Church, Music, and some other stuff

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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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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Be a Gold Digger! …It Honors God

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This is part 2 of my series on excellence.  I encourage you to read Part 1: Battling the “that’s good enough for a church” Attitude, first.  I said it in that post, and I want to start today’s post with it again: The church has celebrated mediocrity for too long! After I got all fired up last week, I ended …

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Battling the “That’s Good Enough For A Church” Attitude

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There is nothing that sets a fire inside of me more than a “that’s good enough for a church” attitude.  I’m going straight for the point.  The church has celebrated mediocrity for way too long. When I was younger, I remember going to a church where the band was awesome.  The vocalists were great! And I’ll be honest and say …

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The Secret to Growing as a Worshiper

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Today’s post wraps up the 7 part series we’ve been in on what we can do to bring true worship into our churches.  I have all of the posts in this series listed at the bottom. I like to consider this post the cherry on top of everything that we’ve talked about in the other parts of this series.  It’s …

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Does Your Church Worship?…Do You?

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This is part six of a seven part series on what we can do as leaders to break through religion when it comes to worship!  I have all of the posts listed at the bottom. Nothing breaks my heart more than being in a worship service at a church that doesn’t express worship, and to look and see the pastor …

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