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Jun 2018 19 Jun 19, 2018

The songs that come to mind in difficult moments give voice to the emotional contours of our life with God. At the same time, they shape and define that life with God. That is, our songs both express our prayers and form new prayers in us....Read More

Jun 2018 12 Jun 12, 2018
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We should approach our task with an intensity of focus that produces a solid outcome. This is counterintuitive for some churches, where worship leadership is handed to a young man whose primary qualification is that he can play an instrument or sing. It counters worship leaders who do only what is needed to get through Sunday so the focus is solely on the preaching of the Word. ...Read More

Nov 2017 13 Nov 13, 2017
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If you're reading this and you currently have little to no discernible gospel liturgy in place, I'd like to offer three thoughts and one exhortation that I hope are helpful in your worship planning....Read More

Aug 2017 17 Aug 17, 2017

The joy of the good news of Jesus outshines all other joys, making it seem like we must be dreaming, filling our mouths with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. So our worship services should feel joyful, right? On the whole, yes, of course, they should. But that is far from the whole story....Read More

May 2017 11 May 11, 2017
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Set lists are more than songs, and Sundays are more than gatherings. Every Sunday is an opportunity to call people to lift their eyes from unsatisfying idols to gaze at the infinite beauty of God....Read More

Jan 2017 5 Jan 5, 2017

Our lives are combusting with expectation and anticipation, and we're groaning for answers. Jesus knew this about us, better than we do. In fact, “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink’” (John 7:37)....Read More

Sep 2016 8 Sep 8, 2016

Emotions in worship are a touchy subject. They’re touchy because, first, worship is often intensely emotional, and, second, many of us have had unpleasant experiences with leaders who have abused that reality. In my opinion, there are two extremes, neither of which are healthy or biblical, and both of which should be avoided through pastoral wisdom and grace....Read More

Aug 2016 17 Aug 17, 2016
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Song and melody not only unite us with others, but also touch parts of our hearts that might surprise us. This Independence Day liturgy took a truth that wasn’t immediately at the forefront of my mind and moved me from passive forgetfulness into active gratitude....Read More

Jul 2016 22 Jul 22, 2016

In a day and age where so many distractions are fighting for our attention, one of the best ways we can help center our people’s hearts is through a specific and pointed call to worship. It urges people to turn from worldly distractions and set their minds, hearts, and attention on the glory of God....Read More

Jul 2016 8 Jul 8, 2016

Whatever the ambient volume of our sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. It is one of the most glorious truths in the universe: implicit, and seldom mentioned. That is, when we gather to worship at our local churches, behind all our prayers and all our songs, behind all our exhortations and all our encouragements: the Lord hears....Read More