Author Archives: Warren Anderson

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 #30 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Engineers go to engineering school.  Accountants go to business school.  Why does the contemporary American Church, as a general rule, act as if there is little merit in worship leaders going to worship school?” Continue reading

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Reflection #29 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Where lyrics in contemporary worship music (cwm) are concerned, erring on the side of charity honors God.” Continue reading

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Reflection #28 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

This is post number 28 in a series of random reflections I have been amassing over the past couple of years since retiring from steady, local-church, “weekend warrior” worship ministry.  These ruminations are in no particular order, and they vary … Continue reading

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An Easter Gift from the Judson University Choir

I hope all reading this had a blessed Easter, a blessed Resurrection Sunday yesterday.  To allow the celebration to linger just a bit, this week’s blog post features a wonderful, neo-classical choral piece the Judson University Choir sang a few years … Continue reading

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Reflection #27 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Using video for any of the reasons above is commendable.  Using video just for the sake of using video isn’t–and smacks of us-too activity done solely to make sure folks know we’re hip and relevant. ” Continue reading

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Reflection #26 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“How do we best collect the offering in the day of online giving, Google Pay, and Venmo?” Continue reading

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30 Minutes with Ian

Last week, I had the distinct privilege of contributing to “The Common Good,” a radio show produced in Chicagoland by WYLL, which features two hours of interesting reflections, opinions, and general musings about life, the Church, faith, and whatever else … Continue reading

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