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Reputation

In working with students who are beginning their college careers, I often encourage them to be diligent about their academic efforts. Although it may seem basic, small things like going to class, being engaged, and turning in papers on time can make the difference between academic success and failure. With the . . . → Read More: Reputation

The “Will” to Worship

Before you can worship, one must make a choice to worship. Often people will choose to worship whole-heartedly when things are going well for them. They have received the blessings of God, and are willing to give thanks and worship God as He has shown favor on them. Benevolent gods are easy to worship.

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When Worship is Dead

John Piper “Where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead.” Desiring God, p. 68

Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, starts out with a surprising and sobering commentary on worship and on the relationship of God’s people with Himself. Chapter 1 says:

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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.

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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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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.

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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: 

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