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Less is More (Take 2)

One of my early blog posts was titled “Less = More”. In that post, I gave some of my basic ideas on how this principle is important for us as worship leaders. In the subsequent post, “‘Less is More’ in Practice” I gave some more concrete ideas on how to apply this principle.

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All other ground

The last two weeks have been interesting personally. Two stories that are related have influenced me a lot lately. The first was our elderly neighbor who locked herself out of her house. I tried to help her find another way into her house. The best we could come up with was . . . → Read More: All other ground

Holy Week

Those Evangelicals who find ourselves in the “non-liturgical” tradition are free to ignore centuries of liturgy and the observance of the church calendar.  Sure we celebrate Christmas and Easter, but we too easily can ignore or minimize other parts of the church year that can be quite meaningful.  

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Keep Educating Yourself

One of the things I love about being a college professor is being in an environment where learning is always happening. Students learn. Teachers prepare for class: learning and growing in the process. Guests are on campus lecturing about different subjects. Deep conversations about God, faith and life happen often.

One . . . → Read More: Keep Educating Yourself

Prelude to Thanksgiving

Check out this month’s guest post at Worship Leader Magazine here.

May you all be found “overflowing with thankfulness”! Col. 2:6-7

Salting the Oats

As the old saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” In my last post, I mentioned the one thing that we can’t fix about congregational worship. The one thing would be the congregation’s response. It is possible to lead a congregation to church, . . . → Read More: Salting the Oats

Helping Your Congregation Sing

There is a lot of talk these days about why congregations have stopped singing. I agree that this has become a problem in many churches, and I do believe that we as worship leaders are partially to blame.

Some of the top reasons listed are: 

1. Songs are difficult . . . → Read More: Helping Your Congregation Sing

Creating Wonder, Sharing Joy

First, let me say that I don’t like coffee or even the smell of it. I do like my wife and she likes Starbucks, so by default I often find myself in one. So on a date last night, I found myself in Starbucks.

I was struck with their slogan for . . . → Read More: Creating Wonder, Sharing Joy

What Does the Future Hold for Worship?

Check out my guest posting at In talking to our worship students here at Cedarville University, I believe that there are five trends in worship music for the future. Would love to have your comments here or . . . → Read More: What Does the Future Hold for Worship?

What makes a song “good”?

What makes a song “good”?

As we are discussing worship music in class, my students will sometimes ask “what makes a song good?” Very valid question, and one that everyone in worship ministry should consider.

Perhaps there are other questions that should be asked to get to the heart of the . . . → Read More: What makes a song “good”?