Lament Like a Christian Hedonist
How Joy in God Bears Real Pain
Apr 2, 2017
Glorifying Christ is the path to the greatest possible human joy, no matter how hard the path may be.
Battle Hymns for the Fight of Faith
Feb 26, 2017
When death is near and your mind is fading, what songs will you wish you’d etched most deeply into your soul?
One More Time?
Three Ways to Worship Through Repetition
Jan 15, 2017
Repetitive worship lyrics need not be mindless. In fact, we have unique opportunities to worship in repetition that we don’t find in more word-heavy songs.
Disappointing Worship Services
Dec 11, 2016
Sunday morning is more like a dinner in with family at home than like a dinner out at an expensive restaurant.
Unashamed to Sing
Lesson from a Cubs Fan
Oct 30, 2016
When fans are united in the euphoria of victory, they’ll celebrate in whatever way possible. Why doesn’t describe more of us in corporate worship?
Blessed Are the Undistracted
Five Tips for Focus in Worship
Oct 23, 2016
With phones vibrating, children crying, and the week’s troubles intruding, how can we truly worship God in a room full of distractions.
Not on Earth as It Is in Heaven
Worship in the Church Age
Aug 14, 2016
One significant obstacle to worshiping now as if we are already fully in heaven is this: we are not actually there yet.
Come, Lord Jesus
The Simple Prayer Our Songs Forgot
Apr 17, 2016
All believers ought to remember that the church’s final hope is a person. It is neither a political party, nor is it a pragmatic paradigm. It is not a popular program. It’s a person.
The Most Important Ear in Worship
Aug 2, 2015
Whatever the ambient volume of the sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. And it is one of the most glorious truths in the universe. It is implicit in our worship, but too seldom is it mentioned.
Why Sing Sad Songs When I Don’t Feel Sad?
Mar 22, 2015
Because of the sin and brokenness of our hearts, and in our churches and world, we have reason to lament. And because of the love of our rescuing God, we have an invitation to bring our mournful sadness as protest and appeal to our God.
Your Prayer Life Is Better Than You Think
Jan 25, 2015
None of us prays as frequently and fervently as we’d want. We often consider our prayer lives disappointing and discouraging, but perhaps we’re overlooking something.
Worship on a Bad Day
Nov 2, 2014
In the middle of a brutal situation, it can be hard to feel the difference faith makes. How can God’s promises help us through difficult circumstances?
Three Reasons to Attend Corporate Worship
Oct 19, 2014
“Why do we have to go to church again?” Children ask this question on a semi-regular basis. And then sometimes, so do we.
The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Means
Jun 5, 2014
As a brand new worship leader, I loved choosing songs. I loved finding a new song that pounded my heart and changed my world. I loved arranging that new song so that the big key change would bring the shekinah…
Make the Switch in Life and Worship
May 18, 2014
During a ferocious winter storm, I awoke in the middle of the night to find my house without electricity. A quick glance out the window revealed that our entire block was entirely dark. I called our power company. “Yep,” they…
Serving Appetizers: Worship Services That Keep Their Promises
Apr 6, 2014
As a worship pastor, I am saddened to read polls reporting young people leaving our churches. True, this happens in each generation (remember the Boomer-angs who returned to church in the 1990s?), but how can service planners encourage the continued…