Feinting with Damnable Praise

As a worship leader for many years I tend to bang around this question from time to time. As I have stood and as I led I have seen what is going on. Some are engaging, but some are not. Their faces tell of their boredom, their faces tell of their disinterest. Their faces are telling, that…

Peace like a river

Music captured me very young. It speaks and the emotions it can generate are very real. It can share hope, it conjure love, it can bring joy, it can even anger, it can speak to all walks of life and not just speak but emote it in us. When peace like a river attendeth’ my…

Songs that Teach

With my new job as a worship leader and after thinking about my last blog I thought that perhaps I would expound on the whole good writing and bad writing thing. We had a discussion about the lyrics and quite frankly this is great practice to do from time to time. I had another experience similar…

Am I pleasing to God?

I had a discussion during a worship practice over some song lyrics which is always a good thing to do. The question of our state of being pleasing before the Lord came up. Now the preface was where does the Bible say “I am pleased with you” You know, chapter and verse? Well it doesn’t…

Yes Brother I Do Lift

Since we are moving and I have been busy I will post a bit of shorter one this week. This is something I wrote awhile back but I was thinking about it again because of us moving across the country and as I have been busy all week packing and lifting all our belongings onto…

A re-New Hope

Writing straight theology is easy for me, but returning to my personal walk is a challenge. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, sometimes I have to be honest about where I am. These words from the Cure’s song Maybe Someday sometimes haunt me. No I won’t do it again, I don’t want to pretend If it can’t…

Worship (preference) wars 4 of 4

Of the many church problems one problem seems to always rise to the top. I have tried to emphasize the importance of Church unity already but this issue really needs its own blog. Why? Because music is a polarizing thing, it shouldn’t be but in the church it is. Some like classic, some like instrumental,…

Unhostile Takeover

There are some people who have a bit of a problem with the idea of Christmas. Why? Because yes some of the traditions do have some pagan origins. Some of the symbolism comes from a pagan festival with a pagan god.  Some have taken this to mean that we are deceived and our Christian holiday…

He Didn’t Start the Fire

With my birthday around the corner, I am a year older. I have been thinking about this blog and I realized I have an obvious theme going so far. This year has been so trying. This year has been a challenge. This year has been a time when doubt has crept in and I have…