June 28, 2018

A new worship team member once confided to me that she felt like a stranger in a strange land. “Learning these songs is easy,” she said, “but I need a translator to help me understand all the jargon!”

What “jargon?” I had just told her the chord chart was in Dog, but we...

May 27, 2018

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

            Many would agree that Cat Steven's "Morning Has Broken" is a classic recording, but...

May 4, 2018

"Wow," I was thinking. "That was worship." The more I pondered the evening, the happier I felt.

Both Saturday night services had been at capacity. The choice of material had been perfect. All our top-drawer singers and players had been available. Allen's guitar grooves...

April 6, 2018

Jeremiah: "Wise men shouldn't boast about their wisdom."

Like most people in church-work, I've made a lot of trips to hospitals. Surgeries, accidents, new moms with babies, the kind of things you'd expect.  It's an important and enjoyable part of ministry.  

Now and...

March 22, 2018

Worship with Cookie was a loud and wild ride, and this was clearly one reason people were avoiding Melrose Community Church.  It was time to face the music.

Melrose Community Church was dying. Literally. With a congregation of mostly senior citizens, Pastor Martin sched...

February 10, 2018

            Where does the truly great praise music come from? Some psalms, hymns and spiritual songs seem to be, well, not of this world.  When the Faithful lift these offerings to Him with one voice, the heavens open; God is clearly enthroned on such praise.  Visitor...

January 17, 2018

15 Objections to Worship Renewal...and 15 Brief Answers - As a Worship Development Missionary, I became aware that God was routinely using worship renewal, particularly with contemporary styles, as a tool in transforming peoples' lives - and the corporate lives of loca...

December 16, 2017

At Christmas, those Mysterious Magi remind us about worship.  But the truth is, everyone worships.

Whether it's the guy polishing the chrome of his restored '67 Malibu or the little girl adoring her Barbie collection, we humans are worshipers by our very nature.  You'll...

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