Worship Wars

I don’t love contemporary worship music. Never have. I tried liking it back in my early years of college—when I started taking Jesus seriously—because that seemed like the good Christian thing to do. But even the contemporary Christian artists that I could stomach better than others still couldn’t compete with my...

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Worship or Idolatry?

“For people will be lovers of themselves… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:2-5, in part). Convicted of this myself, do we worship God because of His greatness, mercy, love, goodness, majesty, splendor… because of who...

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Making A Mess And Meeting God

There’s something about brokenness and messiness that creates the perfect context for our imperfect selves to encounter the Living God. Mandy Smith put together a book of ideas and experiments called “Making a Mess and Meeting God: Unruly Ideas and Everyday Experiments for Worship.”

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Listening: Brady Toops

Last Summer, Brady Toops came to Sioux Falls and led an evening of prayer and worship hosted by Life Church and Underground House of Prayer. He came by himself, and my friend put together a team to play with him. I got to play electric guitar. I’ve played rhythm acoustic...

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More Than A Set List

One of the latest trends of worship leaders and other church staff is posting their song set list from the weekly service(s). I have participated in this in the last couple years, and if you go back far enough, you’ll probably find a couple on this site. I would love...

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Reading: The Art of Curating Worship

In his book, Mark Pierson proposes a new approach to worship which includes the same, or similar, content used in corporate worship (ie.; preaching, singing, prayers) with exploring different ways at accomplishing it through the arts. He writes in his introduction, “I want to see a reformation of the church...

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