Category Archives: Uncategorized

Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 12

“As you survey your worship set on any given Sunday, ask yourself who gets the best action verbs.  If the answer isn’t the Father, Son, and/or Holy Spirit, there’s a problem.” Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A Few Podcasts You Might Really Enjoy

Full disclosure: I don’t regularly listen to podcasts for the following reasons: 1) I have already mourned, for many years, that unless I live to be 120, I am going to go to my grave with numerous fabulous books left … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A New Old Book You Will Want to Read

“Unlike so many authors–all of whom, understandably, must promote themselves in some fashion since their writing helps support their families and careers–Noland never seems to make grandiose self-referential splashes or pronouncements.” Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

MLK, Current Events, and 135-Year-Old Corporate Worship

To whatever extent it’s true that “silence is violence” (a fascinating discussion for another day, assuming one is  willing to engage in dispassionate, heuristic dialogue), newspaper op-eds and the various spheres (Twitter-, blogo-) of social media are rife with pacifists, such is the significant volume–quantity and loudness–of the commentary these days. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, worship | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A Prayer for Corporate Worship at the Beginning of a New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope 2021 has started well for you.  May God grant us grace to survive and thrive amidst whatever comes our way over the next 12 months.  Doctoral dissertations in sociology will be written in the years … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

Thoughts on Worship in the Academy at the End of a Rough Year

We celebrated the blessed end of a really difficult semester this past Saturday in the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts at Judson University.  (OK, we really celebrated Christmas, as is our wont in early December, but this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A New Christmas EP That Put a Smile on My Face This Weekend

At the end of a sometimes frustrating week, at the end of an often difficult semester, and at the end of a frequently laborious year (but at the beginning, praise God, of a still hopeful Advent season), I was made … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 10

Very rarely do the best baseball players turn into the best managers.  Sparky Anderson’s lifetime batting average was .218; Tony LaRussa’s, .199.  Mediocre numbers on the field didn’t stop either from becoming the only two managers to win a World … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 8b

“I’m not advocating that level of scrutiny for cwm necessarily, but it would be nice to get a sense periodically that an inner critic was at work a bit more often in cwm.” Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 8a

As was the case with Bob Dylan, I came late to the Leonard Cohen party, and I’ve been catching up ever since. Non-aficionados will at least recognize “Hallelujah,” his best-known song, one covered by a slew of artists over the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment