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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.

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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Reflection #25, part 4, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“There is always much more to learn–especially from cultures and worshiping communities who, as Rich Mullins once said, underline different parts of their Bible than you do.'” Continue reading

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Reflection #25, part 3, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Worship leaders, as you graciously seek to allow your worship sets a more substantial place at the Sunday-morning table–not necessarily in time, but in substance–the Lord be with you as you hold up the ideal even in the face of counterexamples that testify to our fallen condition.  Worship can be transformative, and we should pursue transformation as we plan.  The fact that not everyone will be transformed is no reason to set our sights lower.” Continue reading

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Reflection #25, part 2, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Worship is the weekly practice at not being God.” Continue reading

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Reflection #25, part 1, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“I have written before of music’s power to get into my father’s soul in the midst of dementia that robbed him of pretty much everything else in life.  Might we consider how that power can be unleashed in corporate worship?” Continue reading

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