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Your Greatest Ability May Be…

As a professor, I get the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students every day. Our purpose statement is “Equipping Worshipers to Serve.” Part of “equipping” is training students musically to prepare them to serve the local church. Currently, our constituent churches (the churches that send us students and where . . . → Read More: Your Greatest Ability May Be…

St. Patrick

Having Irish roots, my family always celebrated St. Patrick’s day. Wearing green to represent our Irish heritage (as well as avoiding getting pinched) was always the order of the day. Special shamrock cookies usually were served to celebrate. Even though the holiday bears his name, I would venture to say that . . . → Read More: St. Patrick

Multigenerational Worship

Years ago, someone was likely tired of kids being restless in church. They likely thought “we can solve this problem by pulling out the children and having their own worship service.” If you want to spend 5 minutes getting a chuckle, check . . . → Read More: Multigenerational Worship

Choirs are Alive and Well

Over the last 10 or more years, we have seen a decline in churches using choirs in worship. Headlines, such as this one: “Many Church Choirs are Dying. Here’s Why,” appeared to confirm the trend. I think there are many reasons for that trend, but the good news is I think . . . → Read More: Choirs are Alive and Well

Fear Not

This summer, we took a family vacation to Colorado in May. It was great to see the beauty of the mountains, forests and streams. We took a drive up to Pike’s Peak. As we ascended up to the summit, I started to look down. Big mistake. I grew up in Northwest . . . → Read More: Fear Not

Selfish

My wife is a woman of great faith. Throughout our marriage, she has prayed boldly for some audacious prayer requests. Some of these bold requests I disagreed with, most infamously that God would test us financially. I didn’t understand why she wanted to pray that, but God did answer that prayer, . . . → Read More: Selfish

Worship Lessons from the Pandemic

I posted some “Viral Thoughts” a couple of weeks into the pandemic. Now, almost 10 months into the global pandemic, we have a more informed perspective. The virus has caused multitudes of deaths and has continued disrupted life as we all know it. While we recognize the responsibility that we all . . . → Read More: Worship Lessons from the Pandemic

A Strange Glow

My favorite season of the year is fall. There is so much to enjoy: the beautiful fall foliage, the nip in the air, football season, and the smell of wood burning from chimneys and campfires. I’ll also take apple cider or smores any day of the week before pumpkin spice anything! . . . → Read More: A Strange Glow

Embrace the Mess

Our world seems quite upside down right now. We have been dealing with a pandemic for almost 6 month. Churches have been dealing with the virus–to meet or not to meet? Masks or no masks? Race riots are a nightly occurrence. Politics are heating up as we head toward Election Day. . . . → Read More: Embrace the Mess

Viral Thoughts

LYING DOWN I really feel like God has been teaching me to abide in Him this year. One of the songs that we have sung in our choir this year is a setting of Psalm 23, and several parts of that Psalm have stuck out to me recently. I love that . . . → Read More: Viral Thoughts