Artistic Expression in World Evangelization
May11

Artistic Expression in World Evangelization

When an entire village of Bolivian Indian ranch workers came to the Lord awhile ago, some missionary friends of mine were faced with very big questions. What do we do with this entire village of people that now know the Lord as Savior?  In what ways do they worship?  How do we teach them to study the Bible when most of them don’t read? And when they have no Bible-base music in their own heart-expressions, what do we suggest they...

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Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create
Apr12

Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create

Given the objective Truth of the Gospel never changes, the PROCESS of evangelism is much more about helping people encounter Christ than it is explaining Christ—and ARTISTS are some of the most powerful God-designed servants God uses to create the environments wherein people experience the God-desired fruit of evangelism—people reconciled to God through the work of Christ. In fact when we emphasize explaining over encountering God’s...

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Theology of Technology: iPhone and Apple Watch
Nov22

Theology of Technology: iPhone and Apple Watch

  It is no secret that the iPhone is a wild success, and with the launch of the iPhone 6 series, I’m sure Apple will not be slowing down in their influence any time soon.  In this post, I will not be making an attempt to slander Apple—ha, I’m writing this post on my MacBook Air, Tweeting it with my iPhone, and it’s stored in my iCloud, so it’s no secret that I love Apple products—but I want to think theologically for a second....

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Theology of Technology: A Faceless World
Nov17

Theology of Technology: A Faceless World

  The Eastern Church Fathers specifically painted the Triune God as being in a relationship within Himself in a kind of “face-to-face dance.”  The word used for such a reality was perichoresis.  John’s use of the Word being with God in John 1 also testifies to this.  It means that, in the beginning, the Word (Jesus) was toward the Father—conjuring up a beautiful picture of a face-to-face God. However, the kingdom of the world is...

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Worship is the Goal of Missions
Nov08

Worship is the Goal of Missions

  As worship leaders, our lives and leadership must reflect the gravity of unreached peoples. John Piper says, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” As those who have been commissioned to help lead people in worship, this must break our hearts. Worship leaders are a part of God’s story: we tell the story in song and in prayer. We are a part of the going and sending of the church. The Need for Missions Say among the nations,...

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Every Sunday is Easter
Mar13

Every Sunday is Easter

It’s the stuff of church staffer dreams.  The parking lot is jammed, teams of coffee-amped volunteers are bustling, the band is running through that great new song, and very soon, crowds of regulars, guests, and returners will begin pouring through the doors.  It’s Easter Sunday, a full house, and the energy is intoxicating. In almost every church across the country, Easter brings more of what we all want most – people.  That’s...

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Getting Hired as a Worship Pastor – Part 1
Feb12

Getting Hired as a Worship Pastor – Part 1

For many of us in the worship industry, our entrance into ministry was anything but conventional.  As the position has evolved over time, so has the skill set and experience we’re expected to bring to the table.  Gone are the days of needing an MDiv with a musical pedagogy sidecar (yea, look that up, I had to).  Today it’s more common to see churches hiring musical artists with good theology rather than theologians who fancy music. ...

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I Wanna Be Like Hillsong
Jan10

I Wanna Be Like Hillsong

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Worship Ministry lately. (In part because I have the time to do so.) I’ve been thinking about how we run our ministries and what our motivations are. What is our philosophy for worship ministry and how did we get here? As I have been thinking about it, I’m starting to come to a conclusion. And that is, that we need to be more like Hillsong. Ok, not really. But it seems to be...

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