Holy-Spirit-inspired fresh ideas often can jumpstart your creativity.”  Continue reading

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