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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.

A Thought to Consider in Light of the Well-Intended (and Possibly Completely Correct) Exhortation to Seize the Moment of “Unprecedented Opportunity”

“Xer and Yer worship leaders, if you’re going to ask boomers and builders to sing along with your live-streamed/pre-recorded worship set in the confines of their kitchens, laptops in tow, please let them sing a song or two from the soundtrack of their faith, too.  If ever there were a time to put ‘It Is Well with My Soul,’ ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness,’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ into regular rotation, this is it.” Continue reading

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A Time of Worship in the Academy before Sending Students Home

“Sometimes I fear for the future—the future of the world . . . the future of Christian higher education and the school that shaped me so well 35 years ago and to which I’ve dedicated the majority of my adult life . . . the future of my family—but when I choose to worship regardless, through the process I usually find myself trusting God at the end of my worship.” Continue reading

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A Thought or Two on “Learning to Like Contemporary Christian Music (the music I hate)”

“You want to play like Phil Keaggy–who has long contended his ferocious efforts on his ax are meant as an offering to the Lord–do it on the concert stage, not in the worship service. ” Continue reading

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Reflection #44 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Contemporary American worship can learn a thing or two from Taizé worship.” Continue reading

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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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