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 #12 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

” Simply put, the best drummers for corporate worship are those we don’t notice in any particular way, who don’t draw particular attention to their chops.” Continue reading

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Reflection #11 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“I confess, I don’t always feel comfortable in the comfort of my casual dress, and I wonder if, perhaps, there are deeper issues at stake for believers, if collectively we should think a bit more about what our typical church-going attire communicates–to others and to God.” Continue reading

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Reflection #10 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Churches that can’t afford a full-time worship pastor but can afford rock-concert light assemblies and Hollywood-ready screens and projectors might want to rethink their budget priorities.” Continue reading

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Reflection #9 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“The ‘overwhelming, never-ending’ I-IV-V-vi harmonic structure of so many contemporary worship songs underserves a Church whose Subject and Object of worship is the Creator of the infinitely diverse universe.” Continue reading

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Reflection #8 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“I still prefer listening to pastors who don’t look like they stopped by the church on their way to the afternoon’s WWE matinee.”  Continue reading

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A Thought on and a Prayer for Willow Creek (and for All of Us)

“[Power], if left unchecked by worship, [will] destroy me, my marriage, and anything I have to give to the world” (Andy Crouch). Continue reading

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Reflection #7 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“How many of us discipline ourselves with any kind of regularity when eating at a restaurant that features a TV in every corner?” Continue reading

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