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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…

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

Girls vs. Guys

So I get a lot of questions about the next topic. One of the popular descriptors about worship songs today is “it’s a guy song” or “it’s a girl song.” Typically what is meant by the comment is that a girl (or guy) sang the song on the original recording. I . . . → Read More: Girls vs. Guys

Reformation

This year is a big year, as it marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Reformation, generally marked by the nailing of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” on the Wittenburg Castle door. The purpose for the theses were to raise questions about what was happening in the Catholic church. The . . . → Read More: Reformation

Congregational Singing

Over the last year or so, there have been a multitude of blog posts about the decline of congregational singing. I agree with many of them. Reasons given range from too many songs in the congregational repertoire, keys that are too high to sing in, songs that are difficult to sing, . . . → Read More: Congregational Singing

Saying “No”

     One of the most difficult things about my job is saying “no” to students who want to be in the worship program at Cedarville. These are typically students who have been accepted to the university, who have often studied their instrument with a private teacher, and who desire to serve God . . . → Read More: Saying “No”

What Millennials Want

There has been much talk on the internet about what millennials want in churches. The Christian pollster George Barna has done a recent study that is very interesting. A Google search will also reveal many more articles and opinions on this issue.

I think this is a good question to ask, . . . → Read More: What Millennials Want

Unity

A significant theme that has been recurring in my life is that of unity. It is critical that brothers and sisters in Christ be unified. Psalm 133 is a psalm that has unity as it sole theme.

1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in . . . → Read More: Unity

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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