General Worship

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Incorporating Liturgy in a Modern Context
In recent years, there has been sort of a return to liturgy in the church. When the church took move away from liturgy in the 20th century, many in younger generations are seeking a return to it. I find that the older I ....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-09-24 General Worship
Choirs in Modern Worship
The trend is to get rid of the choir. They’re of no use, no significance, and certainly not relevant to what we need in modern worship right? This might be the assumption of many congregants and even worship leaders in o....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-09-21 General Worship
How to Delegate the Right Way
The difference between delegating responsibility and giving away delegated authority is like eggs and ham: the chicken is involved; the pig is committed. It’s safe to say most of us have worked for a manager that used....more
Anthony D. Coppedge 2020-09-15 General Worship
Sacred Spaces
Ever thought about how the room you gather in on a Sunday morning is used? How is the stage set up? What is the focal point of the room? Where do the seats point, and what is the accessibility of the stage? What artistic....more
Manuel Luz 2020-09-14 General Worship
Simplicity or Complexity
Many worship leaders are quite perplexed at the troubled relationship between skill and artistic expression in the church. How much weight should be placed on skill in the context of corporate worship? This often depends....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-09-10 General Worship
Theology of Change
A few years ago, I came home to find my teenage sons sitting with some friends around the dining room table, laughing hysterically at some books they were passing around. I knew something was up because when I entered th....more
Manuel Luz 2020-09-07 General Worship
Dying for Their Faith
People are dying today for their faith. What are you doing? Is it hard to worship this day knowing that fellow believers, although not like us, across the oceans are being massacred? Dying for their faith? My heart b....more
EXW Staff 2020-09-03 General Worship
Uninhibited Worship
Many of us are familiar with the story of David dancing naked in 2 Samuel. While this may seem like a problem for many of us in the context of corporate worship, we must understand the heart behind this. David even said ....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-09-01 General Worship
Excellence in Church Music Ministry
Psalm 33:3 tells us to sing a new song to the Lord and to play skillfully. If we are not careful, we can abandon this calling; yes, it is indeed a calling, particularly for worship leaders. There is also a call many plac....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-08-27 General Worship
Telling the Prodigal Story
In Imagine That, I made the argument that the world is full of redemption stories, and that we are, by nature, drawn to redemption stories. From “Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer” to “Finding Nemo,” from Homer’s Odyssey to....more
Manuel Luz 2020-08-24 General Worship
Introducing New Music
It is difficult to introduce new music to a church no matter what setting you are in. This is likely why many worship leaders try to avoid it altogether and resort to using only familiar music. New music is a crucial asp....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-08-20 General Worship
Making Your Church Website Mobile Friendly
It’s hard to go anywhere (including church) where people are not pulling out their phones for more than calls. We’re clearly a mobile culture with habits now firmly entrenched in anytime, anywhere access. Churches must, ....more
Anthony D. Coppedge 2020-08-18 General Worship
Literally. Or Not.
met•a•phor ‘met-uh-for, noun, a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. I was approached by a concerned visitor to our church after a worsh....more
Manuel Luz 2020-08-13 General Worship
Time Limits for corporate Worship?
As a worship leader, I have often struggled with the question of timing or length of the service. I am sure I am not alone in that. How long is too long? Likewise, how short is too short? The answers would vary from one ....more
Jonathan Jones 2020-08-11 General Worship
Compliance Disguised as Submission
In my vocational work on staff at three churches and in my non-vocational work for several companies, I have struggled to know when to submit myself to authority and when, well…not to do so. What I’ve learned is that I w....more
Anthony D. Coppedge 2020-08-10 General Worship
Tension and Truth
An artist I know recently mentioned to me how he hated going into Christian bookstores. Without mentioning why, I could understand his unstated acrimony. (It may be for some of the same reasons why I would feel uncomfort....more
Manuel Luz 2020-08-06 General Worship
Museums, Movements, and Mr. Lilly
Recently our Middle School Pastor RJ McCauley sent me a link to a video calle....more
Van Metschke 2020-08-04 General Worship
Creativity
Great video for inspiring creativity and the time it takes to make it all happen. We live in a society that says we want things now, so we should get it now. This video shows the value of patience and God's timing. W....more
EXW Staff 2020-08-03 General Worship
My Story
The piano was always a magnet to me, even at an early age. I began piano lessons at almost age five, and by age eleven, I was determined to become a classical pianist. But it was at fourteen—the year I discovered girls—t....more
Manuel Luz 2020-07-30 General Worship
The Price
Today is a sad day in the flesh. I missed my Dad's 80th birthday this weekend. You see, I live in Texas and he in Hawaii. A....more
Stephen M. Newman 2020-07-27 General Worship
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