The Dance of Epiphany
Jan09

The Dance of Epiphany

(Note: All photography is contributed by our transposition photographer Nikki McKenzie. You can visit her profile HERE, see more photos HERE , and also SUBMIT YOUR WORK)   Many around the world right now in the church are observing the season of Epiphany: a season recognizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12). This season is typified by symbol and artistic fullness. Though I...

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Shepherding Creatives
Jan05

Shepherding Creatives

There is a desire many young artists have to write worship music, create graphic art, dance, paint, etc. And it’s a wonderful thing that must be encouraged. In fact, research shows that the younger we encourage imagination and creativity, the more creative people will become. Of course, along with this desire, there comes the desire for people to see and laud the work. This desire is coupled with the temptation of an accessible...

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The Failure of Church Worship
Jan02

The Failure of Church Worship

The Failure of Church Worship   A Worship Leader leads worship. A Worship Director directs worship. A Worship Producer produces worship.   As a Pastor, I haven’t found any of the above terms helpful in describing what I do. The “care-of-souls-function” of worship, implies a broader range of nuanced activity than lead, direct, produce, design, or even do.   As a Pastor, my role includes encouraging, equipping, teaching,...

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The Enduring Appeal of C.S. Lewis
Dec27

The Enduring Appeal of C.S. Lewis

Not long ago, a friend sent me an article by the late Dr. Chris Mitchell of Wheaton College, a leading scholar on C.S. Lewis. In it, Dr. Mitchell asks why Lewis’ embers still blaze hot more than half a century after his death on November 22, 1963, the same day that JFK was assassinated. It’s a question that resonates with me because Lewis so thoroughly engages my imagination. I want to put everything he’s written on stage. The best...

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‘Look Along’ a Baby to Celebrate Advent
Dec22

‘Look Along’ a Baby to Celebrate Advent

Babies’ are innocent and cuddly, yet they can have the most unsettling cry. Maybe this is what causes the Psalmist in Psalm 8 to say: Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to still the enemy and the avenger. Even in this verse it implies that there’s a mastery, both in purity and in gusto that makes babies so calm and composed, but yet warrior like in their threat...

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Rejection
Dec22

Rejection

  Every artist faces rejection. For writers it’s usually at the hands of an agent, editor, critique group, beta reader, or terrible Amazon review. To be clear, rejection is not the same as helpful suggestions or critiques (like ways to strengthen underdeveloped characters, plot holes, the dreaded sagging middle, etc). Rejection is a flat out dismissal of a writer’s ideas, work or abilities. Although some writers are able to...

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Last Chance to Give the Book of Romans for Christmas
Dec19

Last Chance to Give the Book of Romans for Christmas

Cody Curtis was kind enough to join us for a podcast interview that has aired on WMC and GCP’s podcast in November 2016. His group Psallos has been gracious enough to allow us a chance to give you a sample of his music over the ensuing weeks. Please, if you’re looking for Christmas gifts, CLICK HERE and give away the whole Book of Romans in musical form to your friends and family this Advent season....

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The Book of Romans | More Free Music
Dec12

The Book of Romans | More Free Music

Cody Curtis was kind enough to join us for a podcast interview that has aired on WMC and GCP’s podcast in November 2016. His group Psallos has been gracious enough to allow us a chance to give you a sample of his music over the ensuing weeks. Please, if you’re looking for Christmas gifts, CLICK HERE and give away the whole Book of Romans in musical form to your friends and family this Advent season....

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The Creative Process
Dec06

The Creative Process

  Every one of us is filled with imagination, creativity, and ingenious ability. We need to recognize this about ourselves because it is foundational to who we are as humans, and, the fact is, everything we do and think is connected to what we believe.  Our theological belief about God and our ontological (big word meaning “being”) belief about who we are comes out in everything we do. Whatever comes out of or goes into our five...

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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: Insta-Art
Nov15

Theology of Technology: Insta-Art

  Put it in the microwave, it’s faster.  Don’t do dial-up, get broadband…no, no, better yet, now we have wireless and the latest fiber-optic Internet.  Why?  Because it’s faster.  Google is pitching it, we’re clicking it, and every technology is promising it.  There’s a fascinating theology taking over the world, and that principle is speed.  Never mind the studies that prove fast-food is killing us, phones are infecting us, or...

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Worship in the Home Pt. 2
Nov14

Worship in the Home Pt. 2

The Opportunity of the Home In Part 1 of our series on worship in the home, we introduced a little word known as paideia. We didn’t really go into much detail about the word (This was intentional), but today we will look at this term a bit more deeply, and we will continue to press it out over the weeks to come.  What the heck does this word mean anyway? We know in the Greco-Roman model of education, paideia was a cultural...

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The Desert
Nov10

The Desert

    For the last several years whenever my family has more than a few days of consecutive vacation time we tend to flee to the deserts of Utah, soaking in the magic of places like Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and my all time favorite: Moab. The beauty of these arid spaces boggles my mind. I love the vast stretches of openness, unmarred by massed humanity, strip malls and suburbs. I admire the extreme essence of the...

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Isaac Wardell and JBruMay on Music and Culture
Nov02

Isaac Wardell and JBruMay on Music and Culture

  The Worship Ministry Catalyst in partnership with Garden City is proud to present Gospel Song Records and Isaac Wardell. Gospel Song Records is announcing their partnership with Bifrost Arts. Lead by Isaac Wardell, the music collective has released four full-length records and hosted numerous national worship conferences. Since its start in 2007, the continuing ambition for the group is to challenge and equip music leaders to...

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WMC-0155 – Creativity and more with Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project
Jun15

WMC-0155 – Creativity and more with Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project

Dave Yauk of The Garden City Project   In this episode we have the distinct privilege of talking with Dave Yauk of the Garden City Project (http://www.gardencityproject.com/). It’s something you’re going to want to get familiar with. We just scratch the surface of what Dave is doing over there, and we’ll be talking more in the future. If you find yourself intrigued with the content, make sure to get in touch...

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WMC-0150 – Kathryn Scott Writing Songs For Corporate Worship
Feb26

WMC-0150 – Kathryn Scott Writing Songs For Corporate Worship

Kathryn Scott on Writing Songs For Corporate Worship In this episode, we had the privilege of interview Kathryn Scott. She has written many of the songs we sing in our churches today, including “Hungry” “At The Foot of the Cross” and “I Belong.” As we got the chance to talk with her for a few extra minutes, we wanted to talk on the topic of writing songs for corporate worship. We also dug into the...

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