REVIEW: Kristen Gilles – PARKER’S MERCY BRIGADE

41730s31FlL._SL500_AA280_Kristen Gilles
PARKER’S MERCY BRIGADE
Independent

 

I’ll be honest – I’ve struggled to review this CD. It is simultaneously utterly unique in my worship music collection, & at the same time absolutely familiar, & comfortable. [Read more…]

New, Popular, & Undiscovered Songs: a response

AsAPastorJust a few weeks ago my friend & fellow worship pastor, Chris Vacher, published a thought-provoking blog: “Thoughts on New Songs, Popular Songs, & Undiscovered Songs“, which has also been edited & republished over at TWC. In it he states that we should generally consider using the more popular worship songs because “…the reason that songs become popular and are sung around the world is that there are very talented songwriters who understand the craft of songwriting and have put together these various elements in a way that allows people of every musical skill level to sing as an expression of their worship to Jesus.” Though I have nothing against talented songwriters, I don’t necessarily agree with the first half of the blog.

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KINGDOM: How NOT to be a KISS-UP!

IdentityHave you ever been in class with a “kiss-up” – a “teacher’s pet”? Someone that said whatever he or she had to in order to find favor with the prof? Why do they irk us so? I’ll tell you why: insincerity – knowing that they really don’t care for the professor, but are just working an agenda. “Kissing Up” & “Honor” – though on the outside they may look similar, are really different beasts entirely: one recognizes the King’s imprint, & treats the individually appropriately, & the other simply appropriates flattery in order to use people as a means to an end. I hate seeing people used as a means to an end.

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KINGDOM: the King’s Welcome, misunderstood

TrulyHumanHave you ever thought it odd that Jesus – being so centered on the idea of GRACE – when standing before his biggest crowd, gave everyone a bunch of new rules to follow? Yeah – me to.

I’ve devoted a lot of time on this blog to exploring what the Bible means when it speaks on “the Kingdom of God”, & so today I thought it’d be a good idea to look at the King – Jesus – and his most popular sermon, the oft-misunderstood “Sermon on the Mount”.

So, one day Jesus made a campaign speech of sorts (it was like he was accepting his party’s nomination, really) while standing on a hill, & a lot of people came to hear him – around 5,000! Jesus took this opportunity to lay out the important stuff. [Read more…]

the New Liturgical: Sojourn share some in-house ‘classics’ on “New Again”

NewAgainContinuing along the theme of “the new liturgical” movement, it’s hard to deny the impact of Sojourn Community Church. It seems only right to look at this next…

 

 

Artist: Sojourn Music
CD: New Again
Label: Independent
Release Date: 2/17/2015

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NEW AGAIN is the 10th release from Louisville-based worship team, Sojourn Music, & in many ways is their most accessible & contains some of their most corporate songs since their 2007 release, BEFORE THE THRONE. And for good reason. Some of these songs have been around since then – standard, go-to originals, sung week-by-week at Sojourn Community Church, beloved by their people, & just hadn’t found a home yet on any of their previous releases. That’s to say, these songs have been tested, week in & week out, & found to serve their community well. And that says a LOT.
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