Towards Worship Formation

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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Rehearsing the Gospel Story

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Well, I know it’s been a bit since where has been an update here, and a lot has happened since I last posted! So, here’s a quick refresher: 1. Worship is our love for something expressed. We worship a lot of things – family, money, possessions, jobs, status, sports, and of course, God. It’s how we align our worship that matters. 2. Formation is the way things and ideas are formed into our hearts and minds primarily through external influences – TV, advertising, education, friends, family, social media. When we…read more

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Worship Formation

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Well, seeing as I had to try 3 times to use the right password for my blog, it has been a while since I have posted last! Busy summer, broken computer, new baby, and life in general has slowed this train down a bit. However, here I am, ready to finally post defining “Worship Formation” as I see it. In many ways, this post has been quite a few years in the making, and I am so glad to be able to put words to what has been in my heart…read more

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The Year

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Well, here we are, just past the anniversary of our senior pastor’s death. I don’t think that anyone could have even begun to predict what the past 18 months have been at Trinity, and there are some things I would certainly wish were different, but I also see what God has done in the midst of extreme adversity. (note: this post could get pretty ramblely…) The great thing about tragedy is that God shows up in ways that we weren’t looking for Him in times of joy. He meets us…read more

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Next Generation Leader

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I think what I appreciated most about this particular book is the fact that in many respects, Andy Stanley was speaking about me and my generation when he wrote it. Just a few simple points about what it means to be a leader, and how the culture of leaders is beginning to change. The challenges that will come, and the environment will probably change, but this next generation of leaders has much hope thanks to those who have gone before us like Andy Stanley. Much of what he has accomplished…read more

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The Song We Now Sing

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Well, it’s been nearly two weeks now since we all received the news that our senior pastor had taken his own life. I can honestly say that it is not really getting any easier yet. There will come a day when life will return to normal and grief and struggle will not be a daily concern, and for each of us it will probably come at a different time, but for now, we will sing this song together. I was really struck by the idea of singing the song of…read more

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God's Pleasures

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As most of you are probably tired of hearing by now, I’m a big fan of the writing of John Piper. There’s just something about the way he expresses the Word of God that’s so different from many other authors out there. I was given the chance to read his book The Pleasures of God recently and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The major premise of most of Piper’s writings is that we have a God of pleasure and joy, a point many people seem to miss. The “rules”…read more

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The decisions of a president

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So much of what we know about the workings of our country today is colored by the media. Really, from both sides, it seems we rarely know the truth, but only what a particular news source wants us to know. What I appreciated most about President Bush’s book is the candid way he approached each topic. He explained exactly what he did and why he did it. The book is organized by event or topic, rather than chronologically, and he takes the time to address most of the major issues…read more

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Overwhelmed by Prayer

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Have you ever been overwhelmed by prayer? I am today.There are just so many needs in the world.  So many needs in my small corner of the world.  So many friends and acquaintances who are hurting.  I met a lady on Sunday who loves her husband, but is getting a divorce because all he cares about are his drugs, not his wife and kids.  I’ve already forgotten their names, but all she wants is for him to be radically changed by Jesus! It just seems like I could pray and…read more

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Time to Get Lucky!

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Well, as you all know, I have a super popular blog.I think my random musings get about 10 hits a month.  However, if you’re here reading this, you’re probably reading my most read post to date, and I write that without actually knowing what’s going to happen.If you’re here, you probably saw my post on twitter or facebook, and you want to know about SEX.That’s right boys (and probably girls too).  You saw the post, and you couldn’t help but click.  That’s why I wrote this to begin with –…read more

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