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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.

Adjusting Your Worship Set in Light of a Local Tragedy

“The Lord be with you, worship leaders!  Your role, always important, is critical in the aftermath of tragedy.” Continue reading

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Reflection #23 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“I am saddened but not surprised when pastors fall or leave the Church burned out beyond recognition; I am most saddened to recognize the woeful insufficiency of my prayers for my pastors over the years.” Continue reading

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Reflection #22 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Church is powerful when it embodies this inclusion. . . . becom[ing] the home away from home where we offer each other a place to reunite, be fed, commune, wash, rest, and receive what we need for the road.” Continue reading

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Reflection #21 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“If you can embrace the notion that the word God has given pastors for any given Sunday morning might be delivered as or even more effectively via a shorter sermon, you then allow for the possibility that God might have equally important words He wishes to convey via different channels other than the preaching.” Continue reading

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Reflection #20 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“God’s word shall not return to Him empty but will accomplish His purposes (Is. 55:11).  How cool, and what a privilege, to be the conduit!” Continue reading

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Grace for the Worship Leader

“Worship leaders, be encouraged.  Your congregations don’t need your perfect example.  They don’t need your exhortations to really sing or to authentically worship.  What they need most from you is your quiet recognition that in your (and their) weakness, God will be strong–and that far from needing or even desiring our frenzied activity for His worship, God will provide the means by which He will facilitate our worship.” Continue reading

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Seventh Day of Christmas Gift

On the seventh day of Christmas, that guy whose blogs I read occasionally gave to me . . . not seven swans a-swimming but this video of Rev. Huntley Brown, an itinerant pianist who has traveled the world with the … Continue reading

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