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Should it matter to your church what year it is?

Safiyah Fosua writes a great piece, primarily about worship… but I think it fits for other areas of the church as well. What year is it in YOUR church? Here’s part of what she writes: Should it matter to the Church what year it is?  Why, aren’t the music, the language, and the texts of the church timeless?  We who lead churches know that the answer is both yes and no.  Yes, there are some timeless qualities about the ethos of the Church.  But, no, not everything is timeless.  From time to time, the worship aids used by churches must be updated or adapted for new worshippers, while...
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How much of the gospel do worship songs need to share?

“My Song in the Night” recently featured these two paragraphs from the book Doxology and Theology by Ken Boer: “… some leaders (myself included) have believed that to be gospel-centered, every song we sing has to explicitly state the gospel, or more narrowly, substitutionary atonement. But we shouldn’t be more gospel-centered than the Bible is. The Bible includes all kinds of topics, and our services and songs should address the full range of human experience. “If the history of the universe is a movie, Christ’s death and resurrection is the turning point of the movie. Don’t let...
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Easily edified by a phone book

Easily edified by a phone book
Agree or Disagree? “The mature worshiper is easily edified.” When hearing lackluster (even if biblical) preaching, immatureworshipers will typically not listen to the message because they wish the messenger was more exciting. Conversely, mature worshipers eagerly receive the truth as it is proclaimed, even if it sounds like the preacher is reading a phone book. Found here… Agree or disagree? If I got up and read from Lamentations like Ben Stine for 50 minutes, is it right for me to think that you should be edified? I certainly hope not. (OK… hearing Ben Stine read Lamentations could...
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Alas and did my Savior bleed?

That is one of my favorite hymns from growing up. This morning I received an email from Dan Koch, a member of the Christian band Wayfarer. The band ‘repurposes hymns’. According to Dan, “We do something a little different than most bands: we take lyric sets from old, largely forgotten hymns or Southern Spirituals, and we write entirely new music to those lyrics: melodies, chords, arrangements, etc.  We call it “Repurposed Hymns” I listened to their version of “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed” (that you can download here for free) and really liked it.  Not sure...
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45+ creative church set designs

My friend Kent Shaffer has put together a really great resource for all you creative types.  As Kent puts it, Environment can have a remarkable influence over how people feel, behave, and learn. So while nothing replaces the power of preaching the gospel and God’s Word, a creative church set design can accomplish two things if done well: Make a sermon more memorable. Create an atmosphere that is more worshipful, reflective, and in awe of God. Check it out here.
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Top 20 Most Influential Worship Albums

Top 20 Most Influential Worship Albums
What worship leaders/albums have had the most influence over the past 20 years?  Well, Worship Leader Magazine has just released their list.  You can see the whole list here. Here are the top ten: 10. Passion: Better Is One Day Passion Band (1999) 9. Pray Andraé Crouch Warner 8. Beautiful Things Gungor Brash Music (2010) 7. Facedown Matt Redman Sparrow/sixstepsrecrods (2003) 6. United We Stand Hillsong United Hillsong/Integrity Music (2010) 5. Change My Heart Oh God Various Vineyard Music (1996) 4. Live From Another Level Israel Houghton Integrity Music (2004) 3. A Greater Song Paul...
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