I pray that all cantors, church musicians, and worship pastors would take this truth to heart: it does not matter which style of music you and your congregation have chosen to enflesh your faith—let the people sing.… Read More Let the People Sing
Lord, if we are honest, sometimes your grace makes us uncomfortable, because more than anything we want to have some role in our salvation.… Read More Pry Our Fingers Again
Constance M. Cherry. The Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song. Grand Rapids: Baker Acaedmic, 2016. Constance Cherry’s volume would be a great primer for a young worship leader just beginning to lead congregational song. The vision of worship leadership she presents is a refreshing departure from the increasingly omnipresent performance-artist paradigm, and throughout she develops the… Read More Review: The Music Architect
The following list is my initial attempt at drafting a “triage” for how to evaluate a song for use in corporate worship. Behind the three-tiered system are the following two assumptions: (1) the tiers get progressively less critical, and (2) the tiers get progressively more subjective. This is a work-in project, and I’m working from scratch.… Read More Should We Sing This Song?
My latest post on corporate worship over at Desiring God is now up. In it I try to think through how corporate worship matters in the wake of devastating moral failures and invalidated professions, especially from among leaders. The way is narrow indeed, but it is still wide enough to link arms with your brothers… Read More Arm in Arm on the Narrow Way
A sermon preached at Commerce Community Church in Commerce, TX. January 4, 2015 MP3 Audio | PDF Manuscript Prologue This is the first of four sermons on prayer to kick off the C3 calendar for 2015. I think for as long as I can remember, C3 has begun the year with a special emphasis on prayer.… Read More Put On Your Priestly Robe: Prayer in Corporate Worship
(This post is mostly a review of the song “Who Would Have Dreamed” from the new Sovereign Grace Music album. Click the image above to find more information about this great album.) One thing that I’ve heard Andy Naselli say in class before is that one test of biblical faithfulness is that our arguments raise… Read More Good Songwriting Gets Dangerous