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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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Reflection #24 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Have we become immune to the concept of holy expectation in contemporary worship?” Continue reading

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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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