For years now, much has been written and said about the lack of singing in many of our churches. We recall the days of four-part, full-throated singing with nostalgia and wonder if it will ever return. Most of us realize that a church that won’t sing, won’t do very much else either. Is it starting […]
There seems to be a bunch of writers these days writing something akin to the title of this blog. There are songs, letters, books, and more all written to the author’s “younger self.” So, when someone close to me suggested I do one of those, I thought it might be a good idea. As I’ve thought […]
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My mother has a story she loves to tell about the day I was pitching a Little League baseball game and having a little trouble with the umpire. It seemed I didn’t agree with his calls as the game moved along. The problem was, the umpire was my big brother.
He might not be able to sing a lick. He knows the difference between a quarter note and a post-it note, but only because he knows what a post-it note is. He likes ‘70s Rock classics but doesn’t have a clue who Hillsong is. And he is the worship leader of your church. Your Pastor […]
Nearly all of us have seen or heard a demonstration that goes like this: the leader places a big jar on the table and next to it are several big rocks, a few smaller stones, some small pebbles, and sand. Then, the question is asked, “Do you think all of this can fit into the jar?”
Seems like we’ve got more worship leaders than ever writing songs. This is a great thing! I believe writing songs is something more believers should do, regardless if the songs are ever heard by anyone else. If you study church history, you soon discover that many of yesterday’s great preachers were song writers.
Admittedly, this post is somewhat “tongue in cheek” and intended to let us laugh at ourselves a little. I’m calling out some intangibles of our physical expressions in worship we sometimes employ to generate more energy and enthusiasm from our congregations. See if any of these “go to” moves are something you do and ask yourself, “Is this really a distraction?”
Recently, I was speaking to a lay leader from a church who had a concern about a change she is seeing in the worship of her church. The congregational response is becoming more and more visible and expressive. People are clapping, lifting their hands, standing up during a presentational song, kneeling at the altar, and […]
I wish I had a nickel for every conference I’ve ever attended. They start to run together as I reflect on some of the experiences we have had leading and taking part in literally hundreds of conferences during my time at LifeWay. But I’ll never forget the last two.