Towards Worship Formation

August 2nd Update

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I know many of you have been wanting a full update on what’s going on, and I am sorry that it has taken so long, but here it is. First, I want to thank so many of you for your continued prayers and MANY demonstrations of physical and emotional support over the last month. We are so grateful. Ok, so here’s what’s been going on: Sarah had successful surgery to remove the tumor on July 12th. The doctor is confident that he extracted most if not all of the tumor…read more

The Whole Story

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Here I will tell the whole story of what’s going on in my family’s life right now. Specifically, Sarah’s health issues. You may continue to follow this blog for future updates as they are available. tl;dr – Sarah has a brain tumor and will need surgery very soon. It all started Christmas Eve of 2015. Sarah had her first migraine while celebrating Christmas with our family. It was rough, but it was a singular event, and we didn’t think too much of it. I won’t go into every little detail,…read more

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Coming to the table

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I. Love. Food. There. I said it. I grew up with a mom who was a caterer, and now my parents run a successful bed and breakfast and all those years of “practice” for my mom have clearly paid off. I have instilled this love of food in my wife now – she didn’t really know there were so many amazing combinations of flavors until we were married. Of course, she now searches for new recipes and even last night we enjoyed some fantastic shrimp bisque for dinner. Dairy free,…read more

In the defense of “modern worship” Part 2

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So, last post I gave a very non-specific and general overview of the history of worship in the church, mostly dealing with musical issues. If you haven’t read it, you may read it here. Now, I’m going to give my actual defense of the music used in worship today and build my thesis that: no one has ever gotten worship right, and we never will until the return of Christ. If there is one point to be taken away from my previous post, it should be that there is no one…read more

In the defense of “modern worship” Part 1

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If you are at all interested in the music of the church and you have glanced at Facebook or Twitter over the past 6-9 months, you have probably noticed a slew of posts slamming the “modern worship” movement. Now, I put “modern worship” into quotes because, in reality, there’s nothing “modern” about worship. Worship itself has been around since before the foundation of the world when perfect worship occurred solely between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, in His brilliant creativity and grace, created man and then allows us…read more

Advent Awakening

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“There’s been an awakening…” These are the first words ever heard from the new film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when the original teaser trailer debuted about a year ago. From that point until last night, there has been an advent of sorts as fans, casual and passionate alike, awaited the release of the new film. In many ways, it was shrouded in secrecy with little knowledge released, recycled footage in each subsequent trailer or commercial, and gag orders put on everyone who worked on the film. So, even in…read more

Why Do We Preach?

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In his book, Vertical Church James MacDonald says: …worship…is eternal while preaching is temporal. On earth even the best of preachers is just inciting worship as a participant, but in heaven the only preaching will be God inviting our worship as recipient. We preach so that worship will increase, not the reverse…We don’t worship so that preaching will be more impactful for us; we preach so that worship will be more impactful for God. This hit the nail on the head for something I always thought must/should/could be true, but was too nervous…read more

When you have 10 jobs

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This November, I will be speaking at the Worship Facilities Expo in Nashville. As part of the preparation for that event, I was asked to write a practical article for someone working in the church and decided to post it here as well. You can find out more about the conference here: http://wfxweb.com/2015/   Technology has changed the church in ways I don’t think anyone could have ever predicted. Sunday services used to depend on a piano, singer, pastor and good acoustics and now have setups that rival some national production…read more

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What (and how) does worship teach?

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It’s a strange thing to think that we are “taught” something in worship, or at least it would have been a strange thing for me to think a few years ago. Perhaps that is why I am now using the word “formed” in place of “taught,” but it is still instruction in one way or another. Now, this is not a new concept at all. We see, especially in the Old Testament, that poetry and songs used in worship were used to teach people the things of God or remind…read more

What does worship do?

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WDWD? Sorry, brief throwback to 90s Christian subculture. It was too hard to avoid the temptation. It’s a strange thought to think that our worship does anything, but in reality, there’s a lot going on when God’s people bring Him praise. To be clear, I’m talking about specific worship acts here, whether done alone or in small groups – prayer, Scripture reading, song, meditation, fasting, and a whole list of other possibilities – rather than just the all-important “life worship” that should be our normal way of living. First, what…read more