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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 #4 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

Could it be that churches pursuing contemporary worship will swing the pendulum back a bit to reclaim a few liturgical practices? Continue reading

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Reflection #3 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Change comes slowly, often too slowly, but it comes.” Continue reading

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Reflection #2 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“As a worship tour guide, don’t assume the congregation will necessarily know what to look for–or even how to recognize it when they see it.” Continue reading

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Reflection #1 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“[CWM” is, on average, getting better all the time.” Continue reading

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50 Reflections on Worship in the Contemporary American Church — An Introduction

According to my records, my last post to this blog was almost three years ago, which is rather hard to believe, but a lot has happened in that time.  My father died.  My wife’s step-father died.  My daughter graduated from … Continue reading

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Hand Bells? At Willow Creek? Huh?

Willow Creek Community Church, on the heels of its annual Global Leadership Summit, featured Dr. Henry Cloud as the speaker for its weekend services on Saturday and Sunday.  So far, so good.  No big whoop. Willow Creek Community Church, for … Continue reading

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Worship at Its Core

One of the true privileges of my job in the Center for Worship in the Performing Arts at Judson University is helping to train young people who will serve the Church as worship leaders.  Seeing how their knowledge expands, by God’s … Continue reading

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