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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Prelude

“The same basic elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm drive a worship song the same way they drive a secular song; hence, we can analyze how well the melody works, how helpful the harmonic structure supports that melody, and how effectively the rhythm propels both in all songs that are meant to be sung, whether by a soloist, a small vocal ensemble, a choir, or a congregation.” Continue reading

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Should Contemporary Worship Music Be Beautiful? … Part III

“’Beauty is most emphatically not the necessary and sufficient condition of aesthetic excellence,’ offers Nicholas Wolterstorff in the classic Art in Action.  Hence, the pursuit of beauty in our worship need not involve stained glass or pipe organs (though it can), nor does it mandate multiple-thousand-dollar lighting rigs or sophisticated sound systems (though it can).”  Continue reading

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Should Contemporary Worship Music Be Beautiful? … Part II

“Worship leaders, we tend to do really well, as Torgerson suggests, celebrating the immanent nature of God.  I encourage us all to give a little more time in our congregational singing sets to God’s transcendence.” Continue reading

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How Do Black Lives Matter in Suburban American Contemporary Worship? Part I

“First, contemporary American worship must be willing to break the status-quo mold in times of crisis–and then periodically ever after.”  Continue reading

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Should Contemporary Worship Music Be Beautiful? … Part I

“Beautiful space can speak of order, stability, and the absolute in a society of chaos and relativity, and bring quietness and peace to the inner person (Robert Webber).” Continue reading

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Rich Mullins on Temptation and Our Sovereign God

“The good news of the grace of God is far more significant than my own personal, pious victories.” Continue reading

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Rich Mullins on the Dangers of “Worship Buzz”

“It worries me that in churches the demand among people my age and younger is that we make services more exciting to us.” Continue reading

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More Wisdom from Rich Mullins (Part 3)

“The Scriptures don’t teach us to be assertive.  The Scriptures teach us–and this is remarkable–the Scriptures teach us to be submissive.  This is not a popular idea.” Continue reading

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A Little Wisdom from Rich Mullins for Holy Week and Beyond, Part 1

“Sometimes I find it hard to pray.  Maybe that’s why I’ve written so many prayer songs–’cause it’s easier if you sing sometimes.” Continue reading

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A Whole Mess of Excellent Resources to Consider in These Unsettling Times

“Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity is probably well familiar with the wealth of great material generated by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. . . .” Continue reading

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