Church, Music, and some other stuff

Do You Make This Mistake When Planning Your Services?

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The other day I showed up a little early to a surprise birthday party for a friend of mine. And yes, I know the “cool” people don’t get there till late, but it doesn’t quite work that way with surprise parties. You’ll just end up missing the surprise. Anyways, when I got there, it was like I walked into onto …

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4 Things About Gratitude That Will Change Your Life

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“Let’s go around the table and everyone share one thing that we are thankful for!” Is this dumb Thanksgiving game the extent of your thankfulness on Thanksgiving? Or maybe it’s the one time a year you are actively giving thanks? Thankfulness runs so much deeper than this.  God has a lot to say about it. 1) God has a protocol …

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God…Is…NOT…Safe!

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Recently I had a revelation of God that shook me. The question, “Is God safe?” really racked my brain. In the American church, the answer to the question “Is God safe?” surely is a resounding “yes.” I mean, God is always there, always comforting, and always accepting, right? The way that I see it is, when we are done treating …

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Rhetorical Question Answering Guy

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Today I want to recognize a personal hero of mine.  It’s someone that we all have in our congregations.  It’s the rhetorical question answering guy. Nothing brightens my day like a good ole answer yelled out after the pastor asks a hypothetical/rhetorical question.  Rhetorical question …when the pastor asks something that’s meant to make you reflect.  …It’s obviously not to …

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Why Budget and Resources Are NEVER an Excuse

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I’ve been getting a lot of feedback lately about my post on Church Mediocrity. You can find it here. The feedback I’ve been getting has had a lot to do with this statement: “Well, we just don’t have the budget or the resources to make our band/singers/greeters/designs better.” Let me just say that as soon as you completely delete that …

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PadLoops.com Minor Keys Now Available!

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After much anticipation, today we are releasing all 12 minor keys on padloops.com! Download now at PadLoops.com! Here’s a preview! Db Minor These minor pads have an amazingly eerie feel to them.  So we decided what better time to release them than right before Halloween!  I know you guys will do some creative Halloweeny things with them!   Enjoy this …

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Worship Music and Playing by Ear: 5 Big Reasons

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Sure, you can play every set/song staring at some sheets of paper, spend your days frantically searching online for chords,  always annoying people by asking them for chord charts, waste money by paying for them… Or You can learn to play by ear! Worship musicians seem to be the joke of the music industry these days.  Why?  Because it’s filled …

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New Worship Albums You Have to Have

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I get asked all the time about new worship music I’m listening to, so I decided to dedicate a post to it. As far as new worship music goes, there are a few albums that have been released in the last couple of months that have really stood out to me.   This list is in no way comprehensive and …

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Stop Worshiping, It’s Time for “Special Music”

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I was recently at a church service where they actually still have “special music.” I say actually because I thought everyone did away with “special music” years ago when the pilgrims died. I’m joking, and I don’t mean to offend you if your church still has “special music,” but there are just a few things about special music that I …

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How prepared are you for church?

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We’re all tired of the “that’s good enough for a church” attitude.  We’re sick of people expecting church to suck.  We want to bring our best to the table every single day because that’s the only way to bring honor to God.  So what can we do about it? Musicians: When’s the last time you sat down with some worship …

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