What are you listening to?

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97808794699931We’ve just come out of Holy Week; the most important week in the year for believers. Some may say that Christmas is their favorite holiday, with all it’s festivities and joy; however, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are the whole reason for the Christmas season. For without Holy Week, Christmas would be a meaningless, child’s holiday with no more significance than another birthday party.

My heart and mind is filled with music during this time of year. The music of Good Friday, often in its minor keys, helps me focus on the anguish of the cross which was borne on my behalf. … Continue reading

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Immediately practical music tips for pastors

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worship-musicLast week, John MacArthur and The Master’s Seminary hosted a historic summit on Biblical Inerrancy. Over 4 days, 18 sessions were presented by some of evangelicalism’s most well-known pastors, theologians and historians, affirming that there is no other authority by which we stand, than the authority of Scripture. It was thrilling to stand alongside 5000+ ministers of the Gospel in such a declaration. However, it was also equally stirring to hear the voices of these men reverberate in glorious song, as Dr. Clayton Erb and the entire music department of Grace Community Church, along with Keith & Kristyn Getty, and Fernando Ortega, led us before the throne grace through music.… Continue reading

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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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Chapter 10: Corporate Worship – part deux

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41Be-zFOs6L9 Marks of a Healthy Church is a great book focusing on the essentials of church and ministry. Dever’s work is a blessing to every local church because he distinguishes essentials in a church. Each mark is required for a church to exalt God. There is however, one essential “mark” deserving its own chapter. Due to blogging and creative license, the missing chapter can now be composed (without Dever’s permission). (In fact, his book needs no addition to be great, but we the church do need to understand this subject). What is the missing chapter? The Worship Service.

This chapter seeks to answer the question, “What does biblical corporate worship require?” There are many forms of corporate worship and God’s Word is silent on many “common” elements in our corporate worship.… 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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