How to Sing!

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20090520_SingingInCarIt’s no secret that I love to sing (which is good, since I’m a church music director). And I know I’m not the only one who loves to sing. Just look to your right and left when stopped at a traffic light.  You’ll see everyone from mild-mannered business men, to teenage girls, singing along to the radio (one of my favorite games, is trying to figure out which station they’re listening too). People will sing anywhere! And what is it about the shower that makes everyone think that they are the next Luciano Pavarotti? So I know I’m not alone in my love of singing, because people love to sing.… Continue reading

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Reprise: Pastor, Beware of your Music Minister

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url-1Earlier this Summer I had the opportunity to serve for two weeks at City Evangelical Church in Leeds, England. Among the many wonderful English traditions I partook in, was the magnificent experience of attending a rugby match between longtime rivals, the Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats. The atmosphere was so exciting and quickly made me a rugby enthusiast. Pressed shoulder to shoulder in a raucous crowd, people hopped up on adrenaline (and probably a few pints) stood for nearly three hours, enthusiastically supporting their hometown heroes. Yet there was a unique element to this exuberant crowd. In their excitement they did not cheer…they sang.… Continue reading

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With Hearts Full of Thankfulness

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Happy ThanksgivingI’m incredibly grateful for ParkingSpace23, and I hope you are too. I’m not just thankful for the blog, but what that oil-stained piece of asphalt actually stands for. However, today I want to take a different approach. We tend to be pretty heavy with most of our topics, so today we’re going to get in the thanksgiving spirit and just be thankful.

The thing I love about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it’s the one holiday in the western world that still remains relatively untouched by Hallmark, consumerism and marketing. Its whole emphasis is so counter-cultural to our society of entitlement, that I’m amazed it has lasted so long.… Continue reading

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TCAC: Exalting God Together in Song

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filtering-songs Growing up I remember my dad singing a simple song called A Song Holy Angels Cannot Sing. The lyrics were as follows:

Angels never knew the joy that is mine
For the blood has never washed their sins away,
tho they sing in Heaven there will come a time,
when silently they’ll listen to me sing “Amazing Grace.”

It’s a song Holy Angels cannot sing,
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!”
It’s a song Holy Angels cannot sing,
“I once was lost, but now I’m found!”

Holy is the LORD, the angels sing,
All around the throne of GOD continually;
For me to join their song will be a natural thing,
But they just won’t know the words to “Love Lifted Me”.                Continue reading

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