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 #15 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“I will try hard not to roll my eyes every time a preacher throws in gratuitous references to daily workout regimens, and I hope my physically fit friends will extend a little grace to those of us who can’t buy off the rack in most stores.” Continue reading

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Keller on Kavanaugh (Sorta)

“[T]houghtful Christians, all trying to obey God’s call, c[an] reasonably appear at different places on the political spectrum, with loyalties to different political strategies.” Continue reading

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Reflection #14 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Churches that use high-top tables in place of pulpits would do well to find other ways to convey God’s transcendence in their worship services.” Continue reading

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Reflection #13 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“I also wonder if younger people, whose reliance on screens is well documented, might actually get more out of messages delivered via video feeds.”  Continue reading

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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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