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 #37 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“The upside of contemporary worship’s come-as-you-are informality and spontaneity is often mitigated by worship leaders’ off-the-cuff rhetoric that, if not outright heretical, can paint a very insufficient, incomplete, or ill-informed picture of our Triune God.” Continue reading

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A Taste of Rich Mullins

“If you’re a plumber, and you become a Christian, you don’t quit being a plumber and become a preacher. You become a great plumber because your work is infused by your faith.” ~ Rich Mullins Continue reading

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We Interrupt This Blog Series . . .

“I bang [the drum of harmonic freshness] loudly in Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts, and Michaela and Nathanael DeLong were clearly listening.” Continue reading

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Reflection #36 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Church-hopping on many Sundays as my wife and I do, I’ve been impressed by the number of free-/low-church congregations trying to do a bit more with aesthetics and sacred space.” Continue reading

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Reflection #35 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Very few evangelical churches pursuing contemporary worship consider placing the announcements at the end of the service, but that, in my opinion, is the best place for them.” Continue reading

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Reflection #34 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Worship leaders, the dialogical nature of corporate worship–God speaks, we respond–will prompt no shortage of opportunities for your flock to seek out spiritual nourishment. . . .” Continue reading

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Reflection #33 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“In one of my worship classes at Judson University, I foster a discussion on constructing worship sets as narratives, and it never fails to elicit interesting results, as students–many, it seems, for the first time–consider the potential for worship sets to have the same story-telling power as operas, oratorios, suites, and song cycles.”  Continue reading

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