How to Discourage Artists in the Church – Philip G. Ryken
Many Christian artists live between two strange worlds. Their faith in Christ seems odd to many of their friends in the artistic community — almost as odd as their calling as artists seems to some of their friends at church. Yet Christians called to draw, paint, sculpt, sing, act, dance, and play music have extraordinary opportunities to honor God in their daily work and to bear witness to the grace, beauty, and truth of the gospel. How can pastors (and churches) encourage Christians with artistic gifts in their dual calling as Christian artists?
7 Biblical Tests for Christians and Music – Ed Stetzer
Christians disagree about music style as much as any other issue in the body of Christ. More than likely, you’ve experienced this firsthand. As I’ve already written, conflicts over music have been common through out church history. Christians have listened to and enjoyed all of kinds of music. But should they? While it may be difficult, I do believe it’s possible to evaluate musical preferences using God’s word.
9 Things That Christian Worship Should Be – Zac Hicks
1. Christian worship should be biblical.
worship includes prominent readings of Scripture
worship presents & depicts God’s being, character, & actions consistent with how Scripture does
worship obeys explicit biblical commands about worship
worship heeds scriptural warnings about false/improper worship
worship focuses primary attention where the Bible does-on Jesus
Carlos Lollett on Worship – Eric Geiger
Carlos Lollett and I served on staff together at Christ Fellowship Miami, where he serves as the Pastor of Worship. Carlos is a gifted leader (he can preach, lead, sing, dance, etc.) with a love for the Lord and His Church. In the Skype interview, we talk about how the truth of the gospel impacts worship gatherings. Additionally, Carlos is a leader with insight on leading worship in a multicultural church as each week people from dozens of cultures gather for worship at Christ Fellowship.