Scripture in Worship – Joe Thorn
Over the past 23 years I have experienced a wide variety of worship gatherings within different denominations and theological perspectives, and one thing I have always found concerning is how little Scripture is used in corporate worship. Of course there are many exemplary churches that use Scripture well in their gatherings, but the liturgy of many churches–especially in my Baptist circles–seems to give much less time and space to the reading of Scripture.
An Interview with Christy Knockels
What is your absolute favorite worship song, and why?
For years I have loved the song “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman. If I had to narrow it to one favorite, it would have to be this one. Part of the chorus says, “I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about You”. I often need to make that present tense when I sing it… “I’m sorry Lord for the thing I MAKE it, when it’s all about you”.
What Is the Purpose of Church Worship – Rob Still
Once again I find myself thinking a lot about what worship IS and IS NOT. This is not a bad idea if you’re responsible for leading worship. It’s a big responsibility, a serious undertaking and a high calling. Worship decisions are huge for the spiritual formation of your people. Frequently, we should look at what we’re doing, evaluate and recalibrate.
Syllabic Nuance (Aren’t You Impressed?) – Stan Loyd
I didn’t make this up…really! Syllabic Nuance, stated simply, is making sure the correct word or syllable is emphasized while singing. Here’s a general rule: In a one syllable word…you figure it out! In a two syllable word, the emphasis should be on the first syllable. In a three syllable word, the emphasis should also be on the first syllable. If you ever use a four syllable word…you’re on your own! Just kidding…the first and third syllables are usually accented. As in every rule, there are exceptions.