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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Why Paint During Worship? Many churches are beginning to incorporate live painting into their worship services. For those who haven’t experienced this, a painter(s) will begin with a large, blank canvas at the beginning of a service and paint thr....more
The Church and the Introvert I recently discovered this wonderful depiction of the keys to relating to the introvert. It struck a chord with me as I am, and always have been, a self-proclaimed closet introvert. Though I can (and often have to) mask ....more
Further Reflections It was a blog post I’ve tried to avoid writing for years. But at some point, I knew I couldn’t not write it. The result was “The Issue of Age in Modern Worship,” which discusses the issue of how some churches are replaci....more
Benefits of Singing the Psalms in Worship For good reason, the book of Psalms is often referred to as the hymnal of Israel. Indeed, the text of the Psalms were sung by God’s people and have continued to be utilized in corporate worship contexts for centuries. Ch....more
To Judge or Not to Judge Lately, it seems that the idea that Christians should never judge is being bandied about quite frequently. Unless you have been living under a rock (then again, has anyone ever actually lived under a rock???), you probab....more
Leading Up Working with your leaders to accomplish the vision they have set forth. To help them understand the strengths and challenges from the boots on the ground point of view.
WHAT LEADING UP IS NOT:
It is not MANAGING U....more
Heart Worship The “heart” of the worshiper is a key aspect of worship, but there seems to be some confusion about what that means. These days, the word “heart” is associated with emotion, experience, and sincerity. In other words, i....more
Good Friday and Easter Idea Here is an amazing video created by Mariners Church in California. Very creative and effective with some great cinematography. The beauty of the video is that it speaks to Good Friday but then resolves itself on Easter....more
The Issues with Christian Music – Part Four A brief overview of the series taken from my second post:
In this blog series my goal is to explore some of the issues that many people in American Christendom seem to have with Christian music these days. It is in n....more
Experiencing Worship, The Study
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