Towards Worship Formation

The reason we sing

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I am currently preparing to teach on Sunday, March 16th, continuing in our series unpacking the Gospel by way of Ephesians. Basically, by the “luck of the draw” I ended up with 5:18-21. This passages reads: 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence…read more

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Vote for your favorite piano piece!

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Although the evenings of my last few weeks have been completely dominated by the 2014 Olympics in Sochi (that and homework for my classes), I thought after all the medals were doled out, I would pursue another music composition project. I’m a little out of practice as of late, so I thought I would begin with an orchestral transcription of a great piano piece. So, I spent a nice, relaxing part of my day off today (in between errands and during nap time) listening to the likes of Chopin, Rachmaninoff,…read more

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A New Internet Home

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In many ways, it’s been a long time coming, but I have finally launched daviderlandson.com for my blog and some other pertinent details about me. I have to say though, purchasing my own domain name was one of the more narcissistic moments in my life! A number of people have encouraged me to journal more frequently, and I decided that if I journal for a ton of people to read, it might be enough accountability for me to post here more than twice a year. I would love this platform…read more

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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