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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.

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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Reflection #39 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“For all the wonderful and extremely important impact of worship renewal over the past 30 years or so, especially contemporary worship music . . ., contemporary worship, as a general rule, at least as practiced in suburban America, does only a fair-to-middling job helping its adherents foster a healthy global perspective–a perspective concerned as much about what God is doing around the world (and especially where people are hurting) as it is about strengthening individuals’ walks with the Lord.”   Continue reading

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What Contemporary Worship Leaders Can Learn from the Gaithers

“Many years sufficiently removed from too-cool-for-school immaturity, I discovered, to my total surprise, that Bill and Gloria were terrific worship leaders–and not just for senior citizens–from whom contemporary worship leaders, if they will put their preconceptions aside, can learn much.” Continue reading

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