Fresh New Songs for Worship, Sept 2015

60dd41a2a9fc811d30af8d3587946bf36710184632a8f7937fed197d256a3946a4e39e86be38cb8f67026a42b472e969c7b4e8c4bd5488c306227a459d13f8ded511976cb96e732b2513b0967afc1826Last month I shared my first “New Songs” Spotify collection – a tradition I used to maintain on a now extant feature of iTunes.

Written on the tail-end of September, the end of my month had a few surprises, so this is sliding into “home” a minute late.
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Worship Pastors pastor Worshipers

icecreamIt’s easy as worship leaders to clock-in on Sunday mornings, and pour all of our effort into the “performance”; pulling for an impassioned & expertly played set of epic corporate anthems & ballads, familiar to all in attendance, & sung at the top of our lungs. And there’s nothing – in & of itself – wrong with that: God deserves our best. [Read more…]

Saint Lewis at Converge

ConvergePicI have a deep love for college ministry… I often miss the three years I served as a Campus Minister/Worship Leader at the University of Georgia with Worldwide Discipleship Association, so I jump at opportunities to serve with college students. [Read more…]

Why I Believe…

WhyIBelieveIt forever shaped the world, & impacts every moment of history since (& according to Christian theology, before as well). What could have possibly occurred that had the power to quickly reshape a great many long-held convictions of a people radically opposed to change – the “new” was immediately suspect – to the point which they would all be willing to lay down their lives for this new truth?

Every year I edit & repost this because it IS the message I want my life to speak: Jesus, God with Skin On – the true King, defeating sin & death.  As a former Atheist, I did quite a lot of study before I was convinced that Jesus had not only existed, but that the resurrection was quite honestly the most logical explanation of what could be historically known about Jesus’ death and the origins of the early church. This is that research compiled for quick study…

One more thing: though I don’t go into it in any detail here, if you’ve heard somewhere that the Jesus’ story was based on earlier, pagan mythology, please don’t stop digging! Read THIS ARTICLE LINKED HERE as your next step. Really. For your own sake. PLEASE!

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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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