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“I bang [the drum of harmonic freshness] loudly in Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts, and Michaela and Nathanael DeLong were clearly listening.” Continue reading

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Reflection #36 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Church-hopping on many Sundays as my wife and I do, I’ve been impressed by the number of free-/low-church congregations trying to do a bit more with aesthetics and sacred space.” Continue reading

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Reflection #35 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Very few evangelical churches pursuing contemporary worship consider placing the announcements at the end of the service, but that, in my opinion, is the best place for them.” Continue reading

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Reflection #34 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Worship leaders, the dialogical nature of corporate worship–God speaks, we respond–will prompt no shortage of opportunities for your flock to seek out spiritual nourishment. . . .” Continue reading

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Reflection #33 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“In one of my worship classes at Judson University, I foster a discussion on constructing worship sets as narratives, and it never fails to elicit interesting results, as students–many, it seems, for the first time–consider the potential for worship sets to have the same story-telling power as operas, oratorios, suites, and song cycles.”  Continue reading

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Reflection #32 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“[I]s it at least somewhat possible that the great exodus of millennials from our churches (one article among 1.5M that popped up on a Google search) partly stems from their having been, every weekend for years, sequestered away to more kid-friendly digs, depriving them of the opportunity to acclimate to the sacred actions of their parents and grandparents in worship–to the extent that those same formative actions mean nothing to them now?”  Continue reading

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Reflection #31 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“The lighting director’s version of the Hippocratic Oath says, ‘First, do not distract.'”  Continue reading

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