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

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”?

The Next Generation

I am very encouraged as I consider the next generation and the impact that they can have on the church and on the area of worship.

Some specific things that are encouraging:

1. Interest in theology

At our worship camp this summer at Cedarville University, we had over 60 students enrolled. . . . → Read More: The Next Generation

Idol Worship

I used to not think much about idol worship, but I am coming to believe that this may be one of the most detrimental factors in our worship culture today. Certainly we don’t have physical idols that we worship in our Christian churches, but we have things that vie for our attention which, . . . → Read More: Idol Worship


A sense of inadequacy can be your best friend. In today’s world, our society sees itself as a modern culture complete with all of the conveniences of modern life, and for much of the western world, comforts afforded by freedom and prosperity. As a result, we have very little need for God’s help or . . . → Read More: Inadequacy

Good Friday free stuff

Had something hit my email that was too good not to share. eChristian and David Cook publishers are giving away 3 of Francis Chan books: Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell. All are HIGH recommends. Just click here and follow the instructions. You will need to sign up for a free account, and . . . → Read More: Good Friday free stuff

Good Friday Book giveaway and Webinar Announcement

I have recently become friends with Jon Nicol of Jon gave me a free copy of his most recent book Eight Words before The Cross, and he has offered me a chance to give away 10 free copies. If you will leave a comment on this post with your email address, I will . . . → Read More: Good Friday Book giveaway and Webinar Announcement

Relevance Revisited

I feel compelled to write one more post on relevance as it is such a driving force in our American Christian culture, usually for the negative. I see some trends in today’s evangelical church that are troubling.

Before I begin, I do want to issue a disclaimer: I don’t think we are to . . . → Read More: Relevance Revisited

Putting Words in Their Mouths

I have always been a strong proponent of making sure that the texts of our worship songs are theologically sound. One of the driving principles of my personal philosophy for the use of music in worship is what I call the “Musician’s 3:16” Col. 3:16:

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, . . . → Read More: Putting Words in Their Mouths