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Three New Worship-Leading Initiatives for the New Ministry Season

“Having experienced over 25 years’ worth of starts to new ministry years during my time as a weekend warrior, I know occasionally you enter this time of year feeling the well has run dry, at which time a few Holy-Spirit-inspired fresh ideas often can jumpstart your creativity.”  Continue reading

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Reflection #39 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“For all the wonderful and extremely important impact of worship renewal over the past 30 years or so, especially contemporary worship music . . ., contemporary worship, as a general rule, at least as practiced in suburban America, does only a fair-to-middling job helping its adherents foster a healthy global perspective–a perspective concerned as much about what God is doing around the world (and especially where people are hurting) as it is about strengthening individuals’ walks with the Lord.”   Continue reading

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What Contemporary Worship Leaders Can Learn from the Gaithers

“Many years sufficiently removed from too-cool-for-school immaturity, I discovered, to my total surprise, that Bill and Gloria were terrific worship leaders–and not just for senior citizens–from whom contemporary worship leaders, if they will put their preconceptions aside, can learn much.” Continue reading

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Reflection #38 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Preaching in the contemporary American church unwittingly but not infrequently places improper focus on the deliverer, not the Deliverer.” Continue reading

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Reflection #37 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“The upside of contemporary worship’s come-as-you-are informality and spontaneity is often mitigated by worship leaders’ off-the-cuff rhetoric that, if not outright heretical, can paint a very insufficient, incomplete, or ill-informed picture of our Triune God.” Continue reading

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We Interrupt This Blog Series . . .

“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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