“I’m not a singer”
“Nobody wants to hear my tone-deaf voice”
“I’ve heard cats fighting that sound better than me when I sing.”
“Children turn around and stare at me in church if I open my mouth.”
In my years of music ministry I’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why someone should not sing. Frankly, it’s often the excuses made that make me cringe, not the voices. As George Sweeting once said, “Excuses only satisfy the one who gives it”.
I don’t believe it honors God to infer that the very thing He created you to do, He messed up. … Continue reading
Before you think this is going to be a diatribe against Contemporary Christian Music and radio, sorry to disappoint, you’re reading the wrong blog.
Attend a biblically-solid Christian conference and many things will encourage you. Powerful preaching, rich fellowship and robust congregational singing. At different events such as T4G, Shepherds’ Conference, Sing!, Ekklesia, or my own church’s Steadfast Conference, what often strikes people is not the caliber of musicianship, but the glorious sound of voices exuberantly working together to drown out the musicians. Some events have full orchestras and bands, while others simply have a piano.… Continue reading
Like many others, over the last number of days I’ve been reliving great memories as I’ve listened to the incredible discography of Aretha Franklin. Her voice was unparalleled in music history. With a career that spanned decades, she sang for Pavarotti, presidents and popes, was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the consummate diva, and daughter of a Baptist minister.
The Queen of Soul needed no introduction and she loved to sing. It was who she was and her talent was what we, the masses, knew most about her. She said once, “Being a singer is a natural gift.… Continue reading
A few months ago I visited a wonderful church in America’s heartland. I had been asked to assist their music ministry and consult on what it means to have a Pastor over Worship. It was encouraging to share in what was going on at their church and I was sharpened by their great questions. Of course, coming from hot and dry California, it was especially rejuvenating to be surrounded by endless fields and beautiful, big blue skies, but there was joy greater in serving and worshipping with this Church, even though I had only known them for a few days. While I came to serve them, they encouraged my soul and reminded me of the sweet fellowship we have in our bonds of Christ.… Continue reading
Okay, the headline is meant more to get your attention than it is a command. I have personally never used Uber, and have no qualms against them. I am sure there are lovely people who drive for Uber or Lyft, or any other rideshare program for that matter. I am also certain there are wonderful opportunities for evangelism when you sign up to drive for such a company. Really this post has nothing to do with Uber. Honestly, I created a decoy to tell you why over the last few months, I have a new love for the church, both local and universal… and yes, Uber plays a small part.… Continue reading